Millions of people suffer personal injuries every year; keeping personal injury lawyers busy fighting on behalf of their clients. Personal injuries happen in all kinds of circumstances and for all kinds of reasons. In some cases, a personal injury occurs because of the victim’s own carelessness; in others, the accident was the fault of a negligent property owner, physician or car driver.Read More
Hoverboards were going to be the next “big thing” and they started out that way until parents discovered the personal injury risk they cause. After their initial popularity as Christmas gifts in 2015, emergency rooms, specialists and urgent care centers were inundated with people who had experienced hoverboard injuries after falling off of one. One specialist at the Rothman Institute at Jefferson University Hospital described the situation as “…a hoverboard epidemic…can’t recall seeing anything like it.” The most common injury treated was fractures to hands, wrists, arms, knees and ankles. By the end of December, 2015 the government had recorded 70 injuries related to hoverboard accidents with many more happening shortly afterward. The injuries seem to be affecting people of all ages from kids to people in their 50s.Read More
No one expects or plans on suffering from a personal injury so when it happens we are often left blindsided and overwhelmed. Depending on the severity of the personal injury, you may be facing extensive healing and medical care including rehabilitation, lost wages, pain and suffering. All of these consequences cost money; hiring an experienced personal injury attorney is the best way to re-coup these expenses through an accident claim. The best part? You pay nothing upfront – the lawyer is compensated out of your settlement.Read More
Being involved in a car accident is never fun, especially when you end up with a personal injury. Many car crash victims rush to put the whole situation behind them by settling with the insurance agency as quickly as possible. The problem is that insurance agencies typically offer a low settlement amount that may sound reasonable to you but that may not actually cover your expenses. You want the settlement to account for things like ongoing physical therapy or lost wages due to time off of work to recover. A car accident attorney is fully prepared to negotiate with insurance agencies, often reaping settlements several times bigger than a person could get on their own. The best part is that it costs nothing to hire a personal injury lawyer; you pay for their services through a portion of the settlement.Read More
Car battery explosions and electric vehicle battery pack explosions have the potential to cause serious injuries, particularly when they are the result of a car accident.
Electric vehicle battery pack explosions
In November, 2016 a Tesla Model S crashed into a tree in downtown Indianapolis, killing both of its passengers and bursting into flames. The impact of the collision caused battery cells to fire off in all directions. The car crash was caused when the driver lost control of the vehicle and slammed into a tree after traveling at a high rate of speed. Safety experts have expressed concerns about the danger of electric vehicle battery packs because they are usually made up of hundreds of little cells that contain a flammable liquid electrolyte. These cells can start a chain reaction in the case of a fiery crash. To prevent a lithium-ion battery fire from turning to an explosion, the electrolyte must be stopped from catching fire; if a fire does start it must be kept from spreading.Read More
The Christmas and winter holiday season is a time to visit with loved ones and enjoy holiday cheer and decorations. What many don’t realize is that with the holidays comes an increase in personal injuries. These statistics show the risk of winter holiday season accidents and injuries.
If you or a loved one was injured in a winter holiday accident, contact a personal injury lawyer today. He or she will walk through the details of your accident and advise whether you have a case for personal injury.Read More
At Christmas time the kitchen is used even more than normal and that means the risk of being injured in a booking or cooking accident is increased. Cuts, burns and slip and fall accidents account for the worst baking and cooking injuries. According to SUNY Downstate Medical Center’s ER Dr. Michael Lanigan, burns and cuts account for almost 95 percent of all kitchen-related injuries in his ER.Read More
The risk of personal injury rises in winter due to holiday parties where alcohol in consumed and winter conditions like snow, ice and slush that increase the risk of car accidents and slip and fall accidents.
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Thanksgiving is over and many families are getting ready to string Christmas lights for the season. Unfortunately, the activity comes with a risk of accident and injury. People landing in the emergency room as a result of holiday decorating accidents rose from 12,000 cases in 2009 to 15,000 cases in 2013 according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). This means that about 250 people per day are injured between the months of November and January while decorating. The most common accidents are cuts, falls and back strains. The most serious accidents are typically a fall of six to 10 feet from roofs or ladders; the resulting injuries can be in the form of broken necks, skull fractures, brain damage or even death. The major issue is that ladders typically extend six feet tall but most roofs are eight to 10 feet high. Most ladder accidents happen when a person starts the decent back onto the ladder from the roof as they try to bridge the two to four foot gap between the roof line and the top of the ladder. Secondly, many home ladders are designed to fold so even a small nudge can cause a collapse.Read More
In Washington State, a case qualifies under the “wrongful death” statute when “the death of a person is caused by the wrongful act, neglect, or default of another.” Wrongful death may occur as a result of many situations including medical malpractice, when a person dies under the care of another, car accidents or criminal acts.
If a person is killed because of the wrongful conduct of a person or persons, the decedent’s heirs and other beneficiaries may file a civil lawsuit – specifically a wrongful death action – against those responsible for the decedent’s death. A wrongful death lawsuit must be proven by a “preponderance of the evidence”, which is easier to demonstrate than the “beyond a reasonable doubt” standard necessary for conviction in a criminal case.Read More