Personal Injury

Personal Injury

If you have been involved in an accident which was caused by someone else, you may be entitled to fair compensation for your injuries, medical expenses, and lost wages.

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Wrongful Death

A wrongful death is a death brought on by the conduct of another individual. The estate or the surviving family of the victim brings suit against the individual who is responsible for causing the death. Family members of the victim are entitled to receive compensation for funeral and medical costs, loss of future earnings, loss of benefits, and punitive damages to punish the individual for their actions.

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Product’s Liability

The phrase “products liability” is used to describe situations in which a person or property is injured or damaged in some way due to a defective product or service. Products liability is not a legal theory like strict liability, negligence, or intentional torts, rather the phrase simply means that the supplier, manufacturer, seller, or provider of a product or service may be liable for any injury or damage caused by such product or service.

There are generally two types of defective products, those with defective designs and those that are manufactured improperly.

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Negligent Security

Property owners have a duty to provide adequate security to protect their visitors from criminal activity. Most crimes are easily preventable by property owners by having their property secured.

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Defective Tires

Defective tires may suddenly blowout or have the tread separate and cause an accident. Manufacturers are liable for improper tire designs and manufacturing defects.

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Rollover Accidents

Rollovers account for 51% of all deaths in standard sport utility vehicles, 36% of deaths in pickup trucks, and 19% of deaths in standard cars. The rollover is an extremely severe automobile accident and an increasingly common one with the growing popularity of sport utility vehicles (SUVs). In 2002, the number of people killed in rollover accidents involving SUVs rose 14 percent. The high center of gravity and relatively narrow wheelbase of SUVs increase their susceptibility to rollover. Most rollover accidents involve only one vehicle and are typically caused by catastrophic equipment failure (such as a tire blowout), excessive speed, or poor road conditions.

 

Frontline article on SUV rollovers

NASA animation on why rollovers occur

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Slip and Fall

Slip and fall legal practice deals with the concept of premises liability. An owner of property (“premises”) owes a duty to his guests (“invitees”) to keep his property in a reasonably safe condition. So, if you slip and fall on a banana peel while at the local grocery store, your grocer may have breached his duty to provide you, his customer, with a reasonably safe shopping experience. If such a breach caused your injury, you may be entitled to compensation from the grocer.

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Automotive Accidents

Accidents on our Nation’s roadways are a serious threat to the traveling public and are the leading cause of death for those under the age of thirty-four. Annually, over 40,000 people are killed in approximately five million motor vehicle accidents, many involving teen car accidents. In 2002 alone, nearly 43,000 people died in highway accidents nationwide. That equates to over 115 fatalities per day. The economic costs of these accidents is staggering, over $150 billion per year. Unfortunately, during your lifetime you are likely to be involved in at least one auto accident. You should know what to do in order to protect yourself and your legal rights.

There may be time limits within which you must commence suit, so immediate action may be required.

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