Personal Injury Law Articles
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Catastrophic accidents, such as crashes and collisions involving cars, trains, buses, motorcycles or airplanes - often have devastating and life-altering consequences.
In an Oregon accident case, there are four common ways to conclude a personal injury lawsuit: negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and trial. This article discusses all four and offers basic descriptions of each.
Nearly 17 percent of nurses who work in outpatient chemotherapy infusion centers reported being exposed on their skin or eyes to the toxic drugs they deliver, according to a new study.
When they were first released into the athletic footwear market, Skechers Shape-ups received a lot of media coverage for the unbelievable results they promised and their unexpected popularity. Skechers success with the Shape-up toning shoes led other manufacturers like New Balance and Reebok to join the toning shoe bandwagon.
In many personal injury or disability cases, the Insurance Company will request that you attend a medical exam with their doctor. This is not a doctor that treats you or has a doctor-patient relationship with you. Instead, this is a one time exam. The exam is for their doctor writing a report on the cause and/or severity of your symptoms and injuries.
This article provides information about the leading causes of elevator accidents and advised of your rights if you are injured in an elevator accident.
Siblings of those who have been hospitalized with potentially lethal blood clots in the legs or pelvis are more likely to also suffer the disorder than those with healthy siblings, according to new research.
The author discusses what steps you should take after a car accident to preserve your rights whether you are going to bring a personal injury lawsuit or not.
What are PIP benefits? People always ask me what PIP benefits are. In Massachusetts most policies have what is called personal injury protection benefits or PIP. Pip benefits are no fault benefits which means you are entitled to collect these benefits after a car accident whether or not you were at fault or not. Often times more serious car accidents result in injuries to passengers or driver.
People love their dogs and why not they give you affection and unconditional love. However, certain breeds and certain dogs can become aggressive and violent if they feel threatened and are territorial. This does not necessarily mean the dog is a bad dog or it should be killed or sent away. Most dog bites and maulings occur as a result of the negligence of the dogs owners.
When animals go wild, accidents may always happen. One thing is certain: the skies are not only for airplanes but also for birds. In the United States, many airline companies are in risk of getting involved in unexpected airplane accidents due to bird strikes.
Accidents are terrifying, often life-changing and traumatizing events. Any accident that involves an injury is tragic, no matter the circumstances. Those that result in disfigurement or disability are especially painful for the victim and his or her loved ones because of the profound life-changing impact such an injury can have on someone’s quality of life.
You will experience continuous pain in the spinal area and should be examined by a licensed physician to determine whether a fracture has occurred and if it has, the severity will determine what action needs to be taken.
If you've been injured at a friend's house, seeking compensation can be more difficult emotionally. But you need to remember that you aren't filing a personal injury claim against your friend - you are filing against their insurance. And this is necessary if you want to pay your medical bills and get compensated for your lost wages.
An examination under oath in Massachusetts is usually used by insurance companies as a tool to deny coverage of PIP benefits. In Massachusetts auto insurance carriers are required to pay for PIP benefits to the inured passengers, drivers or pedestrians. They are required to pay for reasonable and necessary medical bills, lost wages, replacement services and other accident related expenses.
Employees who operate company vehicles or personal vehicles while on the job are entitled to the same protections under the workers’ compensation laws as workers who spend all of their time at the workplace. Therefore, if an employee is injured in a vehicle accident while performing their job, they may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits.
Each year, millions of people visit Yosemite National Park in California. While some come to see the cascading waters of Bridalveil Fall or Vernal Fall, many come to make the nearly 9 mile trek to Half Dome. Making the final 400-foot ascent requires that hikers use cables to climb the rock, a dangerous feat that has resulted in numerous fatalities and even more cases of personal injury over the years.
Obesity, heart disease, and sleep apnea are just a few of the medical conditions that are prevalent among truck drivers in the United States, leading many legislators, lawyers, and safety advocates to question why the responsibility of operating some of the nation’s deadliest vehicles is entrusted to one of its unhealthiest populations.
Individuals who work outdoors are especially susceptible to the impact of high temperatures on the body; specifically, they are prone to suffering heat-related illnesses and death. Although California introduced rules for employers requiring them to provide water, shade, training, and rest to employees who work outdoors in 2005, such illnesses have remained a problem in the state.
Tips and tricks for automobile accidents.
Getting medical bills paid after a dog bite starts with finding out if the owner has homeowners insurance.
Jobs that involve the use of heavy machinery are associated with the risk of injury. For injured workers, these injuries are typically covered under workers’ compensation insurance and/or a third party claim.
Every year, thousands of pedestrians are injured by a motor vehicle. The state of Florida is listed among the top four most dangerous states for pedestrian fatalities nationwide – a sobering statistic for the residents of Florida.
