Personal Injury Law Articles

Articles written by attorneys and experts worldwide
discussing legal aspects related to Personal Injury.

Avoiding Motorcycle Accidents

Here are important facts about Motorcycle Accident Prevention. Remember to Share the Road with Cyclists and Motorcycles.

Tips for Keeping Your Kids Safe This Summer

Most children and teens are determined to have as much fun as they can during the summer, even if some of them have to hold down jobs.

Abusive Head Trauma Increases in Infants During Recession

Recession-related stress may have triggered an increase in non-accidental head injuries for infants, a new study suggests.

Understanding the Extent of Acquired Brain Injuries

Of all injuries that can be sustained in a preventable accident, one of the most devastating is that of brain damage. If you or a loved one have suffered from something of this nature, receiving compensation is of the utmost importance to help cover the damages.

How to Buy Auto Insurance

The author's perspective on buying auto insurance will help you buy the right kind of auto insurance because he knows what coverages are used when people have an auto accident. The insurance agent just wants your money. Unfortunately, you can not change your insurance coverage after the accident occurs.

The Harmful Effects of Nerve Damage in a Serious Accident

Some injuries in an accident can be devastating and completely change an individual’s quality of life. The potential for this with nerve damage is quite high, since nerves are responsible for carrying messages to the brain.

The Devastating and Costly Long-Term Effects of TBI

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be devastating and result in the need for lifelong care and treatment. When an individual suffers this type of brain injury as a result of someone else’s negligence or carelessness, the party at fault may be held legally liable.

Facial Injuries and Scars in a Car Accident

If you have sustained a facial injury in a car accident, it may result in facial scars. This could lead to an Illinois personal injury claim.

Motorcyclists: Watch Out for Potholes

Dangerous potholes and road defects in Michigan present driving hazards to motorists in general, but to bikers a pothole can lead to a serious injury accident.

5 Actions You Need to Take if You’re a Victim of a Hit and Run Accident

What should you do if you're a victim of a hit and run accident? You have rights, and to ensure they are protected here are 5 actions you'll want to take.

Immigration Status

Immigration status of plaintiffs is sometimes an issue in personal injury actions.

Speed-Related Motor Vehicle Accidents: Who Is Liable?

One of the most common and not to mention, dangerous driver behavior is speeding. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), it is estimated that one-third of all fatal motor vehicle accidents is related to speeding and that every month, as much as 900 Americans are killed because of it.

Types of Northern California Auto Accidents

Thousands of auto accidents take place on California’s highways and roads every day. The circumstances surrounding an auto collision can vary considerably depending on the types of vehicles involved, where the crash occurred and what type of collision took place. For example, the results of a head-on collision are typically much more severe than the aftermath of a rear-end collision.

Strategies for Dealing with Insurance Company Claim's Adjusters

How insurance companies try to deny or not pay you full value for your claim and what you can do about it.

Issues in Connecticut Dog Bite Cases, Liability and What You May Do

A surprising liability twist in dog attack cases and who may be responsible for the damages.

Dram Shop Liability in Connecticut and Drunk Driving Accidents

Obtaining additional compensation in certain cases when hit by a drunken driver.

How to Protect Yourself from under Insured and Non Insured Drivers When You Are Injured in an Accident

How to get money when you are injured in a motor vehicle accident case when the at fault driver has little or no insurance.

Parental Liability In Alcohol Cases Involving Minors

What problems does a parent face in hosting a party for minors where alcohol is served?

Avoiding Hazardous Springtime Driving Conditions

April showers and melting snow bring hydroplaning situations and accident conditions.

Types of Northern California Truck Accidents

When examining the circumstances surrounding a truck accident, a skilled northern California personal injury attorney will be able to determine how and why the crash occurred. If it is discovered that a defective piece of equipment or an error made by a truck diver caused a truck crash, an injured victim may be able to receive assistance for injury expenses.

When Does a Stair Case Injury Become a Legal Matter?

A stair case injury can be anything from a fall, to a slip or a trip on the stairs or if there is an object obstructing the pathway that led to your fall.

Burlington Basket Company Recalling Bassinets

All of the bassinet models being recalled were manufactured prior to June of 2010. Consumers can readily recognize them by their folding legs “attached to the baskets with white plastic pens.” However, similar bassinets with non-folding legs attached to the baskets with metal pins are not subject to this recall.

Event Data Recorders

Event data recorders are a wealth of information.

