Ask These Questions Before Hiring A Personal Injury Attorney

Being injured in an accident is a terrifying and stressful situation in itself - and, furthermore, if the injury is catastrophic, it can make the situation that much more difficult to bear. Not only should you focus on recovering from your injuries, but you should worry about paying medical bills and lost wages due to not being able to work.

If the negligence of others caused your injuries, you have the right to seek compensation and hold those at fault for their actions - but this can take time. Personal injury cases are complicated, so you must find the right attorney who can handle your case effectively to achieve the best possible results. Asking these three essential questions before hiring an attorney for your case is crucial to a successful claim.

Do You Have Experience Handling Cases Similar To Mine?

The field of personal injury encompasses many different types of cases. Depending on how your injury occurred, you will need to ensure that your attorney has sufficient experience effectively handling cases similar to yours. Some of the most common cases handled by a personal injury attorney are:

  • Car accidents
  • Bus accidents
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Drunk Driving Accidents
  • Construction site accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Compensation for accidents at work

Do You Have Court Experience If My Case Goes To Trial?

Most people imagine that filing a civil lawsuit is similar to what you see on television. A personal injury claim can go to trial at times, but it is not as common as you think. However, this does not mean that you should settle for an attorney who has no experience dealing with judges and defense attorneys. It is important that you understand that there is always a chance that your case will go to trial. For this reason, it is crucial to have an attorney with extensive courtroom experience to ensure that your rights are protected and that you receive the fair compensation you deserve.

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Who Is To Blame If A Truck Hits The Back Of Your Car?

While defensive driving can reduce the risk of an accident, it does not guarantee total protection. Fortunately, being struck from behind by a truck is not a very common type of accident. However, when this happens, the injuries can be serious.

If you are in an accident with a truck that struck you from behind, here is what you need to know about who is responsible.

Who you can sue after a rear-end collision with a truck

Typically, the driver who rear-ends another vehicle is at fault. However, in some cases, other parties may be liable. For example, if the accident was caused by defective truck brakes, then the manufacturer may be liable. When it comes to receiving compensation for a rear-end collision, insurance companies will try to employ different tactics to reduce the amount of money you are entitled to receive after being in an accident. Therefore, it is crucial that you receive the help of an experienced truck accident attorney to protect your rights and obtain the compensation you deserve.

Why is it so dangerous for a truck to hit you from behind?

If a large trailer collides with the back of your car, you could suffer catastrophic injuries – and even death. According to the latest data (2013) from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), 82 people lost their lives and 6,000 more were injured in 2013. These are some factors that may contribute to the severity of this type of rear-end collision:

  • Truck Weight – Trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds when loaded. If this amount of weight hits a 3,000-pound car from behind, the force of the impact can be devastating.
  • Braking – When a truck needs to stop suddenly, its enormous weight prevents it from coming to a full stop quickly, resulting in a rear-end collision.
  • Multiple Accidents – The tremendous weight of trucks makes them more likely to cause multiple accidents. If a truck hits another vehicle from behind, the force exerted can push that vehicle against another.
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Compensation For Occupational Accident And Personal Injury: The Role Of Third Party Liability

When a worker is injured on the job and more than one company is involved, or more than one person, a standard workplace accident claim may not be enough to address the legal issues at hand. This is very common in the construction industry, where multiple trades are carried out on the same site. For example, if an employee working in one trade (such as the flooring specialist) is involved in the injuries sustained by another employee in another trade (such as the carpenter), the injured party may seek legal recourse. However, a work accident claim will not cover certain aspects of the accident and injuries, such as pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment, etc. When this is the case, you need to file a third-party liability claim.

Another example in which it may be necessary to file a third-party liability claim, is in the event that a person whose profession is driving or that driving is part of their job responsibilities suffers an accident while driving within their working hours. . It will be a workers' compensation case since the injuries were sustained on the job, but, however, since the accident was caused by someone other than the employer, a third-party liability lawsuit will better address the legal issue at hand.

What is third-party liability?

To understand what third-party liability is, you must first understand the definitions of first and second-degree liability.

  • First-degree liability, or first-degree insurance coverage, is a policy that applies to the insured (first party, that is, you). Liability in the first degree applies when the insured person is also the person who commits the fault.
  • Liability in the second degree refers to your employer. In these cases, there is a contractual relationship or obligation between the injured party (you) and the other insurance company (your employer) to act in good faith.
  • Third-party liability, or third-party insurance coverage, is when you (the first party) are injured by a person or company other than your employer (ie, a third party).

In the cases described above, the first party will be the injured employee, while the flooring installer or the driver who commits the fault will be the third party. Because third-party liability is present in both situations, a personal injury case can be considered.

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