Personal Injury Law

Why You May Need a Personal Injury Lawyer

Whether we’re watching television or happen to glance on a billboard on the side of the road, personal injury attorneys are constantly advertising their services to us.

But how many of us actually understand what personal injury is? It is one of the broadest areas of the law and many different issues fall under its umbrella. After watching another personal injury commercial the other day, I decided to research more about the different aspects of personal injury law.

What is Personal Injury?

First, I should define what personal injury law is first. Personal injury is a legal term, defined as an injury to the mind, body, or emotions — anything personal, except for property. As you can likely tell, there is a wide range of different situations in which someone may suffer a personal injury. I’ll delve into some of those situations below.

Car Accidents. Car accidents are the source of the most personal injury cases in America. As you can imagine, individuals suffer personal injury after a car accident — not only of their body but their mental health, too. In a car accident case, you will likely be attempting to get the negligent party (usually the other driver) to provide compensation for medical bills and your pain and suffering that resulted from the accident. This compensation most always comes in the form of a settlement.

Slip and Fall. If you are in a building and are injured due to a hazard on the property, you may qualify for financial compensation. Property owners have a duty of care to keep their property safe for visitors, and your injury may prove that they did not follow through with their obligation.

Dog Bites. Individuals who have been attacked by a dog likely are suffering from not only injuries but mental trauma as well. A personal injury attorney can help you get compensation for your medical bills as well for any other trauma you endured.

Medical Malpractice. We trust our doctors to always treat us in the best way possible, but unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen. Doctors have an obligation to take care of their patients in the best way possible, but sometimes their treatment can lead the patient to experience extreme emotional and physical pain. Patients who are victims of medical malpractice are entitled to financial compensation for their suffering.

Of course, these are NOT the only personal injury cases out there — I just tried to represent the ones I thought were the most common. If you believe that you have a personal injury case on your hands, make sure to reach out to an experienced attorney.

An attorney like the ones working at Evans Moore, LLC will let you know if you have a case and what damages you may be able to recover. I would recommend writing down your situation so that you remember exactly what happened so that your attorney is better able to serve you and help you through a tough time.

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What You Should Know When Working With A Lawyer

Selecting a lawyer is not always easy. Many people find themselves confused as to what type of lawyer to choose for the issues they are facing. Each legal dilemma that occurs is not the same as the next one, and you need the right lawyer who has the experience for your situation. Continue reading to learn what you need to know. Make sure to find out who all will be involved with helping to work on your case. What sort of experience do they have? Some may have years of experience, whereas others may be fresh out of law school. How much time is your lawyer anticipating on devoting to your case? If you have been accused in a major crime, you need to find a lawyer immediately. Don’t try to handle it yourself, since you may be put in a position where the law may be broken. Good lawyers contain adequate experience for handling your situation. You have a right to expect clear, consistent communication with your lawyer. He or she should be able to give you a general summery of what you can expect in terms of your case, as well as what potential issues might arise and what could be done to remedy these issues. When you are describing the situation that you are in to your lawyer, refrain from lying. You should be telling them the truth at all times, as this could backfire if you are questioned on the stand and your lawyer does not have all information available. Honesty is the best policy, especially in regards to legal issues. While this article previously mentioned that choosing a lawyer is not always easy, you should know understand that a little knowledge about lawyers does make it easier. You may find yourself needing a lawyer more than once in life, and that can mean that you may need to use several different lawyers. Each will help you to get through any tough times.

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Yaz and Yasmin

Among the many birth control pills in the market today, Yaz and Yasmin are two of the most prescribed and widely-used by women. They are both manufactured by Bayer, and are both made up of a combination of ethinyl estradiol (estrogen) and drospirenone (progesterone). Although they are generally made up of the same hormones, there are certain differences that may matter when you are choosing which one to use.

