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The Numerous Factors Of Pedestrian Accidents

Thursday, October 12, 2017

A Collection Of Possible Causes

So many factors have been known to cause pedestrian accidents. While the injured pedestrian is not always negligence-free, all details of the incident are important to consider. Multiple parties are occasionally liable for pedestrian accidents. For example: 

  • The role that the driver of the vehicle played. Was excessive speed involved? What about the all-too-common "driving under the influence" of alcohol and/or drugs?
  • Was the vehicle itself defective, causing the accident?
  • Were the lighting conditions inadequate for safe roadway or pedestrian traffic use? Is the city or municipality liable to any degree?
  • Had the road condition deteriorated enough so that safe driving was difficult?  

A Collection Of Possible Damages

Just as there can be multiple causes of pedestrian accidents, so too the repercussions for the victim can be many and long-lasting. For example:

  • Severe injuries sometimes prevent a victim from ever resuming their vocation, and even destroy the chance of many career choices.
  • At times, reconstructive surgery is needed to make the victim "whole" again.
  • Sadly, premature death is often linked to serious injuries a pedestrian has suffered. 
  • When the quality of life of an injured pedestrian is clearly damaged or permanently ruined, compensation is called for. 
  • Certain issues an injured pedestrian deals with physically will require round-the-clock medical care. Maybe permanently.

Some pains and problems are instantly obvious, but some may take weeks, months, or years to reveal themselves. Certainly reason enough to seek competent legal representation. 

Have you been hurt in a pedestrian accident? Then contact us immediately to receive fair compensation. Benefit from our 30 years of experience! 


Understanding Premises Liability

Thursday, October 05, 2017

We've all slipped and fallen at some point in time, but if you had an accident that could have been prevented, it's possible that someone can be held liable for it. However, before you start calling lawyers, it's important to understand what liability means when it comes to accidents that happen on someone's property.

What is Premises Liability?

Premises liability is the idea that you should do everything in your power to make sure there are no hazards or dangers on your property created through negligence.

For example, let's say there was a loose floorboard on your stairs. It's been loose for years, but you haven't done anything to fix it. If someone comes over to your house, and they get hurt as a result of that faulty stair, and you did nothing to warn them or prevent them from stepping on it, then you might be considered liable for their injury.

The keyword here is might, because the important question that has to be answered is whether you took precautions to prevent the injury, even if the hazard was still there.

Let's use another example. Say someone in a supermarket aisle drops a jar of pickles, and it shatters on the ground. There's a mess, but worse, it's a slippery mess full of broken glass. Now, if that incident is reported, and the staff knows about it, they have a responsibility to keep other customers safe from it. If the mess is left alone, and someone gets hurt because they slipped and fell in it, then the store is liable because that hazard should have been taken care of. If the store puts down barriers at either end of the aisle, though, telling customers not to enter, then the store won't be responsible for someone who ignores that warning and gets injured. They took a reasonable precaution, and though the hazard still existed (since these things take time to clean), the only way someone could have an accident would be by going around the safety measures put in place.

Some People Are More Entitled to Liability Than Others

It's also important to understand that, while a property owner may be liable in the case of injury, some people are granted more legal protection than others. Customers, for example, are granted the most protection because stores should be safe places to shop, and they're being invited in. Guests and visitors to a place for no commercial purpose (like people coming over for a house party) have the next highest level of protection. The lowest level of protection is reserved for trespassers because even though they shouldn't be on a property, there are still rules regarding their safety.

If you need help with a premises liability case, all you have to do is contact us today!

How Doctors Working Longer Hours Could Lead to Wrongful Death

Thursday, September 28, 2017

When you go to the hospital for an injury or illness, you expect your medical professionals to not only be competent but knowledgeable as well. However, what you should also expect is for them to be well-rested so they can dedicate themselves fully to your care.

When a doctor works long hours, this can easily lead to fatigue. Think of how you feel after a long and busy workday by the end of that? Now double that and consider how bad that fatigue would be. However, even worse is that some hospitals are now further extending that period.

In the past, doctors could only work, at most, 16 hours per day before they needed to be relieved from their duty. However, now that period has been extended to 24 hours in some hospitals. The idea is that the less information has to be passed on between doctor to doctor leads to fewer errors in patient care. However, what they failed to consider is how this long work period can lead to fatigue. This mental and even physical fatigue, especially on busy days, can easily affect a doctor’s capability for making decisions. Of course, when a doctor makes bad decisions, it could mean that someone loses a life.

If your loved one has recently passed away and you think the hospital or doctors taking care of them were responsible, contact us today. Wrongful death is a serious accusation, but it happens more than everyone would like to believe. Don’t just let your loved one go without getting them justice first.

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.


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