Archive for November, 2014

Will I go to Jail Because of my Personal Injury Case?

When people get injured or are sued by someone else for a personal injury, the legal process can often appear incredibly daunting. Even though your personal injury lawyer deals with cases like yours on a day-to-day basis, that won’t necessarily help alleviate some of your fears if you don’t understand what’s going on.

For many people involved in a personal injury case, they have some basic questions they want answered. For example, if you loose your case, will you have to go to jail? What about the other person? If you sue someone for personal injury, will that person get arrested or face a criminal penalty?

To help clear up some of these questions, let’s take a look at some essential legal concepts involved in every personal injury case.

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Personal Injury Settlements and Negotiations

Posted on November 14, 2014

Personal Injury Settlements and Negotiations

Some people are surprised to find out that most personal injury cases don’t go to trial. Instead, many cases end when the two sides agreed to a settlement. A settlement is simply in agreement the two sides of a lawsuit enter into that ends the lawsuit’s progression in the court system. Most settlements end when the person who filed the lawsuit agrees to drop the case and the person who was being sued agrees to pay a certain amount of money.

Prior to the actual settlement agreement, the two sides will engage in negotiations. During these negotiations both sides will state their cases, make claims, respond to the claims the other side makes, and make offers for settlement. Depending on the circumstances, the offers involved, and the willingness of each side to enter into an agreement, this settlement negotiation process can proceed very quickly, or drag on for a long time.

There is no single way to negotiate a settlement in a personal injury case. In most cases an attorney will represent both sides. The attorney working for the person who filed the lawsuit will negotiate with the other side’s attorney and try to come to a settlement both sides can agree to.

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Personal Injury Medical Terms – Part 2

Posted on November 8, 2014

Personal Injury Medical Terms – Part 2

We’ve previously blogged about some common personal injury medical terms that you might encounter if you ever go through the personal injury lawsuit process. And while the terms we covered are important, the more we thought about it, the more we thought that the list was incomplete. The fact is that personal injury lawsuits, and the lawsuit process, are complicated enough as it is without having to try to decipher obscure legal and medical definitions.

So, to help clarify, we’ve come up with a second list of personal injury medical terms you might want to know. And though the lists of terms we’ve come up with will be helpful, you should never hesitate to ask your attorney for a more in-depth explanation when you need help understanding anything associated with your personal injury lawsuit.

  1. Traumatic Brain Injury. A trauma (injury) that affects the brain. Traumatic brain injuries typically arise as the result of sudden head movement. For example, a motorcycle operator who is not wearing a helmet can suffer traumatic brain injury after striking a fixed object and getting thrown from the vehicle. Traumatic brain injuries can be serious, resulting in anything from temporary loss of consciousness, to confusion, memory loss, and even permanent cognitive disability.
  2. Central Nervous System. The central nervous system is comprised of your brain and your spinal cord. Together, they allow your brain to control and operate your body. Any damage to any part of the central nervous system can result in significant, and potentially permanent, injuries.
  3. Gait. How a person walks. Some injuries, such as fractures and spinal injuries, can temporarily or permanently alter a person’s gait. When this happens, the injured person’s ability to move or get around can be impaired.
  4. Dismemberment. Someone who loses a body part suffers dismemberment. A severed foot, amputated arm, or even the loss of an eye, are all considered types of dismemberment injuries. In some situations, a person who suffers dismemberment can have the body part successfully reattached, while in other situations a reattachment is not possible. Even those who are able to have a dismembered part reattached can still suffer long-term or permanent loss of function, and can require extensive ongoing physical treatment, or multiple surgeries.
  5. Fusion. When a person suffers a bone fracture, physicians sometimes fuse the broken pieces together using various tools or techniques. For example, if a person suffers a severe leg fracture, surgeons might use metal plates or screws to hold the bones in place as they heal.
  6. Paralysis. A person who suffers paralysis loses the ability to voluntarily control one or more parts of the body. When paralysis only affects a single muscle, muscle group, or body part it’s often referred to as palsy. Paralysis can be temporary or permanent. It results from damage to the nervous system, and can be caused by strokes, slip-and-fall accidents, car crashes, or medical conditions such as Parkinson’s disease.

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