Sometimes, general trends for certain types of lawsuits come and go. However, in the world of personal injury, there are several big areas that tend to make up the bulk of personal injury claims. Can you guess what they are?
Sometimes, the difficulties we face after a personal injury, such as a car accident, are not purely physical. Sometimes, victims of accidents also experience psychological distress. For example, they may experience recurring nightmares related the accident, avoid areas where the accident took place, and/or experience a general onset of depression or anxiety. These feelings can interfere with daily life and can lead to isolation from family members and friends. It is important to seek medical advice in these situations in order to come up with a treatment plan and strategies to manage these feelings.
As always, it is important to be careful what you post on your social media account. This is even more important when you are involved in a lawsuit. One New York based lawsuit is currently making news in the legal world for a social media matter regarding to a car accident. According to the background of the claim, a woman alleged that she suffered injuries from a car accident that caused her a significant loss of enjoyment of life. However, her Instagram was reviewed during the legal proceedings, and included post-accident pictures of the woman participating in strenuous outdoor activities and enjoying a vacation. It may be likely that these pictures may have a negative impact towards the woman's claim.
When you are driving and another car hits you, you may know that you may be able to seek legal compensation for your injuries. However, sometimes people do not realize that you have rights as a car passenger, too. If you are a passenger and are involved in a car accident in which you are injured, you can also potentially seek compensation for your injuries. Depending on the circumstances of the accident, one or both drivers may have paid a role in the corresponding injuries. Either way, the passenger may be able to seek compensation for any injuries sustained in the crash.
What are some steps to take if you're injured while on vacation? Many people may think of these injuries as occurring only in home settings, such as car accidents or slip-and-falls around their hometown, but these accidents can happen in any type of setting. Slippery sidewalks, unclearly marked hazard signs (such as "wet floor"), unsafe balconies, and other miscellaneous situations can lead to a variety of injuries while you're on vacation. If you've been injured while away from home, you may be unsure of what to do next.
You've heard of drunk driving and drunk boating, but what about drunk golf cart driving?! A PA man was recently charged with drunken driving at a Delaware campsite. He was driving a golf cart while under the influence and seriously injured a passenger in the cart with him. Both he and the passenger were thrown from the cart onto the road.
What kind of documentation do I need for a personal injury case? This is a question that many of my clients ask. Although documentation can vary based on your individual case, here are some good guidelines to consider (courtesy of PersonalInjury.com):
An eastern PA area man is suing his apartment complex in a recent case highlighted through PennRecord.com. According to the report, the resident broke his leg after falling on the parking lot in February 2016. The man alleges that there was a significant amount of ice and snow on the parking lot that had not been properly removed by the building's management services. The resident is suing the apartment complex for failing to maintain the apartment complex exterior in safe condition, given the winter weather.
Recently, a PA woman sued Kohl's department store after she was knocked over by a restocking cart. According to records, the woman went to a Kohl's store in November 2015 to do some Christmas shopping. She was approaching a price scanning kiosk to check an item's price when she was knocked over by a Kohl's employee who was pushing a restocking cart full of upright vacuum cleaners. The woman sustained significant damage to her body, especially her right side. Over the past two years since the incident, the woman reports that she has nerve damage in her right leg, which significantly weakens her right leg and ankle. She also stated that her injuries negatively impact her ability to care for her 96-year-old mother, for whom she is the primary caretaker.
Premises liability cases are more common than what many people may think. This one particular case, however, resulted in a very large claim for a York, PA man. According to news reports, an 80-year-old man was at a shopping center in York Township when he tripped over an unmarked step, and his head and face went into the edge of a chair of a neighboring tattoo parlor. The corresponding fall did extensive damage, including the loss of vision in one eye. This injury left him functionally blind. After the man took legal action, he was recently awarded four million dollars for injuries. For more on the news report, please click here.