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Your First Meeting With a Car Accident Attorney

Car accidents are, unfortunately, a common reality in today’s fast-paced, highly mobile society. As a driver, you likely have a general idea of what to do in the immediate aftermath of a traffic accident and may even understand the potential importance of a car accident attorney’s expertise.

However, if you have never dealt with the legal system as it applies to auto accident personal injury claims, you may not only feel unsure about the road ahead in the long run but also about the prospect of meeting with your lawyer for the first time.

In this blog, we guide you through the basics of your consultation with a prospective car accident attorney.

What You Should Know About Shopping Cart Injuries and Your Kids

When going grocery shopping, most parents strive to keep their kids from eyeing the candy or throwing temper tantrums over not getting something with too much sugar. What you may not have considered or known is that shopping carts may be a danger to your kids.

Unfortunately, shopping cart injuries are alarmingly common. According to Nationwide Children’s Hospital, hospitals treat hundreds of children for shopping cart-related injuries every week. Sometimes shopping carts can cause severe injuries to children or even death. Get the information you need about shopping cart injuries and your kids.

Seeking Settlements in Uninsured Motorist Claims

All traffic accidents come as a shock. In most minor to moderate accidents, however, you have a routine to follow in the aftermath of the collision. You ensure your immediate safety, contact law enforcement, and exchange personal information.

However, when you’re hit by an uninsured driver, you may feel uncertain, helpless, and anxious for what the situation means for your finances and future. Understanding the process for seeking a settlement in an uninsured motorist claim can help you make decisions confidently in this crisis.

5 Personal Injury Misconceptions That Can Impact Your Case

From car accidents and dog bites to assault or medical malpractice, several types of personal injury cases that negatively impact millions of Americans each year. If you’ve recently suffered a personal injury and are considering filing a lawsuit, then you might believe you have a strong idea of the process and potential outcomes.

Unfortunately, several misconceptions about personal injury cases can affect your lawsuit or your belief that you have grounds to file a lawsuit. This guide lists a few misconceptions and tries to correct them.

When Hospital-Acquired Staph Infections Are Grounds for Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

Staph infections are a common occurrence in hospitals, especially among surgical, immune-suppressed, or elderly patients who are at high risk of infection. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that one in 25 hospitalized individuals develop an infection after a hospital stay.

Although a staph infection isn’t always preventable, it often is. Therefore, if you acquire a staph infection during a hospital stay, you may have grounds to file a medical malpractice suit against the doctor or hospital.

What to Do When You Suspect Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect

Assisted living facilities are supposed to be a place for your loved one to maintain his or her social life without sacrificing safety or essential medical care when he or she can no longer live alone. Unfortunately, not all staff members at retirement, assisted living, and nursing homes care for their patients as they should.

Failures in care or outright abuse of patients in these environments fall into the legal category of nursing home neglect or abuse. In our previous blog, “3 Signs of Nursing Home Neglect to Watch Out For,” we discussed some of the most common signs of neglect problems in an assisted living environment.

In this blog, we go into more detail about the types and prevalence nursing home abuse and provide you with a guide to the steps you can and should take when you suspect that your loved one is enduring neglect or abuse.

How to Keep Your Teenagers Safe on the Road

Teenagers learn to drive every day all across the country. They take driver’s education classes in high schools, community centers, and driving schools. Parents spend countless nervous hours in the passenger’s seat in cars trying to prepare teens to handle the open road on their own. The tests required for both a learning driver’s permit and a driver’s license are comprehensive.

Given all the preparation that goes into helping teen drivers thrive, it may seem safe to assume that teen drivers are being adequately prepared for all the inevitable challenges of driving in modern cities, towns and freeways. However, statistics show that American society has a serious problem on its hands when it comes to teen drivers.

Factors That Can Help You Win a Dog Bite Injury Lawsuit

The primary goal of a dog bite lawsuit is to prove liability for the injury. You or your attorney must convince the court that you did not provoke the dog in any way. Certain facts — such as whether or not the animal showed signs of threateningly aggressive behavior in the past — can help win your case. Read on to determine what information you should have during the litigation of a dog bite suit.

The Dog’s Temperament

Like people, dogs have different dispositions. However, while certain dog breeds are more aggressive than others, not all jurisdictions expect the victim to assume that they are at risk of being bitten if they interact with a particular dog breed.

Involved in an Accident With a Semi-Truck? What to Do Next

Semi-trucks are enormous and have much more momentum when driving than other vehicles. Consequently, when semi-trucks collide with cars, it can be disastrous. A good deal of the accidents involving a semi-truck result in at least one death. If you get in an accident with a semi, you know how much power the 18-wheeler possesses and how frightening and confusing the first few moments after the crash can be.

If you’ve been hurt by a semi-truck, you may have extensive injuries, not to mention the damage to your car. You’ll need financial compensation to cover your medical bills and time off to heal. Knowing exactly what to do after you get in an accident with a semi is critical to protect yourself and your financial future. Here are four steps you need to take if you are ever involved in an automobile accident with a semi-truck.

Wrongful Death: Frequently Asked Questions

Losing a loved one is painful no matter what the circumstances. However, if your loved one died because of another individual’s negligence, you might have the ability to file a lawsuit. Each state has its own wrongful death laws, and understanding the laws in your state and how they impact your case is critical.

Here are the answers to a few frequently asked questions you might have about wrongful death.

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