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What to do after a Personal Injury

  By HG.org
The moments following an accident or other injury are confusing and overwhelming. You may not know what to do or where to turn if you or a loved one has been injured due to someone's negligence or wrongdoing.

10 Important Questions for Your Personal Injury Attorney

  By HG.org
Accidents rarely come with any forewarning, leaving most victims unprepared and unsure of how to proceed. When you or someone you know is injured, you will have a lot of uncertainty and need to make a lot of decisions very quickly. You should always seek immediate medical attention for any injuries and also seek the assistance of qualified, experienced legal representation. But, how do you know who the best attorney is for your case?

Nursing Home Employee Arrested For Abuse Against 101 Year Old Resident

A South Carolina nursing home employee has been arrested and charged with nursing home abuse. A 101 year old nursing home resident accused the employee of sexually assaulting him and pouring detergent into his eyes.

What is Negligence?

  By HG.org
One can only bring a lawsuit for negligence if they can establish all four of the required elements. If any one of the elements is missing, then there is no negligence from a legal standpoint, and a lawsuit cannot be sustained. Of course, there are often defenses and other technicalities involved with proving such a case, so it is always best to contact a qualified, licensed attorney to help answer your questions and guide you through the process of analyzing your claim or defense to negligence.

Three Motorcycle Accident Fatalities Within Thee Day Period

In May, three motorcyclists in the Washington, DC area died within a three day period. Another motorcyclist was seriously injured. The three separate accidents lead to the three fatalities.

Rhode Island Dog Bite Law

According to the American Humane Association, dog bites occur nearly five million times annually, with almost one million causing injury requiring medical treatment.

Common Types of Motorcycle Accidents

Single-bike motorcycle accidents, left- and U-turn collisions, distracted driving, and violating the cyclist’s right of way are common types of motorcycle crashes.

What Should You Do Following a Motorcycle Accident in Ontario Canada?

Following a motorcycle accident in Ontario, an injured rider may be entitled to bring an insurance claim. There are but a few of the important steps that can be taken immediately following a motorcycle accident.

Ontario Pedestrian or Bicycle Accidents and Your Right to Insurance Benefits

When a pedestrian or cyclist is injured in a crash with a motor vehicle in Ontario, Canada, they can claim no-fault insurance benefits as well as traditional negligence claim against the at-fault driver.

5 Facts About Insurance Coverage for Hit and Run Accidents

Dealing with insurance coverage for hit and run accidents is frustrating and complex. Here are five key facts about how insurance works after a hit and run.

Difference between Jones Act and Workers’ Compensation Claim

Workers’ compensation and Jones Act maritime injury claims are very different. The only similarity is that they provide compensation for injured employees.

How Does the Workers’ Compensation System Work in Missouri?

In Missouri, employers are required to have workers’ compensation insurance coverage. Employers can obtain this insurance either with a private insurance company, or can self insure. With some exceptions for domestic servants and agricultural workers, every employer who retains more than five employees must have workers’ compensation insurance.

Calculating Lost Wages after an Auto Accident

Not being able to attend work after an accident can have a lot of financial consequences for a family. But if you were not at fault, you may be able to get your lost wages compensated. Sounds simple right? In many cases it is, but in some, like for those who are self-employed or contractors, it can be more complicated.

Injured Worker Did Not Have Requisite Causal Opinion From Doctor

In a recent 8th District decision, the Court affirmed summary judgment in favor of an employer who argued that records from claimant's treating physicians did not establish sufficient causal connection between diagnosis and workplace injury.

Pittsburgh Pedestrian Injuries – Watch Your Step

Overzealous and impatient drivers can create dangerous situations for both the pedestrian and the driver.

Personal Injury Claims for Injuries at Work

Most people believe that if they’ve been injured in an accident at work, their only viable recourse of recovering damages is through workers’ compensation. While this is true in many cases, it’s also true that a number of exceptions to this rule exist that would allow the worker to sue for damages by making a personal injury claim for an at-work accident.

