A bicycle accident may be anything from a minor tumble to a serious life-altering, even life-threatening event. Do you know what to do if you’re involved in one. Every day, bicycle riders put their lives on the line while riding. As a result, they often become injured by automobile drivers who aren’t paying attention.
Sleep is an important component to a child’s development, but one that can present unique dangers if certain precautions are not taken. Small children are susceptible to a variety of risks due to their smaller size, including suffocation, choking and the unexplainable Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), the leading cause of death for infants in the first year of life. Similarly, smaller children may be subject to choking and suffocation hazards in their sleep. A safe sleep environment is the best protection against these tragedies.
When a physician deviates from the applicable standards of care that other physicians would exercise under the same circumstances, this is potentially a case of medical malpractice. Annually, thousands of patients are injured, and even die, due to complications and negligence that result from errors in treatment.
Personal injury attorneys generally accept cases on a contingency fee basis, which can be helpful for those short of cash who need to file a lawsuit. In these types of cases, a lawyer’s fee is “contingent” – or dependent – upon a successful outcome for the client. The lawyer will only be paid if he or she is able to negotiate a monetary settlement or win a judgment on the client’s behalf. This means that clients typically do not have to pay attorneys up front in order to hire them, and there should be no attorney fees in personal injury cases where the plaintiff does not receive compensation.
According to a recent study by the Journal of Patient Safety, as many as 440,000 people die from preventable medical errors each year, a figure more than 4.5 times higher than 1999 estimates published by the Institute of Medicine (IOM). These findings now make preventable medical errors the third leading cause of death in the United States, with only cancer and heart disease killing more Americans.
Thousands of children are injured as pedestrians in traffic accidents each year. According to Safe Kids Worldwide, in 2015, 456 child pedestrians died as a result of motor vehicle collisions. This represents a rate of less than 1 child per 100,000 children, and despite the downward trend in the fatality rate over the past 20 years, there has been a 13 percent increase among teenagers since 2013. In 2014, over 40,000 children suffered a non-fatal pedestrian injury. Not surprisingly, pedestrian safety for children has become a topic of renewed study.
The economic downturn of recent years has led many employers to decrease their workforces and shift more duties and longer hours to remaining employees. Even in a healthy economy, certain industries tend to require long and/or abnormal working hours. This can put undue physical, emotional and mental stress on employees and lead to workplace injuries that could have otherwise been avoided.
The Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution provides every person in the U.S. the right to equal protection under this country’s laws, regardless of current immigration status. Furthermore, the Civil Rights Act also guarantees the right to receive compensation from a negligent party who caused harm to another, regardless of the injured party’s immigration standing.
Lead poisoning is something that many people assume is no longer a problem in today’s homes. Unfortunately, the potential for lead poisoning and health problems caused by exposure to lead continue to impact Americans today. Homes that predate 1978 and which had any surface painted could have problems with lead paint.
When consumers purchase a product, they expect to hand over their money in exchange for a safe, working item that functions as advertised. Unfortunately, as any product liability lawyer can confirm, that isn’t always the case. Some products can be defective when manufactured, resulting in a failure of the product and sometimes injury to the consumer. In order to gauge defective products that result in legal disputes, product liability lawyers use a consumer expectation test.