When a person dies due to the negligence of another, the survivors of the victim may be able to bring a wrongful death claim. This article provides general information on wrongful death claims in Georgia and who may be entitled to bring such a claim.
When innocent people are killed because of the negligent or careless actions of another person – their dependents may have legal cause to sue in a wrongful death action. Wrongful death lawsuits provide compensation for the surviving family members who were dependent on the decedent for emotional and financial support.
Considering how much time workers spend on the job, work-related injuries are unfortunately commonplace. Fortunately, many of these injuries are covered by the employer’s workers’ compensation insurance.
If you're involved in a personal injury case, or considering hiring a lawyer to help you with an accident claim, you need to know: the attorney/client relationship is important, and should be open and communicative. Read this article for 5 things your personal injury lawyer will need to know during your case.
The diabetes drug Actos has recently been linked to Bladder Cancer. Some in the Native American community were prescribed Actos, as they have a higher risk of developing diabetes.
According to the Ethiopian law a person will be liable for the damage he causes into another by offense, even if there is no any under taking on his offense. This means, the person will be liable to another person on which he calls damage without any contractual relation between them. In addition a person is liable for the damage he causes to another by an activity in which he engages or by an object he possesses.
Traumatic brain injuries (“TBIs”) among young athletes have garnered increased attention recently, due in large part to a growing awareness in the medical and athletic communities regarding the prevalence and potentially devastating effects of head injuries in youth sports.
An article reviewing a case of medical malpractice against Scranton Hospital.
An article highlighting a recent case of a three-vehicle automobile accident involving a tractor-trailer and two recreational vehicles ignited a fire and injured one person on a New Jersey turnpike.
A smaller and better world, this is what social media channels promise to people. Since the establishment of social networking sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and LinkedIn, its users never failed to stay connected with their friends and online acquaintances. However, despite its obvious advantages, social media sites also have their setbacks especially to those people with pending personal injury cases.
Every year there are senior citizens that are neglected, abused or financially exploited. Unfortunately, the people who take advantage of the elderly can be the very people who are entrusted to care for them.
The jury assigned liability as follows: Paschen and Nielsen, 75 percent; a subcontractor for which Paschen and Nielsen were liable, 15 percent; and Lynx, 10 percent. The jury awarded $1.6 million to recover damages in past and future medical expenses and past wage loss.
They jury found Beechcraft 20 percent responsible and Sidaras 80 responsible. The family was awarded $7 million dollars. The award was offset by $1.8 million because of Beechcraft settlement.
When most people think about nursing home abuse and neglect, they think in physical terms. There are different types of nursing home abuse and neglect, including emotional or psychological, financial, physical and sexual.
Do you know the signs of nursing home neglect? It is essential that when you have an elderly loved one in a nursing home or elderly care facility you can recognize the signs of neglect.
Many people who have elderly loved ones in nursing homes may at one point or another suspect abuse. You may notice bruises or red marks, weight loss, or even that your loved one seems to be quiet or hiding something.
In recent years, nursing home abuse has become a serious and growing problem in the U.S. In fact, about 1/3 of the nursing homes and elderly care facilities in the nation have been cited for abuse at one time or another.
Why you should not accept the insurance company's first offer.
In the State of California, every dog owner is legally required to have their pet vaccinated regardless of the animal’s health condition. Certain animal rights advocates and an assemblyman think that the present animal regulation laws in California are not pro-animal at all.
Actos is a prescription diabetes drug but it has recently been linked to bladder cancer.
According to the most recent statistics, there are approximately 4.7 million dog bite victims in the U.S. each year. Of those attacks, young children, ages five to nine, were more likely to be bitten, than any other age group.
Every year millions of people suffer from life-changing catastrophic injuries. When such injuries are sustained due to the recklessness or negligence of another person or entity, the victims may have legal recourse against the legally liable party.
Car accidents are the leading cause of death to children in the United States. In fact, motor vehicle accidents and child passenger safety is one the leading public health problems that America faces.
The inherent risk of serious or fatal personal injury fireworks carry has long made them a vigorously regulated commercial product in California and throughout the country. With the first law passed in 1939, today the state only permits the non-professional use of a select few types of fireworks, specifically, those labeled “safe and sane.” All fireworks that explode and rise into or project through the air are prohibited, as they tend to be more dangerous.
Personal injury protection (PIP) is the first resource you have to pay medical bills after an accident in Oregon. Learn how to use PIP and the advantages it offers over health insurance. This could save you money and reduce the stress of medical bills and treatments.
