Personal Injury Settlement
Personal Injury Settlement
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Left: Nearly 60 protesters gathered in Helena Saturday, Oct. 17, 2011 to show solidarity with the growing Occupy Wall Street movement.
About 15 people turned out for an Occupy Billings demonstration on Oct. 28. The group wants to change campaign laws and would like to see every member replaced in Congress.
"This isn't about Republicans or Democrats or whoever," said Holly Daniels, an Occupy Billings member told CBS Affiliate KTVQ. "This is anybody who wants to come out and thinks there is something wrong with this country and it needs to be changed. Getting the money out of politics affects both sides of that fence."
Meanwhile, some figures in the state GOP Party retaliated against the Occupy Wall Street message with a message of their own - "Liberate Main Street." KTVQ reports Rep. Denny Rehberg spearheaded the initiative that, instead of blaming Wall Street, blames government involvement as the source of the nation's economic problems.
"We're over-taxed in small business, over-regulated, and over-litigated, and you can pick and choose which ones you want to address, but the government should be trying to lessen the tax burden, lessen the regulatory burden, and get the litigation out of the way," Rep. Rehberg said.
Did you need another reason to be concerned about exposure to lead?
This seems "to confirm the expectation, based on prior research, that about 20 to 30 extra fetal deaths occurred each year that the lead in water was high," Edwards told the Washington Post.
Accidents do happen at the work place, sometimes even after following all safety regulations stipulated by the company. The injured worker is rushed to the hospital for treatment and recovery. What happens if it is a back injury that renders the worker partially or permanently disabled? This situation may create financial difficulties for the worker, as he loses his wages as well as has to pay for medical expenses.
Availing Compensation for Back Injuries
Before the workers compensation law came into existence, employees used to depend on personal health medical insurance to resolve such a situation. In some cases, these insurances were provided for by the employers
ST. LOUIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A man who was injured when his pickup truck was struck by two different
tractor-trailers on a rain-slick highway was awarded $1.05 million by a
federal jury in Indiana on Aug. 27. The motorist was represented by
attorneys Jeffrey J. Lowe and Andrew Cross of St. Louis-based Carey,
Danis & Lowe.
On November 15, 2005, a 42-year-old man was driving a pickup truck on
Interstate 70 near Richmond, Ind. A CR England tractor-trailer
hydroplaned, crossed the center line of the highway, and hit the rear of
the pickup truck. The collision spun the pickup, which was then
broadsided by a Crete Carrier semi.
The pickup driver was taken to Reid Hospital but released two hours
later. He did not receive any additional medical treatment until 15 days
after the accident. Eventually the pickup driver was found to have
sustained a mild traumatic brain injury with some cognitive permanence,
disc herniation in his cervical spine requiring a two-level fusion and
damage to his knee cartilage.
In a personal injury lawsuit filed against CR England and Crete Carrier
Corp., the pickup driver alleged that the tractor-trailer drivers were
negligently speeding and failed to follow at a safe distance.
The case, Amari v. CR England, et al., cause no.
07-CV-1616, went to trial in the U.S. District Court, Southern District
of Indiana. On Aug. 27, a federal jury awarded the pickup driver
"Even though the driver was initially able to walk away from the
accident, he still suffered permanent injuries as a result of absorbing
the force of crashes with not one but two tractor-trailers," explains
attorney Jeffrey J. Lowe. "The jury properly recognized that it can
sometimes take a while to recognize and diagnose serious internal
Carey, Danis & Lowe, based in St. Louis, handles personal injury,
pharmaceutical liability, product liability, medical malpractice, class
actions, and commercial cases throughout the United States. For more
information, contact Jeff Lowe at 314-678-3400.
Victims of automobile accidents in Virginia often face a difficult dilemma: should they settle with the insurance company, or hire an attorney instead? Insurance companies will attempt to settle personal injury claims before the victims consult with attorneys, believing they can settle claims for less with victims who are not represented by personal injury lawyers. It is critical that any automobile accident victim speak with an attorney right away, before waiving any rights. Following are answers to some frequently asked questions about Virginia personal injury and automobile accident cases:
Do I Have a Case? Virginia is a contributory negligence jurisdiction. This means that if you are at fault at all, even where the other party (the defendant) is much more at fault, your claim will be barred totally. It is extremely helpful to have the police arrive at the scene and charge the defendant. You may be required to assist the prosecution in the defendant's traffic court case. Since the defendant being found guilty would help you establish the defendant's fault in your personal injury case, it's in your best interests to assist the prosecution.
How Much Is My Case Worth? It is often difficult to put a dollar figure on the worth of your personal injury claim. A variety of factors will determine the value of your claim, such as lost wages, severity of vehicle damage, type of injuries, medical expenses, and duration of treatment. While not able to predict a specific dollar amount of recovery in your personal injury case, good personal injury attorneys can give you a general idea of what your claim may be worth.
How Long Do I Have To Bring a Case in Virginia? It is important to contact an attorney immediately after your automobile accident if possible. The personal injury statute of limitations in Virginia is two years from the date of the accident, unless you are a minor (if you are a minor, you will have two years after your 18th birthday to settle your personal injury claim). However, you should certainly not wait until the end of your 2-year statute of limitations period to hire a Virginia personal injury lawyer. The sooner you retain an attorney, the better, because it is much easier and more effective for your personal injury attorney to interview witnesses and gather evidence (photographs, medical records, etc.) soon after your automobile accident, rather than later.
What Should I Know About the Insurance Company? Soon after your personal injury, an adjuster will likely call you, on behalf of the defendant's insurance company. The adjuster may pressure you to settle quickly, perhaps advising you that you don't need an attorney. Keep in mind: the adjuster works for the insurance company, and is directed to settle your claim for as little as possible. Therefore, you should always consult an attorney prior to settling.
Can I Collect Under Both My Medical Payment Coverage and From the Defendant's Insurance? Yes. Virginia law allows you to use your medical payment coverage to pay your medical bills and still pursue your personal injury claim against the defendant's insurance company.
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