One of the main differences between Yaz and Yasmin are in the amount of hormones in each combination. Although both have the same amount of drospirenone (3mg), Yaz has a lower amount of ethinyl estradiol (20 mcg) compared to Yasmin (30 mcg). Also, dosage instructions for Yaz is 24 days (with 4 placebo pills), while Yasmin is only taken for 21 days (with 7 placebo pills). Meanwhile, Yasmin is prescribed exclusively as a birth control pill, while Yaz can double as a birth control pill and as treatment for people with moderate acne. Even the FDA has approved Yaz to be effective in easing PMDD symptoms.

Despite their subtle differences, both pills have been known to cause side effects to women, particularly those using them for some years. Besides the garden-variety side effects that most birth control pills cause, Yaz and Yasmin can also increase the risks of blood clots, strokes, and pulmonary embolism. According to the website of Williams Kherkher, women who suffer life-threatening side effects may be able to hold Bayer accountable for their injuries through a Yasmin lawsuit. Both pills can also alter or interact with other prescription or over-the-counter drugs, which can render them useless or heighten the risks of liver, kidney and adrenal problems.

Women with already high levels of potassium in the body are not advised to take either Yaz or Yasmin. Those who are over the age of 35 and are heavy smokers are also persuaded to not take Yaz or Yasmin, along with those who suffer from blood clotting problems, heart complications, high blood pressure, depression, and those who are pregnant or have recently given birth. Because both Yasmin and Yaz are birth control pills, they should not be taken without the consent and information of your doctor, therefore proper medical supervision is necessary before taking them.

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Neglected Buildings

Managing property is no easy task. There are a lot of things that can go wrong with any given building. Managers need to be aware of various building safety codes and do everything within their power to hold their buildings to at least those minimum safety standards.

When a building is neglected it can fall into disarray. Health violations can arise from animal infestations that commonly result from building neglect. Roaches, rats, and mice often infest buildings that become neglected.

Further neglect can lead to the dilapidation of stairways, elevators, or escalators, making them a hazard to use. Leaky pipes also eventually become a problem. Pipes with leaks in them can sometime be a direct cause of slip and fall accidents. Unsafe conditions can lead to the building’s eventual collapse.

When a building falls into neglect and poses a danger to the people in and around it, any injuries that occur as a result are the responsibility of that building’s manager. If you are injured because of prevalent dangerous conditions on someone else’s property, you may be able to hold him or her accountable for your medical costs with a premises liability lawsuit.

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Bicycle Accidents

bicycle accident lawsuitBicycles are caught at a strange point between functional and recreational vehicles. Many people use their bicycles as their primary mode of transportation, but cyclists are generally scorned by drivers, who feel they clog up the roads.

With that sentiment, it is common for frustrated drivers to lose patience around cyclists and drive recklessly when they encounter bikes on the roadways. However, drivers have to remember that cyclists have very little in the way of protection. If there is a collision, they are incredibly likely to sustain serious injuries.

When you ride a bike, your safety is a priority. Bikers can prevent the chances of being collided with by using front and rear lights at night, being cautious around cars, and always following all the rules of the road. Drivers can do their part by giving cyclists enough room when passing them and slowing down if there is little room to get by.

Liability in accidents that involve bicycles is determined much like accidents between two cars. If you’ve been hurt in a bike accident because of someone else’s mistake, you may be able to hold him or her accountable for your medical costs with a personal injury lawsuit.

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Wrong Site Amputations

wrong site amputation lawsuitGoing into surgery is a scary prospect, especially with risky procedures. You should be able to feel confident in your hospital’s surgical staff and have a good understanding of what your body is about to be put through prior to surgery.

However, everyone makes mistakes sometimes, even doctors. It is surprisingly common for even the intelligent medical professionals to make horrific surgical errors.

There is a class of errors that are classified as so egregious that they should never happen. One of these is performing surgery on the wrong part of a person’s body. For example, when a surgeon amputates the wrong limb, they are giving their patient a crippling, life altering injury. What’s worse is the limb that was set to be amputated must still be removed.

When doctors make such profoundly erroneous choices, they put their patients’ lives at risk. However, it is possible to make doctors take on the liability for these errors. Filing a medical malpractice lawsuit can help you hold a negligent physician accountable for his or her injurious mistakes.

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