Beating of Giants Fan: a Look into Violent Crimes and Premises Liability

By now, everyone in Los Angeles would have heard about the brutal attack on a San Francisco Giants fan in the Dodgers Stadium parking lot after the season opening game. Bryan Stow, 42, of Santa Cruz, a paramedic in Santa Clara County and father of 2, suffered a severe skull fracture that will likely result to brain damage.

4 Excuses Used by Insurance Companies to Pay Less on Insurance Claims

If you understand and recognize these excuses, you can avoid or combat them.

Elderly Plaintiffs

Elderly plaintiffs can be especially challenging in terms of being able to prove their damages.

Criminal Injuries Compensation Amounts - UK

This article has been written to provide victims of crime information about how to make a claim for criminal injury compensation and how the scheme works.

A Bill Before the Oregon Legislature Could Give Whistleblower Protections to Non-nursing Hospital Personnel

A recent bill before Oregon’s state Senate might provide non-nursing hospital personnel workplace protection when they report patient care practices, procedures, or policies that endanger patient safety.

3 Steps to Take After a Car Accident

There are 3 important steps you should take after a car accident in South Carolina.

Occupant Protection Systems and Dangerous Defects to Look Out for

Car accidents are the leading cause of death for Americans aged 5-34 years old and every year, around 40,000 die and 270,000 persons are hospitalized because of motor vehicle accident injuries.

Food Dyes

Food dyes are debated within the FDA.

5 Steps to Take After a Truck Accident

There are 5 important steps you should take after a truck accident in Illinois. A Chicago truck crash lawyer can help you with your case.

What Is "Stacked" Insurance?

Stacked insurance refers to combining, or "stacking," different car insurance policies to increase your total coverage if you've been injured in a wreck.

Do I Need a Lawyer after Being in a Car Wreck?

An overview of how an attorney can assist you if you have been injured in a car wreck.

Nursing Home Abuse: More Than Just Physical Violence

When many people think about the abuse that takes place within nursing homes, the most common aspect that they will consider is that of the physical abuse and violence that can occur. While this does happen, it is only a piece of the puzzle. Abuse can actually manifest in many different ways.

Mistakes to Avoid in a Personal Injury Claim

If you have recently been injured in a preventable accident, it is likely that you are looking into pursuing a personal injury claim to fight for just compensation. While this is an invaluable tool to help with the aftermath of an accident, there are some mistakes that should be avoided.

Basics of a Personal Injury Claim

Understanding the basics of an Illinois personal injury claim helps claimants decide about fling.

Justifications of Pursuing a Personal Injury Claim

There are many people who have suffered a personal injury that should should seek the legal advice and guidance of a personal injury solicitor. Many people shy away from pursuing a claim for compensation. This article explains the justifications for making a compensation claim if you have suffered a personal injury due to someone elses negligence.

Why Does the Insurance Company Want Me to Fill Out an "Application for Benefits"?

If you have a new insurance claim, your insurance policy probably requires you to do an Application for Benefits. It's a formality required in the policy.

Safe Cycling in San Francisco

Now more than ever, San Francisco residents are cycling for recreation and as a means of transportation. In addition to other cyclists, bike riders share city streets with motorists and pedestrians. As traffic volume increases and streets become more congested, it is important that cyclists stay up to date on cycling safety tips. Staying current on the latest cycling safety tips can prevent a cyclist from becoming a victim in a bicycle accident.

Chemical Exposure Injuries

Chemical exposure injuries can frequently be linked to improper labelling. The Material Safety Data Sheet can provide a wealth of information in the handling of these claims.

Common Oakland Motorcycle Accident Injuries

Motorcycles may offer riders a sense of freedom, but they do not offer riders protection from an impact with a car, truck or bus. In 2008, motorcycle accidents injured more than 96,000 American bikers. Per vehicle mile traveled, riders are nine times more likely to be injured in a multiple vehicle collision than the occupants of a passenger vehicle.

Sacramento Wrongful Death Frequently Asked Questions

If your loved one suffered fatal injuries because of another person’s negligent actions or criminal act, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim. The purpose of a wrongful death claim is to allow the deceased’s dependants to recover damages related to the passing of a loved one. In addition to offering family members financial compensation, wrongful death claims can also bring a sense of justice to the situation.

Auto Safety Standards and You

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administrative has changed its current rating system for 2011 model cars. New standard have added a new collision rating: pole collision.

