Personal Injury Overview in Southern Indiana
Every year, injuries are responsible for more than 100,000 accidental injury related deaths in the United States. Even more people are left with an injury that may require medical attention either initially or for long periods of time after the fact. An injury can come at a moments notice, giving those involved little or no time to protect themselves. It may be an accident that happens on the streets while driving or even when visiting the property of another person. Being alert and on guard may reduce the risk of being injured but it does not guarantee protection. Many injuries could have been avoided if the responsible party had been more careful, and negligence is responsible for minor and serious cases.
When an injury occurs, after obtaining medical treatment, taking out a claim or lawsuit may be one of the most necessary steps. Medical costs are extremely high and some people are unable to pay their bills; nor should they be required to when it was another person's fault they were hurt in the first place. The following are some of the circumstances that can lead to extensive injuries and which may be grounds for a personal injury case depending on the circumstances:
Car accidents cause tragic consequences for those involved. Despite continuous innovation in safety equipment and procedures, we still lose loved ones or experience serious injury from car accidents. Recovery is made all the more difficult when the accident was caused by negligence.
There are several agencies that regulate the commercial trucking industry to ensure that motorists sharing the road with them are safe from the tremendous destruction that they can cause in a truck accident. Drivers, managers, maintenance personnel and others are responsible for the safety of the truck.
There is no question that motorcycles can provide an exhilarating ride. The concern over the dangers of motorcycle riding is honestly felt by those who can foresee the tragic consequences that can occur in a motorcycle accident.
When cars and trucks are involved in an accident, the most harm can be caused to the pedestrian who tragically is struck by one of the motor vehicles involved. The damage to the human body, from even a slow moving vehicle, can be severe.
More and more we see new bicycle lanes on streets to provide safe passage for bicyclists who have chosen a different mode of transportation or are travelling purely for recreation. These lanes do help to limit the chances for accident by responsible drivers. It is the reckless driver that is the main problem.
Technological advancements over the past 20-30 years have substantially reduced the fatality rate from birth injuries. This good news means little to the parents whose child has been injured from the negligence or incompetence of the doctors and nurses they trusted.
As many of us experienced and recovered from broken bones as children, they are sometimes not recognized as the serious injuries they can be. When a bone is crushed or breaks through the skin when broken, extreme care must be taken to allow recovery.
As probably the most painful of all injuries, burns require extensive and careful treatment. The recovery from burn injuries is slow and can require repeated surgeries.
While buses are routinely one of the safest ways to travel, when bus accidents do happen the consequences for the passengers can be severe. If a bus rolls, there are no seat belts normally to protect passengers.
Catastrophic injuries will alter the course of the life of the injured. Previous goals and dreams may be impossible to reach. While the human spirit has tremendous ability to rebound, those who caused the injuries should be held accountable.
Construction sites contain many hazards which is why they are protected from those not employed and properly trained from wandering around them. Proper training, well-maintained and manufactured equipment all contribute to the safety of a construction site.
In 2010 it was reported that prescription drug abuse surged 400 percent in the previous decade. Prescriptions went from 22 million in 1994 to 354 million in 2003 according to one newspaper. Dangerous drugs are more and more wreaking havoc on the lives of families. While doctors and healthcare providers are partially responsible, so are the drug companies.
Have you been injured because a product did not work like it was supposed to? The responsibility for your injuries may fall on the manufacturer, designer, distributor or seller of the product, and a lawyer can help you determine the party at fault so that you can seek compensation.
Dog Bite Accidents
Indiana ranks eighth in the nation for the most dog bite injuries inflicted on a yearly basis, and these injuries can lead to costly medical treatments and surgeries. There are several legal methods for seeking compensation after a dog bite, enabling victims to recover with the best medical treatment available.
Drunk Driving Accidents
According to MADD (Mothers against Drunk Drivers), one person is injured every minute for an alcohol-related crash. Drunk drivers will be criminally prosecuted when they are involved in accidents but this may not provide the injured with the justice they need.
Incompetence on the part of doctors, nurses, anesthesiologists and other medical personnel leads to medical malpractice lawsuits. When the lives and health of our loved ones is placed in the hands of medical personnel, we expect them to be capable of the level of responsibility their certificates grant them.
Nursing Home Abuse
Nursing home abuse is intolerable and when our loved ones are suffering from such unscrupulous behavior, legal action should be taken against those responsible and provide some justice for the vulnerable.
We expect a certain standard of safety and care of property that will not result in devastating injuries for ourselves or our loved ones. Not all accidents that occur on private or public property are caused by negligence.
Slip & Fall
Slip & fall accidents, particularly from significant heights, can harm one seriously. Fast action must be taken when slippery floors threaten to injure customers or visitors.
The shock and emotional trauma from the sudden loss of a loved one can be difficult to bear. It is especially trying when it could have been prevented, had an individual, hospital, company or agency acted responsibly and in a manner expected.
Spinal Cord Accidents
The spinal cord and the brain make up the central nervous system of the body. The spinal cord is essential to the proper functioning of the body. Accidents that damage the spinal cord can cause paralysis of organs and limbs.
Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic brain injury is one of the most serious injuries one can experience. While there are mild cases, from which recovery is expected, more severe forms of trauma can have life-long consequences.
Despite the enormous pleasure that we get from boating recreation, the tragedy associated with boating accidents would hopefully encourage boaters to become knowledgeable of and strictly adhere to all standard safety precautions.
Civil litigation provides one with an avenue to pursue justice in non-criminal cases. Tragic consequences from accidents and injuries resulting from negligence are sometimes covered under criminal law. Even when they are, civil litigation can provide additional justice for those who have been wronged.
Texting While Driving
Texting drivers become distracted and can oftentimes cause injury or even death to other individuals on the road. If you are the victim of a texting driving in Southern Indiana, now is the time to get the compensation you deserve.
Being the car accident victim of an at-fault driver can be extremely stressful. In order to get the compensation you deserve and make sure that you are not left paying for the injuries involved, it is important to speak with a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.
Winning a Verdict or Settlement
Establishing liability is critical. Without being able to prove that a responsible party was the cause of the incident occurring then the court may choose to not award a verdict in favor of those harmed. In some cases a settlement may be obtained with insurance companies and having a strong case and an attorney is important so that they do not attempt to back you into a corner or have you settle for less than you are rightfully owed. Compensation can be sought in many circumstances from various individuals and it may be awarded for the immediate medical costs, additional harm such as emotional trauma or even lost income since many victims are either temporarily or permanently debilitated to the point where they cannot work. Call the firm to find out more.