Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Pennsylvania: Teacher Killed in Dump Truck Accident

A Philadelphia kindergarten teacher was killed in an accident when her sub compact car was struck by dump truck. Another driver was also injured. Witnesses said the sub compact drifted into oncoming traffic moments before the accident. The dump truck driver said he did not have enough time to react because he did not see the sub compact until he reached the top of the hill. The drivers tried to swerve away from each other but still could not avert the crash.

The Barren Hill fire department pulled the 32-year-old victim out of her crumpled vehicle; she was pronounced dead at the scene by the county coroner. Police are working with the Montgomery County District Attorney's office to investigate the crash.

The reason is still unclear as to why the victim drove into oncoming traffic. It could take up to three weeks for toxicology test results to come back from the lab and determining what caused the accident may take awhile.

see: http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=19511617&BRD=1681&PAG=461&dep

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Negligence

Negligence is defined as when the actions (or inaction) is less than what any reasonable person would do (or not do) to protect the well being of another individual that results in harm to their body, property, mental well-being, financial status. If an injured person proves that another person acted negligently to cause his injury, he can recover damages to compensate for his harm.

Medical negligence occurs when the treatment provided by a health service provider falls below an acceptable standard. Examples include a physician leaving a clamp inside of a surgery patient or administering medication to the wrong patient. It is the unfortunate reality that medical treatment is sometimes unsuccessful and injuries can sometimes result but that does not always mean that there has been any negligence. Negligent treatment usually goes beyond a simple reasonable mistake or error.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Persistent Personal Injuries

One aspect that people need to understand when it comes to filing a lawsuit related to a product recall is the condition of the affected person. Obviously, someone who is left with permanent lingering problems will have a greater claim to damages than someone who has made a complete recovery. Now, this does not mean that someone who has made a complete recovery will be unable to recoup damages but speculation on the monetary amount presented in the form of damages will be contingent ultimately on the permanent effects of the injury. The worse and the more persistent the injury then the potential for receiving more monetary compensation is possible.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Contingency and the Personal Injury Lawsuit

When filing a personal injury lawsuit it may be best to seek the help of attorneys to charge their clients on a contingency basis. That is, the client does not pay anything until the case is settled. Granted, the fee can be in the 30% – 40% range but there will be no fees if the attorney can not recoup any damages. This is an excellent payment option because it does not place the plaintiff in a terrible financial bind when seeking damages in a personal injury suit. In a way, paying a lawyer on a contingency makes procuring the services of an attorney more affordable and accessible to all.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Being a Defendant in a Personal Injury Case

When people think of personal injury law they often think almost exclusively of being the plaintiff in the case. Of course, there are two parties to a lawsuit and that means you may find yourself as a defendant in the case. If this occurs then it is critical to seek qualified professional legal advice as the stakes are very high in such a situation. A significant judgment against you could lead to the loss of all your assets and clearly this is not a situation anyone would wish to find them. This is why it is critical not to muddle through any settlements or even discuss the case on your own. Instead, it is best to seek the help of a qualified professional attorney who can settle the situation for you in the proper manner.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Philadelphia Lawyers and Stock Market Loss Suits

Philadelphia is home for a number of successful entrepreneurs and many of these people "hedge their bets" and look to invest their income in the stock market. Since these people are honest individuals looking to expand their assets law have been enacted to protect them from fraud. Unfortunately, there are dishonest people who can commit stock fraud and this is where a Philadelphia lawyer who specializes in stock fraud cases can be helpful. Someone who loses their hard earned income through frauds should be provided with a means of recouping their losses and a Philadelphia stock fraud lawyer can definitely help in this regard.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Dealing with Personal Injury Settlements

If you are the victim of a personal injury accident in Philadelphia, you may find the responsible party offering you sums of money as a settlement. They wish to do this so as to avoid a drawn out lawsuit and you might even share the same opinion. You may, however, be doing yourself a severe disservice. This is why it is critical to let a qualified attorney handle matters such as personal injury settlements. A level headed professional lawyer who is removed from the situation personally would be the best person to handle such a situation. So, if you do find yourself in such a situation do not try to navigate the waters yourself. Instead, seek the help of qualified professionals who know the proper steps to take.