Spinal Cord Injuries and Virtual Reality Therapy

At present, many spinal cord injury (SCI) patients become frustrated when they reach rehabilitation therapy “plateaus” that convince them that they can’t keep learning new skills as quickly as they did in the past. Fortunately, different researchers are currently addressing this problem.

What to Do Following a Fresno Car Accident

Annually, there are more than six million car accidents that take place in the United States. Millions of motorists are injured and tens of thousands are killed in car accidents every year. It is estimated that approximately one person dies every 12 minutes in a car accident – making car accidents the leading cause of accidental death in the United States.

Oakland Truck Accident Victims’ Legal Rights

There are more than 15.5 million commercial trucks operating in the United States today. With some of the nation’s largest manufacturers based in the state, California plays a significant role in the transportation of goods by commercial truck. Due to the large number of commercial trucks traveling the state’s highways and roads, truck accidents are a frequent occurrence.

Determining What Happened in a Motorcycle Accident

Investigating motorcycle accidents today provides the investigator with a number of tools that make it possible to determine if a car or truck driver was telling the truth.

GPS Services Now Used for Accident Reconstruction

GPS devices are everywhere and in many devices, including your phone. Recently, GPS receivers are also being used to provide essential data for accident reconstruction. Speed and vehicle position will be recorded if a GPS device is in use at the time a crash occurs. This data can then be used by analysts to determine a vehicle’s path and speed before, and even after a collision.

Get Hard Evidence by Taking Photos of the Accident

The use of pictures has become an increasing force in the determination of an accident and the claims process. Pictures clearly portray the incident without any chance of inconsistent recounting of the accident.

Last Quarter of 2010 Proves to Be Dismal for New York Nursing Homes

The final quarter of 2010 proved to be a bad one for many New York nursing homes; state officials reportedly fined 30 nursing homes in the area.

Car Accident? Ten Things You Should Not Do

These are ten suggested things you should not do after you have been in a car accident in Pennsylvania and have suffered an injury.

Slip and Fall Accidents and Premises Liability Law

When a person slips and falls on someone else’s property because of unsafe conditions, the property owner may be held liable for the accident. The type of law that governs a property owner’s responsibility to provide reasonably safe conditions for visitors is known as premises liability law.

Drunk Driving and the Individual

When a person chooses to drive drunk, they put themselves and other individuals in serious danger of being injured or killed. Thousands of people are harmed each year in drunk driving accidents that could have been avoided if the intoxicated driver had chosen to take a taxi, had a designated driver, or waited to sober up.

Disclosure Duties in Real Estate Sales, and Liability for Real Estate Fraud and Undisclosed Defects

Disclosure duties in the sale of real estate, and liability and damages for fraud, misrepresentation or the failure of sellers to disclose material facts affecting the value or desirability of real estate under California Law.

Preventing Pedestrian Accidents: A Guide for the Elderly

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2008, a pedestrian is killed in a crash every 2 hours while 1 pedestrian is injured every 8 minutes. There is a huge potential for death for motor vehicle accidents involving pedestrians – they are 1.5 times more likely to get killed in a crash than the passenger vehicle occupants.

Motorcycle Accident Causes and Safety Tips

While motorcycles are less safe than cars because it has less protective barriers and gears, often, what make these vehicles dangerous are the motorcyclists themselves.

In Pennsylvania, Does My Limited Tort Option on My Car Insurance Apply if I Was Hit as a Pedestrian?

In the Commonwealth of Pennsylania, if you were hit by a car while a pedestrian, your tort option selection on your auto insurance does not apply. You are considered full tort for purposes of this accident. In Pennsylvania, the law is that as a pedestrian, your "tort" option selection on your car insurance should not apply. It is considered an exception to limited tort.

5 Essential Protective Equipment for Avoiding Injuries in Bike Accidents

Riding a bike is an exhilarating experience – the speed and power of motorcycles as well as the freedom of moving while on it has convinced many people to use it for leisure as well as their main mode of transportation.

Hypothermic Treatment for Spinal Cord Injuries

Recently, while preparing to try out for a Las Vegas Cirque du Soleil production, 20-year-old Jorge Valdez suffered an extremely serious spinal cord injury (SCI). The young man was about to complete a double flip at a South Miami-Dade gym when he landed “squarely on his head.”

Property Owners Responsible for Proving Liability in Slip-and-Fall Cases

The landscape of slip-and-fall lawsuits may change dramatically in Massachusetts, as the state is changing the legal standard for proving fault in such cases.

