What Is Wrongful Death?

A wrongful death lawsuit is filed when someone else causes a death, usually as a result of negligence. The plaintiff in such a case - the person who files the lawsuit - is generally a family member of the deceased. Wrongful death is a kind of personal injury case that often results from one of the following: Medical malpractice when a doctor or medical facility makes a mistake that causes the death of a patient An automobile accident Exposure to toxic substances Defective product...

Are You a Victim of a Construction Accident?

Even though the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) spends considerable funds to prevent construction site accidents, the work of construction is an inherently dangerous activity with an average of 200,000 workers injured every year in the United States. Formed in 1970 under President Nixon, OSHA's mission is to: "assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance...

Are You the Victim of a Spine Injury?

People often think a spine injury immediately means paralysis, but that is not the case. Only if the spinal cord is damaged will paralysis be the probable result. Even a broken back does not necessarily lead to paralysis, although fracturing the back is still very serious. Soft tissue spine injuries that do not include a fracture or spinal cord damage can cause considerable pain, but they are quite common. If someone suffers a soft tissue injury of the spine, it can be difficult to prove the ...

Have You Sustained a Traumatic Brain Injury?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1.7 million people in the U.S. sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) every year. These injuries contribute to a third of the deaths caused by accidents and 75% of brain injuries are concussions. Brain injuries can be caused by a number of incidents, including falls, sports activities, construction site accidents, motor vehicle accidents, pedestrian accidents, military combat, defective products, and assault. Falls are the ...

Have You Been Injured by an Accident Involving Electricity?

Electric shock causes injuries, but electrocutions are fatal. An electric shock injury might lead to a personal injury lawsuit, while an electrocution may lead to a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of the deceased. According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International, 30,000 people in the U.S. experience electric shock every year. About 60 electrocutions occur annually as a result of consumer product use, usually from power tools, lights, or small appliances. Emedicinehealth....

Brain Damage in Personal Injury Cases

Brain damage can occur in a variety of ways but is considered to be any type of injury to the structure of the brain that disrupts or prevents normal brain function or healthy brain development. Brain damage can occur after birth (acquired, non-traumatic or traumatic brain injuries) or before birth (congenital brain injuries). Most brain damage that occurs after birth is due to an injury of some sort. Unfortunately, many of these injuries are due to accidents that were caused by negligence on...

Worker Injury Claims Involving Commercial Overhead Doors

A worker is performing a duty near the ceiling within the path of travel of an automatic overhead door. Without warning, the door begins to move and the top edge of the door collides with the worker or what he is standing on, causing the worker to fall to the ground. Every situation is different. Circumstances and information provided affect the outcome of the claim. No two cases are the same and factors that pertain to one case do not always apply to another. Many scenarios involve a work...

Can You Claim for the Cost of Future Treatment?

In this article, we will be looking at claiming for future losses when you bring a claim for clinical negligence of personal injury. In particular, the cost of future treatment and how you would go about claiming for such a loss, considering that it may not have happened yet. If you have been injured through clinical negligence, such as a broken limb not being treated properly or through an accident that was caused by someone else's negligence such as a car accident, then there is a high prob...

Stages of a Car Accident Injuries Lawsuit

If you've been in a car accident, injuries and damages to your car may have you thinking about whether or not you should sue the other driver. If, in talking to your insurance agent and an attorney, you are convinced on whether you should, then you ought to learn about the sometimes long path you are about to tread. Before you sue, you'll need to know what damages the insurance company for the other driver can offer you. If the other driver’s policy limits do not adequately compensate you for...

Types of Life Insurance Policies: Which Is Right for You?

Term life by definition is a life insurance policy which provides a stated benefit upon the holder's death, provided that the death occurs within a certain specified time period. However, the policy does not provide any returns beyond the stated benefit, unlike an insurance policy which allows investors to share in returns from the insurance company's investment portfolio. Annually Renewable Term Life Historically, a term life rate increased each year as the risk of death became greater. While...