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Top 10 Causes of Boating Accidents

Keep yourself safe while boating and avoid these common reasons for boating accidents.

Understanding the Importance of New Florida PIP Insurance Rules after an Accident

In New Florida, there some specific laws of insurance that demand owners of motor vehicles to have at least 10,000 dollars in personal injury protection coverage and just 14 days to use that coverage if needed.

Three Injuries that Regularly Occur in Warehouse Environments

Over 145,000 laborers across the U.S. work in warehouses, as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration reports. Sadly, about one in 20 of these workers will suffer injuries in a given year, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Due to the hazards present in most warehouses, the following serious injuries are especially common among these workers.

Shipping Contracts: Interpreting the Terms

The Supreme Court in the UK has recently considered a case which demonstrates the complexities that can arise from the interpretation of a contract. The judges examined the extent to which parties have the contractual power to form an opinion, and affirmed the need for decisions by contractual fact-finders to be reasonable.

What Should a Car Owner Know Before Negotiating with an Insurance Company When a Car Has Been Totaled?

If your insurance company informed you that your car has been totaled, you may wonder if you have any recourse to challenge this decision or if the amount they’re willing to give you is fair. Before you sign any kind of release, or even a check from the insurance company, you need to know what options you have.

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim, and What Kinds of Claims Can they Bring?

If you recently lost a family member due to unpredictable and preventable circumstances, you are dealing with a lot. On top of your grief, you might be struggling to help keep your family financially afloat in the wake of unexpected funeral costs and the sudden loss of your loved one’s income. Filing a wrongful death claim could protect your family during this difficult time.

What Types of Damages Are Recoverable in Wrongful Death Cases?

A sudden death, like that resulting from an accident, leaves a void in a family’s life. Wrongful death laws vary by state. Generally, bereaved family members can seek money damages for both past losses, such as accident-related medical expenses and funeral costs, and future losses, such as future economic contributions to the family’s household.

What Should I Do If I Feel I Might Have a Medical Malpractice Case?

We trust our doctors to make us well and keep us healthy. Unfortunately, not every medical professional provides the standard of care that all patients deserve. Medical malpractice occurs when a doctor fails to provide acceptable care and the patient suffers harm as a result. If you believe your doctor may have done something wrong, contact our attorneys as soon as possible to start getting help and make sure you don’t miss any legal deadlines.

Federal Tort Claims Act Practice Alert: U.S. v. Wong

According to the United States Supreme Court, the two- year and six- month time limits in 28 U.S.C.§ 2401(b) of the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) "are just time limits, nothing more. Even though they govern litigation against the Government, a court can toll them on equitable grounds."

Fatal Crane Accidents

Construction workers must contend with a variety of safety hazards on every work shift. Many of these hazards come from the heavy equipment construction workers use on construction sites.

Slip and Fall Accident at New Jersey Property

A Florida couple has filed a lawsuit in Philadelphia District Court against the Hyatt Hotel Corporation for injuries sustained in a slip and fall accident at the Hyatt Place Hotel in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey.

New Data Concerning Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working to reduce the incidence of traumatic brain injury (TBI) by raising public awareness and improving TBI treatment.

Tracy Morgan Settles Lawsuit With Walmart

Walmart has reached a settlement agreement with Tracy Morgan in a lawsuit filed by Morgan after a Walmart truck crashed into his limo on the New Jersey Turnpike and left him with a traumatic brain injury (TBI.)

Unmentioned Risks Associated With Power Morcellators Assisted Surgeries

The Wall Street Journal notes that power morcellator manufacturers may not have disclosed that the instrument can spread cancer when used in uterine fibroid removal procedures.

Slip and Fall Injuries among Elderly People

Forty percent of fatal injuries among people ages 65 and older are the result of slip and fall accidents, making falling the fifth leading cause of death among the elderly.

Malpractice and Birth Injuries

When obstetric teams communicate well and follow established protocols, incidents of medical error and birth injuries are preventable.

Scaffolding Accidents

Construction workers are at an increased risk of injury or death when working above ground level at a jobsite.

What to do when Bitten by a Dog in California and How to Protect Your Rights

Dogs are a very important part of life in California and can bring companionship and joy in a person’s life. However, some dogs can also be dangerous and aggressive at any moment.

Workplace Injuries Increase Income Inequality

Workplace injuries, along with an inadequate Workers’ Compensation system, may be contributing to the gap between rich and poor, according to the US Labor Department.

Photographing the Scene of Your Accident

Photographic evidence a powerful form of evidence in any type of accident. Photos can convey pertinent information, while also providing jurors with physical, tangible evidence they can hold and view while listening to testimony or deliberating. While pictures to do not replace written reports or other testimony, they provide useful evidence to help further explain the accident and who may have caused it. As such, if involved in an accident, it is important to document it with numerous photos.

