Personal injury can happen at any time and in any situation. This statement is especially true in the experience of one injured worker, who was hit by a car while working for Disney Cruise Line. The injured person, who was hit while in a port of call, was treated by the ship's medical care team. They did not correctly diagnose her injuries, which included multiple broken ribs, and told her that she was able to work for her shift as a dining room waiter. Although she eventually received care from another doctor at a later date, when she returned to work she soon had to stop again due to significant nerve damage. The worker sought legal action against Disney Cruise Line and was awarded $4M as a result in a combination of lost wages, pain and suffering, and punishment.
If you are a family with young children, you may have heard about the recent controversy over a certain type of jogging stroller. This stroller has been reported to have caused hundreds of accidents due to a quick-release front wheel that may come off unexpectedly. This can cause the strollers to flip, seriously injuring the person pushing the stroller and the baby inside. This is obviously a scary, harmful, and potentially deadly situation.
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.
As you may realize by now, what you choose to show on social media can have a significant impact on your possible legal claim. In some cases, social media posts can be used as evidence during your lawsuit, especially in the case of personal injury. You may be familiar with the use of social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, but how about other tools such as activity trackers? According to a recent article, fitness tracker information may also impact your social media claim. For example, if you claim that an injury made you immobile, yet your activity tracker reflects that you run five miles a day, it does not add up. In the future, it is possible that your data from any activity trackers may also be used in the course of a personal injury case. As always, it is important to be truthful when reporting the extent and longevity of your personal injury following an accident or other traumatic event.
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.