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Injured at Work? Take these Next Steps

Injured at Work? Take these Next Steps

Despite any number of regulation-appropriate workplace precautions, safety protocols such as training and simulations, and physical preventative measures such as warning signage, employees still face unfortunate accidents while at work. Your top priority when injured at work is to ensure everyone’s safety and health, in the current situation and also for the future.   There are several concrete steps you can take to immediately address an injury at work. Some of these actions will take weeks or even months. However, the first 24 hours after an injury are the most crucial.   These steps are designed to protect the physical, emotional and mental interests of the employee. The Proper action also protects the interests of the company, especially in terms of liability. In instances of workplace accidents, both the employee and the employer need to take certain steps.   Steps to Take After an Injury   Employees who are injured while working on the job have to take certain steps to ensure their physical and also legal interests. Here are the steps any employee should keep in mind:   1. Receive Medical Attention If you become injured at work, stop whatever you are doing immediately and seek medical attention. Depending on the severity of the injury, you may need to be transported to a healthcare facility or treated on site.   2. Ensure Report of Injury Make sure that you report the injury to your superior. This may be before you receive medical attention, for less severe cases, or after you’ve already received medical treatment. If you do not report your injury immediately, it is less likely for your...
What is Personal Injury Law?

What is Personal Injury Law?

Victims of personal injury cases can get just economic and non-economic compensation as provided for by personal injury law. Personal injury law deals with cases that involve victims of accidents or intentional wrongs. The usual goal in this type of lawsuit is compensation whether it is economic (damages, lost wages), non-economic (rehabilitation, household help) or both.  However, in some situations, a punitive outcome such as possible jail time may be reached. What are the causes of personal injury? Anything that causes injury to a person as a result of the action of another can be a basis for the victim to file a personal injury lawsuit. The most common include the following: Negligence – This is the usual reason behind injuries caused by vehicular accidents or medical practice. Liability – Manufacturers of a certain product that causes harm to a consumer can also be brought to task through the personal injury law. The same goes with toxic exposure from industries situated near communities and injuries from faulty construction. Social wrong – Victims of bullying or preferential treatment because of race or gender, among others, can also file a personal injury lawsuit.   Intentional wrong – This pertains to any voluntary act that injures another person.   When does a victim need a lawyer? Victims can opt for a legal remedy especially in the following situations: Medical malpractice – Anyone who has experienced negligent or incompetent health care services needs a legal representative to get the most of his/her claim. Permanent disability – This covers appearance and physical abilities. A lawyer helps in figuring out the terms of compensation that...
5 Tips for Finding a Good Medical Malpractice Lawyer

5 Tips for Finding a Good Medical Malpractice Lawyer

200,000. That’s the estimated number of patients who die each year in the U.S. alone due to medical malpractice. Unfortunately, as it is a common situation in the country, you should have an experienced medical malpractice lawyer by your side just in case a doctor does not do their work correctly.     Here are 5 tips for finding a good medical malpractice lawyer that would be of great assistance to you if you are treated in a negligent or careless way.   Get referrals.     Find out if you personally know someone who can point you in the right direction. Get as many referrals as possible.  This way, you have wide room to navigate when you will start to narrow down your options.   Narrow down your options to about three or four names.     To effectively do this, there are some general things that you can look into before you set an appointment with them. Track record, of course, is the most important. Find out if the law firm has extensive experience in handling medical malpractice cases or if the lawyer is a member of associations that deal with personal injuries. If you are up to it, you can even check the state bar association website to see the lawyer’s standing.  Online reviews are helpful as well.   Once you have three or four names, you can schedule a face-to-face meeting.     Ask about the duration of the case and the cost of their legal services. You should be extra keen about the lawyer’s capacity to be upfront with their fees as well as...
Wrongful Death Lawsuit vs Survivor Action

Wrongful Death Lawsuit vs Survivor Action

No amount of money can compensate for the death of a loved one, and nothing is more painful than losing a loved one because of another person’s negligence. If you know someone, or you yourself have lost someone due to another’s negligence, you might have heard of the concept of a wrongful death lawsuit. There is also a type of case called survival action. These two actions are statutory and strictly governed by state law. Although they have the same premise, these two actions have major differences and we are here to help you decide which course to follow. What is wrongful death lawsuit? Wrongful death describes the death of a person caused by negligence or recklessness of another person or people. A wrongful death lawsuit is filed by immediate family members to seek compensation for emotional and financial damages resulting from their loved one’s wrongful death. In order to have a strong case of wrongful death, there are four elements that the surviving family of the victim needs to prove.   Negligence   The ones filing the lawsuit must prove that the victim’s death was caused by the defending party’s negligence in part or in whole.   Breach of duty   It must be proved that the defendant has a duty to the deceased victim. Take, for example, medical health providers. They have a duty to exhaust all efforts in maintaining a patient’s health. It is the responsibility of the plaintiff to establish that the defendant owed a duty to the victim and the breach of this duty caused the wrongful death.   Causation   Apart from proving...
How Do You Settle a Car Accident Claim?

How Do You Settle a Car Accident Claim?

Car accidents are a normal occurrence these days. However, you would not want the hassle of being on either end of an accident. Dealing with the result of a car accident can be difficult, especially for people who were injured. It is important that you understand the basic laws on settling a car accident claim.   File the claim as soon as possible. Do not wait for weeks or months after the accident to initiate a claim. Get in touch with your insurance company at the soonest possible time so that you can give as many accurate details about the accident. Be prepared. Even if you are not the one who caused the accident, you will not be dealing with the other driver directly. In your attempt to settle a car accident claim, you will face or deal directly with the other driver’s insurance company. It is important that you do your homework before facing the representative of the insurance company. Gather the name and contact information of the other driver, his or her insurance company, any witnesses, and the law enforcement officers who came to the scene of the accident. If you have photos of the accident scene, they will also be beneficial especially if you are the aggrieved party. In pursuing your claim, the insurance company will require or ask for tons of information, so it is a good idea to come prepared. It is also important to note that the insurance company is not on your side. Equip yourself with information that is beneficial to your claim. Estimate damages. There are two types of damages involved...
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