FDA has issued a warning that there is an increased risk of bladder cancer in certain patients taking Actos. The risk seems to be considerably higher for those that take the drug at higher cumulative doses and for longer periods of time. Although Actos continues to remain on the shelves of drug stores in the United States, the drug is under a long-term observational study by the FDA. France and Germany have suspended the drug, due to the mounting concerns for its citizens.
A class action lawsuit is the typical manner in which compensation for damages resulting from large-scale food poisoning can be pursued. However, some issues related to foodborne illness can make this route of pursuing compensation problematic.
Finding the right nursing home for a loved one can be overwhelming. How can you determine if the standards of care meet your loved one’s needs?
Massachusetts is a comparative negligence state. This means in order to succeed the other party must be at least 51% at fault. If you are injured in an accident that is your own fault you most likely will not be able to make a case for personal injury.
It is unlawful to text while driving because it may cause major road accidents. Many people are killed and injured due to distracted driving in the United States. According to National Traffic and Highway Safety Administration (NTHSA), in 2009, 20 percent of car crashes were associated with distracted driving. Certainly, there are dangers in distracted driving; and unfortunately, there are also risks in distracted walking.
If you have been the victim of an Indiana accident involving a commercial truck, you are likely overwhelmed, frustrated, and maybe even confused about how to recover from your painful experience.
Albeit an enjoyable pastime, motorcycling is not without serious risks on the road, and the structural integrity of the machine you trust to carry you safely should be beyond question.
This holds true whether you’re traveling to work on a city bus, heading to class on a school bus or taking a pleasure trip aboard a tour bus. Although the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reports that annual bus passenger injuries and deaths have fallen in recent years, thousands of us keep dying or sustaining permanent injuries and disabilities on buses each year. We have to continue looking for new ways to protect ourselves from these tragedies.
The author discusses laws regarding dog bites and attacks and what to do if you are bit and injured by a dog.
Every year millions of workers are injured in the workplace. Fortunately, a significant percentage of workplace injuries are covered under workers’ compensation insurance in North Carolina, regardless of fault.
Alcohol-related accidents are a leading cause of death in all fatal car crashes. However, it is not uncommon for an innocent driver to be “deemed” at fault when they were in fact innocent just because they had a couple of drinks.
In 2009, there were approximately 4000 fatal pedestrian accidents, and 89,000 more injuries. As long as there are motor vehicles on the road, pedestrians will continue to sustain serious injuries and death.
On average, more than 350,000 people are treated for dog bite injuries in U.S. emergency rooms each year. Of those injured, approximately 42% of the victims of dog bites and attacks were children aged 14 and younger.
In the event you become disabled due to an accident or an injury, there are programs available to help pay for medical care. Medicaid is one such program.
Indianapolis traffic accidents can result in feelings of depression. If you or someone you love has been in a crash, contact a car accident attorney in Indianapolis.
If your Indiana traffic accident results in you having to have back surgery, contact a traffic accident lawyer in Indianapolis. A law firm in Indianapolis will be able to help you schedule a no-cost consultation with some of the best traffic accident lawyers.
When a motorcycle accident in Indianapolis leads to anxiety, contact an Indianapolis motorcycle accident attorney. You may qualify for compensation.
During the summer months, drunk driving accidents increase. Read here about how to help prevent these accidents by being a responsible drinker, looking out for friends, and reporting drunk drivers.
Insurance companies have recently increased the amount of reserves they are storing for asbestos claims. This is because there has been an increased frequency of asbestos cases this year and there are more to come in the future.
Law firms in Indianapolis can file an injury claim for you If you have been in an accident in Indiana and are suffering from a fibula fracture or other injury. Bone fractures are common after accidents in Indiana.
It’s a common misconception that every accident or injury in Indiana requires an Indianapolis, Indiana lawyer. While it is true that many accident victims retain the services of a lawyer to ensure their interests are fully and forcefully represented throughout the claims process, there are some instances in which law firms in Indianapolis are not required to settle a personal injury claim.
Approximately 40,000 people are killed in auto accidents each year and millions more are injured. Unfortunately, the vast majority of these accidents are caused by driver negligence and could have been prevented had the proper care and caution been used.
An Illinois defective product claim may be filed if you were injured by cochlear implants. You should consult with a defective medical product attorney in Aurora, IL to discuss your case.
All animals have the propensity to bite or attack people – when these animals belong to individuals they can become legally liable for the injuries their pets caused to others. Victims of animal attacks may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against the pet owner for all injuries they sustained.
Unlike child custody battles, animals are considered property according to the law. Under New York Domestic Relations Law, if you are married, in order to be able to seek a divorce decree from the NY courts
The public often perceives motorcyclists as reckless renegades with no concern for the safety of others. However, according to motorcycle accident statistics, it is not the actions of a motorcycle rider but the actions of a passenger vehicle driver that are the main cause of motorcycle collisions nationwide.
