Filing a Lawsuit Over a Work Injury

Submitted by jrlaw on Oct 5th, 2010

Employers have a duty to provide their employees with a safe work environment. In some cases, they may shirk this duty, resulting in their employees becoming injured or even killed. These are the types of cases that can be handled by a personal injury attorney. There are detailed laws and regulations that cover working conditions and, when they are broken and someone is hurt, you have a right to seek compensation from the employer. Some of these cases become egregious and the negligence exhibited by some companies is simply amazing.

When companies fail to adequately train personnel for their jobs, they create a situation where it’s very likely that those personnel could injure themselves or their coworkers. These cases sometimes result in death. Even in these extreme circumstances, you have the ability to seek a civil suit against the offending company. A wrongful death lawyer can handle such cases. They won’t be intimidated by the company and they won’t take a settlement unless it’s adequate to cover your pain and suffering due to the loss of your loved one. There have been many successful suits filed against employers who have put their workers at undue risk.

There are some ways you can protect yourself against work-related injuries. It starts with knowing the regulations that exist to protect you. You should never:

When to Consider a Work Injury Claim

Submitted by jrlaw on Sep 7th, 2010

There are too many employers that get away with providing unsafe work environments. There are a host of regulations, federal, state and local, that usually apply to any employer’s worksite. These regulations are designed to keep workers safe and to make sure that preventable injuries are avoided as much as possible. If you’ve been hurt on the job and it was a result of the conditions that you were required to work under, there may be an opportunity to file a lawsuit against the employer responsible for maintaining those conditions.

A personal injury attorney will be able to handle these claims, in most cases. No matter what job you happen to work, you do have a right to expect that your employer takes your safety into consideration. This means providing surfaces that aren’t trip hazards, providing adequate fall protection when workers are required to ascend to heights and providing approved personal protective equipment when dangerous materials need to be handled. No matter how much you make or how high up on the ladder you are relative to other employees, you do deserve to be provided with adequate protection against any work-related hazards you face.

Can I Afford a Car Wreck Attorney?

Submitted by jrlaw on Sep 7th, 2010

If you’ve been injured in a Dallas car accident, you should explore your legal options. There are several different ways that you can get representation for such claims. While lawyers are usually thought of as being very expensive professionals—and this is true, to an extent—there are some that you can hire whether or not you have any money at all. This arrangement is called a contingency. The contingency part of the arrangement covers compensation. The lawyer only gets paid if they manage to win your case or an appropriate settlement.

Legal fees can be intimidating, but it’s important to consider the costs of being in a car wreck when calculating the total expenses. Your property is likely going to be damaged and you may have injuries to your body, as well. In some cases, these injuries may be long-term and may cause problems with work and your life in general. A car wreck attorney is a specialist who works with these claims. They can help you arrive at an appropriate dollar figure to cover your pain and suffering, as well as your expenses, and help you to seek that compensation in court.

Financially Surviving a Truck Wreck

Submitted by jrlaw on Aug 31st, 2010

A truck wreck can cause very severe injuries. The size of a big rig, especially when it’s loaded, means that nothing short of a concrete barrier or a landscape feature is likely to survive an impact with one of these vehicles. If you’ve been in one of these accidents, you’re likely facing very high medical bills and a lot of pain and suffering. There are specific responsibilities that trucking companies have and, with the help of a good lawyer, you may be able to hold them to those responsibilities financially.

A truck is legally required to be in safe working order. Some companies cut corners by not providing safe equipment for their drivers. The results are oftentimes tragic. In some cases, you may be seeking a wrongful death lawyer because of the devastation caused by these accidents. Even if the situation didn’t get that severe, you still may want to seek compensation. There are good reasons to do so. If you weren’t responsible for the injuries you sustained, there’s no reason that you should have to foot the bills that result from the incident. A lawyer may well be able to help you.

Filing a Lawsuit for Slip and Fall Injuries

Submitted by jrlaw on Aug 31st, 2010

Slip and fall injuries cause many people pain and suffering every year. These injuries oftentimes take place in commercial establishments. When you go into an establishment that opens their doors to you, you have a reasonable expectation that you’re entering a safe environment. Unfortunately, lacking signage and slippery floors oftentimes result in people being hurt, sometimes severely. The lawsuits that sometimes arise from these situations are not frivolous nor are they excessive. Depending upon your health, a slip and fall injury can cause serious harm.

If a shopkeeper hasn’t placed signage on a floor that’s recently been washed, they’re not serving their customers well. It’s almost impossible for anyone to tell when a floor is wet unless there is a sign indicating as much. What’s more, customers don’t expect that they’re walking into what amounts to a skating rink when they go to a commercial establishment. This means that there is definitely blame to go around when someone is hurt. A personal injury lawyer is your best option if you’ve been hurt in this way. They can look at the situation and see if you have a case, oftentimes in the space of a free consultation.

