Personal Injury Lawsuits

The Seriousness of Spinal Injuries

Submitted by jrlaw on Feb 5th, 2010

The Seriousness of Spinal Injuries

Your spinal cord is the nerve center of your body. Essentially the nerves along the spinal cord are the gateway of communication between your brain and all of the rest of your body. According to Medicine Net.com, the spinal cord allows your brain to communicate with your arms, legs, stomach, chest and organs. Nerves along the spinal cord are also responsible for your ability to feel pain, discomfort or temperature.

When spinal injuries occur, these nerves may become damaged. Unfortunately, the spinal cord cannot repair itself and the nerves and tissue do not regenerate when damaged. Thus, when the spinal cord is injured, the affected nerves stop functioning permanently. If the affected nerves are those responsible for controlling your organs, death can result. If the nerves impact the limbs, then you may become paralyzed.

Spinal injuries can be complete or incomplete. When a complete spinal injury occurs, you will lose all feeling and function everywhere on your body below the site of the injury. If the injury is high enough on the spinal cord, this means you may become a quadriplegic and lose feeling in both of your arms and legs. If the spinal injury is incomplete, you may have some ability to function or feel pain, but ability will be impaired.

Personal Injury and Subcontractors- Know Your Rights

Submitted by jrlaw on Feb 4th, 2010

Can a Subcontractor Sue for Personal Injury?

Wikipedia defines a subcontractor as an individual or even a business that signs a contract to “perform part or all of the obligations of another's contract.” This clearly indicates that a subcontractor is not an employee. Rather, a general contractor hires the subcontractor to perform specific tasks related to the overall project.

The financial advantages of hiring a subcontractor are many according to Business Link:

• Flexibility
• Lower cost on salary
• Lower cost on taxes, insurance
• Specialist expertise
• Less reliance on in-house specialists
• Specify duration and type of work
• Mitigation of project risk

Therefore, it seems like a fair question: is the employer or the contractor at fault if a subcontractor injures himself during working hours? After all, the subcontractor is not an employee, and therefore has no such recourse as worker’s compensation. Technically speaking, a self-employed individual has injured himself in the course of a job.

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