For many of us, going to work every morning carries risk. That is because some of us work in very dangerous fields, where the risk of injury is part of the job. In fields where danger is prevalent, we depend on our employers to try to make the workplace as safe as it can be. But sometimes they fail, and fail badly. When they do, an employee’s options for recovery may depend on the facts of the case.

Workers’ Compensation Immunity 

Assuming that your employer has and offers workers compensation, you are generally barred from suing them for negligence after an injury. The good thing about workers’ comp is that it does not matter who is at fault for your injury and you do not have to prove that anybody was liable for anything. That saves a victim time and allows him or her a relatively available pot of money to help with medical bills and lost wages.

Just as the media, law enforcement, and government have gotten the word out about the dangers of driving while distracted, another way to distract our eyes from the road has arisen. We all know about the dangers of text messaging, using in-car infotainment systems, and talking on cell phones while driving. App developers and cell phone manufacturers have even begun to create lockouts and warning systems to try to coerce people not to use their phones when they are behind the wheel. But it is possible we have not given enough attention to games.

Study Shows Correlation Between Game and Accidents

It would seem almost comedic to tell people not to play video games on their phone when they are driving, but sadly, that is exactly where law enforcement may be going in the newest battle against distracted driving. A recent study from Purdue University recently found a significant increase in car accidents after the release and widespread usage of an augmented reality game called Pokemon Go.

When someone is catastrophically injured in an accident, it is generally accepted that they will have ongoing medical needs, and that those medical needs have costs to them. Usually, as long as there is liability for the accident, a jury will provide a victim compensation to provide for those ongoing medical costs.

What about the costs associated with caring for someone who is made disabled due to an accident that go beyond medical treatment? What about all the costs of the significant changes in the victim’s entire life?

What is a Lifecare Plan?

The federal government is a large part of all of our lives. We can debate how much of a part, and debate whether that is good or bad, but the fact is that when any agency or entity is so much a part of our daily lives, there is always the chance of injury and liability.

Claims for injuries caused by the federal government can have a broad range. Liability can include veterans injured my malpractice in a VA hospital. It may include an injury suffered in an accident involving a post office vehicle, or a vehicle driven by a federal law enforcement agent. You may slip and fall in a government building, such as an office building or a courthouse.

When can the Federal Government be Sued?

One of the most common questions that injury victims have for their attorneys is what their case is worth. Of course, nobody can put a value on limbs, or health, but certainly injury victims want to anticipate what they can expect from an injury lawsuit. There are no easy answers to this question, and a number of factors will be weighed to come to a value. Many of those factors may not even be determined until months or years after your initial injury.

How Injured are You?

One factor is how you recover from your injury. As humans, we often recover at different levels even with the same injury. One person with a wrist injury may never be able to write again. Another may recover so well that he or she is back to playing sports. This makes value evaluation difficult in the early stages, as your medical improvement has not yet been determined.

In your car, just a few feet or even a few inches from your head, is a device that is powerful enough to cause severe and long lasting injury to you. Paradoxically, that same device could also save your life, as it has for many other car accident victims. That device is your airbag.

Airbags are Powerful

Airbags are literal explosions that happen inside of your car. Airbags must expand with enough speed to keep your head from slamming into the interior of the car. Inflating within 8-40 milliseconds takes extreme force.

What if you knew that a manufacturer was putting a product on the market that not only could kill you, but was specifically programmed to do so, and that selling this kind of product would likely be perfectly legal? Well, that time may be right around the corner, as self-driving cars start dominating our roads. 

Liability for Self-Driving Car Accidents

We know that there can be liability for negligence when a self-driving car malfunctions. Driving safely without a driver requires millions of immediate calculations about how to operate a vehicle, and one glitch in a program can lead to catastrophy. So, why would a car be programmed to actually crash and potentially injure its occupants? The answer lies in the moral dilemma that programmers now face. 

Summer is here, and with that comes summer fun activities, but with every kind of summer recreation comes the risk of injury. Here in Maryland, paying attention to safety during the summer is even more important; we do not get year-round sunshine like many other states, and thus, the level of public education about safety is often lacking.

Drowning is a Huge Risk Factor

Pools can be incredibly dangerous for people of all ages, but especially for children. Drowning is the fifth leading cause of unintentional death in the U.S. Every day, two children under the age of 14 die from unintentional drowning. According to CDC statistics, drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death for kids under the age of 4.

When someone is injured on someone else’s property, uncovering evidence to show liability is usually the job of the attorney, as it should be. Gathering and proving facts to show negligence is tougher than what most people think and it is more than what they see on TV.

One area that most lay people see as a “smoking gun” is a situation in which a landowner corrects a condition or problem on a property that caused an accident after the accident occurs. Common experience tells us that when someone fixes or corrects something, it is a tacit admission that there was a problem with that condition in the first place.

Subsequent Remedial Measures

When we think of bankruptcy, we usually do not think it has much impact on the world of injuries or personal injury lawsuits. Corporate bankruptcies can have a significant effect on injury cases, however, and when long-standing companies are filing for bankruptcy protection, injury victims need to be aware of how corporate bankruptcy could affect them.

Corporate Bankruptcies

Like people, companies can file for bankruptcy. Companies usually file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, which will allow them to either stay in business and reorganize their financial affairs, or else allow them to close their business entirely free from the claims of creditors.

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