CIVIL LAW - GENERAL INFORMATION
What to do if you are in an accident
If you are involved in an automobile collision, stop. Most states require an individual not to leave the scene of an accident, even a minor one, without first stopping to see whether there are damages or injuries. A person may be criminally prosecuted for leaving the scene of an automobile accident.
Vehicle Accidents / Negligence
Cases arising out of automobile accidents are by far the most common type of personal injury case in our court system today. This is not surprising, given that every 10 seconds, someone in the United States is involved in a car accident, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Except in those states where "no-fault" legislation has been passed, these cases are typically governed by the law of negligence.
Generally, people who operate automobiles must exercise "reasonable care under the circumstances." A failure to use reasonable care is considered negligence. A person who negligently operates a vehicle may be required to pay for harm to a person or property, caused by his or her negligence.
The injured party, known as the plaintiff, is required to prove that the defendant was negligent, that the negligence caused the accident, and that the accident caused the plaintiff's injuries. If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident, do not hesitate to seek legal counsel from a personal injury attorney experienced in automobile accident cases in order to best protect your interests.
Generally, an individual injured in an automobile accident may bring a claim or lawsuit to recover the actual expenses associated with property damage and medical costs, economic damages, and emotional and physical pain and suffering. Litigation involving motor vehicle accidents can be extremely complicated. Retaining an experienced lawyer familiar with motor vehicle accident damages will place you in the best position to receive the recovery that you deserve.
Uninsured or Under-Insured Motorists
Many drivers ignore motor vehicle insurance requirements, cannot afford to purchase insurance, or they carry insufficient insurance. Uninsured motorist coverage is a form of insurance that pays compensation for bodily injury that results from an accident with a driver who is legally responsible for the injuries, but has no liability coverage. Underinsured motorist coverage pays compensation for bodily injury that results from an accident with a driver who has liability insurance with limits that are lower than the injured party's underinsured motorist coverage limits. If you have been involved in an accident with an uninsured or underinsured driver, it is important that you contact an attorney at an experienced personal injury law firm immediately so you do not waive valuable legal rights.
INJURY - GENERAL INFORMATION
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Personal Injury / Worker's Compensation
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Federal and state laws that govern employer-employee relations are complicated. Developing policies and procedures that comply with the law is not always clear-cut. Many times, employment situations result in gray areas that involve thinking outside the box.
Most employer-employee disputes are caused by misunderstanding and communications breakdowns. These situations can often be resolved through mediation or arbitration. However, sometimes litigation is unavoidable.
SLIP AND FALL
Slip and Fall - An Overview
Slip and fall refers to the injury that occurs after a dangerous or hazardous condition causes a person to slip, trip or fall while on someone else's property. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 303,800 workplace fall injuries in 2000, and the Department of Labor said 15 percent of incidental workplace deaths are caused by slips, trips and falls. Incidents also occur outdoors and in businesses and residences. Slip and fall dangers include spilled liquid on a supermarket floor, inadequate lighting in a parking lot, loose stair railings and snow. Property owners may be to blame if they knew or should have known about a hazard like a hole in the ground that was hidden by grass.
Sprains, fractures, broken bone, traumatic brain injury. Severity of injury increase with age.
Slipping on spilled liquid, snow or other material. Tripping over items such as loose flooring or electrical cord or hole in ground hidden by grass. Falling when loose stair railing fails to provide balance.
In the workplace: businesses and homeowners should maintain safe premises. Hazards like water on floor should be mopped up; tripping hazards like clutter on floor should be removed. Safety training should be provided for workers. Personal prevention: Regular physical activity helps with coordination. Wear shoes with nonstick soles. Take Calcium and Vitamin D for bones.
Varies with injury and includes sutures for cuts, medication, splint for breaks. Hospitalization may be required; rehabilitation includes possible physical therapy.
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