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Emotional Distress: Did Your Auto Accident Leave You Unable To Have Children?

Posted by on November 19, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Emotional Distress: Did Your Auto Accident Leave You Unable To Have Children?

If a devastating auto accident caused irreparable damage to your reproductive system, contact a personal injury attorney for help. You may qualify for compensation based on the emotional distress, pain and suffering you experience from your accident. Emotional distress can leave you unable to work, function in society and cope with your family life. In most cases, emotional distress can cause a decline in your physical health, because you need to undergo extensive medical and psychiatric treatment to overcome it. Here are things you may expect a personal injury attorney to do in your case. Obtain Medical Evidence of Your Reproductive Injuries Before a personal injury attorney, such as those at Kornfeld Robert B Inc PS, moves forward with your case, they must obtain medical evidence of your inability to have kids. If your doctor examined you after your accident and found severe reproductive injuries that hinder your ability to produce or carry children, such as scars and internal bleeding, an attorney will need documented proof of those injuries. In addition, the exam results must show that the reproductive damage occurred from the accident and not from past problems, such as infertility or cancer. You may expect the other driver’s insurance company to have its own doctors examine you. The insurance company may want to pay the least amount of compensation for your personal injury claim. Because the insurer’s doctors may not act in your best interest, a personal injury lawyer will most likely send you to their doctors to obtain a third opinion about your injuries. You may undergo additional blood tests and sonograms to verify your injuries. The tests and sonograms may reveal that you require surgeries on your reproductive organs to remove damaged tissues. Although the extensive exams may seem excessive, they can actually strengthen and help your case, because you have additional medical evidence to back up your injury claim. After an attorney obtains the documentation they need, they may order psychological evaluations to back up your claims of emotional distress. Obtain Comprehensive Psychological Evaluations of Your Emotional Health Comprehensive psychological evaluations examine the extent of your emotional distress and how it may affect your life now and in the future. You generally take a number of assessments that require you to answer questions about your auto accident and the problems it caused in your life afterward, including your inability to have children. The evaluations may reveal that you suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, one of the most prevalent problems associated with auto accidents. Post-traumatic stress disorder usually develops when you experience a terrifying ordeal, such as a devastating auto accident. However, the disorder can also emerge after your accident when the effects of the accident begin to surface. You develop a number of symptoms that affect your life, and the lives of your loved ones and friends. For example, you may blame yourself for your reproductive injuries. If you didn’t drive that fateful day, you would still be able to have children. Your family and friends may try to support you, but you may become angry and withdrawn. If you continue to lash out at your loved ones, they may think it’s better to avoid you than deal with your anger. Your emotional distress may carry over to your job once you return to work. If...

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5 Questions to Ask to Avoid Pedestrian Vehicle Accidents

Posted by on October 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 5 Questions to Ask to Avoid Pedestrian Vehicle Accidents

While walking produces a wide array of health benefits, it can also put you at risk of injury. Pedestrian vehicle accidents and fatalities have been pretty steady for last few years, after a sharp decline for decades. There were more than 4,700 deaths, and approximately 76,000 injuries occurring in 2013. When it comes to pedestrian accidents everyone has to play a role in reducing these numbers, both the driver and the pedestrian, but if you are the pedestrian you are the one at risk of injury. Are You Visible? Too many times you hear of pedestrian vehicle accidents that take place because the driver of the vehicle simply did not see the person whom they struck. The highest number of fatalities takes place between the hours of 6 to 9 p.m. which incorporates the time between dusk to dark. When you combine this with the accidents that take place between 9 p.m. and midnight, you will be able to account for approximately half of the fatalities that take place. When you go out for a walk, and you know you are going to be out after dark, always make sure you wear bright, or lightly colored clothing. Invest in a small pocket flashlight, or some other type of reflective gear to ensure those driving will be able to see you.  Can You Hear? When you teach your children how to safely cross the street, you often teach them to stop, look, and listen. Unfortunately, as an adult many people fail to take their own advice. When you choose to listen to music, or talk on your cell phone, you are often blocking your sense of hearing. Being able to hear a vehicle approaching will give you more time to move out of the way. Are You Crossing at the Right Location? More than 69% of pedestrian fatalities occurred at non-intersections. Many times drivers are unable to avoid someone who steps out into the street from an unmarked location. Official crosswalks are marked with signs in advance, warning the motorists to be on the lookout for you crossing the road. Are You Looking for Vehicles Making Left-Hand Turns? Although signaled crosswalks reduce your risk of injury, they do not totally eliminate it. Drivers who are turning left are often trying to look in both directions, while you are often looking straight ahead. Checking both directions makes it easy for them to miss seeing you. For your safety, always be aware of vehicles that are in the turning lane.  Are You Negligent? Although it is often easy to assume that the driver of the vehicle is at fault in a pedestrian vehicle accident, that is not always the case. The fault often boils down to who was negligent, and this can often be both the pedestrian and the driver. Negligence often boils down to who failed to exercise a reasonable standard of care under the given circumstances. If you live in a state that follows the pure contributory negligence rule, such as Maryland, North Carolina, or Virginia, being found as having any fault could keep you from receiving any type of compensation. No matter whether you think you were partly to blame or not, if you or someone you know has been injured in a pedestrian vehicle accident, it is important that...

