Personal Injury Blog


The Top Benefits of Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney

Thursday, August 03, 2017

After being injured in a car accident, there will be a lot for you to take care of. From doctor's visits to dealing with insurance companies to filing a police report, everything that must be taken care of can quickly become overwhelming. You may then want to consider hiring a personal injury attorney to help you through this difficult time. If you have been injured in an auto accident, here are just a few of the reasons to consider consulting an attorney.

An Attorney is Familiar with the Legal Process

A personal injury attorney is going to have a great deal of experience handling claims similar to yours and will know what this process entails. If you attempted to go through this process alone, you may overlook something that could inadvertently hurt your case. Furthermore, you may quickly find yourself overwhelmed by the complex paperwork and legal language. An attorney will be able to handle this process for you and will make sure that everything is taken care of properly.

An Attorney Can Help Evaluate Your Claim

When individuals attempt to handle their personal injury claim on their own, they often undervalue their injuries and accept compensation lower than what is owed to them. A personal injury attorney will have experience assessing these claims and will be able to properly determine what your claim is worth by taking into account the severity of your injuries, damage to your personal property, and anytime you had to take off of work.

Your Attorney Is on Your Side

Hiring an attorney is the only way to ensure that there is someone on your side who is working for you. At the end of the day, insurance companies are out to protect themselves and will try to close your case as quickly and painlessly as possible, even if this means that you do not receive proper compensation. An attorney will work tirelessly to make sure that this does not happen and that you are taken care of properly.

After being injured in a car accident, hiring a personal injury lawyer will ensure that you are taken care of; contact us to learn more about the reasons why you should hire a personal injury attorney to help you through this difficult time.

The Top Reasons to Hire a Personal Injury Attorney After Being Injured in a Car Accident

Thursday, April 27, 2017

After being injured in a car accident, your biggest concern should be getting better and returning to your normal routine. However, as soon as you are home from the hospital, you will have to deal with insurance companies, medical bills, and paperwork relating to your accident and personal injury claim. This is why it can be extremely beneficial to hire a personal injury lawyer after being in an auto accident. If you are on the fence about hiring a personal injury attorney to help you through this difficult time, here are a few reasons why you should consider doing so.

Experience Assessing Claims

The fact is that after being injured in a car accident, many people do not realize what their claim is worth. However, it is likely that you are owed more than medical expenses and damages to your vehicle; you may also be entitled to compensation for time off of work and personal damages. An experienced personal injury attorney will be able to best assess your claim, and will be able to help you determine what you are owed.

Someone on Your Side

Hiring a personal injury attorney is the only way to ensure that you have someone on your side during this difficult time. Insurance companies ultimately work for themselves, and may use sneaky tactics to get you to settle for less than what you are owed. Hiring an attorney will ensure that you have someone looking out for you, working to get you a proper settlement.

Reduce Your Stress

As was previously hinted at, the process of settling a personal injury dispute can be extremely time-consuming and stressful, as there is a variety of forms to fill out, deadlines to meet, and hoops to jump through. However, you should be focusing on healing during this difficult time. A personal injury attorney can remove this burden from you and allow you to focus on healing.

Contact us to learn more about the reasons why you should consider hiring a personal injury attorney after being injured in an auto accident.

Workers Compensation May Not be Your Only Payment Option for Workplace Accidents

Monday, November 09, 2015

Each year the Bureau of Labor Statistics documents millions of workplace accidents; but even if an employer was grossly negligent in causing those injuries, employees typically cannot sue them. However, there may be other ways for an injured worker to collect damages over and above the benefits covered by his employer’s Worker’s Compensation Insurance policy.

In most cases employees are only entitled to collect Worker’s Compensation benefits for lost wages, medical bills, diagnostic and rehabilitation services, and other related expenses. But if a defective product or other negligent condition contributed to an employee’s injuries, and was caused by someone other than his employer, the injured worker may recover money for pain, suffering, loss of consortium and other damages.

Product Liability Claims

A punch press machine is just one example of a product that has caused numerous workplace accidents. Their metal forming function requires extreme downward force to complete the process. Sometimes workers must manually position the metal for punching or use their hands to keep the press running smoothly. When the machine is manufactured with inadequate guards, altered to remove existing guards, or there is some other potential defect, the human/machine interaction can lead to serious injuries, including finger and hand amputations.

If an employee is injured by a malfunctioning or unsafe machine while working, or even injured by a defective appliance in the employee cafeteria, he may pursue a product liability claim. He or his representative may seek damages from the manufacturer, designer, or anyone who maintained or modified the device that injured him, as long as it wasn't his employer.

Auto Accidents

Lots of employees must drive while performing the duties of their jobs. When an accident occurs, they would be entitled to Worker’s Compensation benefits. If the accident was due to another person’s negligence behind the wheel, the employee would also be entitled to seek damages from the other driver.

The injured employee’s Worker’s Compensation case would be handled as a workplace injury, but he would proceed against the other driver in the same manner one would proceed against any party who caused an auto accident. If the other party was on his employer's business and driving a vehicle owned by his employer, the employer would be another potentially responsible party.

Premises Liability

If a person were hurt on their employer’s premises, the possibility of collecting from another party may not be as great, but it still exists. If the employee tripped and fell, or was otherwise injured due to a hazard created by a subcontractor, a contract maintenance crew, a janitorial service, or any other non-employer, the injured person may seek damages from that company. An injured employee may pursue a claim against any party-- other than his employer-- who may have contributed to his injuries.

