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update this page as often.
What constitutes a personal injury? I've been injured but
I'm not sure if its my fault or someone else's.
There is a difference between having a personal injury and having
a personal injury case. If the personal
injury you received was in full or in part due to the negligence
or maliciousness of another (intentional or unintentional) then
you probably have a case.
What is a tort?
A tort is an injury or wrong committed to another person or property,
which has a legal remedy. This injury can be an intentional
tort or it can be unintentional and does not include breach
Our child received an injury during birth and has since undergone
many painful and costly corrective surgeries. The hospital says
they are not at fault. What do I do?
For birth injuries it is important
to note that some injuries can be "natural" in that
the medical staff can do everything right and the child can still
be injured. Whether they are at fault or not, most times this
is what the hospital will claim since it is in their best interests
to do so. In a case like this it is best to consult a birth
injury lawyer so that it can be determined whether the injury
was "natural" or do to medical
malpractice or neglect.
My brother was in the back seat of a car during an auto accident
but received no injuries other than some minor bruising. Since
the accident, however, his personality has changed. He's depressed,
moody, irritable and forgetful. What is going on?
Even though some people in an auto accident do not receive outward
physical injuries, they may still receive emotional injuries or
brain injuries. Emotional injuries
cover such things as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression
or anxiety due to the stress of the accident. Brain trauma injuries
may also be received without any outward sign of injury. The force
from a car accident can cause
the brain to move and hit the inside of the skull causing bruising
and swelling of the brain tissue. For suspected emotional traumas
a psychotherapist needs to be consulted. For a suspected brain
injury a brain specialist such as a neurologist needs to be consulted.
Be sure to go to your own doctors and not just the ones supplied
by the insurance company.
My husband has a cancer called Mesothelioma and a friend is
telling us it is because of an employer he had 30 years back.
Could this be so?
If your husband worked in construction or near a construction
site 30 years ago and was exposed to asbestos, this is most likely
the cause. Mesothelioma,
while rare, has been predominantly to asbestos inhalation.