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Motorcycle Accidents and Claims

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The consequences of a driver’s negligence in causing a motorcycle crash and resulting injuries can be quite serious, or catastrophic. Economic losses, for past and future medical bills, and lost income past and future, may be quite extensive. The adverse effects of the injuries can be life altering. Negligence may include:

  • Failure to yield at intersections
  • Failure to see the motorcyclist
  • Distracted driving, including cell phone use or texting
  • Unsafe lane changes
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol, or drugs

Motorcyclists are often at increased danger when vehicles turn left at intersections. The left turning vehicle has the responsibility to yield to vehicles approaching from the opposite direction, which are within the intersection or so close that there may be an immediately hazard. Too often the left hand turn is a common cause of motorcycle crashes, motorists may not see a motorcyclist, or in sufficient time to avoid a collision. Early involvement by a personal injury attorney is important, the attorney may be able to locate witnesses and consult with an accident reconstructionist.

Catastrophic injuries caused by another’s negligence in a motorcycle crash require representation by an experienced attorney, who can investigate and evaluate the fault of the adverse party and get appropriate experts involved to assess and project future medical expenses and lost income. The attorney will obtain the medical records, get reports from physicians to address permanency of the injuries, or work disability. A life care planner and an economist may need to be hired to address future medical needs, expenses and lost income.

Another reason to consider hiring an attorney in a motorcycle crash involves the issue of motorcycle helmets. The issue of requiring motorcycle helmets varies from state to state. Some argue that laws requiring helmets save lives, reduce head injuries, and medical costs. Further, helmet advocates state that helmets do not reduce visibility or impair hearing. They also argue that helmet laws don’t restrict people’s freedom any more than other accepted public safety laws, like prohibitions covering drunk driving or using cell phones while driving.

If an operator or passenger is injured, and not wearing a helmet, in an Arizona personal injury case, a jury may be allowed to consider whether, the nonuse of the helmet should reduce the amount of damages that the injured motorcyclist may receive.

The defense would have to prove that use of a helmet would have prevented specific injuries, if so the injured person’s damages that are awarded may be reduced.

Settling a personal injury claim too soon, or without representation can be a huge mistake. If you are involved in a motorcycle crash, a motorcycle accident lawyer Phoenix, AZ relies on should be consulted without delay.

 


 

Thanks to our friends and contributors from The Law Offices of Paul Englander for their insight into motorcycle accidents and claims.

Bedsores are the result of neglect

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Many of the families we represent are for injuries called bedsores. Bedsores are also known as pressure ulcers, pressure injuries, and decubitus ulcers. It is important to know that pressure ulcers do not “just happen.”  They are, in the overwhelming majority of cases, a result of neglect, as a nursing home lawyer Trenton, NJ trusts can explain.  In fact, Medicare makes nursing homes report pressure ulcers because they are quality of care indicators.  Also, if a person in a hospital gets a severe wound, Medicare won’t pay for the treatment because the evidence shows that severe wounds should not happen at a hospital if proper care is given.

Understanding how these wounds are prevented and treated are essential to be a good advocate for your resident. The strategies to prevent the development and worsening of pressure ulcers are simple and straightforward. It is not complex medicine that’s going to prevent a pressure injury from occurring, it is simply basic nursing.

What is a bedsore?

A bedsore is formed when a person is simply not kept clean and dry or urine and feces and not moved frequently enough.

When a person is not moved enough the pressure between the bone and the surface they are lying on puts pressure on the skin in between. This pressure prevents blood flow to that area. Blood carries oxygen, and if oxygen cannot get to the skin than the skin begins to die.  When the skin is not kept clean and dry of urine or feces, these substances irritate the skin and cause blistering, which can be the beginning of the skin damage.

Bedsores typically form on parts of the body where there is increased stress on the skin when a person is seated for a long period of time or lying in bed most of the time. These are areas you would think would be a problem.  For example when a person is lying down most of the time, the buttocks, heels, and small of the back are the areas most likely to develop a bedsore.