Cognitive Neuroscience Therapies Needed for Brain Injuries

Brain injured patients are not benefiting from the newest cognitive neuroscience therapies available, according to scientists in an issue of Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences.

When Can an Injured Seaman Recover Money Damages Under the Jones Act?

A seaman may be entitled to money damages in a maritime accident. The Jones Act, found at 46 U.S.C.A. §688 (46 U.S.C. 30104), allows for a seaman to recover for injuries suffered during the course of his employment while at sea. The family of a seaman who is killed during the course of his employment may also file a suit under the Jones Act. Whether the injured party is able to recover will depend upon the actions of the those who control the ship.

Safety Regulation Violations Lead to Charges in Employee Death

Charges were filed against employees of Bumble Bee Foods in the 2012 death of a worker who was performing maintenance on a 35-foot-long oven at the Santa Fe Springs Plant in California.

Product safety Recalls in Children's Products

Protecting children is a main priority in the United States, yet many consumers are unaware of the safety philosophies of the companies selling children’s products.

New Drug Delivery System for Mesothelioma Treatment

Pemetrexed is the only medication that has been approved by the FDA for the treatment of pleural mesothelioma. Since it was approved in 2004, pemetrexed combined with cisplatin has become standard treatment for mesothelioma patients.

Uninhabitable Conditions in California - The Right of a Tenant To Move Out And Break Their Lease

In certain circumstances, California Civil Code Section 1942 allows a tenant or lessee to move out of a rented property without prior notice when the property is uninhabitable. A rented property must be fit for humans to live in. When it is so unhealthy as to be a danger to the renter, the renter has the right to leave the premises even when there is a lease. However, there are steps to take before doing so in order to support your claim that the property is uninhabitable.

Operation Orange Squeeze on the Pennsylvania Turnpike

Operation Orange Squeeze has begun along the Pennsylvania Turnpike as Pennsylvania State Police make the safety of their construction workers and turnpike work crews a top priority.

Brain Injuries Change Lives Permanently

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can result from a blow to the head that may or may not show outward objective evidence of injury like a bump, cuts or bruising. A TBI can also occur when the brain gets jostled inside of the skull and collides with the bone against it. About half of these injuries occur when the victim is involved in a motor vehicle collision.

Game of Assessing Groans: How East Coast Lawyers Would Advise the Houses of Westeros

So far, season 5 of Game of Thrones has most people on the edge of their seats (especially from episode 6, which we are all still shocked about.) Despite the compelling story lines, it is clear that one of its most controversial and memorable aspects are the horrible, yet riveting personal injuries that have been inflicted on many of the characters both beloved and hated.

New Options in Pain Management Therapies

Mesothelioma is one of the most serious forms of cancer a person can become afflicted with in the 21st century.

Child Product Recalls

A recent look at which companies have issued the greatest number of product recalls has revealed some surprising insight into the safety philosophy employed by these firms.

Personal Injury Attorneys In California Need To Be On The Lookout For Legionnaires’ Disease

Few people realize Legionnaires’ Disease can occur in nearly any location. The first reported outbreak of Legionnaires’ Disease outbreak was at a Legionnaires Convention at a hotel in Philadelphia in 1976. Since then, outbreaks have been traced in California and other states to building water systems, spas and pools, fountains, and ventilation and cooling systems in hospitals, nursing homes, apartment complexes, shopping centers, fitness centers, dental offices, and individual homes.

GM Repairs Faulty Ignition Switches

In the year and two months since General Motors instigated a worldwide recall of more than two million cars due to faulty ignition switches, the company claims to have repaired nearly 70% of all vehicles with the product defect.

Risk of Injury From Treadmills

The deaths of SurveyMonkey CEO and Mike Tyson’s four-year-old daughter by treadmill are rare headlines in the daily news.

Importance Of Water Safety For Children

With the summer months quickly approaching, children are looking forward to swimming with family and friends at local pools and in backyards; however, recent statistics reveal that it is vital for parents and children to understand the risks involved while swimming in pools and spas.

Bar Fights, Negligent Security and Your Legal Rights

With many people taking vacations over the summer months and with colleges being on break, the crowds at nightclubs and bars increase greatly and so do the chances of being involved in a bar fight.

Car Accident Limited Tort Suits

For limited tort suits in Pennsylvania, plaintiffs have two years from the date of the accident to file a claim. Moreover, plaintiffs may only seek non-economic damages when they have suffered a serious personal injury.