Intentional Torts

In some rare cases, employees retain the right to sue their employers for injuries sustained in workplace accidents. If the employer created a hazard by removing or altering safety devices that made an injury substantially certain to occur, an employee may have a right to file a suit for an intentional tort.

It Won't be Easy

Worker's Compensation is an automatic benefit in most cases, but collecting from responsible non-employer parties may not be that simple a task. There may be contracts or subcontracts among the parties that shift responsibility to someone else or even back to your employer. Things can get complicated after that.

To collect the money you're entitled to over and above your Worker's Compensation claim, you and your legal representative will have a lot of work to do. But it's worth it to get the money you deserve.

Things to do After Motor Vehicle Accidents

Friday, September 11, 2015

No one wants to be in a car accident, but it happens to everyone once in a while. But it's important that you remember a few things after an accident so that you don't make things worse for yourself. The last thing that you want is to make the situation worse by saying something that could be used against you or that could turn it into a road rage incident.

Below are some tips that you should remember immediately following an accident to make things easier on everyone.

Stay calm

This is something that is simple but essential. You were just in an accident and you have an adrenaline high. Becoming angry and yelling at the other person isn’t going to help matters and it’s not going to get your car fixed. It also could hurt your automobile accident claim.

Check for injuries

Look at yourself and anyone else that was in the car with you to see if there were injuries. Also, ask the other person if they are injured. If there are injuries, make sure that you call the ambulance. But don’t risk getting sued because you were negligent at the scene.

Phone the Police

Call the emergency number and let them know there’s been an accident. Tell them where you are, how many cars were involved, and if there are any injuries.

Get the information from the other driver

The following things should be noted when you are getting their information:

  • Name and ID number of their license
  • The license plate ID of their car
  • The name of their insurers and the number of their policy. Check to be sure their policy hasn’t expired. If there’s a name on their policy that’s different from the driver’s name, get the contact information of the person who holds the insurance. This is the information that you will use to contact that insurance company so that you can start your automobile accident claim.

Take notes and pictures for your claim

If you have a mobile phone or a camera with you, take a lot of pictures of the scene where the accident happened. Also you want to make some notes about what happened during the accident since now is when you are going to remember things the best. All of this information is going to be useful when you are making your automobile accident claim. Don't rely on your memory of the accident, because you have enough on your mind as it is.

Go to the hospital if injured

If you or someone who was in the car with you at the time of the accident is injured, it's a good idea to be checked out at the hospital. This will help your claim and it will show that your injuries were because of the accident and not because of something else.

If there were injuries because of the accident, it's also a good idea to consult an attorney. Find one that specializes in personal injury law and get his or her advice on how to proceed.

Music Affects Teen Motorists Accident Risks

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Most of the focus on the dangers to teenage drivers from listening to music in the car has centered on the distractions that arise when a teenager changes CD's, or changes radio channels to listen to his favorite music. However, the type of music that teens listen to can also increase accident risks significantly.

 According to a new study, teenage drivers who were listening to music that they liked or preferred were much more likely to make driving errors, which increased accident risks significantly.

The research was conducted by a group of Israeli scientists, who evaluated 85 young novice drivers. Each of these motorists was asked to take six trips, each of which lasted for about 40 minutes. In two of these trips, the teenagers listened to music of their own preference, while on two of the trips, they listened to music that was specially designed to increase driver safety, like light jazz. On the last two trips, they did not listen to any music at all.

The researchers focused on finding out the effect of the music on the person’s driving abilities, by measuring driving deficiencies, like aggressiveness, speeding and other factors.

They found that almost all the teenage drivers were likely to make critical driving errors, and display driving deficiencies while driving listening to their favorite music. 98% of the teenage drivers made an average of three deficient driving behaviors, like aggression, inaccuracy, and miscalculation while driving.

Approximately 32% of the teenage drivers who were listening to their favorite music required a sudden warning or emergency command in order to avoid an accident, while 20% require an assisted braking maneuver by the researcher in the car to prevent an accident.

Texting as Detrimental to Driving As Alcohol

Thursday, March 21, 2013

There is a wide body of research that has compared the effect that texting while driving has on a person’s driving abilities, with the effect that alcohol does. Yet another study proves such an association, and finds that using cell phones while driving may be just as detrimental to a driver’s skills as alcohol use.

What Los Angeles car accident lawyers find intriguing about this study is that it finds a similar effect from both texting while driving as well as the use of hands-free sets while driving. California currently has a ban on the use of handheld phones while driving, although drivers are free to use a hands-free set to have a cell phone conversation at the wheel. The study however proves that both texting as well as the use of hands-free sets is equally detrimental to driving, and the effects of such practices are equivalent to intoxicated driving.

The study was based on a small sample of 12 students, who were made to undergo to 2 driving simulation tests. The first test was undertaken after having a few alcoholic beverages, and the students underwent the 2nd test while using a hands-free cell phone.

The participants were given the task of maintaining the position of the car in the center of the left lane, at a constant speed of between 40 and 50 mph. The researchers found that when the participants were having a simple conversation on the hands-free set however, their level of distraction was equivalent to an alcohol level of approximately .4 g per liter. When they were having a phone conversation that required a lot of attention, their level of distraction was equivalent to a blood-alcohol level of 0.7 g per liter.