Massachusetts Snow and Ice Removal Law

In July 2010, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court abolished the long-standing law regarding liability for injuries caused by slips-and-falls on snow or ice.

Massachusetts Safe Driving Bill Becomes Law

Governor Patrick signed into law a bill of comprehensive reforms to driving laws recently passed by the Massachusetts Legislature. The safe driving laws will go into effect in October in an effort to prevent distracted driving car accidents.

Massachusetts Puts Landlords on the Hook for Dangerous Pit Bulls

Victims of dog bites or dog attacks in Massachusetts now have the right to sue not only the dog's owner, but the owner's landlord, if the landlord has reason to know that the dog was dangerous because of previous reports or is of a breed "commonly known to be aggressive," such as a pit bull.

Legal Liabilities in Facial Injuries from Dog Bite Accidents

It is estimated by the American Humane Association that half of all dog bite attacks involve children under the age of 12 years old. Given that children are shorter and have frailer bodies, if they are lucky enough to survive the attack, most of them would sustain severe dog bite injuries on their head, face, and neck.

DePuy Hip Implants and the Potential Side Effects

DePuy Orthopedics, a division of Johnson and Johnson has issued a global recall of its orthopedic devices ASR Hip Resurfacing System and ASR XL Acetabular System in August 2010.

Wrongful Death Cases in Missouri

How do you maintain a wrongful death case in Missouri?

Truck Accident Injuries

There is a wide range of the types of injuries that occur in a truck accident. The sheer size of trucks directly relates to these serious injuries. Below is a list of some common types of injuries sustained in truck accidents.

Common Car Accident Injuries

There are many types of injures you can sustain from a car accident. These types of injuries can range from a few scrapes, to much more serious injuries. Here are some common injuries that are sustained from car accidents.

Car Crash Injuries

Car accidents can lead to many different types of injuries. These can range from bumps and bruises, to much more serious injuries. Below is a list of some of the more serious injuries that can be inflicted in a car crash.

How to Avoid a Car Accident

Millions of people are seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents each year. Here are some helpful tips on how to avoid these accidents.

How Occupations Relate to Car Accidents

Who gets into the most car accidents? Here is a list of the top ten professions that are most likely to be involved in a car crash.

Staying Safe Behind the Wheel in Winter: Tips for Safe Driving

With one of the worst winter storms in Illinois history passing through early February, it has become extremely important to practice safe winter driving in order to avoid automobile accidents.

Dangerous Dog Breeds

Dangerous Dog Breeds & Michigan Dog Bite Injury Laws.

Possible Causes of Truck Accidents

Trucking remains a major mode for transporting goods in the United States. With so much traffic and so many trucks on our highways, accidents with these big rigs are sometimes inevitable. Sometimes, a truck accident occurs because of driver fault and sometimes, it occurs because of equipment failure. Unfortunately, when an accident occurs between a passenger car and a truck, the truck generally wins and injuries are rarely minor.

Frequently Asked Questions about Personal Injury in New York

The authors answer some of the most common questions about Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, Car Accidents, Premises Liability, Dog Bites, and more.

What Is the Value of My Workers Compensation Claim?

If you are injured on the job in Missouri, you are entitled to your medical expenses, payment for your temporary total disability (the time you cannot work), as well as compensation for your permanent partial disability.

NTSB Issues Safety Recommendation Based on 2001 Airline Crash near JFK

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently issued a safety recommendation to the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) regarding the November 2001 crash of an American Airlines Airbus near JFK.

American Passengers Have Limited Rights in International Airline Crashes

Not all passengers are treated equally under the law. International travelers may face greater restrictions when pursuing legal claims than their counterparts who are only traveling domestically.

Cause of Fatal Livermore Plane Crash under Investigation

A total of 56 percent of aviation accidents in the last 60 years were caused by human error, with 50 percent caused by pilot error and 6 percent caused by other human error.

Arizona Driving under the Influence of Drugs- ARS 28-1381(A)(3)

Why is does Arizona believe that driving the influence of an inactive metabolite- which is obviously a contradiction- is a crime?

Seven Mistakes Not to Make if You Have Been Bitten by a Dog

If you or a family member has been bitten by a dog, don't make the same mistakes commonly seen in a dog bite claim.

5 Steps To Help Avoid A Bicycle Accident

Riding a bicycle can often be more dangerous than you think, especially if you are riding on a busy highway or street. Always take every precaution you can when riding your bicycle, and know what to expect and what to do!