Considerations When Pursuing a Lawsuit for Car Crash Injuries

Car crash injuries can affect your entire body from head to toe, but there are certain injuries that are the subject of lawsuits more often than others. Those injuries and what the lawsuits entail follow.

Train Accident Cases

  By HG.org
Cases involving train accidents and resulting injuries have a number of significant differences from other personal injury cases. By being aware of the following information, you can make a more informed decision about whether to pursue a train accident case.

Distracted Driving Penalties Increase Under New Ontario law

If you’re prone to using your phone behind the wheel, you could end up driving yourself out of money. There will be a maximum $1K fine and three demerit points for drivers who text, email or talk on handheld phone

Illinois to Introduce Safe Phone Zones

Like it or not, cell phone use is a part of life in the 21st century. People use their phones for everything regardless of rules against their use in cars, public transportation, and certain public spaces like gyms, restaurants, and churches. Statistics have shown that driving a car while using a cell phone can cause accidents.

Orphan Drug Destroys Mesothelioma Cancer Cells

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new orphan drug that is designed to help fight malignant mesothelioma.

Seeking Compensation for Construction Accident Injuries in Rhode Island

Learn what you need to do if injured in a construction accident for a greater chance of success in your injury claim.

New Diagnostic Method for Determining Brain Injuries

Injuries to the head can result in a wide variety of afflictions ranging from simple bumps and mild concussions, to severe brain trauma that can greatly impact a person’s life.

Swim at Your Own Risk: Tips for Swim Safety

Every year Memorial Day Weekend marks the unofficial start of the summer season and also the start of the season during which the risk of drowning exponentially increases.

What Are the Elements of Negligence?

  By HG.org
Every year, individuals are injured due to the negligent acts of others. These types of claims involve individuals who have been injured because of accidents. These accidents could have been prevented. A successful negligence lawsuit provides monetary recovery for the victim and punishes the careless person or entity responsible for the accident.

Seven Important Questions for Your Personal Injury Attorney

  By HG.org
There are thousands of personal injury attorneys available to assist victims who are injured in accidents that are caused by negligent individuals and entities. However, there are vast differences between lawyers. Before hiring a personal injury attorney, interview several and inquire about the following matters.

New Changes Under Bill 15 in Ontario

On November 20, 2014, Bill 15, titled the Fighting Fraud and Reducing Automobile Insurance Rates Act, 2014, received Royal Assent in the Ontario Provincial Parliament.

Summer is Almost Here!

The warm summer air brings families outside their homes for vacations, gardening, barbeques and every day fun in the sun!

UK Hospital Liable for Birth Injury

The family of a seven-year-old girl with severe cerebral palsy is awaiting the final award amount following a settlement agreement by the hospital where the girl was injured.

Medical Malpractice and Birth Injuries

Expectant parents dream of the day their happy, healthy baby comes into the world. When a baby suffers a birth injury; however, this special day becomes a parent’s worst nightmare.

Dangers of Construction Work Zones

Construction work zones are dangerous places for construction workers, pedestrians, drivers, and passengers.

Asbestos in University Campus Renovations

In a common scenario for buildings constructed during the post-World War II era in the U.S., the discovery of high levels of degraded asbestos often requires extensive removal and abatement programs before renovations can begin.

Car Accident in Pennsylvania: At Fault Driver Does Not Have Insurance

If you were in a car accident in Pennsylvania and learn that the other driver at fault does not have insurance, can you still recover for your damages?

Your Abilify Lawsuit Questions Answered

Learn more about the drug Abilify and some of the common questions regarding the drug.

Pointers on Taking Accident Scene Pictures

  By HG.org
If you are involved in an accident, being able to take pictures of the scene can make the difference between winning or losing your case. Photographs can help provide a more objective perspective to the case, whether the accident is a motor vehicle accident, a slip and fall injury or another type of injury.

After a Riot, Who Pays for the Damage?

  By HG.org
Riots have erupted all over the United States in recent years, often in the wake of racial tensions created by police activities. Often beginning as peaceful protests, these demonstrations sometimes degenerate into violent riots where people and property suffer harm, leaving innocent people to pick up the pieces. This has led many to ask who should pay for the damage after a riot?

A Website Published Embarrassing Content About Me, What Can I Do?

  By HG.org
The Internet has brought many benefits to modern civilization. Unfortunately, just as with any technology, it also has a dark side. So, when a website publishes embarrassing content about you, what can you do?

What is Tort Reform?

  By HG.org
The term “tort reform” has been a favorite in the news for years, but what does it really mean? What is a tort, why does it need to be reformed, and what kind of change needs to be made?

