Personal Injury

What is personal injury, exactly?

Posted by on Aug 13, 2017 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

In a perfect world, people are completely responsible for their actions and behaviors. But in the unfortunate reality, people often cause harm to others due to their own negligence and irresponsibility. When a person incurs injuries due to the fault of another, the injured has the potential to pursue a personal injuries case. It is often difficult to sum up the lasting effects of an injury on a person. They can include the actual physical problems associated with the injury, the medical bills, and medications. But they can also include mental injury, fears, stresses, and other damages. In summation, victims of personal injury cases can be liable for compensation of both their economic and noneconomic damages.

If your injury is caused by another’s negligence, irresponsibility, or fault, you can reach out to personal injury attorneys get all of the compensation you deserve. Personal injury can include auto accidents, where another driver’s negligence or irresponsibility caused you harm. They can also include intentional acts, where a person was trying to cause harm, as in the case of assault. Even defective products that cause injury can make the defendant responsible for damages. Lastly, statements considered defamation and cause harm to the image or reputation of another, can be grounds for a personal injury case.

Attorneys who help people who have been injured by another party can help those people gain many thousands of dollars in settlement rewards. Some personal injury attorneys can even get settlements in the multi million dollar ranges. It all depends on how good your attorney is and how much they care about their clients.

Many scenarios create the possibility of compensation. Auto or motorcycle accidents, medical malpractices, and construction accidents are just a few examples of personal injury scenarios a personal injuries attorney can take on. Because of the variability of personal injury cases, most states rely on previous court cases instead of statutes in determining the outcome of such cases. This is referred to as “common law,” meaning the decisions of judges over time set the precedent for most personal injury cases. Higher order courts, therefore, set precedents for lower courts on how such cases should be handled. However, the plaintiff must abide by the statute of limitations, which declares the time limit for which a plaintiff, the victim, is able to file a lawsuit. Statutes of limitations defer depending on the type of case and the location. Therefore, it becomes important to make your case known to an attorney before too long after the incident, otherwise, your case might be null.

While some personal injury cases might move on to become full lawsuits, many actually end with an informal settlement. This resolves the dispute in the form of negotiation, where one side usually agrees to pay for damages along with the understanding that further charges won’t be pressed.

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Car Accidents in Street Racing

Posted by on Jun 21, 2016 in Auto Accidents, Personal Injury | 0 comments

Humans have been racing everything and everyone ever since we became capable to walk, whether it is dogs, horses, or automobiles; people love to race. It is not surprising that automobile racing has become the worlds largest motor sport with its loud engines, fast speeds, and adrenaline pumping maneuvers. However, due to the accessibility of cars, many young adults and teenagers have taken racing to the streets. These races are not your “Fast and Furious” style racing, where they seem to expertly close down intersections for their races and execute precise technical passes with Vin Diesel swagger. These races take place on regular neighborhood roads, interstates, and just about every where a police officer is not parked, and are driven by kids who just got their licenses or by people with a substantial driving record. I would know, I used to be both.

Street racing is wildly dangerous even for professional drivers, there is simply no way predict what might happen next on a public road. Recently in Boston, a car drag racing on a small road jumped the curb and hit a pedestrian and proceeded to run from the scene. Police have been unable to catch the driver who escaped in another vehicle. A Boston car accident lawyer would regard this case as a reckless driving accident due to its speeding, and the drivers failure to yield and could face jail time. Similarly in Rhode Island, seven young adults with a median age of 21 were charged with reckless driving in association with road racing that resulted in a death of one of the passengers that were racing. A Rhode Island car accident lawyer would be well aware that these types of fatal accidents happen all the time, and it is a wonder that it doesn’t happen more often with the frequency of street racing. The latter racers are facing serious charges. So for safety of everybody on the road, please keep it on the track.

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Vehicle Recalls, They Happen All the Time.

Posted by on Jun 20, 2016 in Auto Accidents, Personal Injury | 0 comments

 

When spending money to buy any product, it is well expected that the product be both functional to its duty and be safe. Unfortunately, that is not the case for a lot of products that we see on the market today. From statistics recently released by a independent study, over the past 30 years Volkswagen, a world dominating manufacturer, has had a recall rate of approximately 1.06. This implies that of the 9.7 million cars that they have sold since 1980, 10.2 million vehicles have been recalled at some point. Even world leading auto manufacturers create and build unsafe products all the time, despite the auto industry being one of the most heavily regulated and restricted industries in the world today. According to Massachusetts personal injury attorney’s, a defective vehicle will undoubtedly increase the likelihood of fatal crashes, create unnecessary financial burdens, and often times lead to long personal injury lawsuits.

It is very likely that you will spend some time in or at least interact with a motor vehicle everyday, and many of those vehicles have been subject to one or many recalls. Furthermore, most car owners never even realize their vehicle may have been recalled. Currently, the established procedure for notifying car owners of a defect by NHTSA regulation is via first class mail. With today’s advancing technological culture, first class mail is a rather dated delivery method especially for a notice as important as an unsafe product. Houston based law firm Williams Kherker, classifies automobile defects as a product liability case and recommends immediate action if harm is presented. Product liability cases falls under civil tort law and and both compensatory and punitive damages can be rewarded for vehicle defects. In major recalls from manufacturers such as the recent Volkswagen diesel scandal, it is very likely for a consumer to receive some form of compensation for the harm inflicted by a defected product. Car buyers need to stay informed on whether their vehicle has been recalled to prevent the dangers of a unsafe product.

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