Blog Posts in December, 2015

  • PIP (Personal Injury Protection) Claims After a Car Accident

    After a car accident takes place, you may wonder what options you have. You may also be dealing with a wide variety of emotions and not know where to turn. In this case, you may want to know more about something known as Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage, and what it can do for you. Understanding the rules surrounding a PIP Claim is simple. They are a claim that you bring against your own ...
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  • Personal Injury Issues Stemming From Commercial Trucking Accidents

    There are thousands of fatalities stemming from commercial truck accidents each and every year. In 2006 alone, large truck crashes accounted for an astounding 4,995 fatalities with over a hundred thousand injuries! One must remember that the size of these commercial vehicles are much larger than any four-door sedan driving along the roadways and so accidents can be both serious and deadly. ...
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  • Motorcycle Passenger Injury Claims After an Accident

    What if you are putting along on a motorcycle with your best friend when, all of a sudden, they lose control of the vehicle and you end up in a terrible accident? This could be the case at any given time, where motorcycle accidents are actually quite prevalent as any accident. The fact of the matter is that you may be able to recover personal injury damages from any parties involved, including the ...
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  • Making an Injury Claim for Whiplash After an Accident

    When you have been injured in an accident, you may believe that every injury will be visible on the surface. However, symptoms of something known as whiplash do not occur immediately but instead over the course of a few days after a collision happens in many cases. This means that, no matter what kind of accident you were involved in when it comes to car accidents, you should always seek some sort ...
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  • Trucking Accident Process

    Truck accidents are not only scary, but also life-changing in ways that a plaintiff may not understand until it happens to them. You never expect to be driving along on the roadways when, all of a sudden, a truck barrels on through and hits you because they didn’t see you or for some other unforeseen reason. But what if you weren’t acting negligent when it comes to a trucking accident that ...
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  • Car Accident Claims and Protecting Your Legal Rights

    Nobody expects a car accident. No, they are just one of those things that happen like most accidents. But the problem is: When they happen, where do you turn and what steps do you take? What rights do you have? When somebody has done something negligent and it led to an accident, they will typically be found “at fault” for the accident. So, when a car accident happens and it was a fault of ...
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  • Have Your Injuries Affected Your Life in Lasting Ways?

    If you sustained injures in an accident, you may know that it takes a lot of work to get back on your feet and feel like you did before the accident if that ever happens! For some people, there are lasting effects left in their life and injuries that they will have to live with for a long time coming. This may seem like bad news, but when it comes down to it, it may mean a couple of good things as ...
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  • Car Accidents With Pedestrians

    Hitting a pedestrian with your car is a fairly common incident. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that over 60,000 pedestrians were injured in car accidents in 2006. What’s more, a driver can severely injure a pedestrian while traveling at only 10 miles per hour. Every driver should know what to do after harming a pedestrian with their car, including what to do to take ...
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  • What is a "Statute of Limitations?"

    After an incident occurs, plaintiffs have a limited amount of time in which to file a lawsuit. This time limit is called a “ statute of limitations .” In regards to a personal injury case, the statute of limitations begins when the plaintiff is injured or becomes aware of the injury. Most lawsuits have to be filed within a statute of limitations. Once the statute of limitations is over, the legal ...
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  • I Was Denied a Job for Past Injury: Can I Sue?

    According to the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), private employers cannot discriminate against applicants or potential hires because of a disability. Though the ADA does not cover all conditions, a “disability” is generally defined as any physical or mental impairment that significantly limits a major life activity. In 1990, congress passed the ADA to prevent discrimination against ...
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  • Car Accidents: If You Were Speeding, Do You Automatically Lose?

    Most people assume that if you were speeding and ended up in a car accident, you have no chance of winning. However, that is not always the case. Depending on the state laws and a few other factors, you can still get compensation in your car accident case even if you were driving over the speed limit before your accident. There are a few legal principles that have to do with speed limit breakers ...
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  • When a Car Accident Case Goes to Trial

    If your car accident case has to go to trial, you may feel unprepared. Many people aren’t aware that not all car accident cases can be settled out of court. It is true that the majority of car accident insurance claims are resolved without a lawsuit. Often, even when a lawsuit is filed, the issues are then resolved by settlement agreement before a trial has to take place. However, some car ...
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  • What Should You Bring to a Personal Injury Consultation?