Infant Wrongful Death Due to Medical Errors

Negligence resulting in the death of an infant at, or shortly after, birth is avoidable.

Struck by an Object Construction Injury

Construction workers are often confronted with risks unique to their industry, including being struck by an object or debris.

Construction Worker Killed in Mast Climber Accident

Three construction workers were recently killed, and one seriously injured, when the mast climber they were working on collapsed and sent them hurling to the ground.

Pennsylvania Statewide Spotlight on Aggressive Drivers and Work Zone Safety

Pennsylvania has undertaken a new statewide effort for 2015 that is meant to increase driver and road worker safety across the state’s roadway infrastructure.

How Does Workers’ Compensation Work?

  By HG.org
Injured employees across the country are able to receive medical treatment and have a portion of their wages replaced after being injured in a work-related accident or becoming ill on the job through the workers’ compensation program. Employers and employees both have a number of responsibilities under the program.

What Pictures Should I Take after a Motor Vehicle Accident?

  By HG.org
After being involved in a motor vehicle accident, it is important that you or someone with you be able to establish an accurate depiction of the scene. This is so vital that many insurance companies included a disposable camera as one of the items in their emergency preparedness handouts to clients. Now, with the advent of modern technology, many people have cameras in their possession at a moment’s notice.

The Benefits of Avoiding Slip and Fall Accidents

According to research conducted at the Trondheim University in Norway, the key to a long and productive life is avoiding falls.

Fatal Collapse Accident at Construction Site

Three construction workers were recently killed, and one seriously injured, when the mast climber they were working on collapsed and sent them hurling to the ground.

Preventing Drunk Driving on Pennsylvania Roadways

The Pennsylvania Driving Under the Influence Association (PA DUI) is working hard to keep drunk drivers off of Pennsylvania’s roadways.

My Neighbor's Dog Keeps Barking; Do I Have Any Legal Rights?

  By HG.org
Noisy dogs are a common legal dispute. After all, while pet owners may feel annoyance at a dog that barks at every little noise, a neighbor has absolutely no control over training the dog not to respond in this manner. Thus, as the neighbor, what can you do legally to get the pet owner to quiet his noisy animal?

Teen Victims of Dating Violence

A recent change in the phrasing of the questions on the Center for Disease Control (CDC) Youth Behavior Risk Surveillance System Questionnaire has produced alarming new statistics.

Understanding Defamation ... Slander ... Libel

Everyone has heard of the terms: defamation, slander and libel. But not all understand the meanings of the words or the elements necessary to bring a successful lawsuit involving those legal concepts.

Victims of Personal Injury Accidents Are at Risk for these 3 Mental Health Illnesses

The victims of personal injuries often live with many harmful long-term consequences. These individuals may suffer from ongoing health complications or permanent disablement. Many injury victims face challenges performing daily activities, from work to hobbies. Sadly, some victims also develop debilitating mental illnesses or disorders.

Are Bars and Clubs Responsible if Their Customers Get a DUI?

  By HG.org
People injured in DUI cases often sustain life-changing injuries. Frequently, these injuries mean the victims will require expensive medical attention, either for a short period of time or for the rest of their lives. Of course, individual drunk drivers may not have the resources to fully compensate victims in these situations.

Who is Liable if a Trespasser Gets Injured on My Property?

  By HG.org
Imagine someone enters onto your property without your permission. Perhaps it is a child playing in the neighborhood, a stranger who does not belong there, or an uninvited acquaintance that has turned up on the property without permission. Now imagine that person is hurt while on your property without permission. Who is responsible? You? Them? A third party?

Trot Selection and Bicycle Accidents

With the congestion and traffic in the city of Philadelphia, as well as a growing trend toward “going green,” more and more people are turning to bicycles as their preferred method of transportation throughout the city.

Proposed Helmet Legislation for Ice Skaters

Currently New Jersey state law requires children ages 16 and younger to wear helmets when roller skating or skateboarding.

Possible Child Safety Seat Law Overhaul

According to AAA New Jersey, car accidents are the leading cause of death for children over six months of age.

WorkCover Rejected my Serious Spinal Injury Claim in Brisbane!

A common WorkCover scenario that we find with hard-working clients all over Queensland including Brisbane and the Gold Coast is this: They are employed in a heavy labour position such as in mining, construction work, heavy duty cleaning or a similar demanding job. Sometimes, these workplaces may not have adequate safety equipment, training or processes to address the nature of their job.

Closed Head Brain Injury Cases Require an Experienced TBI Lawyer

People who experience brain injuries have to face a lasting impairment. Whether this results from an accident, fall, sports injury, acts of violence, or medical incompetence, the victim may be able to receive compensation for loss of income, medical costs, pain, suffering and other damages.