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Does A Child Sport’s Waiver Form Relinquish You Of Your Right To Sue?

Posted by on September 29, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Does A Child Sport’s Waiver Form Relinquish You Of Your Right To Sue?

When your child asked to join a sport, he or she probably provided you with a waiver form you had to sign. The organization offering the sport created the form and required you to sign it in order for your child to play the game. If your child ended up injured while participating in the sport, does this waiver relinquish your rights to sue? This question can best be answered by a personal injury attorney, and it will depend on several different factors. Was It A Normal Injury? The first factor that affects your ability to sue in this situation is the nature of the injury. When you sign a waiver form, you are basically saying that you understand the risks of playing this particular sport. While every sport has different risks, there are always chances that injuries can occur. If the injury is something that can easily happen during the sport your child was playing, you most likely will not be able to sue. Injuries like this can occur in many ways, and here are some examples: A child trips while playing soccer, and the trip results in a broken arm. A child falls during a basketball game and sprains his or her ankle. A child playing football is tackled hard and ends up with an injured leg. These are all normal injuries you can expect if your child participates in sports, and these are the types of injuries those waivers are for. Was It A Result Of Negligence Or Fault Of Another Person? The other main factor that affects your rights involves negligence on the part of someone else or the organization. If your child’s coach causes harm to the child, or if the organization fails to maintain the playing field or court, you might have a case. Signing a waiver to allow your child to play does not give the organization, coaches, or management the right to harm children or fail to maintain the equipment or property the kids use for the sport. Here are some examples of accidents that you may have a right to sue for: Your child’s coach pushes your child and causes an injury. Your child trips on a soccer field because of a large hole the organization failed to fix. The child falls off the bench because the bench was rotten or faulty. Another example of this involves injuries that occur while kids are traveling to a game. If the organization drives a bus with all the players and the bus is involved in an accident, you might be able to sue for the damages involved in the accident. It would really depend on who was at fault for the accident. How Can You Tell If You Have A Case? If you are trying to determine what to do after an injury has occurred with your child, you would be better off making an appointment with a personal injury lawyer, like those at Bulluck Law Group. When you go to the appointment, bring the waiver form with you. The attorney will need to carefully read over the wording on the form to determine its validity, and you will also need to explain the nature and extent of the injuries. With this information, the attorney will be able to determine how to...

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A Truck Accident Lawyer Has The A-Team You Need To Prove Your Claim

Posted by on August 31, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on A Truck Accident Lawyer Has The A-Team You Need To Prove Your Claim

Do you feel like it’s going to be impossible to prove that the truck driver who hit you–changing your life forever–was distracted at the time of the accident? Maybe you smelled alcohol on his/her breath at the scene, but no one seems to have followed up on your statement about that to the police. Was it possible the driver was fatigued or just not paying attention? If you’ve had any interactions with the trucking company’s insurance lawyers, you know they are never going to admit the driver’s responsibility. In fact, they may even point the finger at you and say that the accident was your fault. How do you get the evidence you’re sure is there to prove the truck driver’s liability? You hire an experienced truck accident attorney with a solid repertoire of investigative techniques. You can’t do it alone Maybe you initially thought it was a good idea to bypass an attorney for your claim against the trucking company. After all, the case seemed cut and dry: The truck driver was undeniably to blame, and you deserve compensation for your injuries. However, insurance companies have an agenda: to keep as much of their policyholders’ premiums as possible. They have no compassionate interest in making things right with you and have a team of attorneys on retainer that finds loopholes in their liability. You need to hire a truck accident attorney who is not only familiar with trucking company tactics but has a few up their sleeve as well. Common investigative methods Once you hire a lawyer, you gain tremendous advantage for your case. Most importantly, your attorney will communicate with the insurance company’s lawyers so that you don’t have to face them anymore. The lawyer you hire will also have a team of investigators that will gather the evidence needed to win your case. Some of the most common investigative methods used include: Requesting a copy of the accident report from the police. This allows your attorney to know what the official account of the collision is based on the accounts you, the truck driver, and eyewitnesses gave to police at the scene. Sending preservation of evidence letters. These official requests prevent the trucking company from destroying information that might be used to implicate the driver such as the driver log book, driver qualification files, inspection reports, and driving tickets. Obtaining evidence from the truck’s black box. This internal recording device is full of information the trucking company may not want your attorney to have, such as the truck’s speed on impact, deceleration rate, wheel performance data, time before impact, and airbag deployment. Hiring accident reconstruction engineers. As the name implies, these engineers look at all the available evidence (including skid marks, roadway conditions, vehicle debris, and black box data) and then analyze which factors contributed most significantly to the accident. Interviewing witnesses. Although witnesses may have given initial statements to police at the scene of the crash, your attorney’s investigators will go back and re-interview them. Sometimes details that end up proving a truck driver’s liability for an accident get lost in the hectic side-of-the-road drama, never to be known unless there is a thorough follow-up. Witnesses are valuable because they are impartial and can testify in court. Judges and juries who hear testimony corroborating the...

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