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Wrongful Death: What You Need to Know

Posted on September 26, 2013

Wrongful Death: What You Need to Know

When someone dies as the result of another person’s actions, this can lead to a wrongful death lawsuit. In a wrongful death claim, the person who caused another person’s death can be held liable. These types of cases commonly occur after, for example, a patient dies as a result of the doctor’s malpractice, a worker gets killed while on the job, or the driver or passenger of a vehicle dies as a result of a car crash.

Liability

Just like other lawsuits, wrongful death claims are dependent on the laws of the individual state where the death occurs. In all states, someone filing a wrongful death lawsuit has to show that the person, organization, or government agency they claim caused the death, known as the defendant, is legally responsible, or liable.

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New Study Sheds Light on Children and Amusement Park Injuries

A study released in the May issue of the journal Clinical Pediatrics provides some comprehensive new statistics about amusement park, carnival and mall rides around the country. Researchers working for the Center for Injury Research and Policy of the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital looked at 20 years of data on children involved in accidents from various amusement park and similar types of rides. The research shows that, on average, 4400 children seek medical attention every year for injuries sustained on rides.

A vast majority of these child injuries occurred during summer months. More than 70 percent of the total yearly injuries occurred between May and September, a percentage that works out to more than 20 injuries per day, or one every two hours. This is no surprise as festivals, carnivals, and amusement parks are primarily open during warmer months.

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Common Questions About Work Injuries

Posted on September 12, 2013

Common Questions About Work Injuries

For those who suffer injuries at work, finding out what your rights are and what options are available to you can often be difficult. When you suffer a work-related injury or become sick because of the conditions you were exposed to while working, you may be entitled to receive compensation. Like many areas of the law, work injuries are treated differently between states, though there are some general similarities that apply regardless of where you live.

Workers’ Compensation

Injuries in the workplace are unfortunately common. While some industries and jobs are more dangerous than others, almost anyone can suffer an injury while they work. Because of this, and because so many workers used to sue employers for being hurt because of the job, all states have developed a workers’ compensation insurance system. Also known as workman’s compensation or workman’s comp, these programs require employers carry workers’ compensation insurance. The insurance covers anyone who was injured at work and eliminates the need for those workers to have to sue the employer to recover damages.

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Boating Accident Statistics

Posted on September 6, 2013

Boating Accident Statistics

There is arguably nothing more relaxing than spending an enjoyable sunny day aboard a boat. Whether it is in the ocean, on a river, or on a lake, recreational boating is a pastime enjoyed by millions of people in the U.S. each year.

Unfortunately, the enjoyment of boating can suddenly be disrupted by unpredictable factors, such as severe weather or strong currents, both of which can compromise the safety of those aboard a boat. Other factors can also impact safety, including operator inattention, improper lookout, operator inexperience, excessive speed, and machinery failure. In fact, those factors represent the top five primary contributing factors in boating accidents, according to statistics from the United States Coast Guard.

In 2011, the Coast Guard recorded 4,588 recreational boating accidents, the majority of which occurred to motorboats, personal watercraft, and cabin motorboats. These accidents resulted in 3,081 injuries and 758 deaths. The corresponding fatality rate was 6.2 deaths for every 100,000 registered recreational vessels, which represented a nearly 15% increase over the 2010 rate (5.4 deaths per 100,000).

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