Use of Zofran During Pregnancy Linked to Heart Defects and Other Birth Defects

The FDA has warned that women who use Zofran during pregnancy could be more likely to give birth to a child with heart defects or other birth defects. Families whose children were born with birth defects linked to Zofran have already filed lawsuits against the drug's manufacturer in two states.

How Is My Automotive Insurance Claim Affected If I Was Partially at Fault?

  By HG.org
The individual who is found to be at fault for the car accident is the party who is ultimately responsible for paying for the damage that was caused by this individual’s negligence. However, when fault is not clear or two or more parties were at fault, fault may be apportioned between the negligent parties. A further analysis under the comparative or contributory negligence laws under the state is also necessary.

Infant Brain Damage

Damage to the delicate infant brain can have devastating effects on the life of the baby, as well as the lives of those who love and will care for the child throughout their life.

Concussions Caused by Contact Collision Sports

The United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that one half of the one million sports injuries that occur are among middle school children.

Trip and Fall Accidents on New York City Sidewalks

If you have been injured on a sidewalk in New York City, there are many factors to consider when considering who is at fault and whom the claim needs to be brought against.

Injured While on a Bus, Who Is at Fault?

  By HG.org
Buses are generally thought of as fairly safe forms of transportation. Otherwise millions of school children would not ride buses to school everyday, millions more commuters would not use them to get to and from work, and others would not use them to take cross-country trips or go on tours. They also tend to be in fewer accidents than cars and motorcycles.

Construction Accidents

Construction industry workers face dangerous working conditions every day.

South Jersey Wrongful Death Lawyers Report on Energy Drink Litigation

The popularity of highly caffeinated energy drinks is well known for its ability to provide a quick lift and increased energy levels.

New Jersey Lawmaker Proposes New Helmet Law

In an effort to reduce the number of concussions and brain injuries resulting from ice skating accidents, one New Jersey legislator has recently proposed a new law requiring the mandatory use of protective headgear for juvenile ice skaters.

Sexual Assault Prevention on College Campuses

For high school seniors and their parents, Spring can mean the excitement of learning which colleges and universities they have been offered admission to, and which new campus communities they may become a member of in the Fall.

Ebola Nurse Lawsuit Against Employer

The deadly Ebola outbreak that has been plaguing West Africa hit home in October of 2014 when a nurse in Dallas was diagnosed with the disease.

Pennsylvania Mesothelioma Parity Bill

Pennsylvania House legislators voted overwhelmingly to pass a bill that will equalize patients’ out-of-pocket expenses for oral and intravenous cancer treatments.

Filing an Injury Claim Against a Company

Filing an injury claim against a company is much more complicated and challenging than filing a claim against an individual. You don't want to go rushing after an injury and file a claim against a business or commercial establishment. You first need to gather evidence, make sure that you meet all the criteria for your claim, and only then take the first step forward to contacting either the business or the insurer.

Victims of Bicycle Accidents

Riding a bike is a popular means of travel with good reason.

Construction Accident Injuries

Every year thousands of the over nine million construction workers in the United States are injured at construction sites throughout the country.

Safety Tips for the Motorcycle Season

As the weather warms up, more and more motorcycles are coming out of the garage, with riders ready to hit the road. Before you hop on your bike, remember to put safety first.

Reinstatement of Ship Worker's Asbestos Care

A New Jersey Appellate Court has reversed an earlier judge’s decision in a case involving a former ship worker who died from mesothelioma caused by exposure to asbestos at work.

What Do I Do If Attacked In A Public Place?

  By HG.org
Many find it surprising to know that violence has actually been on a steady decline for decades. Unfortunately, it does still happen. Often, altercations occur in a public location, such as a bar or club, a store, or a park or public street. When an attack occurs, what can you do to defend yourself and who is liable for any harm you suffer?

What Is the Difference between No-Fault and At-Fault Insurance States?

  By HG.org
Whether your insurance policy is governed by a no-fault or an at-fault regime can have a direct and significant impact on how your claim is handled and the possible compensation that you may receive after being injured in an automotive accident.

Hit and Run Accidents - Why and How to Protect Yourself

Almost half of all car accidents in Los Angeles involve a hit and run driver. Don't be a victim and shoulder the damages on your own. Learn how to protect yourself.

What to Expect when Meeting Your Attorney for the First Time

Despite what some popular jokes insinuate to the contrary, lawyers are people, too. They understand that it’s common for potential clients to be nervous or anxious when meeting for the first time. Try to remember that attorneys are there to help you. Knowing what to expect can ease your mind.


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