What Hazards Does Traffic Pose?

Submitted by jrlaw on Jul 30th, 2010

Car accident personal injury attorneys frequently run into very similar cases. This is simply because some driving conditions, and some types of drivers, are inherently more dangerous than others. Accidents tend to occur under similar conditions, as these conditions make it difficult for drivers to see or, in the case of heavy traffic, because the stress that they cause leads to poor judgment and impatience. If you want to play it safe, there are certain types of conditions and drivers that you can try to avoid.

The majority of fatal car crashes involve drivers between the ages of 18-28. This is not because these drivers are inherently bad. In fact, those are the ages when your reflexes are the best they’ll ever be. However, it’s also the age range where people tend to do the most driving and when they’re most likely to make bad decisions. Experience counts for a lot where driving is concerned and, quite simply, these drivers don’t have enough of it to know what to do in bad situations. Oftentimes, a car wreck attorney will find themselves representing someone who has been hurt, or killed, by one of these younger drivers.

What Does a Personal Injury Law Firm Do?

Submitted by jrlaw on Jul 28th, 2010

A personal injury law firm probably works in a broader swath of the law than you think. They cover everything from deaths and injuries that happen on the road to the same incidents that happen in doctor’s offices. They represent individuals whose babies have suffered injuries during birth and people who bought a product that they thought was safe, and who were hurt or killed because they’d been led astray in that regard. These law firms sometimes work under special agreements with their clients that allow individuals who don’t have a lot of money to exercise their legal rights.

A contingency agreement is one where the attorney begins working on your case at no charge. It usually comes with a free consultation. During the consultation, the attorney will determine if it seems like you have a case and if they’re interested in taking it up for you. Depending upon what type of case you’re filing, they may consult with experts in that field to see if it seems like your case is one that’s likely to win. If it is, you don’t have to pay to have it move forward.

Slip and Fall Injuries in Commercial Establishments

Submitted by jrlaw on Jun 28th, 2010

There is a common perception that people sue for reasons that are quite specious. Among the most popular cases to deride are those that involve someone getting hurt at a commercial establishment. There are usually disparaging remarks about the filer's intelligence and ethical nature thrown around. These statements are oftentimes made in complete ignorance of reality. When someone is hurt at a commercial property, there is certainly responsibility that lies somewhere. A good slip and fall lawyer knows how to find who is responsible and to hold them accountable for the injuries sustained.

One of the most common places to get hurt is at a restaurant. This usually happens due to poor hygiene on the part of the establishment, with spills and other slick spots being left on the floor while customers are about. There is no reason that this should be the case. Simply put, if a restaurant cannot guarantee a safe environment for their patrons, that restaurant should not be in business. No one enters a dining establishment with the impression that they need no-slip boots and a hardhat to be safe, nor should they.

Getting your Social Security Benefits

Submitted by jrlaw on Jun 18th, 2010

Social security benefits help millions of people who are retired and disabled. Getting them, however, can be a real chore. It would seem, to many individuals who apply, that the default government answer is "no" and that no benefits are ever awarded save to those who are of an advanced age. In reality, the requirements aren't impossible, they're just very specific. Social security is designed to protect those who cannot fend for themselves against the ravages of poverty. Sometimes, however, you'll need a bit of help getting those benefits.

The Social Security Administration gives out benefits only in specific circumstances. Generally, you have to be injured or disabled to the extent that you cannot perform any productive work. This means that you must be in real danger to life and limb in a work situation; it doesn't mean that work is simply hard for you to do. To prove this, you do sometimes need to go to court. If you've gotten one of the many rejection letters that the Social Security Administration sends out every day, it may be time for you to get a lawyer who can help you fight for your rights.

Hot under the Collar? Chemical Burns in the Work Place

Submitted by jrlaw on Feb 25th, 2010

Who is Responsible for Chemical Burns at Work?
It is an unfortunate truth, but most people have to work and, on top of that, some jobs come with a certain degree of personal injury risk. One such potential hazard is that of chemical burns. Some workers are required to work with or around dangerous substances. Some of the more common workplace chemicals are paint removers, lye, cleaning products, cement mix and battery acid, but the full list is far more extensive. There are regulations set in place for dealing with such materials, but there are times when accidents or unexpected incidents do occur and can result in a burn injury for the worker.
In the workplace, it is essential that employees are educated on the dangers of substances that they may be working with or around. They must be informed of the steps necessary to maintain safety. Chemical burns are extremely serious and often do more damage than burns from heat. According  they can cause scarring, eye damage, blindness, seizures, numbness and even death. Burns are not limited to the outside of the body; if toxic fumes are inhaled they can cause burns in the airway as well.

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