How serious is a bedsore?

The seriousness of a bedsore can be minor, if it’s just redness or a rash, to very serious if it is a wound that exposes the bone. It’s important to know how medical professionals discuss bedsores to understand what is going on with your resident.

Bedsores are staged based on severity, like cancer. The stages of a bedsore are stage I (1) through IV (4). Stage I bedsore is the most minor and should heal easily. A stage IV bedsore, however, is very painful, will complicate rehab, and typically is an area that easily infected, which can lead to death. Below is a brief description of the 4 stages of a pressure officer.

Stage I – this is a simple redness to the skin doesn’t go away when pressure is relieved. It may look almost like a rash. Staff at hospitals and nursing homes are trained to look for redness on areas where pressure ulcers typically develop. To be clear, it is easy to stop this wound from developing if it is at stage I. Simply keeping the person off that area will be enough that the wound should heal in a day or so.

Stage II – a stage II pressure ulcer should also be something that is relatively easy to heal. This is where there is a blistering but it is confined only to the topical skin. Many times a stage II wound is formed when a person is not kept clean of urine and feces. Much like a stage I ulcer, a stage II ulcer should be fairly easy to heal if caught at this point. Simply keeping a person clean and dry and relieving the pressure off that area should be enough to heal a stage II pressure ulcer in a matter of days.

Stage III – a stage III pressure ulcer is much more serious. When you have a stage III pressure ulcer the wound has gone through the skin and damaged the tissue below. This can be a serious problem because infections can now occur in this open area. Stage III ulcers are painful. Stage III ulcers complicate rehab. Stage III ulcers also take a lot of resources from the body to heal making someone more susceptible to infection. If a person has a stage III wound a facility has got to address that wound with new tools. A stage III wound can take a long time to heal, so the sooner it is identified and treated the better.

Stage IV – a stage IV bone is the most serious of all pressure ulcers. It is where the wound is gone through the tissue below the skin and in many cases all the way down to the bone. Stage IV wounds are a very serious condition. Stage IV wounds will take a long time to heal. A stage IV wound is very painful. A stage IV wound is often the place where an infection starts, especially if it’s on the buttocks or in the small of the back because feces will oftentimes get into the wound. Stage IV wounds will typically require surgical treatments.

How do I prevent a wound from forming?

The care and treatment required to prevent a wound from forming are very simple and basic nursing. The best way to prevent a pressure injury is to just alleviate pressure. The maximum time a person should be in one position is 2 hours. This means that at a minimum people should be moved in a bed every 2 hours. In a wheelchair they should be moved even more, because the pressure on the buttocks and small the back is greater. If a person is sitting in a wheelchair which should be shifted once an hour. Moving a person in a better wheelchair does not mean completely moving them to a totally new position. It simply means to shifting the way from one part of the body to another part of the body. It is not difficult to accomplish.

It is also important to keep the skin clean and dry of urine and feces. Urine and feces can burn the skin. These skin burns can lead to more significant pressure injuries.

So the basic nursing tasks of keeping people clean and dry and being sure there turned and repositioned appropriately are the 2 most important ways in order to prevent a pressure injury from forming.

The proper nutrition is also very important to prevent or treat a wound, protein in particular. When a person is at risk of developing a wound or suffering from a wound, it is important to be certain that they are getting ample protein. Protein is the substance that the body uses as building blocks. If there is a wound, the body will attempt to heal the wound with protein. If a person is not getting enough protein through their normal diet they can also receive protein supplements.

Keeping a person clean and dry, being sure there turned and repositioned every 2 hours in a bed and every one hour in a wheelchair, and being certain that they are receiving good nutrition, are the best ways to prevent or treat a pressure ulcer.

 


 

Thanks to our friends and contributors from Davis & Brusca, LLC for their insight into bedsores and nursing home negligence.

What is My Personal Injury Claim Worth?