Researchers Estimate Surgical “Never Events” Occur 4,044 Times a Year

Johns Hopkins released the findings of a careful review of national medical malpractice claims. The safety researchers who conducted the analysis discovered some shocking information about “never events,” events that the medical community agree are unacceptable and should never occur.

Optional Car Insurance Coverage You Should Carry

Optional types of car insurance coverage that can be beneficial after a car accident include underinsured motorist coverage, medical payments, and gap insurance.

What Type of Injury Claim Should I File?

The success of filing an injury claim depends on several factors: what type of accident you have experienced, who was at fault in the accident and the extent and type of damages sustained. An injury claim can take several forms, and each will be handled slightly differently.

What to Do After an Oregon Bicycle Accident to Protect Your Rights

After a bike crash, it's important that you don't do anything that could jeopardize your right to bring a personal injury claim if you need to.

Nursing Home To Pay Family Of Abuse Victim $23 Million

A nursing home abuse case in Sacramento, California has come to a close with the jury awarding $23 million to the plaintiff. The Seattle-based company was accused of abuse and neglect that caused the death of an 81 year old woman, and was found to be guilty.

Michigan Fireworks Accident Injury Lawyers Gives Fourth of July Safety Tips

Best lawyers for Michigan fireworks accident injuries gives safety tips for the Fourth of July holiday season.

Why Bring a Wrongful Death Suit in Oregon

There are many reasons to consider a wrongful death lawsuit after the death of a family member. Here we've outlined some of the most common so that you can begin to understand whether this may or may not be a good step for your family.

Flood Preparedness Safety Checklist

Did you know that floods are the number one most common natural disaster in the United States? Here are some tips to stay safe before, during and after flood storms.

Antidepressants and Pregnancy Birth Defects

Plaintiffs in lawsuits against Zoloft claim that Zoloft did not do enough to warn pregnant women of the risks of taking Zoloft during pregnancy and that their infants suffered serious injury and birth defects.

Consumers Can Fight Back against Mislabeling by Food Companies

It is a fraud on consumers to create labels that do not accurately reflect the ingredients in a food item, including using “evaporated cane juice” to denote sugar content that is really no different than refined white sugar.

Stay Cool & Safe in the Pool: Safety Tips for Swimming Pool Owners and Guests

Every year, thousands of people are injured or die in swimming pool accidents. According to the Centers for Disease Control, about 3,500 people per year drown in accidents unrelated to boating.

New Missouri Workers’ Compensation Legislation

Recently, lawmakers in Missouri put the finishing touches on a law that would mean businesses would pay double the fees they are currently paying in order to replenish a fund intended for disabled workers that is currently insolvent. This fund pays out to workers who are disabled as the result of serious work-related injuries or illnesses.

Bus Crash Leaves 13 Injured

Recently, 13 individuals were injured in a bus crash involving a Kansas City bus which flipped on to its side and slid down an embankment after a car pulled in front of the bus.

Personal Injury and Violence

There is a pair of Rhode Island Supreme Court cases that underscore the difficult legal issues that arise in Rhode Island personal injury claims involving gun violence.

When to Settle Your Motorcycle Accident Case

When to settle and how to negotiate the best possible settlement are common questions following a motorcycle accident. When someone experiences a motorcycle accident and is injured, the parties responsible for causing the accident will be responsible for medical expenses, lost wages, damages for pain and suffering, and additional accident-related damages.

West Virginia Fatal Car Accident Statistics

Fatal car accident statistics can help residents avoid deadly car crashes in West Virginia.

Overview of Car Accident Lawsuits

If you are having trouble settling your car accident case with the other driver's insurance company, you may be thinking of filing a lawsuit in court. Before you start with the preliminaries, there are a few things to expect. There area also alternatives to settling your case in court.

