Blog Posts in October, 2014

  • Depositions in Car Accident Cases

    If you are involved in a car accident, you may want to seek damages for losses with a civil suit. Generally, civil actions in each state follow the same format, which can be divided into three stages . First, the plaintiff begins the lawsuit by filing a petition with the court. The defendant responds to the lawsuit by filing documents with the court, and the case is initiated. Next, the lawsuit ...
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  • Trucking Accidents Caused by Driver Error

    Errors by truck drivers are likely to cause trucking accidents. In fact, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reports that drivers of large trucks are ten times more likely to cause a trucking accident than other factors, such as weather, poor road conditions, or vehicle performance. The study also determined the most common causes of truck driver error. The study found that, of ...
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  • State Bicycle Helmet Laws

    Currently, no state requires adult bicyclists to wear helmets. However, wearing a bike helmet can make a huge difference in both your safety and the outcome of an injury claim after a bicycle-car accident. About half of states do require helmets for cyclists under a certain age. What’s more, many cities and towns have their own ordinance requiring adult and child cyclists alike to wear helmets. In ...
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  • Elder Abuse and Nursing Home Injuries: Common Questions and Answers

    Many people are unfamiliar with the facts of elder abuse and nursing home injuries. However, these problems are more common than many may think; according to the United States Department of Justice, about 11 percent of all elder persons are abused each year. In the United States there are more than 40 million people over the age of 65, meaning that at least 4 million elderly adults are abused each ...
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  • Skiing and Snowboarding Accidents and Lawsuits

    If you were involved in a skiing or snowboarding accident that resulted in injury or death, you may have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit. Skiing and snowboarding injuries can be mild, such as knee injuries, lower leg fractures, and wrist sprains. However, some injuries are life-long or even result in death. Accidents from skiing and snowboarding have become more frequent as the sports have ...
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  • Asbestos in the Workplace

    According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), as many as 1.3 million people are exposed to asbestos in their workplace in the United States. Though most people are aware of the link between asbestos exposure and serious health problems. Many do not know the facts about asbestos, such as what asbestos is, what occupations most frequently expose employees to asbestos, and ...
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  • Bike Accidents: Collisions With Cars at Intersections

    Intersections are where cyclists are most at risk for a car collision. though only 11 percent of bicycle accidents involve a collision with a car, 45 percent of those accident take place at an intersection. In order to minimize the amount of bicycle collisions with cars , cyclists are encouraged to increase their visibility, understand the rules of the road, and learn to recognize the most ...
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  • Sidewalk Slip and Fall: Who is Liable?

    If you are injured from slipping on a sidewalk, you may or may not have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit. Whether you have a case depends on if someone can be held liable. If someone else is determined to be negligent, and their negligence lead to your injury, then they will be liable. To win a slip and fall case , you have to prove that the owner of the premises was negligent. it is not ...
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  • Is a Car Making a Left Turn Always at Fault in an Accident?

    In general, when a traffic accident involves a driver making a left hand turn when the other driver was coming straight from the opposite direction, the driver turning left will be at fault . This rule is usually automatic, though it is possible to prove otherwise. There may be an exception to this rule if: The car going straight was driving well over the speed limit The car going straight ran a ...
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  • Timeline for a Slip and Fall Lawsuit

    Slip and fall lawsuits can potentially take months or years to resolve. Generally, they take a standard format with a few distinct phases. If you are considering entering into a slip and fall lawsuit , you should first become familiar with what the process looks like. The first part of the lawsuit is the complaint and summons. The complaint is the document your lawyer prepares which outlines your ...
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  • Amusement Park Accidents

    Amusement park accidents cause thousand of injuries every year. According to the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), approximately 8,800 people suffered injury on amusement park rides in 2006. These statistics include only injuries which warranted emergency room treatment, meaning the total number of injuries could be much higher. An additional 3,600 people were injured on ...
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  • I am the Victim of a Trucking Accident, Who Can I Sue?

    In a typical car accident, there are typically two parties involved, and determining who is responsible can be a simple process. In a trucking accident , deciding who is responsible is more complicated since there are many parties involved. Understanding the different people and entities that could be involved in a trucking accident is imperative for understanding if you have a claim and who may ...
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  • National Teen Driver Safety Week (October 19-25)

    October 19-25 is National Teen Driver Safety Week , the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration’s safety campaign for teen drivers. Motor vehicle accidents are the most common cause of death for youth ages 14 to 18 in the United States. Statistics show that almost half of teens involved in car crashes die. However, a recent survey shows that only 25 percent of parents have a serious ...
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  • Can I Make a Carpal Tunnel Injury Claim?

    Carpal tunnel syndrome affects approximately three to six percent of adults in America, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians . This amounts to about 15 million adults suffering from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, which involves pain, numbness, and tingling in the hands or fingers. If you find you suffer from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) you may have grounds to take legal action. ...
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  • If a Motorcyclist isn't Wearing a Helmet, can they Still Recover for Injuries Caused by another Driver?

    Almost every state has a law in place which requires motorcycle operators to wear helmets. California has a universal helmet law which requires anyone driving or riding as a passenger on a motorcycle to wear a helmet that meets regulations set by the California Department of Motor Vehicles. If you get into a motorcycle accident in any state with a similar helmet law, and you are wearing a helmet, ...
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  • Slip and Fall Accidents in Stores and Businesses: Who is Liable?

    If you slip and fall in a store or business and your accident results in an injury, you may have grounds for a claim or lawsuit. Whether or not you have a claim, or who you would bring the claim against, depends on many factors in your incident. First of all, in order for a store or business to be liable for your injury , the establishment must have been negligent, and that negligence must have ...
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  • Legal Rights of Nursing Home Residents

    Nursing home abuse including, elder abuse, hospice malpractice, bed sores, severe injuries and wrongful death. As cases of nursing home abuse and neglect become more frequent, more state and federal laws are introduced to protect the rights of nursing home residents. Unfortunately, abuse of nursing home residents has become an increasingly common occurrence; the Centers for Disease Control and ...
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  • Elder Abuse and Neglect in Nursing Homes

    Many people are unaware of the abuse and neglect elderly adults in nursing home are subjected to every day in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that over 500,000 adults over the age of 60 are abused or neglected each year. Unfortunately, these numbers may underestimate the severity of the problem, since many of the victims of nursing home abuse and ...
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  • I Was Injured at Work, What are my Rights?

    Employers have a duty to provide a reasonably safe work environment for their employees. Failure to provide safety for their workers can result in mild to severe injury, such as broken bones, occupational illnesses, aggravations of pre-existing conditions, or psychological injuries. Sometimes, a worker can be injured or become ill even if every precaution was taken to make the work environment ...
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  • What Damages are Available in a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit?

    Damages in a medical malpractice lawsuit are generally designed to compensate the plaintiff for medical bills, loss of future earnings, or loss of enjoyment of life resulting from a case of medical malpractice. If the patient dies, monetary damages can also be awarded to the patient’s family and heirs. In any medical malpractice case, the plaintiff must show not only that the medical malpractice ...
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    HIGH SPEED REAR END COLLISION – CATASTROPHIC BRAIN INJURY

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    DELIVERY TRUCK ACCIDENT – AMPUTATION & BRAIN INJURY

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    MOTORCYCLIST STRUCK BY VAN—SEVERE LOWER LEG INJURY

    A school van turned left in front of a motorcyclist, nearly taking off his lower left leg. The accident resulted in a serious ...