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The Philadelphia personal injury lawyers at Wieand Law Firm represent accident victims who were injured due to someone else’s negligence or carelessness. Personal injury law encompasses a wide array of different claims such as car accidents, slip and fall injuries, medical malpractice, mass torts and defective products. The value of your personal injury claim will depend on the unique circumstances of your claim.

The most common question clients ask us is “what is my personal injury claim worth?” Even with the benefit of years of experience handling solely personal injury cases, this is often a very difficult question to answer. And usually, not something we can answer at an initial client meeting. The reason for this is the value of your claim will depend on a multitude of factors. Some of these factors will not be discovered until weeks or months into your claim. A list of some of the most significant factors that influence the value of a personal injury claim are provided below:

  • Who is Liable for the Incident? Was the tortfeasor (or negligent party) completely liability for the accident or does the victim share some portion of liability? If the victim shares a percentage of liability, his or her claim will be reduced or possible barred depending on state law. A personal injury lawyer can help advise you on the law applicable to your case.
  • What Damages Did You Incur? How severe are your injuries? How long did it take you to recover? What are your economic damages (these include losses such as loss of earnings or earnings capacity, hospital bills and property damage)?
  • Is there Enough Insurance? Sometimes, the most significant factor in determining the value of the claim is whether there will be sufficient insurance to cover the victim’s losses. In many instances, such as car accidents, a defendant’s state minimum insurance policy will fall drastically short of fairly compensating a personal injury victim
  • Where will the Case be Litigated? It may come as a surprise to most people that the venue of litigation is often a significant factor in determining the case value. If your case venue is in a conservative county, you should expect the settlement value of your case to be less than that of major metropolitan areas. This is because insurance companies are willing to bet that conservative jurors will be unwilling to fairly compensate an accident victim and therefore, will may want to take the case to trial.
  • Who is the Defendant and what did they Do? Some defendants are more sympathetic than others. For example, a sweet, elderly grandmother may have more appeal to a jury than a repeat DUI offender. Additionally, a high degree of negligence or reckless conduct will play a factor in what a claim is worth. Your attorney will certainly take this into account when making a determination of the value of the claim.

 


 

Thanks to our friends and contributors from Wieand Law Firm, LLC for their insight into slip and fall cases.

Disclaimer: This webpage is for informational purposes only and is not legal advice.

FAQ: Understanding Comparative and Contributory Negligence

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When attempting to obtain a settlement from an insurance company following a car accident, you are likely to be worried about a number of things. Perhaps one of the biggest worries car accident victims must sit with is whether the insurance company will be successful in placing at least part of the blame on you. This can be incredibly disheartening, especially if the accident has resulted in significant suffering. Understanding comparative negligence and how such situations may be viewed by insurance companies, can be beneficial when pursuing a car accident claim. Fortunately, Las Vegas car accident lawyers can be beneficial in advocating for you to secure the compensation you deserve.

What is comparative negligence?

Comparative negligence can make for a strong defense case against the driver who has hit you. Sometimes, when a victim attempts to obtain a settlement through the insurance company or in the form of a lawsuit, the professional representing the defendant may attempt to assign fault to the claimant. It’s important to retain an attorney if you have been in a car accident and there is belief that you have contributed to its cause in some way. In most states, if the claimant is found to be 50% or more at fault for the accident, they may not be entitled to compensation.  

Is there a difference between comparative and contributory negligence?

Yes. Comparative negligence is a newer approach adopted by the legal system.Comparative negligence allows for a claimant to obtain a portion of the settlement they are negotiating. For example, if a person is found to be 20% to blame for the accident, the defendant is only responsible for 80% of the damages they are looking to collect. In cases of contributory negligence, if a person attempts to obtain compensation and found to be at all responsible, they will not be able to collect even a portion of the settlement they have requested. It’s important to note that contributory negligence is an older way of approaching such situations. In most states, courts have moved away from contributory negligence and are more likely to practice the less harsher, comparative negligence.  