Truck Driver Slams into Stopped Car, Kills Passenger, Injures Driver

A crash involving a tractor-trailer and a Toyota Tundra pickup has left one dead, one seriously injured. The crash is one of many catastrophic accidents involving passenger vehicles and commercial trucks, leading many to question whether safety regulations for truck drivers are being followed as closely as they should be.

Missouri Man Injured & Ejected from Vehicle in Semi-Truck Accident

Last June a Missouri man sustained moderate injuries when he was involved in an accident with a semi-truck on Missouri Route 79 near Hancock St. in Foley, Missouri. The accident happened on June 19, 2012 around 10:30 am.

Insurers Balk At The Prevalence of Narcotics In The Workers’ Comp System

The prevalence of narcotic prescriptions in the workers’ compensation system is receiving a lot of attention currently because insurers are becoming uncomfortable with assuming the cost of these prescriptions when it comes to long term use.

FL Texting While Driving Ban Signed Into Law

The “Florida Ban on Texting While Driving Law” is set to go into effect on October 1, 2013 and has already come under criticism for being too weak, leaving a lot to be desired in the realm of enforcement.

In-Home Caregiver Caught On Camera Abusing Dementia Patient

Nursing home abuse does not just occur in nursing homes. It can happen anywhere. In Virginia Beach, Virginia, one in-home care attendant has been sentenced to more than a year in prison for mistreating a patient. The defendant was providing in-home care for a patient with dementia and has been accused of abusing the patient in 2011.

In-Home Caregiver Caught On Camera Abusing Dementia Patient

Nursing home abuse does not just occur in nursing homes. It can happen anywhere. In Virginia Beach, Virginia, one in-home care attendant has been sentenced to more than a year in prison for mistreating a patient. The defendant was providing in-home care for a patient with dementia and has been accused of abusing the patient in 2011.

Bus Driver’s Injuries Are Compensable Though the Injury Occurred At Home

A New Jersey Bus Driver was awarded workers’ compensation by a judge after her claim for benefits after experiencing an accident where she tripped and fell, breaking her foot, was initially denied.

Drunk Teen Driver Arrested for Causing Death of Two

An intoxicated teenage driver was recently arrested for driving over the speed limit and causing death of an elderly couple. According to the witnesses, the collision between the two vehicles was so intense that the elderly couple’s car flew about six feet in the air.

Defective Medical Device Lawyers Now Accepting Michigan Mirena IUD Lawsuits

Defective medical device lawyers at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. are now accepting Michigan Mirena IUD lawsuits.

Tyson Foods Inc. to Pay $4 Million Penalty after Toxic Chemical Releases

Tyson Foods Inc. has been penalized in the amount of $4 million after harmful chemicals were accidentally released in different facilities in four states. Due to the chemical exposure several employees were injured and one died. Additionally, risk management practices will need to be reevaluated.

Brain Injury Survivors Share Their Stories

In the United States alone, between 1.5 and 2 million people sustain some sort of brain injury every year. Around 90% of these occur in accidents, while 10% happen as a result of an assault. The Brain Injury Society recently held an event at Gaylord Hospital to honor those who have been affected by traumatic brain injuries and create greater awareness to the general public.

Common Injuries from Defective Products

Defective products are those that consumers expect to work properly but do not fulfill their functions.

Proposals of Tort Reform: Limiting the Rights of the Wronged

In the last few years, costly health care has been a hot topic, as families and employers struggle with skyrocketing health insurance premiums and state and federal governments wrestle with ever-increasing Medicaid and Medicare costs.

Falls Are Usually Funny

People often make light of accidental falls, including Hollywood artists (e.g., Chevy Chase, Jerry Lewis and Dick van Dyke) who have made a living out of making people laugh about falling down.

Money-Motivated Oil Rig Employers Sacrifice Safety

Money is a major motivating factor to many of the workers who are flocking to North Dakota, the fastest growing state in the nation, to work in the oil fields. Some oil rig employers are sacrificing the safety of their workers in order to make money.