Three Important Facts about Maintenance and Cure Law

What is maintenance and cure law? Maybe your know the basics, but did you now these three important facts about maintenance and cure that can affect your case?

A Parent’s Guide to Slip and Fall Accidents and Head Injuries

Slip and fall accidents are common especially if you have children. Kids are easily excitable and naturally restless so you’d see them running around, climbing stuff, and generally, just playing. Playing however, especially without adult supervision can lead to accidents like slip and fall.

Recovering Financially after a Traumatic Brain Injury

The long-term consequences of a traumatic brain injury are not always obvious in the weeks and months following a serious car, truck, motorcycle or pedestrian accident.

Long Term Asbestos Exposure

Asbestos exposure can lead to a number of deadly diseases and harmful conditions. Victims of asbestos exposure may experience asbestosis, a respiratory disease that leads to scar tissue forming in the lungs.

Female Drunk Drivers: An Increasing Trend in DUI Accidents

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has reported that while men accounted for a higher proportion of drivers with blood alcohol concentrations at or above .08 percent as well as who are involved in fatal crashes, the number of women who drive drunk are substantial. Statistics show that in 2009, 22 percent of female driver involved in fatal passenger vehicle accidents had a BAC at or above .08 percent while 16 percent had BACs more than twice the legal limit.

Birth Injury Hazards: The Risks of Oxygen Deprivation

Infants can suffer tremendous harm before they ever leave the delivery room. Despite medical best practices, the latest technologies and a mother's months of preparation, new parents too often find themselves wondering just what may have gone wrong in the delivery room. Seeking answers, they contemplate a life ahead with a child who may have severe physical and developmental limitations.

Fetal Monitor Strips and Obstetrical Malpractice Cases

During labor and delivery, obstetricians, nurses and hospital staff involved in the birth are responsible for taking every reasonable step to ensure that the process goes as smoothly as possible. One of the ways they can do this is by properly monitoring the vital signs of mother and baby during labor and delivery and taking appropriate actions when signs of distress are present. Improper monitoring often leads to serious birth injuries.

Top Six Reason You Should Hire a Personal Injury Attorney

What you don't know can hurt you if you are injured in an Accident.

Ways to Avoid Becoming a Slip-and-Fall-Statistic

It’s far too easy to become a slip-and-fall statistic in this country. Each year, more than one million Americans suffer this fate. Most of us have seen fluid spills covering grocery store floors and know that our neighborhood sidewalks can prove treacherous if we fail to carefully watch our footsteps.

Legal Relief for Pedestrian Accident Injuries from Car Crashes

While pedestrian accident fatalities aren’t as much as passenger vehicle occupants or motorcycle deaths, it is still substantial. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), pedestrians make up about 12 percent of all motor vehicle crash deaths every year. In 2008 alone, 4,378 pedestrians were killed and 69,000 pedestrians were injured in motor vehicle crashes.

For Survivors of a Fallen Biker: Wrongful Death Claims in NC

In 2008, a staggering 159 motorcyclists were killed in North Carolina. Those fallen bikers are not just statistics; they were loved people that families and friends tragically and unexpectedly lost.

Sharing the Road: Tips to Stay Safe on North Carolina Highways

The number of motorcycle riders has increased in recent years and it is easy to see why: motorcycles are fun to ride, less expensive than cars and more fuel efficient.

Ex-Marine Receives $2 Million for Motorcycle Accident Settlement

A 24-year-old former marine was enjoying life as a civilian when his life unexpectedly changed.

Safety First: Avoiding Injuries As A Motorcycle Passenger

For those with a casual interest in motorcycles, riding as a passenger can be a perfect opportunity.

Accidents Caused by Drug-Impaired Drivers and Injury Victims' Rights

According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, an estimated 10.1 million people drove under the influence of illicit drugs between 2006 and 2009. Driving under the influence of any drug has potentially catastrophic consequences.

Take Home Asbestos Exposure

Take-home asbestos exposure is a wide-reaching phenomenon that can affect people who have never worked in an environment contaminated with asbestos a day in their lives. Learn more about the danger of take-home asbestos and what you can do about it.

Statute of Limitations for Filing Injury Claims

If you want to file a Hawaii personal injury claim, you should consult with a personal injury lawyer as soon after the accident as possible to avoid missing the deadline. The Statute of Limitations in Hawaii varies, depending on the accident, so the sooner you file a claim, the less likely you are to miss the deadline.

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