Can comparative negligence impact my settlement or award?

If the defendant is able to prove that you were in part responsible for the accident, your award may be impacted. Throughout the country there are variations to the percentage in which you can be found at fault for your role in the accident. In a number of states, if you are at fault for 50% or more of the accident, you may not to be able to obtain compensation. If you are unsure of whether or not you contributed to the accident, having an attorney review your case will be vital.

It can be frustrating to attempt to collect compensation for the injury you have suffered in a car accident. This is especially true if as a result of your insurance claim, the adjuster believes you are in part responsible. Unfortunately for you, it is the job of an insurance adjuster to ensure that the payout you obtain is as small as possible. However, an attorney’s services may be a necessary way or securing the settlement you may be entitled to.  

 


 

Thank you to our friends and contributors at Nadia Von Magdenko & Associates for their insight into car accidents.

Rest Stops Are Necessary for Truck Drivers

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Truck drivers have a unique job, as they must carry thousands of pounds of products or liquids from one station to another as safely as possible. Not only must they haul these items, but arrive at their delivery destination by a certain time. With the added pressure of meeting these time obligations, truck drivers may not take all the breaks they need in order to take proper care of themselves. Taking stops to rest can be crucial for a truck driver, in order to help lessen the chances of causing a terrible accident.

The average commercial truck can weigh ten thousand pounds, up to eighty thousand pounds. The standard passenger car weighs much, much less at a whopping three to five thousand pounds. It can be easy to imagine that if a crash were to occur between these two vehicles, tragedy may fall upon the car driver for being significantly smaller in size.

Why is rest so important for truck drivers?
Truck drivers need adequate sleep in order to be fully alert to surroundings when on the road. If a truck driver were to become sleep-deprived, he or she can be greatly at-risk for falling asleep behind the wheel. There is another condition called microsleep, where a person can actually have their eyes open and enter into a fraction of a second, up to thirty seconds long of sleep. This can be scary for other car drivers sharing the road to imagine, as a truck weighing almost twenty five times more than them can cause substantial pain and damages if control was lost.

What are signs that a truck driver may fall asleep behind the wheel?
While mild tiredness may not be what leads to a horrible accident, lacking necessary sleep certainly can. Functions become impaired when the body has not received rest and quality meals. Blood sugar can drop and attention can waver, thus leading to a truck driver crashing into either a building, side of the road, or an innocent car driver. Signs that a truck driver may fall asleep behind the wheel can include:

  • Excessive yawning
  • Appearing worn down or disheveled
  • Having trouble keeping eyes open
  • Staring straight ahead with a blank stare
  • Slow, frequent blinking of the eyes
  • Head nodding then jolting back upwards

What can I do if I was hit by a truck driver because they were sleep-deprived?
If in the event you or someone you love was struck by a sleepy truck driver, medical attention should be sought immediately. Accidents between a passenger car and a commercial truck should be taken seriously, as injuries can become critical very quickly. Once you have received the medical care you need and have followed up with your doctor, you can consider making an appointment with an attorney about what happened. Depending on the details surrounding the accident, you may be entitled to receiving compensation for the crash. This compensation can help you pay off your medical costs, vehicle damages, replenish loss of pay from missing work, and more. You may want to find a semi truck accident law firm Midtown Manhattan trusts who can talk with you further about how to go about seeking justice.

 


 

Thank you to our friends and contributors at The Law Offices of Laurence C. Tarowsky for their insight into truck accidents.

The Causes & Injuries of a Motorcycle Accident

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One of the scariest moments a motorcyclist may encounter is that sharp pang of fear when a car is headed their direction in a reckless manner. Motorcyclists are exceptionally vulnerable due to having no protective outer shell to act as a barrier like cars do. If a rider is involved in collision due to a passenger vehicle, it most often leads to awfully painful injuries. If you have recently suffered such an accident, you can count on a motorcycle accident lawyer Henderson, NV residents trust.

