Life often throws unexpected challenges your way, and that can often include personal injury events. How the injury is dealt with is your decision. This article contains many tips you can use to prepare yourself for a legal battle. No matter what questions you have about the process, you will find the answers here, and if you can’t, check out this personal injury resource: http://www.abellawfirm.com/practice-areas/personal-injury/
Do not just take a personal injury lawyer’s word for it when it comes to their record. Talk to some of their clients, and ask the lawyer for a written record of their practice. This will give you a good idea as to how often this lawyer wins and what type of money he is used to dealing with.
Find a bar association to help you locate a lawyer nearby. This place will give you recommendations and present the file of your lawyer to date.
When choosing a personal injury attorney, you need to meet up with several different ones before making your selection. Lots of them provide free initial consultations to discuss the merits of your case. You’ll be able to get a good idea of the costs involved, which will help you determine the approximate price range for your case.
One of the most common types of personal injury lawsuits involve injury from a defective product. Products on the market are required to be safe for use, and when it can be proven a product is not the manufacturer can be held responsible. You and your lawyer have the obligation of proving the product is not safe.
Knowledge is important, so take note of what this article has to say. You need a good attorney that has your interests in mind and you also need to know what kinds of legal proceedings will be going on. It isn’t always obvious who is at fault in some of these cases which is why you must be capable of relying on your lawyer to make that distinction clear in the court room.
A 43-year old bipolar man, who had been addicted to prescription drugs since his teenage years, has had a long record of drug arrests and had overdosed many times, took a walk after dinner, one night, and then sat down to rest on a curb . . . he never got up again. For months, he had been taking Hydrocodone, a painkiller, and Carisoprodol, a skeletal muscle relaxant, along with seven other medications.
A female, 22 years in age, whose childhood had been ruined by excruciating stomach pains, which also caused severe indigestions, and who had suffered pain almost her entire life, was found by her father in bed (on the night of his birthday). She was curled up, pale, motionless and with blood from her nose. She was discovered to have abused her medications (pain reliever), which included Morphine and Methadone (a synthetic painkiller similar to morphine in effect, but which acts longer).
There are, at least, a dozen more stories like those above, wherein persons just suddenly drop, their lives snatched out of them. The identified causes of their deaths are drugs – an overdose of drugs. Not illegal ones, but those that have been prescribed by their doctors, such as pain and anxiety medications, most of which have very strong effects.
Narcotic pain relievers, which have been causing, at least, 20,000 deaths each year since 2009, is the new serious threat to health that America needs to face this 21st century, as revealed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). And besides those who have been prescribed with, and overdosed, the medication, many other fatalities come from the groups of teenagers and young adults, who use the drugs recreationally, especially during parties. The most commonly abused addictive medicines identified by the CDC are OxyContin (a synthetic analgesic drug with effects like morphine), Vicodin (an Opioid analgesic that is used as a recreational drug; it contains acetaminophen and hydrocodone), Xanax (a sedative of the Benzodiazepine group that is taken to treat anxiety) and Soma (a muscle relaxant drug). These are usually mixed together by party people, who take and drink a handful of them to get the high that they want, not knowing the severe or deadly effect the mixture has. (Fatal overdoses are usually results of the combination of Benzodiazepines, used as tranquilizers, and Opioid analgesics, pain relievers which work on the central nervous system).
Doctors may be guilty of recklessly prescribing the addictive prescription drugs to patients with records of drug overdose; but what about parents who, in turn, put these within easy reach of their children? And since teens see their parents using these drugs, why, then, would they think that these can cause severe harm?
Drugs, whether prescription or over-the-counter drugs, are products of long research and clinical tests. These tests are required to prove their safeness and effectivity, so as to merit the Food and Drug Administration’s approval for patient use. These drugs, or medicines, are intended as fast relief for pains and other ailments, used to treat or keep illnesses from getting worse or just to maintain people’s good health.
Sometimes, proving liability where prescription drugs are used or overused, can be complicated. Is it the fault of the manufacturers, who may have failed to warn patients of the severe effects of their drugs when not used properly, the doctors, who have prescribed the strong pain relievers despite the patient’s tendency to overdose, the patients, who have overused the medicine or failed to properly secure the medicine, or the teenage / young adult abusers themselves, who ought to know the dangerous consequences of overdosing?
In a personal injury lawsuit, proving whose negligence it was that caused the injury or death of someone is long and complicated. It necessitates arguments and counter-arguments, proofs of negligence or reckless behavior, and the fact that this behavior caused the victim’s injury or death. Seeking the services of a highly-competent personal injury lawyer is often a necessity to bring the liable party to justice and for the victim to merit the compensation that he/she legally deserves.
Small children are especially vulnerable to injury in and around swimming pools because they are curious, energetic and at the same time weak. Statistics indicate that drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death in children below 14 years of age. For children between 1 and 4 years old in that group, the leading cause is a residential swimming pool accident.
Drains are a necessary part of swimming pools. It circulates and filters the water that provides so much enjoyment to children of all ages. However, there is a dark side to those little holes at the bottom of any home or public swimming pool that can spell danger to children.
