The term ‘personal injury’, in legal terms refers to physical, mental, emotional and/or financial harm or ‘damages’ inflicted upon a ‘victim’ (a ‘plaintiff’ in a personal injury case or claim). Further, a personal injury ‘claim’ is considered to be legally warranted when the injury is caused by:
* Intentional Harm of Another Person, Company or Entity
We call ourselves personal injury attorneys, interchangeably with accident lawyers, or accident attorneys, and what that means is that we represent clients who have been injured as a result of another party’s negligence. Sometimes that other party is a person, such as another driver in a car accident, and sometimes the other party is a corporation, such as a store owner in a slip and fall case. Regardless of who the other party is, our goal is to get fair compensation for our clients.
Generally, the damages recoverable in a personal injury claim include the client’s medical bills, even if they’ve been paid by group health insurance, any lost wages that we can prove are doctor-excused, and an amount of what we call “pain and suffering”. We can also recover for any future disability or impairment, as well as the cost of future projected medical expenses. ‘Pain and suffering’ is one of those terms that is used in the legal profession that does not lend itself to any exact calculation. Basically, the goal is to compensate the injured person in an amount of money that will make him whole, that will pay him for the aggravation, discomfort, and inconvenience that the injury has caused him to suffer.
Personal Injury Cases -Insurance Companies and ‘Adjusters’
Typically, the claim is presented to the insurance company for the other party. They have trained professionals to handle the claim, known as insurance adjusters, so it is highly advisable for the client to have legal representation. If you were to try to handle the claim on your own against these highly trained professionals on the other side, you would probably live to regret it. There are several reasons why hiring an accident attorney is in your best interest.
Personal Injury Laws and ‘Establishing Negligence’
In order to recover anything from the other party or their insurance company, you must establish that the other party was at fault for your injury. Part of what we do as personal injury attorneys is perform an investigation to determine who was responsible for your injury, hopefully the other party. Assuming we can establish liability, most personal injury cases settle out of court, but a certain number of them go go to trial, which is something our firm has experience in handling. You want to make sure that whatever personal injury attorney you choose has actual experience in the courtroom, even though most of the times a jury trial is not necessary.
Types of Personal Injuries
Personal injuries include physical injuries which can range from very slight to life-threatening or even fatal. Depending on various factors, the ‘victim’ of negligence may be eligible to file a personal injury lawsuit or claim to pursue the recovery of damages.
Types of personal injuries for which you may seek recovery include physical injuries such as:
back and neck injuries;
on the job injury (worker’s compensation);
loss of wages or benefits;
spinal cord injury;
slip and fall;
and wrongful death.
Recovering Compensation for Your Losses
When a personal injury occurs it is not just the hospital and doctor bills that can be a burden. Our personal injury attorneys understand the devastation caused by injuries and will work to recover financial compensation for damages including:
* Medical/ doctor bills
* Funeral bills
* Loss of salary
* Loss of ability to work
* Pain and suffering
* Mental anguish
* Long-term treatment programs
* Loss of ability to engage in normal life activities
* Loss of consortium
To learn about the types of physical injuries you can receive compensation for, go to our physical injuries page, or click one of the categories on the left for more info.
went offline Sunday night after both its hosting provider and domain name host cancelled their business relationships with the Twitter-like service used by members of the fringe right.
The backlash against Gab comes after news broke that the service was frequented by Robert Bowers, who allegedly shot and killed 11 people at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh Saturday morning. Bowers had an active account on Gab, which he used to post anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, with some posts claiming that the migrant caravan across Mexico was the work of a Jewish conspiracy.
Gab took down Bowers’ account following the shooting, but the company has spent much of the weekend defending posts like those made by Bowers as free speech. As a result, Gab was dropped by cloud hosting provider Joyent as well as payment processing providers PayPal and Stripe.
When domain name provider GoDaddy gave the company 24 hours to move its service elsewhere, Gab pulled the plug, telling followers on Twitter that it would be inaccessible for “a period of time.”
Gab’s attempts to restore its service seem to be complicated by the fact that the company doesn’t own its domain name outright, but instead is under a payment plan — something that’s not uncommon for high-value domain names, including any domains consisting of just three letters.
Gab isn’t the only company under scrutiny over not banning extremist views. Last week, news broke that the Florida man suspected of mailing over a dozen pipe bombs to senior Democrats had previously threatened critics of President Trump on Twitter.
Twitter responded to this by saying that it had erred to leave the tweets in question available on its service. “We want Twitter to be a place where people feel safe, and we know we have a lot of work to do,” the company said in a tweet.