There are many ways a car and motorcycle collision may happen. Attorneys have gone into further detail below about how these terrible accidents can occur, recommended defensive riding tips, common injuries and how an attorney can be of assistance during this time.

Causes of Car vs. Motorcycle Accidents

If a vehicle driver is being negligent while behind the wheel, it can seriously put a nearby motorcyclist at risk. A car driver may act carelessly by committing any of the following unsafe actions:  

  • Operating vehicle while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol
  • Failing to follow traffic laws
  • Failing to watch out for passing motorcyclists
  • Driving vehicle while sleepy, fatigued or ill
  • Speeding through an intersection and running a red light
  • Distracted driving by talking to passengers, adjusting radio or texting

Common Motorcyclist Injuries

It is not uncommon for a motorcyclist to suffer a range of severe and agonizing injuries. It can be rare for a rider to walk away unscathed. The range of conditions a motorcyclist may suffer from can include the following:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Skull fracture
  • Concussion
  • Dislocated shoulders or joints
  • Lacerations
  • Road Rash
  • Wrist injuries
  • Damage to extremities
  • Cuts from broken glass
  • Nerve damage
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Partial or total paralysis
  • Emotional trauma

Practicing Defensive Driving

Every person who gets behind the wheel of a vehicle is responsible for being safe. Unfortunately, not every driver upholds this sense of duty and may drive with an obvious disregard to others. One of the best things a motorcyclist can do is practice defensive and safe riding strategies, which can consist of these tips:

  1. Be extra cautious when proceeding through intersections
  2. Utilize hand signals when necessary
  3. Make eye contact with other drivers
  4. Wear brightly colored gear
  5. Do not pass between vehicles
  6. Ride in the farthest left lane while on multi-lane roadways
  7. Do not assume a car will yield to your right of way
  8. Keep an eye out for distracted drivers who may not see you
  9. Move out of the way of swerving or speeding vehicles
  10. Do not share a single lane with another motorcyclist side by side

The attorney you choose to hire should be committed to helping injured people seek retribution for their injuries. They should offer a free consultation for all new clients. Do not spend another day in pain having to pay for your own medical treatments. Find an attorney who can help you seek financial compensation from the driver at-fault.

 


 

Thank you to our contributors at the Nadia Von Magdenko & Associates for the above information.

Personal Injury – Birth Injury

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The birth of a child is the most joyous event most parents will ever experience. While this is traditionally a very auspicious occasion, for some happy parents, their joy is marred by physical injury or deformity directly related to the birthing process. More than four million children are born each year in the U.S. For some, serious developmental issues or even death may result. A birth injury is defined as any damage or injury to the infant’s body occurring before, during, or slightly after the child’s birth. Birth injuries vary from minor, easily resolved issues to issues so severe the infant does not survive. Complications of pregnancy or labor such as prolonged labor, where the baby is unusually small or large or when the baby is in a difficult position during labor and delivery, can bring about difficulties for a newborn.

A birth injury is a devastating event that can leave parents with anguish, financial hardship and vexing questions. How did this happen? Could it have been prevented. While some birth injuries are the result of unforeseeable complications beyond anyone’s control, many are the direct result of negligence on the part of doctors, nurses and other medical professionals charged with caring for mother and child prior to during and after childbirth. Some of the most common types of birth injuries include:

  • Asphyxia: Cerebral palsy and other birth defects are caused by lack of oxygen to the brain, also known as asphyxia.
  • Broken bones: A broken bone during childbirth can leave the child with permanent disabilities, requiring ongoing and expensive medical treatment.
  • Brachial plexus injuries: Erb’s palsy and other serious conditions are caused by damage to brachial plexus, the network of nerves between the neck and the shoulder.
  • Spinal cord injuries: An injury to the spinal cord can leave the child with a lifetime of disability and may require physical therapy, rehabilitation and adaptive equipment. Infant back and neck injuries are sometimes caused by misuse of forceps and other medical errors.

