Getting Compensation for Personal Injury in Car Accidents

There is a very good chance that a driver in the US, no matter how careful, will be involved in a car accident at least once. According to the Sampson Law Firm website, it may be nothing more serious than minor property damage, which is a nuisance but not so bad. However, if the accident is due to negligence or recklessness of the other driver and results in serious injury, it is important to know what to do to make it easier to make a personal injury claim and get compensation for car accidents.

The first thing to do is to avoid expressing an opinion or laying blame. Inquire about the status of the other driver and any passengers and show concern by all means, but do not admit fault, engage in finger-pointing, or speculate on what happened.  Summon the police immediately, followed closely by a call to the car insurance company. Explain what happened and request for medical assistance. A representative may be dispatched to handle the matter.

Start documenting the scene if it is physically possible while waiting for someone official to get there to take charge. Take a video and as many photographs as appropriate of the positions and location of the cars, the make and model, the driver’s information, and whatever witnesses there may be. If the other driver is talking, capture that too.

These can be of significant importance when the time comes to establish fault and to what degree, which is typically the basis for any compensation awarded in a personal injury suit. By the time the investigators arrive, most of the work would have been done. Then it is up to the insurance companies.

If you have been seriously injured in a negligence car accident, you may want to consider engaging the services of a personal injury lawyer.  Insurance companies will only seek to recover their losses and not punitive damages.

Premises Liability Dangers

There is a lot of legal responsibility attached to being a property owner. The owner is liable for whatever harm or injury that individuals exercising reasonable care may sustain while on the premises if the harm or injury resulted from some sort of negligence on the part of the owner or renter. This is the basis for premise liability cases.

The law pertaining to premises liability will differ from state to state, but in general the owner is obliged to ensure the safety of the people that have a right to enter the property i.e. invitee, licensee. For example, if a homeowner asks a neighbor over for coffee, and the neighbor breaks a leg when a rotting floorboard gives way, the homeowner may be held liable for economic losses of the neighbor due to the injury. The owner knew or should have known that the house was dangerous property because of the rotting floorboard.

However, trespassers are generally barred from bringing suit against the homeowner in similar situations because their presence was unlawful in the first place. This exception does not apply to minors, who are presumed unable to appreciate the ramifications of trespassing.

The homeowner is also liable for any injury or harm that may result from activities on the property that impinge on neighbors, passersby, and individuals with legitimate business on or near the property i.e. garbage collectors. A good example would be asbestos abatement.

Older properties in the US have asbestos in or around the home in the form of insulation, floor tiles, roof shingles, and so on. Inspections using Polarized Light Microscopy (PLM) and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) will reveal if there is asbestos on the property. If there is, owners should have it removed to avoid exposure, and it should be done by professionals. Asbestos abatement, if not done properly, can precipitate a health crisis in the area by releasing the fibers into the environment.