Personal Injury

In the Event of an Accident – Make Sure You are Covered

Posted by on May 20, 2013 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

Cars fill up US roads every day as it has become the ordinary means of transportation for millions of people in the US. With the number of cars still increasing, implementation of traffic safety laws have become stricter, with the hope of significantly decreasing car accidents, which reach up to five million every year – that means about 590 accidents every day.

More than damaging properties, car accidents greatly affect the life of an injured victim, sometimes altering his or her life forever. Though some factors are beyond human control, majority of the accidents are still attributed to carelessness or reckless behavior and driver error, which includes sudden breaks and / or turns, and failure to use turn signal lights. Such reasons make the guilty party more liable for the harm he or she has caused.

Part of the responsibilities of the liable party is compensating the victim for whatever financial sufferings he or she is, and will be, faced with. For this reason, motorists living in tort states are obliged to prove financial responsibility or carry liability insurance. This insurance, however, will benefit only the injured victim; the person who caused the accident and injury is excluded.

According to the car accident lawyers at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.®; there is another insurance, though, that will cover the cost of medical treatment needed even by the liable party – the Personal Injury Protection or PIP. This means that even though you were the cause of the accident, you and your passengers (if you have any) will be covered by this insurance. The good part is, besides the medical cost, PIP also includes in its coverage lost wages, child care, household maintenance and funeral expenses. Other than Detroit, Michigan, the other states that require PIP are Washington D.C., New York, Utah, Pennsylvania, North Dakota, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Kentucky, Kansas, Hawaii and Florida.

Despite the insurance required in the state where you reside or being able to prove financial responsibility, it is still best that you seek the assistance of a highly qualified car accident lawyer whose expertise and vast experience in dealing with insurance and compensation will help ease the financial burden in you. With his or her help, you have greater chances of receiving the maximum limits of your insurance or getting the right amount of compensation from the liable party.

 

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Transvaginal Mesh Patch: Good Intention, Harmful Product

Posted by on May 15, 2013 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

The Vaginal mesh implant or transvaginal mesh treatment is supposed to strengthen or replace insufficient tissue thickness and softness in the weakened vaginal wall. This surgical procedure, which also helps put an end to hysterectomy and alternative curative procedures, is essential when the female’s pelvic muscles can no longer support her urethra and bladder. Delay in treatment or failure to treat will certainly result to stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP), pelvic disorders millions of women in the US suffer from and which make a person suffer from unrestrained bowel and urine movement.

Though introduced as a low-risk surgery, vaginal mesh implant is reported to cause severe complications, like mesh migration, mesh exposure, mesh contraction, mesh erosion, vaginal scarring and shrinkage, infections, bleeding and perforation of the organ. Even the US Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health declared, in 2011, that transvaginal mesh placement was unsafe for women with pelvic organ prolapse. The center also said that once implanted, removal of the vaginal mesh device may no longer be possible, making the person suffer, from the complications it causes, permanently.

The treatment consisted in the placing of an absorbable biological or porous synthetic substance in the vaginal wall which would take away any discomfort and pain brought about by SUI and POP. Instead of providing relief, however, more harm has been caused. Reports, in fact, have stated about seven deaths and as many as 3,874 complications between 2005 and 2010.

The four leading manufacturers of transvaginal mesh patches are Johnson & Johnson, American Medical Systems, Bard and Boston Scientific. Although no one can fully remedy the serious harm already done, it is still necessary that the liable party be brought to justice – first, to help make sure that they no longer lead anyone to believe that their product is safe and, second, for you to receive the compensation that you rightfully deserve.

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Finding a Personal Injury Lawyer

Posted by on May 13, 2013 in Personal Injury | 1 comment

Finding the right personal injury lawyer to represent you in court may be the key in getting the proper compensation in a very fast manner possible. There are a lot of lawyers out there who says they can help you, but not all of them are familiar with the ins and outs of personal injury law. This is why it is vital to find the right one, especially if you have been severely injured due to an accident or reckless behavior of another person or party.

If you have just recently encountered a serious injury due to another person’s fault, then you might get compensation by filing a personal injury claim. With so many lawyers out there, it might seem daunting to find the right one, so here are some tips on where and how you can find the best personal injury lawyer for your specific injury case:

  1. Bar associations – generally all lawyers become members of these organizations, and as such, they can provide you with lawyer’s credentials and curriculum vitae. These organizations can provide you with lawyers who specialize in personal injury law.
  2. Yellow pages – even with the fast access of the internet, yellow pages can still provide you with attorneys who specialize in personal injury laws.
  3. Inquire about them to your lawyer – whether you asked their help for writing a will or for real estate transactions, asking your lawyer on their recommendations can guarantee you have enough options for a personal injury lawyer. Ask your lawyer for at least 3 persons whom he trusts can help you with your dilemma.
  4. Internet – just about every bit of information can be found in the internet. Searching for personal injury lawyers in your area do not only give you their names, you can also find their backgrounds, other cases and even inquire them about your case.
  5. Ask around – it does not hurt to ask other people about different lawyers. Word of mouth is still a strong advertising medium for many legal firms, and asking about them can inform you about their services and how they handle their clients.

Looking for the right personal injury lawyer doesn’t need to be all that hard and confusing. Just knowing where to look for them is the first step in fighting for your right for fair compensation after an unjust accident.

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The Severe Consequences of a Traumatic Brain Injury

Posted by on May 12, 2013 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

One of the most serious injuries an individual can suffer from is traumatic brain injury or intracranial injury; it is caused by an external physical force and can be acquired through violence (like child abuse), motor vehicle accidents, falls, sports or while working, especially in construction sites.

Traumatic brain injury can result either in partial or total psychosocial impairment or functional disability, or both. People who sustain such injury suffer impairments in perceptual and motor abilities, psychosocial behavior, speech, physical functions, information processing, cognition, language, memory, attention, reasoning, abstract thinking, judgment, problem-solving and sensory.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 1.4 million people sustain TBIs, making it one of the principal causes of disability and death in the US. While a mild brain injury may only cause a momentary dysfunction of the brain cells, a severe one can lead to torn tissues, bruising, bleeding and other brain damages which can cause permanent disability, even death.

One dangerous effect of TBI is that it predisposes those who suffer from it to further injuries; it has also been linked to serious illnesses, such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy and diseases affecting the digestive, circulatory and respiratory systems.

Anyone who sustains a traumatic brain injury ought to be treated immediately, for any delay in treatment can lead to more serious consequences, like a more severe stage of disability, increased reliance on medication and medical equipment, and higher costs on medical care; besides lost earning potential the duration of which depends on the severity of the injury.

Obviously a cause of great suffering, the pain is still increased if you find out that the injury is a result of someone else’s negligent or reckless behavior. And though there seems to be no serious effect right after an accident or sometime after it, it is necessary that you observe the victim’s condition for any sign that may suggest a TBI, like nausea, weakness or numbness in limbs, headache, difficulty awakening or lack of coordination.

Though an amicable settlement initiated by the party who caused the injury may be a considerate move, it is still wiser to seek legal counsel from knowledgeable and experienced injury lawyers who know what your rights exactly are and the right amount of compensation that you legally deserve.

 

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