Despite all of the necessary care being taken to ensure that all births go on without a hitch, there are instances for one reason or another that does not make this so.  It is the desire of every parent to have a healthy baby, however, accidents and malpractice does happen. If you or someone you know has been the victim of circumstances similar to the ones previously mentioned, please contact an attorney, like a personal injury lawyer Atlanta GA can trust, to better understand your rights and the rights of your child.  

 


 

Thanks to contributor Andrew R. Lynch, P.C. for their insight into birth related injury cases.

Should I seek out a medical malpractice lawyer if I have suffered from a medication error?

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When your doctor, pharmacist, nurse anesthetist, or other medical staff member gives you a medication that harms you rather than helps you, a medical malpractice attorney Phoenix, AZ residents trust should be consulted.

Medication is prescribed to treat or prevent an illness or disease. When a patient is given the wrong medication or dosage, the damages can be devastating. Serious injuries, permanent disability, and death have been caused by a medication error, especially when a painkiller, anticoagulant, antidepressant, sedative, or antibiotic is involved.

Passionate medical malpractice lawyers near you should be dedicated to helping clients get through what might be a very dark period in their life. They should understand that you might feel scared, confused, and upset. You might have a lot of unanswered questions while also being pressurized by the insurance company to settle as fast as possible, and without a lawyer. You do not have to go through this alone.If you or a loved one has suffered harm because of an alleged medication error, let a medical malpractice law firm help you to be your guide and legal advocate for a medical malpractice claim.

 

Common Medication Errors

The opportunities for an error to occur during prescribing, formulating, dispensing, or administering a medication can be vast. For example a doctor distracted with other thoughts might prescribe a medication that interacts badly with another medication being taken by the patient. A nurse anesthetist might administer too much or too little anesthesia to a patient causing pain, cardiac arrest, or death. As a medical malpractice lawyer, we have handled cases that involve:

  • Wrong strength or dosage
  • Wrong medication
  • Medication given to the wrong patient
  • Medication overdose
  • Failure to warn the patient about side effects
  • Failure to counsel the patient
  • Failure to get the patient’s consent
  • Failure to acknowledge a patient’s allergy to the medication

 

Stevens – Johnson Syndrome

Stevens – Johnson Syndrome is a very serious medication induced rare skin disorder that causes the dermal and epidermal layers of the skin to separate and blister. SJS also affects the mucous membranes and causes internal blistering. It is thought that SJS is a very severe reaction to medications including those for gout, pain relievers, sulfa antibiotics, seizure medications, and more. In certain circumstances, you may be able to pursue a medical malpractice claim after be affected by SJS.

 

When You Are a Victim of a Medication Mistake

A medication error can cause pain, suffering, disability, and death. Financial losses, mental trauma, emotional stress, and loss of consortium might also be a factor in these types of ases. If you suffered harm because a of a medication error, you should consult a medical malpractice lawyer as soon as possible.

 

Medical Malpractice Victims Should Come First

For decades, skilled medical malpractice law firms have been advocating for victims and their families after being injured by a medication error. Although they cannot turn back time, they remain committed to delivering results that can help to make a difference in our client’s life. If you would like to learn more about a firm and their legal services, call a medical malpractice lawyer today.

 


 

Thank you to our contributors at Rispoli Law for the above information.

Six Contributing Factors of Fatal Rear-End Crashes

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An experienced attorney, like a skilled auto accident lawyer Indianapolis, IN, devotes a good deal of his or her practice to representing victims injured in rear-end collisions. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), rear-end crashes account for approximately one-third of all collisions.

