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Dash Cams in Auto Accidents

Can dash cams help in automobile accidents? Dashboard-mounted cameras, or dash cams, provide valuable evidence when there is uncertainty about a case. With proper use, footage from your dash cam will establish evidence and help you settle an auto accident claim in your favor.   Read more to find out the role dash cams can play in auto accidents, and see if it is a worthy investment for you. Why Use Dash Cams in Auto Accident Claims? Auto accidents happen unexpectedly. No matter how careful you are, you cannot account for the behavior of other people on the road. A car can suddenly cut you off, a person can jump in front of your car, or a distracted driver can ignore a red light and hit your car while going through the intersection. Settling auto accident claims often become a tedious process because both parties can claim innocence. But technology has made it possible to add a layer of objectivity in auto accident cases. Before personal dash cams became popular on the market, they were already associated with the police. Police vehicles have dash cams installed as another potential source of documentation and evidence. Now, dash cam footage from privately-owned cars provides the same benefit in auto accident claims. In fact, law enforcement authorities prefer the use of dash cams in settling auto accident claims. Dash cams record video directly to an SD card. Some can even record sound, have night vision, and built-in GPS. Though having dash cam footage does not mean you automatically win the claim, it still benefits the proceedings of the case overall. In this...

Post-Accident Symptoms and Treatments

Death by vehicular accidents is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. Every year, millions of people are injured or killed in car crashes. In order to lessen these accidents, car developers continue to make all sorts of safety improvements. Countless lives have been saved through these developments. However, accidents just simply cannot be avoided. Being part of a car accident is truly an unfortunate situation. This may cause stress, trauma, and all sorts of physical injuries. In more serious accidents, you will be able to see the more obvious symptoms of injury immediately. But sometimes, symptoms of injury may only be felt hours or days later. Headache Headaches are common to experience after having been involved in a car accident. If you strike your head hard, your brain may hit the inside of your skull, causing you to sustain a concussion. Symptoms do not often show up immediately. Apart from headaches, you may also feel disoriented, nauseous, and have difficulty in thinking and retaining information. A splitting headache may also mean you have incurred another undiagnosed head injury, or even a blood clot.  A doctor will typically prescribe pain relievers so that you will feel some immediate comfort. You must also get some good rest and avoid doing any strenuous activities. In order to more precisely diagnose your injury, have a CT scan of your brain done. Joint and Muscle Pain Being involved in a car accident means that your body may have taken in a lot of force and trauma. This may cause you to feel sore and all banged up. One of the...

2017 Summer Tips to Prevent Construction Heat Illness

The temperature is rising. Summer is coming, and in many parts of the country, it is already here. While there are very many who are ready to shrug off their winter coats as they look to the beach, construction workers ready themselves for the high season. The statistics for heat-related deaths in the US is absolutely staggering: 3,332 people perished from the heat between 2006-2010 (https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhsr/nhsr076.pdf). Construction workers are incredibly prone to the heat, as most of their work is done outside and the work is strenuous. Here are three tips to make sure your health is not jeopardized while you are on the job. 1. Know the Signs Heat-related maladies are important to recognize. The two most common forms of heat-related illnesses are heat stroke and heat exhaustion. Heat exhaustion is the milder of the two and is often accompanied by dehydration, which exacerbates its symptoms. The malady is divided into two categories: water depletion and salt depletion. The signs of the disease are confusion, dark-colored urine, dizziness, fainting, fatigue, headache, cramps, pale skin, accelerated heart rate, and profuse sweating. Heat strokes are far more serious and can take lives when not cautioned for. Medically, a heat stroke is when your internal body temperature reaches 104 degrees, but on a construction site rarely has thermometers for people. This temperature is the point at which heat impacts the central nervous symptoms, and the symptoms include a throbbing headache, lack of sweating, dizziness, confusion, red and dry skin, muscle weakness, nausea, rapid breathing, and an accelerated heart rate. In more extreme cases, unconsciousness and seizures may occur. If you see...