South Florida 2013 Hurricane Preparedness Tips

It’s time for everyone along the east coast to ready their Hurricane Preparedness Plan, and the law firm of Panter, Panter & Sampedro, P.A. have prepared some tips to help prevent unnecessary injuries and damage to property.

Youth Hunting: Rules and Laws in West Virginia

Youth hunting alone is allowed for those 16 and older in order to avoid hunting accidents. After an accident, call a Clarksburg personal injury attorney.

What Are the Penalties for a Hit-and-Run for a Minor in South Carolina?

A hit and run accident in South Carolina can be a serious offense for both minor and adult drivers. There are several instances in which leaving the scene of an accident will incur penalties and fines.

Injuries Caused by Defective Car Parts

Car accidents are an unfortunate fact of life. When an accident is the result of another's negligence or recklessness, the law holds the person responsible. When the accident is due to defective car parts, there are responsible parties that should be held accountable too.

A Quiet Danger: Three Common Types of Nursery Product Defects

The CPSC reports that on average, 114 children die from nursery product injuries each year. This article examines the three types of product defects, as well as the victim’s and family’s rights after an accident.

5 Tips for Bicycle Accident Victims

As a cyclist and bicycle accident victim advocate, the author has learned several lessons over the 20 plus years he has been riding and practicing personal injury law. On this article, you will find some of the tips he would like to offer to victims of bike accidents.

Explanation of Disfigurement from Dog Bite: Types, Treatment and Damages

Disfigurement from a dog bite after a dog attack may result in compensation for the surgical costs to treat the disfigurement and emotional harm.

Special Consideration for Motorcycle Accident Caused by a Drunk Driver Crash

When a motorcycle accident is caused by drunk driver crash the consequences for the victim may be more serious.

Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy: Still a Common Threat to Infants

Despite advances in neonatal medicine, hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy remains a common condition in the U.S., potentially causing cerebral palsy, brain damage or death to the infant.

Harlem, Lower East Side Children More Likely To Die In Crosswalks

Children in Harlem and the Lower East Side face a disproportional pedestrian accident rate than children in other areas of Manhattan. Why is there such a large disparity and what is the solution?

The Importance Of Filing A Police Report After A Car Accident

Oftentimes people assume that they do not have to file a police report if they are involved in a minor accident. But if you plan to seek compensation, filing a police report strengthens your case.

Texas DWI Traffic Crashes in 2011

The Council on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse reports that approximately 16,000 alcohol-related traffic accident deaths occur every year in the United States. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), alcohol plays a role in about one out of every three traffic fatalities.

Auto Defect Cases in Personal Injury Law

Per the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), any automotive part that “poses a risk to motor vehicle safety” can be viewed as defective. The manufacturers of defective products which result in the injury or death of consumers who use them as directed can be held legally accountable under strict liability laws.

2010 New Mexico Traffic Accident Information

New Mexico Department of Transportation has released traffic accident statistics for 2010, which show distinct trends.

Programs Raising Awareness about Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

Awareness is extremely important when it comes to eliminating nursing home abuse and neglect and elder abuse. Calling attention to the existence and prevalence of these issues is crucial and it is also very important for family members to develop an awareness of the signs of abuse, so that cases can be identified and dealt with.

Asbestos Trusts Assess and Pay Claims in Accordance with Trust Distribution Procedures

Trusts typically offer claimants two options for claim review, either expedited review or individual review.

Product Hazards

Identifying product hazards that cause injury

Slips, Trips, and Falls in Wholesale and Retail Trade Establishments

Spills on walking surfaces may cause slippery surfaces.

Electrical Shock Accidents and Injuries Are Often the Result of Negligence

Like failure to fix known hazards; failure to follow written safety rules and processes; and every day negligence. Defective products and equipment are also often at fault.

How to Prevent Boating Accidents

All watercraft accidents must be reported to the National Park Service within 24 hours.

