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How Social Media Affects Personal Injury Cases

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Social media has become an integral part of our daily lives. It connects us with old friends and helps us make new ones, but while it is great to share important moments of your life, sharing accidents may not be so advised.

No matter what your privacy settings are, nothing you post on the internet is private. In a personal injury case, this can be used against you. Take for example the case that was filed by Reverend Al Sharpton’s daughter, Dominique Sharpton. It became a famous case not for the $5 million in damages she sued New York City for after spraining an ankle on a city street, but because of how the city rebuked the claim. Shortly after filing her suit, lawyers found an Instagram photo she took of her hiking to the top of a mountain on a day hike, an event that happened after the injury.

This marked the dawn of using social media to refute personal injury claims. If you have been in an accident, silence is golden on social media. Like employers, lawyers have the right to bypass your privacy settings and look at everything you post to prove their case. If you are seeking damages, it is best to withhold your statuses, leave no check-ins on Foursquare, and especially post no photos. They will hurt your case.

If you were injured and believe you are entitled to damages, not only should you stay off social media, but you will need a good lawyer to represent you. Contact us today for everything from representation to legal advice.

Sources of Evidence to Gather After a Pedestrian Accident

Thursday, February 02, 2017

If you were a pedestrian outdoors and were involved in an accident that resulted in injury, you have the right to pursue legal action against those responsible to cover your medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses. There are rules of the road for both pedestrians and those they share the world with to ensure pedestrian accidents are kept to a minimum, but when accidents do happen, the case is not always to straight forward. To ensure you win you claim, you need strong evidence. Don’t wait until months after the accident, either. Start gathering your evidence as soon as possible, even if you choose not to seek legal action later.

Photographs

Photographs of an accident are often taken for insurance purposes, but they can also help your legal case. Be sure to get copies so you can easily counter a motorist’s defense if they try to change what happened in the accident.

Medical Records

Medical records are important for any personal injury case. They don’t prove how the accident went down, but they do prove your injuries.

Your Clothing

Many people forget that clothing can be valuable evidence. Car paint and other debris can be lodged on your clothing that prove the force of impact was enough to damage the car and therefore damage you. It is important to ask emergency room personnel to keep your clothing if your accident was bad enough to merit them disposing of it.

Evidence is crucial in a solid personal injury case. If you were injured in the Los Angeles area as a pedestrian, contact us. We can help you gather evidence and build the strongest possible case to get the settlement you deserve.

What Damages Can You Seek for Traumatic Brain injuries?

Thursday, January 12, 2017

If you or someone you know has endured a traumatic brain injury, you may be entitled to seek damages, providing the accident was not your fault. However, unlike other accidents, many don't know exactly what damages they can seek for a brain injury.

Loss of Earning Capacity

This is typically the first sort of damages that should be sought after a brain injury. It has been found that those who suffered a brain injury often retire up to 15 years sooner because they typically have trouble focusing, controlling anger, retaining key memories, and suffering from fatigue. Taking that into consideration, you may be able to receive damages because you had to take a lower paying position and your working years may have been cut short.

Life Care Damages

If you have suffered a traumatic brain injury, there are a number of costs that come with the injury. This includes physical therapy, medications, surgery, and time spent in the hospital. If the injury was not your fault, you should not be left with these bills.

Pain and Suffering

Pain and suffering can be difficult to calculate, as can its close cousin loss of enjoyment of life. In some court districts, experts on pain and suffering aren't even allowed to testify, but when they are, they present a number of economic statistics that prove that your quality of life has been diminished by a certain percentage.

If you or someone you love has been a victim of a brain injury, don't go after damages alone. With a good personal injury attorney, you can get so much more and we can assure that you win. Contact us today to see what potential for a case you have.

What Damages are Available to Burn Injury Sufferers?

Thursday, December 22, 2016

It has been some time since it happened, but the United States (if not, the world) will all still remember one of the most famous personal injury cases of all time - the McDonald's "hot coffee" incident. In this case, a woman sued the fast food company after she was severely burned from spilling their hot coffee on her lap. It was a media circus with much of it shaming the victim because, well, coffee is supposed to be hot, right?

What they failed to address is that McDonald's keeps their coffee at a temperature of up to 190 degrees, making it way too hot for human consumption and way hotter than it needs to be. Essentially, by creating coffee that was too hot to drink, this lady had herself a case.

Initially, the woman offered to settle for $20,000 to keep the case out of court. This would have been enough to cover her significant medical bills and some lost wages from a time where she couldn't work due to the injury. McDonald's counter it with an insult of $800. After her attorneys pushed forwards to court and made the case of McDonald's negligent and reckless behavior, she ended up with $3 million dollars in punitive damages.

In a burn injury case, the injured party can and should seek damages for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering they had to endure for such a horrific injury. When the other party has shown negligence and recklessness, that McDonald's case sets the precedence for punitive damage as well.

If you have been the victim of a severe burn injury and aren't sure what you are entitled to, contact us today.

Personal Injury Accidents: Do I Need a Lawyer?

Thursday, October 27, 2016

You were in an accident and you hurt yourself. Suddenly you wonder if that accident gives you the right to legal representation. Technically, you always have the right to legal representation, but you don't always need it. If your accident merits a band-aid or an ice pack, you probably don't have a good personal injury case. However, if your injury from the accident merited any sort of medical attention, you may have a case to have the persons responsible cover your medical bills.

What do Personal Injury Lawyers Do?

A personal injury lawyer will represent your rights throughout your case proceedings to make sure you are fairly compensated for any damages you experienced in the accident. Essentially, they eliminate the stress of a personal injury case, and seek compensation for:

  • Medical Treatment

  • Income Loss

  • Property Loss - This could be clothing, vehicles, or any substantial property that was destroyed due to the accident.

  • Pain & Suffering

  • Emotional Distress

  • Loss of Enjoyment - If the injury prevented you from pursuing daily hobbies.

  • Loss of Consortium - If the injury impeded your relationship with your spouse.

Depending on the severity of the injury, compensation for any or all of the above can be sought with the help of your personal injury lawyer. If you have suffered an accident in the Los Angeles area that resulted in the injury of yourself or a loved one, you may have legal representation available to you. Contact Freeman & Freeman law offices today to see if we may be able to help you get the compensation you deserve.


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