Americans have many favorite pastimes – football, fast food, monitoring
Lindsay Lohan's every move and filing lawsuits. Recent reports have
shown that a new lawsuit is filed every thirty seconds in the country.
Despite today's lawsuit-happy society there are very real situations
where filing a lawsuit is necessary to help an individual recoup hardships
from lost wages, medical bills or even the threat of disability.
personal injury includes any type of damage to someone's person. While most people
think of personal injury as being physical, many don't know that it
also extends to injuries to an individual's emotions or financial
While there are things you can do to prevent injuries from happening –
such as wearing a seatbelt when driving – in most situations personal
injury incidents are a result of external causes which you may have little
to no control over. Some of the most common personal injuries are:
product liability injuries account for a significant percentage of all personal injury claims
nationwide. A product may be considered legally defective if it was knowingly
constructed poorly or sold with flaws where an injury may occur with regular use.
This year, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reported
an estimated 212,000 emergency room visits resulting solely from toy-related
injuries. Additionally, the CPSC sees an estimated 200 to 300 product
recalls each year – many which include children's products and
toys, but which also frequently involve household appliances and tools,
automobiles, as well as safety equipment (such as smoke detectors). In
fact just this month, the CPSC and Target announced the voluntary recall
of a children's frog mask, which when placed across a child's
face presented a suffocation hazard.
To keep you and your family informed on potentially dangerous and hazardous
products, visit the CPSC's website for an up-to-date list of recalled
Medical malpractice occurs when a medical professional is negligent or
fails to meet the standards of medical practice in his or her field, resulting
in injury, death or damages (physical, emotional or financial) to the
patient. This can take place in a variety of forms ranging from misdiagnosis
or failure to diagnose, to hospital and emergency room negligence and
An example of
medical malpractice was a recent lawsuit naming the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center,
where the hospital overlooked test results several times, and implanted
a kidney infected with hepatitis C into a healthy patient. Another took
place in Michigan, where the largest medical malpractice jury verdict
was awarded to the family of a 15-year-old girl. The case was settled
just this month when doctors were found negligent for inducing vaginal
labor on the girl's mother – crushing the girl and resulting
in brain damage and other serious injuries which left the child a quadriplegic.
While a majority of businesses care deeply about the safety and well-being
of their employees and prominently display safety precautions on materials
as well as regularly inspect and update equipment, there are some employers
who are not as thoughtful and conscientious. The construction industry
typically sees the most work place accidents where injuries range from
lifting heavy objects or from dangerous equipment.
In 2010, the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics
recorded more than three million nonfatal injuries and illnesses in the
private sector, resulting in over 933,000 days away from work. In most
states, employers have a legal obligation to provide and maintain a safe
and healthy work environment for employees. As of 1991, all California-based
companies are required to have a written, effective Injury and Illness
Prevention (IIP) Program for employees, which was designed to help employers
provide better workplace protection and reduce losses from accidents and injuries.
Check your state guidelines as well as with your employer to find out what
– if any – programs are in place to protect you on the job.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau there were 10.8 million motor vehicle
accidents in 2009 - of which, 33,808 resulted in a fatality (California
had the highest number of traffic fatalities at 3,081, while Arkansas
has the fewest at 64).
As Americans spend an increasing amount of time in their cars, the number
of traffic injuries has risen proportionately. Another leading source
for the growing number of road accidents are driving distractions –
namely from cell phone use while operating a vehicle. In fact, reports
by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that 20 percent
of crashes in 2009 involved reports of distracted driving, with the greatest
proportion of distracted drivers being under the age of 20.
Do what you can to prevent
car accidents by placing your cell phone and other electronic devices out of reach while
driving so you won't be tempted to reach for and use them. And always
be sure to buckle up – it really does save lives!
If you or someone you love has been injured and is seeking the help of
a skilled, compassionate attorney, Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner can help.
Our company can provide services unique to your situation, ensuring that
your rights are upheld, the compensation you receive is appropriate and
that your path to recovery is as quick and easy as possible.
Call us today for a free consultation.