Apr
22
2014

Slip and Fall Victim? You may be Entitled to Compensation

It does not matter if you were injured in an indoor or outdoor slip and fall accident, you may be in position to recover compensation for your injuries and other damages.

If you were injured in a slip and fall, you may be wondering if the property owner is liable. How and where the injury occurred will greatly determine who is responsible and the extent of your claim.

Are you entitled to compensation? If a property owner’s negligence led to your injury, you may be in position to recover costs and compensation associated with the accident including:

  • Medical costs
  • Lost earning capacity
  • Lost wages
  • Out of pocket expenses
  • Pain and suffering
  • Future costs related to permanent injury

Being injured in a slip and fall accident can change your life forever. If you find yourself in this position, contact us to discuss your fall and to determine how to best move forward.

Apr
18
2014

Indoor and Outdoor Slip and Fall Accidents

Generally speaking, slip and fall accidents can be categorized into two types:

  • Indoor accidents
  • Outdoor accidents

With each type, the chance of serious injury is very real.

Indoor injuries typically occur at some sort of commercial establishment, such as a supermarket. In many cases, these involve a foreign substance, such as a liquid, that leads to the accident.

Outdoor injuries, on the other hand, typically involve some type of foreign substance or defect. For example, this type of accident could be the result of a broken step, hole, or foreign object in the area that should not be there.

Note: the longer a condition is left untreated the easier it is to hold the property owner responsible for any injuries that occur as a result.

Have you been injured in a slip and fall accident? If so, receive immediate medical attention. Along with this, collect as much information related to the accident as possible.

Once you contact us, we can answer all your questions and help you decide if you are in position to file a lawsuit. You may find that you are entitled to compensation for your injuries and other damages.

Apr
15
2014

What are you Entitled to in a Pedestrian Accident?

It does not matter what street you are on, as a pedestrian you hope you will remain safe at all times. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.

From big cities to back roads, vehicles strike pedestrians all too often. As a result, injuries and fatalities are typically the end result.

Have you been injured in a pedestrian accident? If so, you may be able to recover medical costs, lost earning capacity, lost wages, pain and suffering, and future medical costs. Along with this, there are other related out of pocket expenses you may be entitled to.

What should I do?

After receiving medical treatment, contact us to discuss your situation and get somebody on your side that can protect your rights. It can be a challenge to figure things out on your own, such as by communicating personally with an insurance company, so you want a qualified personal injury attorney on your side.

Every pedestrian accident is unique, but we have experience with every type of situation imaginable. If you need assistance, we will be on your side from beginning to end.

Apr
11
2014

Drive Safer by Avoiding Distractions

While technology has made the world better in many ways, it has also led to a higher number of automobile accidents across the United States. In short, any distraction, technology related or not, can improve the chance of a driver being involved in an accident.

By avoiding distractions you can instantly become a safer driver. Here are a few details to consider:

  • In 2012, approximately 421,000 people were injured in motor vehicle accidents involving a distracted driver
  • At any given daylight time in the United States, 660,000 drivers are using a cell phone or other electronic device while driving
  • Using a cell phone while driving is a big distraction, but don’t forget others such as: eating, communicating with passengers, and interacting with your vehicle (such as using a GPS system)

A distracted driver has a better chance of being involved in an accident. Do yourself a favor and keep your mind on the task at hand.

Apr
8
2014

How to Protect yourself Against Medical Malpractice

No matter who you are, when you visit a doctor you expect to be treated in the appropriate manner. After all, your medical professional knows more than you. Unfortunately, this is not always the way things work out. In fact, some people are forced to file a malpractice lawsuit as a result of their dealings with a medical professional.

There are a few things you can do to protect yourself against medical malpractice:

1. Only visit the most reputable doctors and hospitals. There is more information available today than ever before. Do your best to only rely on the top doctors in your area.

2. Ask questions. The more questions you ask the more you are going to understand your situation. On top of this, it will help your medical team learn more about you and the situation you are facing.

3. Know what is going on at all times. Don’t let your doctor do anything without your permission. Furthermore, before giving your permission make sure you know exactly what you are getting into.

These are just three of the many things you can do to protect yourself against medical malpractice.

Apr
4
2014

A Lack of Knowledge should not Stop you

If you don’t know the first thing about personal injury law, you may wonder what your rights are should you become injured due to the negligence of a third party. In addition to learning through your own research, it is important to consider the benefits of immediately consulting with a personal injury attorney.

