Personal Injury

Avoid Lawyers Who Ask To Represent You

»Posted by on Aug 26, 2014 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

Have you exhausted yourself trying to figure out how to find the right attorney? You can find one if you know what you’re looking for. This article can help you with that as you navigate your way through all of your options. Keep reading to find out more about this.

Try to educate yourself on what you are dealing with. You should not be relying solely on the lawyer to plan and construct your case. Obviously, they will have more knowledge and experience dealing with your situation, but if you are prepared, you can work together as a team to get the win.

Use Google to your advantage when it comes to hiring a lawyer. Look for reviews about any attorney you are considering. If the general consensus is that the attorney you are interested in is lazy and incompetent, you should do your best to look for another attorney to handle your case.

It is hugely important that you know exactly what your lawyer plans to do for you. They should lay it out in writing, preferably, before you sign on the dotted line. If they get you to sign a legal document they have drafted without explaining it, run the other way.

If you need legal help, don’t necessarily use the lawyer you have worked with in the past. You may need a particular type of attorney, someone who specializes in the type of case you are involved in. Don’t worry, though. A specialist isn’t necessarily expensive, so you should be able to afford what you need.

Use the information you’ve just digested to help you find the right attorney for your case. You want to win your case, and you don’t want to take this decision lightly. Keep everything you’ve learned in mind as you find the lawyer that you can trust to help you through this time. If you are looking for more help, visit the articles on www.abelinjurylawyers.com.

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The Pathos of Nursing Home Neglect

»Posted by on Jun 16, 2014 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

Nursing home negligence is just one of the many types of medical malpractice that plagues the mostly clueless US population but it is perhaps one of the saddest. Nursing homes are typically filled with the elderly and infirm which are mostly unable to care for themselves, and are on the whole helpless and easily intimidated. An article on the The Majors Firm points out that the physical and psychological trauma of injury resulting from negligence can be devastating, but especially for nursing home residents who may be afraid or incapable of reporting abuse. It is only when the injuries have become apparent or death occurs that the abuse comes to light.

Incidents of physical, mental, emotional, and verbal abuse deliberately inflicted by nursing home staff has recently made the news, spotlighting the problems that has increasingly plagued nursing home administrations. Problems include staff shortages, lack of available training, and failure to adequately monitor and evaluate staff competencies. Nevertheless, injuries and deaths due to nursing home negligence are believed to be significantly underreported despite the heightened scrutiny by government agencies and advocacy groups.

But these widely-circulated instances of nursing home abuse are not as prevalent as nursing home neglect. There is usually no malice or intent to cause harm; because many nursing homes are understaffed, in many cases of neglect the staff are just overwhelmed by the number of patients under their care. Even then, it is a breach in the duty of care of the health care professional, and as such is still actionable.

Nursing home residents who suffer from nursing home negligence have a right to be recompensed for their injuries. The families of those who died from abuse, error or neglect may also bring an action against the responsible parties. A personal injury lawyer in the area with expertise in dealing with nursing homes would be the ideal representative in such civil actions.

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The Unseen Consequences of Car Accidents

»Posted by on Jan 20, 2014 in Auto Accidents, Personal Injury | 0 comments

Anyone who has ever been involved in a serious car accident is probably marked for life, but not necessarily in a physical way. There are many unseen consequences of car accidents which cannot be seen in an X-ray or quantified in any size, shape, or form. These are the psychiatric or mental injuries, sometimes called mental anguish, and come under the punitive side of personal injury awards when it involves tortious conduct such as drunk driving.

Psychiatric disorders and symptoms that result from car accidents take many forms, and are much harder to address than physical hurts. Some studies peg 18% of respondents as developing a fear of driving over as long as 6 years, some to a such a degree that it was considered phobic, which can significantly impact the mobility of these individuals. A significant percentage (20%) of those involved in moderate to severe road accidents who suffered serious, multiple injuries developed acute symptoms of depression and anxiety immediately after the occurrence, which could persist up to 12 months.

The exceptions were for those who were permanently disabled, and their emotional distress was directly tied to their physical suffering. For a majority of those who suffered psychiatric distress, the symptoms were disabling and had significant impact on their personalities in the duration.  A minority satisfied the criteria for post-traumatic stress disorder.

In many jurisdictions, mental anguish is taken in consideration when determining the extent of the defendant’s liability in terms of compensation. This is why in a majority of civil litigation finding for the plaintiff, the punitive damages often exceed that of economic damages i.e. medical and hospital expenses. While it may be tempting to disregard the claims of mental pain and suffering as frivolous for those who have not experienced the trauma of car accidents, experienced personal injury lawyers know better, and strive to protect the rights of these victims to fair and just compensation. Indeed, these kinds of unseen traumas are real and often impact a victim’s life in ways that a physical injury never could.

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