Escalator Injury Lawsuit

Many different types of claims can be made in an escalator injury lawsuit, depending on the circumstances of the escalator accident. An escalator accident lawsuit may be brought under negligence, strict liability, and failure to warn. The most common type of claim in cases in which a body part got caught in an escalator is for negligence.

What Does Loss of Consortium Mean?

When a family member has been seriously injured, it is possible to bring a claim for yourself - to compensate you for the damage to your relationship and any loss of services. This is called a loss of consortium, and this type of claim is usually pursued by spouses.

Red Light Accidents Disputed Right of Way Crash

It can take a lot of information to analyze a crash. Data gathering should begin as soon as possible.

Premises Liability & Sexual Assault

Rape and sexual assault survivors may pursue civil remedies. There are a wide range of tort causes of action and can seek redress. Sexual assaults often happen in casinos, hotels, motels and apartments. only 3% of all sexual assault civil claims proceed to a lower court judgment and a full 97% of all cases settle before trial.

Sports Concussions and Injuries

There are various types of sports injuries that can occur while on the field or on the court, but there are some parts of the body that are more prone to injury than others. The most common injuries among athletes are sprains, strains and concussions.

Caffeine as the Safest and Most Effective Solution to Truck Driver Fatigue

Despite the pressure to most truck drivers to deliver in a timely manner over very long distances, the solution to staying awake and free from fatigue may be as simple as a cup of coffee, as reflected in the results from a recent Australian research. Instead of taking harmful prescription drugs that may lead to side effects and even road accidents, it may be better for truck drivers to limit their solutions to regular intake of caffeine.

5 Safety Tips that Should Be on Every Spring Cleaning Checklist

A few safety tips to keep in mind as you tackle your spring cleaning projects.

Aggressive Driving and the Law

Accidents caused by aggressive driving behavior have been happening with increasing frequency over the years. This article explains what the law views as aggressive driving, the risk that such behavior poses to others on the road, and outlines the penalties for it.

Nursing Home Negligence

When nursing homes neglect elders and they suffer injury, the injured person or their family will most likely have a claim against the nursing home. Nursing homes have certain duties that they must fulfill to their patients, and whenever a nursing home fails in those duties, there is a basis for a claim.

Five FAQ's about FELA Railroad Accident Claims

Frequently Asked Questions about the Federal Employers Liability Act.

Liability in Bus Collisions

A freeway accident on March 27th, 2013 involving an SUV and a bus injured 11 people. Only minor injuries were reported from the crash, which occurred at about 7:30 a.m. Reports indicate that a municipal bus and an SUV collided on an on ramp in Riverside, CA - further details as to the cause of the crash remain unknown. The bus was carrying a total of 29 passengers.

Seat Belt Laws Save Lives

Drivers are wearing seat belts more than ever and it is resulting in the risk of being killed or severely injured in an automobile accident by at least half.

The Effects that Speed Limits Have on Auto Accidents

Numerous studies have been carried out nationwide to tackle the question: Do higher speed limits affect the rate of traffic accidents and fatalities? Unfortunately, there is no one answer set in stone.

Florida Law Enforcement Agencies Fight Hit and Run Accidents

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles or FDHS in a press release shows that Florida’s hit and run fatal auto accidents, over the past two years has increased.

Rights in the Case of Defects in the Law of Sale - Germany

If the condition of the item purchased deviates not insignificantly from its specified condition, then the purchaser can assert extensive rights.

Car Accidents: Determining Liability

Most car accidents are straight-forward and liability is easy to understand. But did you know that there are more factors than the two drivers? The accident could have been caused by a faulty car, or a poorly designed intersection, or even bad weather. Before contacting the insurance company, make sure you understand the real cause of your accident.

How to Negotiate Your Own Personal Injury Settlement

Not every case needs a lawyer. If your case is small, you may be able to negotiate with the insurance company yourself. We don't often recommend this, as it can be very difficult even with a small claim to work with the insurance company, but it is possible.

