Driving is not as simple as getting from point A to point B. A lot can happen between your starting point and your intended location. Despite all the precautions you take to ensure that your vehicle is in good condition and that you follow all driving laws, you can still end up in a car accident.
But what can you do when you wind up in an uninsured motorist accident where the responsible party is an uninsured driver?
You have two options. You can either seek a settlement directly from the driver, or you can file a claim to receive your own uninsured motorist benefits.
Seeking a Settlement From the Driver
The process of seeking a settlement directly from an uninsured motorist is lengthy, frustrating and often unfruitful.
It is unlikely that you will receive a substantial settlement from an uninsured driver. Chances are, he or she does not have the financial ability to pay you. Even if you do win your case, you may end up needing a court order to compel the driver to pay the settlement.
Filing a Claim With Your Insurance Company
In these accidents, your best option is to file a claim with your insurance …
With the ever-growing number of aging baby boomers, quality elder care is becoming increasingly difficult to find. While many elderly people remain independent and completely capable of taking care of themselves, a significant percentage of the aged population already need consistent assistance due to deteriorating health and compromised mobility. In many cases, their well-being is placed in the hands of family members or care centers that attend to their every need. In a perfect world, the greatest generation receives quality health care, around-the-clock assistance by competent professionals, and services in a clean, welcoming environment.
There are, however, tragic cases where the elderly are placed in over-crowded nursing homes or are cared for by over-extended care givers resulting in elder abuse and neglect.
Many signs of elder abuse and neglect include the following:
- Overall deterioration of the person’s health
- Poor hygiene
- Weight loss
- Bruises, sores, cuts, or other injuries
- Unexplained withdrawal from normal activities
- A sudden change in alertness
- Unusual depression
- Frequent conflicts between the caregiver and the elderly person
- Elder neglect—failure to fulfill a caretaking obligation—constitutes more than half of all reported cases of elder abuse. It can be intentional or unintentional, based on factors such as ignorance or denial
Rest and sleep are important for overall health. Go a day without adequate rest and you not only feel tired, but your cognitive abilities are also compromised. These factors can combine to cause driver fatigue and result in a considerable number accidents.
When drivers are fatigued, they have compromised judgment, lower attention, and slower reaction time making them liabilities on the road. A recent study conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that driver fatigue is responsible for one in six — or 17 percent – of fatal car accidents. In fact, nearly one-quarter of adults (23%) say they know someone personally who has crashed due to falling asleep at the wheel.
- Check to see if you or your passengers are injured. If there is any indication of injury or pain, call for medical help. If possible, check the other drivers.
- Immediately dial 911 and summon the police to the scene of the accident – regardless of whether or not there are injuries.
- If possible, quickly obtain all information about the other drivers involved. Get names, tag numbers, driver’s license numbers and insurance information. Most importantly, get names and contact information of any independent witnesses. Witnesses can make
How Can a Personal Injury Attorney Help You?
Personal injury cases involve the subject matter of a civil wrong through another person’s negligence and is also commonly known as a “tort”. If you have been the victim of a civil wrong, then it is the duty of your personal injury lawyer to correct this wrongdoing by helping you recover compensation and damages from the negligent party.
In general, personal injuries are the result of you suffering an injury because of the negligence of another party. Negligence pertains to the carelessness or failure of another to exercise reasonable diligence in order to avoid or prevent injury to you. Therefore, if the proximate cause of your injury is the act of another individual’s negligence, then the latter is liable to compensate you for your injury.
Unfortunately, many injuries go uncompensated and unaccounted for because many personal injury victims choose to handle their personal injury cases on their own. This frequently leads to claims being disregarded due to procedural lapses or because a crucial piece of evidence was not recorded or preserved properly.
A good personal injury attorney or law firm can usually handle a great variety of personal injury cases, and these …
What is a personal injury claim?
If you have a personal injury claim but no legal experience, knowing what to do can be overwhelming.
You probably have a lot on your mind, like what you can do to get compensation for your medical bills when your injury was the fault of someone else. First, you are likely wondering if you are even eligible to take up a personal injury claim. Questions come to mind such as, “Is my injury bad enough?”, “Would my injury even be recognized in the court?”, and “Would it even be worth my money to try to take the person or company to court who is at fault for my injury? Would I just lose money trying?”
These are all legitimate concerns, and money is the greatest concern since you may already have medical bills showing up in your mailbox. Many people who have great personal injury cases do not take them to court for the fear of losing money or wasting time and effort. What is sad about this is the fact that we offer free consultations with clients to see if they have a good chance of winning, and if they do not, we …