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?

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...

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?

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...

4 F.A.Q. About NJ Construction Wrongful Death Cases

Constructions sites are some of the most high-risk environments for workers. Despite the regulations implemented to prevent accidents in the workplace, construction workers are still vulnerable to injuries or death, especially when employers fail to comply with safety rules.   According to statistics, the construction industry is the cause of the highest number of fatalities in New Jersey. If a person dies at a New Jersey construction workplace, a wrongful death claim can be filed in order to compensate for the irreplaceable loss of a loved one. Different states have their own laws regarding wrongful death. While New Jersey lawyers can give assistance in filing a wrongful death claim, it is still important that you understand how a wrongful death claim works when it is the result of a New Jersey construction accident. In this article, we will go over some frequently asked questions regarding New Jersey construction wrongful death cases.   What qualifies as a wrongful death in New Jersey? In the state of New Jersey, a fatality is considered a wrongful death if it is “caused by a wrongful act, neglect or default of another.”  It can be considered a wrongful death when the conditions leading to the death are valid grounds for a personal injury lawsuit filed by the victim against another party, if the decedent had not died. In wrongful death cases, it is important to prove the liability of one party, negligence, a wrongful act and the breach of duty that resulted in the victim’s death. Basically, a wrongful death claim is somewhat similar to a personal injury claim, but because the deceased victim...

4 mistakes that can ruin your car accident case

If you are injured in a car accident that was caused by someone else, it is important that you avoid making certain common errors that have the potential of ruining your ability to recover damages in an amount to pay for your economic and noneconomic losses. It may be helpful for you to keep a checklist of what to do following an accident so that you do not accidentally make mistakes in an accident’s aftermath. Here are some common errors that you should make certain to avoid. Failing to insist on a police report When you call 911 from the scene of your accident, you should insist that a police officer completes a traffic report that includes his or her observations of the scene, the conditions of the environment and the cars that were involved. A police report can help you to prove the other driver’s liability if the insurance company disputes it. Some people make the mistake of requesting an ambulance without also making sure that the officer files a report. The lack of an accident report can make it harder for you to prove your case. It is  Stating that you are not injured and failing to get medical care It is common for people to believe that they are not injured in an accident immediately after it happens. The shock of an accident may cause your body to release adrenaline, making it more difficult to notice symptoms of injuries that you might have suffered. If you are asked if you have been injured, you should simply state that you want to get a medical examination to...

4 Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

Cases of elderly neglect and abuse have risen dramatically over the years. With an increased number of Americans living in long-term care facilities, nursing home abuse has become a national concern. Watch Out for these Warning Signs To prevent further abuse from happening and to bring abusers to justice, early detection is essential. Here are 4 signs of nursing home abuse that people have to be keener about. Physical abuse warning signs Physical abuse is an intentional act of harming another person by means of bodily contact. It can include punching, pushing, shoving, biting, threats or assault, or the improper use of restraints. Victims of physical abuse are 300% more likely to die within the next 3 years, according to the Assisted Living Federation of America. Below are a few signs of physical abuse. Bruising, scarring, and other bed injuries that cannot be accounted for Unexplained broken bones or dislocation Unexplained marks on wrists (signs of being restrained) Damage of elder’s possessions such as broken glasses or bloody underclothing Questionable circumstances surrounding the death of an elder  Emotional abuse warning signs Emotional abuse entails verbal and nonverbal acts that psychologically harm the victim. It includes both aggression, such as insulting, humiliating, or demeaning behavior towards the victim, as well as ignoring the victim, and isolating them. Here are a few signs of emotional abuse. Constant fear and aggression Depression, anxiety, and isolation Improbable reasons for injury and contradicting stories Withdrawal, disorientation, is wary about talking openly Observable change in disposition Financial abuse warning signs Financial abuse involves the illegal or improper use of the patient’s material assets. Generally, people...
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