Archive for January, 2014

What’s Covered Under Workers’ Compensation?

When someone is injured on the job, or suffers an illness because of job-related conditions, that worker is entitled to file a workers’ compensation claim. Even though all states have somewhat different workers’ compensation laws, workers can count on being able to receive workers’ compensation when they suffer certain types of injuries or illnesses.

Work-Related Injuries

People can receive workers’ compensation benefits when they suffer an injury that is work-related, but the term “work-related” is sometimes more complicated than it might first appear. In general, any injury you suffer as a result of your job duties, or those that arise while doing your job, are covered under work-related injuries.

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What is a Demand Letter?

Posted on January 25, 2014

What is a Demand Letter?

The personal injury lawsuit process doesn’t always end in a trial, or even start with the filing of a lawsuit. In many situations, personal injury cases start, and end, with a well-constructed demand letter. What is the demand letter and how does it work? Let’s take a closer look.

Demand Letters: Your Case in Brief

The demand letter is something you, usually through your attorney, send to the other side in a lawsuit. (In a personal injury case, attorneys typically send demand letters to the insurance company representing the defendant.) The letter is essentially your case presented in a succinct form. It gets into the details of your case, shows why you would win if the case went to trial, and asks for a settlement.

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What if I Lose My Personal Injury Lawsuit?

Posted on January 17, 2014

What if I Lose My Personal Injury Lawsuit?

If you’ve never been involved in the legal process before, the idea of losing a personal injury case and then appealing the judgment can seem daunting. Is it even possible to file an appeal in your situation? If so, how? How do appeals work? Will it mean you will have to go through trial again?

These and many other questions are very common when people lose a personal injury lawsuit. Though you should always speak to your attorney about the possibility of appeal, here is some basic information you can use to help you get a better understanding of how appeals work.

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What Is Premises Liability?

Posted on January 11, 2014

What Is Premises Liability?

Premises liability laws hold land and property owners legally responsible for accidents and injuries that occur on their property as a result of unsafe conditions, poor property upkeep, or any other act that leads to failure to ensure the safety of individuals on the premises.

Slip and fall accidents are the classic example of a premises liability case; however, a variety of other injury claims also fall under the purview of premises liability law. Examples include dog bites / animal attacks, construction accidents, security negligence, wrongful death accidents, assault and battery, accidental drowning, occupational injuries, broken bones, and many others.

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What Are the Most Accident-Prone Industries?

Every year, more than 3 million American workers suffer nonfatal injuries while on the job. The Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics tracks workplace injuries, and overall, its data shows that about 3.5% of all workers suffer a workplace injury each year. The most common injuries are muscle strains and joint sprains, accounting for about 40% of all the injuries workers suffer in the workplace.

A worker’s chances of suffering an injury while on the job increase dramatically depending on the industry in which they work. Here’s a list of the five most injury-prone workplaces in the United States.

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