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Major Injury Law

Personal injury (PI) is no laughing matter and can be from mild to devastating in form. Personal injury lawsuits are on the rise due to increases in negligence, medical malpractice and a rush to get products to market without thorough testing. Public awareness is also a contributing matter to the increase of injury lawsuits.

 
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If you've received an injury that you think is someone else's fault, then you've come to the right place. Or, perhaps you're unsure if what has happened to you qualifies as a personal injury then check out the pages on this site for more information.

A personal injury, after it first occurs, is a critical time. When discussing it is important to first determine what the injury is and what caused it. Some injuries might include a head trauma due to a car accident, a leg gash due to a boating accident, a "slip and fall" due to a wet floor or a hand wound due to a defective or dangerous product. No two physical traumas are the same, so noting all of the specifics will be helpful in the long-run.

The most prevalent personal injury cases involve auto accidents, dog bites and slip and fall accidents. These types of claims make up the "standard" cases that most personal injury lawyers handle on a daily basis. There may be however, larger and more complex lawsuits that PI lawyers and law offices get involved in as well, such as product liability claims.

On the Rise ...

Product liability claims are on the rise in the pharmaceutical, auto manufacturer and construction industries. Merck and Company has voluntarily recalled Vioxx when studies indicated that Vioxx may cause an increased risk for heart attack and stroke. General Motors, Toyota and others have recalled millions of vehicles for several different issues involving consumer safety. In the construction industry, many high profile cases have been filed for asbestos and mesothelioma (cancer) related afflictions. Personal injury law or tort law has been applied to many such cases lately.

Some other lawsuits with long-term consequences are brain injuries and birth injuries.

 
For the person receiving the brain trauma, the long-term consequences can be devastating to themselves and their families. With more long-term data now more than any other time in history, cases for brain injured clients can be built even when there has been little or no outward signs that a trauma has occurred.
 

Birth injury claims can also be sought for the same reasons, though most afflictions of this type do have obvious and outward signs of the damage. Cerebral palsy, dislocated shoulders, broken collar bones, limp arms, brain trauma and Group-B Strep are all common kinds of impairments that occur during the birth of a child. Afflictions of this nature can be due to malpractice or from negligence on the part of the doctors and medical staff. If a child has been harmed during birth it is important to retain a PI lawyer immediately so that witnesses with fresh memories can be deposed and records gathered.

Those who receive any kind of trauma caused by another party should be encouraged to keep diligent records right from the beginning. Whether these records are stored in a diary or on audio tape or typed neatly on a home computer, matters not.

What matters is that the documents contain names, dates, places and as much detail as possible as to what occurred and what was said by whom so that later these notes can be referred to and used in a settlement or in court if needed. Photographs are also a valuable tool as photographic evidence can be very persuasive in court.

The idea of record-keeping, though, will seem counter-intuitive to most who have just received a wound and are still in crisis. So, asking a spouse or trusted friend to dictate notes may relieve some of this burden.

Remember that an impairment may have longer term consequences than anyone may ever imagine, so it is important that the damaged party do what they can to make sure they're covered in the long-run.

Having a comprehensive record of events and timelines will help in achieving this goal. Tort laws are on the books to protect those who have been harmed by the negligence or willfulness (maliciousness) of another party.

If you believe you've received such a personal injury then discuss this with an attorney in your jurisdiction who offers a free consultation (most do). It's good to know your rights when it comes to tort law, so check out this entire website as it is filled with helpful hints, tips and suggestions. Also, check out the blog to find out the latest happenings and lawsuits.


 

Updated September 10, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 


 

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