The Basics of Car Accident Claims

Car accidents make up the majority of personal injury cases in the U.S. court system. They are an unfortunate fact of life as the majority of American's drive cars. If you or a loved one is involved in a car accident due to another person's negligence or recklessness, the laws in Missouri and Illinois holds them responsible.

Stopping Speeding Means Stopping Serious Car Accidents

The best way to curb speeding sometimes lies in enforcement, rather than relying on individuals to monitor themselves.

Accidents Involving School Buses

A recent school bus accident in San Bernardino seems to back statistics that most school bus crashes are head-on collisions. Elderly couple driving a Jeep struck the bus after running a red light. Fortunately, no kids were on the bus. Unfortunately, the bus driver and the elderly couple in the Jeep were hurt.

Known to Fail but Implanted Anyway: DePuy ASR Hip Replacements

Johnson & Johnson announced in January 2013 that it had set aside close to $1 billion, in addition to the $3 billion set aside in 2011, to compensate those who received a defective metal-on-metal hip implant from the company.

Brain Injury Awareness Month in New York

Some of the most serious injuries resulting from an accident are brain injuries, and the medical expenses that follow could put a strain on your finances as well as your family's. When pursuing compensation for damages, it is recommended that you engage the services of an experienced and skilled personal injury attorney to help you obtain the highest possible amount for your claim.

Rear End Collision - Is It Always Entirely your Fault? - Malaysia

At time it is customary to assume that when you crash into the car in front of you, the fault is all yours to take. That may not always be the case, and here is why.

Seeing Doubles - Insurance Claim or Full Sum Damages, or Both? - Malaysia

You met with a motor accident, and your medical expanses were covered by insurance. Are you entitled to claim from the wrongdoer as well? The answer would appear to be a resounding yes, but it is not so simple...

Workers Compensation: Shoulder Injuries

Insurance companies will often deny benefits. They dispute shoulder injuries by blaming your problems on arthritis or that the injury did not result from a work related incident.

Semi Truck Scares Interstate Drivers in Wrong Lane

The driver of a semi truck got lots of attention on the morning of March 18th, 2013 when he drove for about 10 miles in the wrong direction on an interstate. Police dispatchers were first alerted to the wayward semi a little after four in the morning, when motorists began calling in handfuls to report the truck, which many reported forced them to swerve in order to avoid a collision.

Increased Risk of Falls Due to Snow and Ice

Business owners have a duty to inspect their premises for slip and fall hazards and fix any hazards they find or provide proper warning. In general, homeowners and others who possess property are liable for the slips and falls of their guests.

Warranty for Defects in the Law of Sale - Germany

Despite many attempts to provide a remedy, the purchaser potentially does not have to accept a defect in a new car that is irreparable.

What Should I Do After A Car accident? North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyer

If you have been truly hurt during a collision due to someone else's negligence, it is extremely necessary to consult with a North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyer. Pierce Law Offices has the useful resources and expertise to assist you and your loved ones throughout this stressful period.

Speeding Remains the Number One Vehicle Accident Problem

While recent statistics show a drop in vehicular accident fatalities over the past ten years, the most common cause of road accidents needs to be given some attention. The combination of speeding and aggressive drivers is the main factor involved in motor accidents and state authorities need to implement more effective measures to help prevent these accidents. For now, individuals may turn to their personal injury lawyer in seeking compensation for pain and injury resulting from these accidents.

Why Slip and Fall Cases Often Settle

Retail giant Target has settled a slip and fall claim that was filed in 2012 and based on an injury sustained in 2010. The injury was allegedly caused by a soda spill in the aisle of one of Target’s stores. The claim also named several “John Does” who may have been to blame in creating the hazard.

Sovereign Immunity and the Public Duty Doctrine

Sovereign immunity does not allow anyone to sue a federal or state entity without its consent. This authority comes from the federal structure of the U.S. Constitution. A government entity can only waive sovereign immunity through deliberate and explicit state action.


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