Loving parents spend time every day helping their young children develop good hygiene habits in the bathroom. We teach them how to bathe, brush their teeth, comb or brush their hair and otherwise maintain healthy bodies while making themselves presentable to the world
After a dog bite attack in Illinois your child may have suffered severe injuries that need attention right away. These injuries could be extremely costly and it is in your best interest to consider taking legal action by filing a personal injury claim.
Actos is a diabetes drug and is used to treat Type II diabetes. Recently, the FDA began a research study on the safety of Actos. This research study was created as a result of the concern of many people over the ability of Actos to increase the risk of bladder cancer.
It is well accepted in most jurisdictions that participation in sports activities involves a certain assumption of risk. That assumption of risk however, may not bar an injury claim where there is some reckless disregard by the person that causes the injury.
Catastrophic injuries require special attention. A catastrophic injury might be defined as one involving total and permanent disability, the total loss of earning capacity,enormous past and future medical expenses, custodial expenses, and pain and suffering.
If you confidently feel that you can text while driving, you better think again. According to reports of California Highway Patrol, using of cell phones while driving is one of the preliminary reasons for car accidents in California. Statistics from the U.S. Department of Transportation show that distracted driving was accounted for 6,000 deaths and 500,000 injuries in 2009.
Illinois product liability claims can address injuries from defective car seats.
When you’ve sustained spinal cord injuries in a motorcycle crash in Illinois, you may need to pursue compensation in a personal injury claim.
An explanation of what steps you should take if you've been involved in an auto accident or car crash in Michigan.
Uninsured motorist coverage in Illinois can fill the gap when you’re injured in a car accident and the other driver doesn’t have insurance to cover your damages.
An injury claim in Illinois can only be filed in a limited amount of time after an Illinois accident.
A car crash may leave you with serious injuries. It is possible that you may develop chronic pain syndrome (CPS).
After you have researched and visited several nursing homes and placed your loved one, you still need to be watchful of the staff at your chosen community. Because the nursing home population is increasing and they are often short on employees, sometimes neglect can occur.
After you or a loved one has been in a truck accident, you are probably much more concerned with physical, mental, and emotional recovery than researching and comparing your options for legal representation. You might even be tempted to negotiate a settlement on your own, to accept the insurance company’s initial offer, or to put off making a decision for several weeks, but all of these would ultimately be against your best interest.
A new study reveals that 40 to 50 percent of people are at high risk for obstructive sleep apnea but fewer are sent for testing because they don’t mention it to their doctors and doctors don’t always screen for it.
In addition to severe physical pain, seriously injured car accident victims often experience severe financial strain. Serious injuries often require expensive long-term medical care and treatment. The cost of treating a serious head injury, spinal cord injury, brain injury, broken bone injury, amputation injury or burn injury can soar into the millions.
The diabetes drug Actos has been linked to cause a significant increase in the risk of developing bladder cancer. It remains on the U.S. market despite being pulled from both France and Germany due to these concerns. Due to these dangerous side effects, this drug must be handled with caution and any concerns should be reported to your doctor immediately. If you or a loved one has developed bladder cancer after taking Actos, call our law firm today to arrange a free case evaluation.
Each year, most Americans must cope with at least a few hot summer months. During those trying times, we can usually remain both comfortable and productive if we surround ourselves with high quality air conditioners and fans.
There are many instances of an accident in Austin, Texas, that can increase your risk of suffering a serious spinal cord injury.
Texas is one of 33 states that follows a comparative negligence law when it comes to filing a car accident claim.
When pursuing a claim for an Illinois wrongful death case, there are many factors to consider. The success of this type of claim relies solely on the fault of the death being designated to an individual’s negligence or carelessness.
Depression is a disorder that may arise after a car accident. Keep in mind that this is an emotionally straining condition that may take time to subside, and with treatment and therapy, could be financially troubling for you and your loved ones.
The advancement of commonly used endoscopic procedures for the last 10 years gave way to better therapeutic and diagnostic benefits for patients, but these complex reusable devices also became more difficult to clean and disinfect.
Loss of future earnings, also called "lost earning capacity" is permitted under Pennsylvania Law in personal injury cases. There are generally five things needed.
One of the biggest concerns in Elder Law is Elder Abuse. It has always been a concern for those vulnerable adults who are institutionalized in Nursing Homes or state hospitals, especially as the population in this country grows older. Abuse is also an issue in instances where elderly adults are being cared for at home by their grown children.
Commonly misdiagnosed illnesses include Lupus, Lyme Disease, Fibromyalgia, Multiple Sclerosis and Celiac's Disease. Many of these conditions carry somewhat similar symptoms.