Archive for July, 2015

What Does The Average Personal Injury Case Look Like?

For many people who have never had to file a lawsuit or even talk to a lawyer, the idea that you’ll have to sue somebody after you suffer a personal injury can be remarkably stressful. Few people enjoy conflict, and the thought of fighting in court to recover money for your injuries can be enough to stop you from ever reaching out for assistance in the first place.

Unfortunately, a lot of people operate under some significant misconceptions when it comes to the personal injury lawsuit process. The process itself is often far less stressful than many people initially believe it to be. To help dispel some of these common misconceptions, let’s look at how the average personal injury lawsuit works, and what it requires.

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State Legal Differences in Dog Bite Cases

Because we have been looking at a variety of personal injury issues that state laws treat very differently, we thought it would be a good idea to talk about dog bite cases. Like many other personal injury and medical malpractice issues, state laws look at dog bite cases, and injuries caused by animals, in different ways. Today we are going to examine some key differences in how state laws approach dog bite cases.

One Bite States

Traditionally, states treated the issue of dog bites under the so-called “one bite” rule. This effectively gave dog owners protections from their animals causing damage to others, but also gave those who were injured grounds to recover for their injuries from known dangerous dogs. The one bite rule effectively said that an owner is not liable for the damages caused by his or her dog when the dog first bites someone. After the first bite, it’s the owner’s responsibility to make sure the dog doesn’t bite anyone, and if it does, it’s the owner’s responsibility to pay for any damages caused by the animal. Today, only about 15 states still operate under this one bite rule.

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Frequently Asked Questions About the Jones Act – Part 2

In our previous post on the Jones Act, we looked at some commonly asked questions people have about this important personal injury law. The Jones Act applies to maritime workers, or seamen, who suffered injuries as a result of the negligence of their employers. While you should always bring your specific questions to an experienced personal injury attorney, we thought we would take a look at some additional questions that many people have about the Jones Act, how it works, and how it can help you.

What is negligence under the Jones Act?

The Jones Act applies to situations that involve employer negligence in a maritime setting. This essentially means that, in order to recover injuries sustained by a seamen, that seamen has to show that the employer failed to use the requisite care to prevent such injuries from occurring.

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Frequently Asked Questions About the Jones Act – Part 1

When people who work on ocean-going vessels, fishing boats, or other maritime craft get injured, they often speak with a personal injury attorney about the possibility of recovering money for their injuries. In many cases, people injured in maritime accidents can recover compensation under the terms of the Jones Act. The Jones Act is a specific law that applies to personal injuries that arise in maritime situations. Today, we’re going to take a closer look at the Jones Act, what it does, who it covers, and how it works by looking at some frequently asked questions.

What is the Jones Act?

The Jones Act, also referred to as the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, is a federal law that covers negligent claims that arise out of maritime situations. When a sailor, mechanic, steward, captain, ship’s crewmember, or other maritime worker suffers an injury in the course of his or her duties as a result of an employer’s negligence, that maritime worker can recover compensation for his or her injuries.

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