At The Law Offices of Joel H. Schwartz, P.C., we have represented thousands of clients over the years. We have experience with a variety of injuries, including but not limited to:

  • Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • Fractures
  • TMJ Syndrome
  • Chondromalacia Patella
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Neuropsychological Impairments & Deficits
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorders
  • Pneumothorax & Other Internal Injuries
  • Lead Poisoning & other Toxic Injuries
  • Concussions
  • ACL/Meniscus Tearing
  • Rotator Cuff Tears
  • Strains/Sprains
  • Scarring & Burn Evaluations
  • Herniated Discs & Nerve Root Impingement Syndrome
  • Sympathetic Dystrophy Conditions
  • Amputations, De-gloving & De-nuding Injuries

We have successfully handled more than 20,000 personal injury claims over the past 50 years. With this type of experience, you don’t need much knowledge. Instead, you can rely on us to show you the way.

Apr
1
2014

Top Posts from March 2014

Did you miss some of our updates last month? Are you hoping to catch up in the near future? During the month of March, we provided content on a variety of topics, all of which are meant to help you better understand personal injury law.

Here are five posts you should read the moment you get a chance:

1. Mesothelioma: What you should do

2. Personal Injury Claim: When you Need an Attorney

3. Get Medical Advice then Contact an Attorney

4. Trolley Derailment caused by Human Error

5. Compensatory Damages in Personal Injury Cases

Along with these posts, don’t forget to stop back often during the month of April for fresh advice and information.

Mar
28
2014

Mesothelioma: What you should do

Mesothelioma is an inoperable form of asbestos cancer that affects approximately 3,000 Americans every year. Believe it or not, the symptoms of mesothelioma can remain dormant for up to 50 years after first being exposed to asbestos.

Symptoms of Mesothelioma

Do you have reason to believe you have mesothelioma? Here are some of the most common symptoms:

  • Chest wall pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fluid surrounding the lung
  • Coughing up blood
  • Fatigue
  • Anemia
  • Hoarseness
  • Cough

This is not an illness you can diagnose on your own. Instead, you should get medical advice right away. Remember, there are steps you can take to minimize the discomfort associated with this form of cancer.

Contact a Mesothelioma Attorney

Have you been diagnosed with mesothelioma? How about a loved one? If so, you may have legal options to help pay for medical bills and for other damages. There is a lot of work that goes into mesothelioma litigation, so you must have an experienced and knowledgeable legal professional on your side. At our law firm, we can help you maximize compensation and feel better about your future.

Mar
25
2014

Personal Injury Claim: When you Need an Attorney

Sometimes, you have no choice but to hire a personal injury attorney. This may not be something you want to do, but there is no other option for one reason or the next.

Despite the fact that you will pay your attorney if he or she recovers money on your behalf, it is well worth it in the long run.

Here are three situations in which you need to contact an attorney at once:

1. If you have suffered a severe injury. Generally speaking, the amount you can recover is based on the seriousness of your injuries. Your attorney can account for your entire situation and then file a lawsuit based on his or her findings.

2. When you don’t know what to do next. You may believe you have a claim, but are not 100 percent sure. What are you going to do next? Rather than attempt to figure things out on your own, contact an experienced professional.

3. When an insurance company is being uncooperative. Is an insurance company refusing to make a fair settlement offer? Don’t give in. Instead, hire a personal injury attorney who can negotiate on your behalf, helping you receive the compensation you deserve.

These are just three of the many times when you may need to consult with an attorney. If you don’t know what to do next, reach out to a legal professional for advice.

Mar
21
2014

Get Medical Advice then Contact an Attorney

If you are injured in an accident, regardless of the circumstances, there is nothing more important than receiving immediate medical attention. In addition to taking the advice of your medical team following your accident, you should let them guide you as you recover from your injuries.

From a car accident to a slip and fall, any injury is worth taking seriously. Even if you don’t feel that you were severely injury, you never know for sure until you seek medical attention.

Once you are stabilized and have a clear understanding of how you are going to recover from your injuries, you can reach out to a local personal injury attorney. Not only can this person protect your legal rights, but they can help you get in touch with the best doctors as well.

With the high cost of medical care, you owe it to yourself to consult with an attorney as soon as you are able to do so. You may be entitled to compensation to help pay for your medical bills, as well as other damages.

After an accident, getting medical advice is the first thing you should do. From there, consult with an attorney to discuss your future.