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Personal Injury Claims for Crime Victims

Thursday, September 21, 2017

The FBI reports that there were 15,696 known murders in 2015 and over 300,000 robberies throughout the United States. It is no secret that the US has a major problem with violent crime, and often the victims just accept that they might not get justice. However, even if they do get justice and their attackers are put away for a good long time, that doesn’t change the fact that they lost something.

Those who suffer crime often have to deal with the aftermath. They have to replace what was stolen or destroyed and they have to pay for the medical bills that cover any injuries. In the case of many, they have insurance that can help, but not always.  What victims don’t realize is that they can file a personal injury claim seeking damages to cover their medical expenses or any other damages that they had to incur.

However, personal injury claims don’t need to just be filed against the attacker, especially if they are never caught. You can also file against the property owner or their insurance company if they didn’t take steps to prevent crimes like yours. Also, if you are attacked and injured while at work, depending on the circumstances, you may be able to collect worker’s compensation while you heal.

If you were the victim of a crime no matter whether the perpetrator is in custody and awaiting trial, has limited assets, or was never caught, you have options for a personal injury case. To talk about your options, contact us today.

The Three Forms of Distracted Driving

Thursday, September 14, 2017

When it comes to auto accidents, the most common cause of accidents comes from one thing – distracted driving. However, for many, distracted driving is considered talking to someone or texting on a cell phone, but in truth, distracted driving can be classified in three forms. If a driver’s actions can be classified in either, it is a great foundation for a lawsuit.

The three forms of distracted driving include:

  • Visual – This covers distractions that take your eyes off the road. This can be everything from glancing at your phone to trying to break up a fight between kids in your back seat.
  • Manual – This involves any action that involves you taking one or even both hands off the wheel while driving. This can be texting or even eating a sandwich while driving.
  • Cognitive – This final form of distracted driving can be the most difficult to prove since it involves your attention being taken away from driving by thought. When it comes to proving this, typically it comes from utterances like how you were upset about how you just broke up with someone or your mother is sick.

Once you prove any of these three forms, or in many cases, all three of them, then you have a very clear case for a distracted driver, meaning that driver was a danger on the road. However, aside from proof, you also need a skilled lawyer by your side. If you need representation for an auto accident or any other personal injury accident, contact us today to learn what we can do for you.

Does Texting Raise The Punitive Damages in a Truck Accident?

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Getting into an accident with a commercial truck is traumatic enough. Often your little car doesn’t escape with just minor damages. When you discover the accident wasn’t just from a bad call or poor weather, but from texting, it can be almost infuriating. However, the good news is that if the truck driver was texting, it could raise the amount of punitive damages you receive.

The question is, how can the simple act of texting raise punitive damages? The first and primary reason is that texting is now being considered akin to drunk driving. In fact, when a phone is in the hands of a trucker and they are using it to text, it actually becomes 23 times more likely that they will cause a wreck on the road. This statistic is so staggering that it is even now put in CDL manuals to remind truckers how important focusing on the road is. So if they are texting, it is not as if they weren’t warned not to text and drive just like normal drivers.

Furthermore, by not acknowledging the warning in the CDL manual, by their employer, or even from a state law that dictates no cell phone use while driving, this is proving to be direct negligence on the truck driver’s part. All of that combined means that amount of punitive that you can receive from an accident.

If you have been involved in a trucking accident and need representation to make sure you get an amount to cover all your medical and repair needs, contact us today.

Who Pays if the Smoke Detectors Don't Work?

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Home fires are an absolute nightmare, but that is compounded by the fact that if your smoke detectors aren't working, you may have little warning of what is happening. When a smoke detector doesn't work, you could find your home engulfed in flames and could sustain substantial burns and smoke inhalation from it, not to mention home damage. However, if your smoke detector isn't working, who pays for it?

The bad news is that if your smoke detector wasn't functioning due to low or no battery in it, and you own your own home, you are responsible for it. However, if you rent your home, then it is a landlord's responsibility to check and maintain smoke detectors. Failure to keep smoke alarms in working order means that your landlord can be held responsible for it regardless of if the apartments or homes were kept up to city code in all other requirements.

While it is a landlord's responsibility to ensure that smoke alarms are working, even if you own your own home, if your smoke alarm did not go off regardless of battery, it could be a defect from the company. The major problem with this is proving it. Often smoke alarms suffer substantial damages in the fire, and if this is the case, then your case against the company goes up in flames with it.

If you have been burned in a house fire due to a poorly maintained or malfunctioning smoke alarms, contact us today so we can talk about all your available options.

Trucking Accidents and Hazardous Chemicals

Friday, August 25, 2017

Commercial trucks haul a lot of cargo, and on occasion, the truck driver might not even know what they are hauling. In many cases, it doesn't matter. However, the cargo can matter if they get into an accident with another driver, particularly when that truck is hauling hazardous chemicals.

Hopefully, a trucking accident is not major enough to bring the cargo into play. While many times the other vehicle sustains significant damage due to the large nature of commercial trucks, typically the commercial trucks don't come out with huge amounts of damage themselves. However, in major accidents, commercial trucks can tip and spill their cargo everywhere. What happens if that cargo was hazardous chemicals?

If you were in a trucking accident and were exposed to hazardous chemicals, that isn't the truck driver's fault, it is the shippers. Particularly if the shipper failed to tell the driver the sensitive nature of the chemicals, they can be held responsible for any adverse effects from exposure. However, if the driver was in full knowledge, then the trucking company is still responsible but drivers can also go after the shipper for chemical-related injuries as well.

In general, truck accidents are extremely dangerous and that fact is compounded by the occasional dangerous nature of their cargo. If you were hurt in a trucking accident, or worse, hurt by the hazardous cargo of a truck, contact us today. The Law Offices of Freeman and Freeman are dedicated to representing the rights of the injured to make sure they get the justice and compensation that they deserve.


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