In a study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the factors contributing to fatal rear-end crashes in light vehicles and motorcycles were analyzed. Here are some of their findings:

  1.     In 27 of the 38 cases reviewed, the speed of the striking vehicle was the primary factor contributing to the fatalities.
  2.     The highest secondary factor contributing to 18 (48%) of 38 fatalities was the size of the striking vehicle in relationship to the lead vehicle; thirteen or 37% of the cases involved truck-trailer underride.
  3.     The highest secondary event contributing to the fatalities was the involvement of multiple vehicles in 4 of the cases; followed by the third highest event of post-crash fire in 3 of the cases studied.
  4.     In fourteen of the thirty-eight cases reviewed (37%), alcohol was a significant factor.
  5.     Improper restraint was responsible for the fatalities in 11.4% of the cases studied with the size of the lead vehicle (similar size or smaller than) relative to the striking vehicle
  6.     A medical condition accounted for one occupant’s death or .03%.

Based upon the data assessment, NHTSA concluded deployment of collision warning systems in future vehicles would save lives. Since this report was published, both front and rear warning systems are becoming standard equipment in all newer vehicles making our roads a much safer place to be.

Hire a Dedicated Car Accident Attorney

When you hire a car accident attorney who limits their legal practice to the recovery of compensation for injured clients, your claim may be worth much more than you realize. I am always taken aback when I hear from injured people who thought they could maximize their compensation by negotiating and settling their own injury claims. When matters become complex and start to go awry, people seek the counsel of competent legal representation.

An experienced car accident attorney has made injury law their life-study by staying current on local, state and federal legislation and regulations that may affect the financial recovery of their injured clients. A dedicated personal injury attorney studies current Court of Appeals and Supreme Court opinions to fully grasp the issues and evaluate the merits of each and every potential client’s claim. All cases differ by the facts. And unless you can put your trust into the hands of a skilled accident attorney, what you don’t know about the law and civil procedure may negatively affect your case.


Thanks to our friends and contributors from Ward & Ward Law Firm for their insight into car accident cases.

 

Can I Sue for Personal Injury if I’m in an Uber Accident?

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An experienced uber accident lawyer can help you determine your rights if you’re injured in an Uber or Lyft accident.

Uber and Lyft accidents are occurring more and more frequently as rideshare technology becomes increasingly popular. However, the laws regarding Uber and Lyft accident is relatively new and still evolving. For this reason, you will want to speak with a personal injury lawyer who regularly handles Lyft and Uber accidents and is up do date on the applicable law. The Wieand Law Firm is proud to represent Uber and Lyft accident victims through Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

In Pennsylvania, rideshare companies including Lyft and Uber are required to carry certain minimum levels of insurance. This insurance may help pay for medical bills, pain and suffering, as well as other economic and noneconomic damages that occur in an accident. An experienced lawyer can help you determine what coverages are available to you if you are injured in a crash.

What should I do if I’m involved in an Uber or Lyft Accident?

If you are hurt in an accident, try to get as much information as possible. This includes your uber drivers name, insurance information and make and model of the car. In addition, try to get the other driver’s contact and insurance informant. Take photographs of the accident scene. If police come, ask for the police report DC #. If there are witnesses, request their name, address, telephone and email address. This may be important information in the event you need to litigate a claim.

At your earliest opportunity consult with an attorney, like an uber accident lawyer Philadelphia, PA trusts. Experienced personal injury lawyers can help guide you through the claims process and make sure you don’t succumb to pitfalls along the way.

Go to the hospital if you believe you need medical treatment. Do not avoid medical treatment for fear that you will be stuck with an expensive ambulance or emergency bill. Automobile insurance policies provide PIP coverage which is meant to protect you and pay for emergency treatment after an accident.

Your ride-share app may request that you report the accident to Uber or Lyft. It is recommend that you hold off reporting accident details until after you consult with an attorney. The insurance companies for Lyft and Uber, similar to other auto insurance companies, want to minimize the amount of money paid out in the event of the accident. They will try to trick you into making statements against your interest while you are in shock after an accident. Therefore, it is recommended that you consult with an attorney after a crash who can represent your interests when providing a statement or information to an insurance company.


Thanks to our friends and contributors from Wieand Law Firm for their insight into uber accident cases.

Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only and is not legal advice. It may not be up to date or contain errors.