Car accidents remain a leading cause of serious injury and death across the United States.
In fact, in 2016, the most recent year with statistics from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Highway Loss Data Institute, Texas had the highest number of fatal crashes out of any state.
If you were capable of getting out of your car and walking away after a crash, you might feel lucky to have only suffered minor injuries instead of something permanently debilitating.
However, some of the most debilitating and painful injuries you can suffer in a car accident may not present symptoms immediately. Brain injuries are a perfect example. It may take days or weeks for symptoms to fully materialize.
The same is true of whiplash; a common soft tissue injury people develop after a collision. You may not know right after a collision that there was a soft tissue injury to your neck. It may be hours or even a few days before symptoms fully manifest.
In the immediate wake of an accident that leaves you injured, you likely have a lot of concerns and questions. People often focus on the immediate and practical concerns of an injury, such as their prognosis and how to ensure that they received the best possible medical care.
It often takes many days or even weeks before someone who suffered injuries because of another person’s mistakes starts to consider the financial impact of their injuries. Even then, the average person will likely find it difficult, if not downright confusing, to try to put a price on the issues they experienced after an injury.
In Texas alone, one person is injured in a car accident approximately every 2 minutes (Texas Department of Transportation). The statistics waver from year to year, but one thing remains constant: what to do after a car accident injury is a question many motorists are not prepared to answer.
When it comes time for taxes, reportable income can vary. If you received money from a court settlement, you are probably wondering if you are required to report your earnings.
The term “damages” applies to the amount of money the victim receives due to the lawsuit. Courts promote justice for those involved by awarding damages. Justice is given to those suffering who receive a lump sum to help them through the situation they are experiencing financially.
Are you curious what constitutes defamation of character, or believe that you may have been a victim yourself?
Defamation is defined as purposeful and false damage to one’s reputation.
This can come in the form of slander, which is spoken defamation, or libel, which is harmful to one’s reputation through false written accusations. Being subjected to defamation can damage your job prospects, income, or standing in a community, so knowing how to deal with it is essential.
Injuries can be harmful not only physically but also mentally and emotionally, both for the injured person and their family. These accidents can vary greatly in severity and responsibility, which makes them particularly difficult to manage without an experienced personal injury lawyer who has worked for years in the industry.
Can words help keep you safe behind the wheel? Many automotive safety groups say the language we use has an effect on our behavior when driving on the roads – and some of that language needs to change.
There’s a growing call to replace the word “accident” with the word “crash.”
What’s behind this idea, and can a change in word choice really reduce automobile-related fatalities?
On February 26, 2018, in a massive victory for civil rights advocacy, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued an opinion from en banc review of the case Zarda v. Altitude Express, finding that sexual orientation discrimination is a form of “sex discrimination” under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.