    When meeting with an attorney for a personal injury consultation, there are a few things you should bring with you to help your attorney. In order for your attorney to make the most accurate evaluation of your injury case, you will want to give them all the relevant information you can. In order to have the most accurate information on hand you need to bring a variety of documents with you from ...
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  • 5 Tips for Accidents Involving State and City Vehicles

    Dealing with the aftermath of a car accident can be overwhelming on its own. If your accident involves a city or state government-owned, taking legal action can be even more daunting. Many people think that if they hit or get hit by a city or state owned vehicle, they have no grounds for legal action. However, if you were in an accident with a police car, trash truck, or another government-owned ...
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  • Federal OSHA Construction Fatalities

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is an agency of the United States Department of Labor. OSHA’s purpose is to “assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance”. Out of 3,945 worker fatalities in private industry in calendar year 2012, 775 or 19.6% were in ...
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  • How Are Settlements Paid?

    When you reach a settlement in your case, you probably feel a huge sense of relief. Usually a settlement is faster and cheaper, and generally easier and less stressful than a trial. However, many people do not know how the settlement is actually paid. There are actually several ways a settlement can be paid , such as in lump sum payments, in installments, or other ways. Below is more detailed ...
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  • Determining Legal Responsibility for a Motorcycle Accident

    The most important factor for determining who is at fault in a motor vehicle accident is determining who was negligent. Everyone is required to follow their state’s traffic laws and rules of the road, and in case of a motor vehicle accident liability will be determined using these rules. In some cases it is obvious who was at fault. If one driver runs a stop sign which causes an accident, they are ...
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  • Workers Compensation Information and Help

    What happens if you are injured on the job and know more about workers’ compensation , but you have some questions? What if nobody is answering your questions? There are several people and organizations that you can contact for more help and information about everything important you must know regarding the benefits you deserve! Employer : Employers are required to post information and give you ...
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  • Workers' Compensation: Supplemental Job Displacement Benefits

    What happens if you have a disability but you need retraining for a job? How do you start over with this newly obtained disability and get your life back on track? This is where supplemental job displacement benefits step in to help the disabled get their life back on track. SJDBs are vouchers that promise to help pay for educational retraining and skill enhancement on-the-job at eligible schools. ...
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  • Nursing Home Abuse: Common Types, Prevention, and More

    Say you’re going to visit your mother in the nursing home and she doesn’t seem herself. But this isn’t just one of her out-of-the blue bad days – no, you suspect that something much sinister is going on. She seems withdrawn, nervous, and won’t eat for you. If this is the case, you may have abuse happening right under your nose and will have to do your best to figure out where to turn next. Now you ...
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  • Bystanders and Construction Safety

    Construction sites are naturally dangerous workplaces, both for the workers themselves, and for anyone who happens to share a close proximity to the site. For workers, injuries are not uncommon in the slightest; according to the US Department of Labor, in 2013, 20.7% workers who were killed on the job were killed because of construction related injuries. Who is at fault for the accident depends on ...
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  • Traffic Accident FAQ

    Were you involved in a traffic accident and wonder where you should turn next? Or are you just interested in understanding the general questions surrounding what actions you should take if such a thing were to ever happen to you? Read on for a list of some of the most important questions you should ask yourself and answers that will guide you through the process of what happens regarding a traffic ...
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  • What if a Pharmaceutical Drug I Took Causes Negative Side Effects?

    Pharmaceutical drugs that pose the risk of dangerous side effects tend to fall under the product liability category. But how does one know if the drug can really be seen as ‘dangerous’? Side effects can be unreasonably dangerous to certain degrees when a manufacturer, pharmacy, or even a doctor does not warn the patient of the side effects that may follow. Many drugs, however, are known to carry ...
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  • Are Damages Limited or Capped in Medical Malpractice Cases?

    State statutes may determine whether or not your damages will be limited or capped when it applies to medical malpractice cases. What is a cap? Some states will place a limit, also known as a cap, on the amount of money that an injured plaintiff will be able to receive. This applies even in cases where their medical malpractice case is successful and a jury has found that a health care ...
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  • How Does Comparative Negligence Affect a Slip and Fall Case?

    When it comes to slip and fall cases, one must ask themselves: Who is responsible for my injury? Each year, thousands of people are involved in these accidents and may injure themselves quite seriously. In some cases, it may be quite difficult to determine liability. To be legally responsible, one of the following must be true: The owner of the premises must have caused the spill, must have known ...
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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 ...