Articles Tagged with Lawsuit Financial

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Every year, hundreds of people suffer serious injury or death in auto accidents on icy roads. Many presume that because the crash occurred as a result of an act of God, they cannot seek compensation for their injuries or the death of a loved one. However, a driver is required to exercise due care behind the wheel, including taking into consideration the weather and road conditions. Hence, a driver who is traveling too fast, tailgating, or panics and hits the brakes too hard, resulting in an accident, can be held liable.

A 2012 Mitsubishi Galant hit an icy patch on an I-35 overpass near Oklahoma City, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle, according to the Oklahoma Highway Department. The vehicle slammed into a cable barrier before being struck by a tractor-trailer. Two passengers in the Galant died in the crash, one at the scene and the other at the hospital. Two other passengers were also transported to the hospital, one in serious and one in critical condition. The drivers were not injured.

The accident remains under investigation. If the driver of the Galant was speeding or negligent in any way, he could be held liable. If it is found that the truck driver had ample time to react, he and his employer could also be held accountable.

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On August 5, 2017, a 100-year-old oak tree came crashing down during a company picnic at Menlo College. A woman and two-year-old little girl were seriously injured. The Menlo Park Fire Chief said it is amazing there weren’t more injuries given that 300 adults and children were in attendance.

Two lawsuits have been filed against the Menlo College alleging it knew or should have known that the 50-foot branch was already breaking away from the tree; it had been showing some signs of decay prior to the incident. The family of the toddler alleges the little girl suffered a concussion and skull fracture that ran from the top of her head to her left eye. The lawsuit says the child suffers from permanent scarring, eye damage and a possible brain injury, which is still being monitored. The woman’s suit states she suffered from a deep cut along her forehead, a cut cornea, a sprained ankle, and a concussion that has led to long-term nausea and dizziness.

While this scenario may seem unusual, injuries from fallen trees are fairly common. A premise liability lawsuit can claim that the property owner knew or should have known that a tree was dead or in some way posed a serious risk of falling, seriously injuring or killing someone. A suit may also be able to claim that the dangerous condition of the tree was obvious to any “reasonable person” who looked at it because it showed signs of damage or decay. If a dangerous or defective condition has resulted in an injury there is likely to be a basis for compensation. However, seeking compensation in such cases is not easy.

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A couple was killed when a tractor-trailer rear-ended their vehicle causing a chain reaction crash.

The couple was driving to their wedding at the time of the accident, according to police. When the tractor-trailer was unable to slow down for traffic, it slammed into the couple’s car. Ultimately, three other tractor-trailers were involved in the accident. Two of those semis, along with the couple’s vehicle, caught fire closing the highway for nearly 12 hours. The accident remains under investigation.

Due to the size and weight of a tractor-trailer versus a passenger vehicle, when an accident occurs the results can be catastrophic. Those who have suffered serious injuries or lost a loved one should seek legal counsel as soon as possible to preserve evidence and understand his/her rights.

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An Ohio woman is fighting for justice after her 18-year-old grandson was seriously injured after being struck head-on by a drunk driver. The crash left the teen’s car completely mangled; one officer said he didn’t see how the teen survived the accident.

The driver was charged with OVI (Operating a Motor Vehicle Impaired) and pleaded guilty. He was allegedly also driving without a license and insurance, and on probation at the time of the crash for an OVI and drug possession conviction in 2016.

This grandmother may consider filing a personal injury lawsuit, however, such claims often take a long time to settle.

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Hit-and-run crashes are usually prefaced by an act of negligence, such as speeding, texting, talking on the phone, or driving under the influence.

A 5-year-old girl was in front of her family’s home when she was hit by a vehicle. The driver fled the scene and has yet to be identified. The little girl remains in the hospital with a broken femur, skull fracture, and bleeding on her brain.

A serious accident like this usually results in hefty financial costs, as well as emotional and psychological trauma.

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Eight people died, and 25 others were seriously injured, including three young children, in a crash involving a Greyhound bus and a semi-truck in New Mexico. Some of the deceased had to be identified through fingerprints and other means.

The bus was hit head-on after the semi lost the tread on its left front tire, jack-knifed, and crossed the median. The cab of the truck flipped over; the trailer landed on its side. Debris from the semi and mangled bus was scattered across the highway. Investigators will be looking at maintenance and inspection records, as well as other factors such as driver fatigue and the condition of the roadway.

Two lawsuits have already been filed against the trucking company and the semi driver. Both complaints allege negligence and cite data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration that shows the company reported three crashes in the last two years.

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If you have been seriously injured in an auto accident, you may face numerous medical expenses. Who will pay these bills, especially if you require ongoing treatment or surgery and are unable to work?

In no-fault states, at least some medical expenses will be covered under your auto insurance policy, regardless of whether the accident was your fault or not. If the accident was not your fault, you can bring a lawsuit against the responsible party to recover accident-related past and future medical expenses, as well as lost wages for pain and suffering. To determine whether you have the right to file a claim, it is best to consult an experienced auto accident attorney.

Assuming a lawsuit is filed, the time it takes to reach a settlement or verdict could be months, if not years. But, insurance companies usually refuse to pay until a claim settles. This is a deny, delay, and defend tactic to get you to accept less than full case value. Sadly, it might work if you don’t feel you have other options.

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A “personal injury” is that life-changing moment when you are seriously injured as the result of someone else’s negligence or carelessness. While the most obvious example of this is an automobile accident, a personal injury lawsuit can result from many kinds of occurrences and injuries – construction accident, a slip and fall, medical negligence, nursing home neglect, and pedestrian accident.

However you have been hurt or whatever the circumstances, a personal injury victim often experiences severe injuries and disabilities, resulting in a mountain of medical bills, the inability to work, financial and emotional stress. Even with the “best” attorney, it could take years to achieve justice.

How do you make ends meet financially?

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A New Jersey family of five, including four children, were killed in an auto accident in Delaware, according to state police. One adult was taken to an area hospital with serious, non-life-threatening injuries.

According to police, a southbound pickup truck crossed the median and struck a northbound vehicle. That vehicle came to rest in the median, while the pickup continued traveling in the wrong direction down the highway before being struck by a minivan carrying the New Jersey family.

An investigation is still underway. The crash has also raised questions about the need to install guardrails.

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Auto accident personal injury claims can take a long time to settle. Although insurance companies have an ethical and legal duty to act in good faith and pay legitimate claims promptly, many will deny, delay, and defend claims as long as possible. Auto accident lawsuit funding can help auto accident victims stay afloat, make ends meet, and avoid financial disaster during the litigation process.

A man suffered serious injuries and underwent numerous surgeries after a 2011 auto accident caused by an uninsured driver. Despite having uninsured motorist coverage under his own auto policy, and despite paying his premiums, the man’s insurance carrier denied his claim and refused to make medical payments. The innocent victim filed a lawsuit, which wasn’t settled for five years. During that time, his family faced financial hardship.

Suffering a personal injury in an auto accident is bad enough, but when your own insurance company refuses, in bad faith, to negotiate or settle the claim, the victim is forced to fight for his/her rights.