What most people may not know is that while relatively rare, the suction of a swimming pool drain can cause injuries, even death through circulation entrapment. This means that aside from drowning, drains can capture and hold body parts to the extent of disembowelment, such the case of 6-year-old Abigail Rose Taylor, who later died of her injuries. And because children are usually too weak to pull themselves free, most fatalities due to drowning because of circulation entrapment are children. There is the case of Virginia Graeme Baker, the 7-year old that drowned when she was trapped by the force of a drain’s suction to the bottom of the tub, prompting the passing of the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act.
It is therefore important to keep an eye on small children at all times when they are in swimming pools, whirlpool tubs, hot tubs, spa or anything that has a drain. It doesn’t take a lot of water, or time, for a child to get sucked in and stuck. Even when no serious injury or death occurs, it can traumatize a child considerably. Only vigilance can keep a child from a swimming pool accident.
Brain injuries are among the most severely damaging classes of injury an individual can endure. There are many possible consequences of brain injuries, including seizures. Seizures from brain damage caused by physical trauma occur in up to 7% of severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) victims. This is why TBI patients are often given anti-seizure medication to prevent seizures, which may possibly exacerbate damage to the brain.
Seizures can be either post-traumatic seizures (PTS) or post-traumatic epilepsy (PTE). These types of seizures are associated with the more serious TBI which can have a permanent effect on the brain’s physiology over time. However, PTS is primarily a temporary event and usually occurs shortly after the trauma, and not all moderate to severe TBI will present as PTS. PTE occurs even less frequently and may present much later, although it is more permanent than PTS.
Risk factors for PTE
PTS is thought to be a direct and immediate reaction of the brain to trauma, sometimes occurring within two seconds of the injury, and is differentiated from PTE which occur later and usually indicate permanent brain damage. However, PTS is thought to increase the risk of developing PTE. Children and older adults are thought to be more likely to develop PTE.
Over time, the risk for PTS decreases although there have been cases in which both PTS and PTE developed years after the actual event. Some experts place the window of risk up to 15 years. Ironically, it is possible that seizures from brain damage may actually make the TBI worse if it is long-lasting or if two seizures occur one after the other.
Other problems associated with TBI
Aside from seizures from brain damage, other medical conditions may develop including migraines, memory loss, mood swings, dizziness and inability to concentrate. Depending on the severity of the TBI, these problems may persist for months, even years. In some cases, the damage is permanent, often preventing the return to a normal life and work.
If you are at high risk or already suffering from PTS or PTE, you can expect to have significant medical expenses as well as considerable loss of income. If your TBI was caused by someone’s negligent actions or behavior, you may be eligible to receive just compensation for economic as well as noneconomic damages. Consult with a seizures lawyer to help you.
Semi-trucks, or more properly semi-trailer trucks, are those behemoths on the road you don’t want to be in a truck accident with. They are huge, gleaming and 18 wheels worth of heavy steel that can spell catastrophe if you ever get into a collision with one.
The big rig, or a semi as it is also referred to in the US, is a towing engine attached to semi-trailers for carrying cargo. The semi-trailer is attached on a metal projection of the towing engine, or tractor, just forward of the rear-end axle so that some of the weight is carried by the tractor. This makes it distinct from the usual truck and trailer where the trailer is attached completely behind the prime mover.
There are different configurations to a semi-trailer truck, and carrying purposes. Common types include tankers (for gas and oil, mostly), reefers, vans, side lifts and flatbeds (for containers without wheels). There are specialty trailers that are refrigerated, heated or pressurized. Some even have movable wheels enabling them to comply with weight distribution laws as necessary. Because they often travel interstate, semi-trailer truck drivers must be conversant with the laws governing each state to avoid trouble.
You will often see these lumbering giants on the highway as they speed interstate or haul cargo to airports or piers for international freight forwarding. They represent an important part of commercial trading, which makes them an essential part of the economy. But that doesn’t make them any less dangerous on the road. There are smart ways to handle a semi on the highway, but sometimes accidents still happen. If you have been in a truck accident with a semi and sustained injuries and extensive property damage, you may be able to claim for additional compensation over and above what you are entitled to from your insurer. Contact a truck accident lawyer as soon as possible to know your options.
When we go to the hospital, we expect to receive a level of care that will remedy our ailments without further hurting us. In the vast majority of cases, this is exactly what patients receive, but sometimes, patients are not given the proper care or treatment, worsening their condition and causing them to need more treatments that they wouldn’t normally have had to undergo.
This can happen when a doctor behaves irresponsibly and is known as medical malpractice. There are many forms of medical malpractice that can each be incredibly harmful to the patient. Typically, malpractice arises from efforts that are not up to par with how a doctor should reasonably treat a patient. Some of the most common forms of malpractice are:
- Surgical Errors
- Prescription Drug Mistakes
- Birth Injuries
In all of these instances, a doctor or other medical professional will behave in a way that is irresponsible. Some medical mistakes, such wrong-site surgery, occur with startling frequency. Wrong-site surgery includes mistakes such as operating on the wrong side of a patient, amputating the wrong limb, or even operating on the wrong patient entirely. These are mistakes that should never happen and there is no excuse for them.
Medical malpractice laws exist to protect the unfortunate victims of negligence that occurs at the hands of medical professionals. A malpractice lawsuit can help a person receive compensation for the costs of treatment necessary to recover from these kinds of mistakes as well as other potential expenses.