Wait a Second: What is Personal Injury?

Personal injuries. We see and hear about them all the time on the TV, radio, and while we are browsing the web. When I hear the word “personal,” I think that it may have something to do with the individual. When I hear “injury,” I think that the term involves physical harm.

But what help was that? Everyone knows that a personal injury case involves some type of individualized harm. We hear about car accidents and slip and fall injuries that fall under the umbrella of “personal injuries.” At this point, I couldn’t help myself. I had to do a little research to uncover the true meaning of “personal injury.”

I came across a comprehensive article authored by Evans Moore, LLC. The article explained that four key things are part of every personal injury case:

  1. A negligent party has some duty.
  2. The negligent party breaches that duty.
  3. The negligent party causes harm.
  4. The harmed individual suffers damages.

These four components seemed somewhat daunting at first to understand. They looked a bit complex, so to further understand them, I applied them to the personal injury cases I was very familiar with, car accidents.

In my application to the car accident case, I broke down the same four components as follows:

  1. A driver has a duty to drive correctly on the road.
  2. The driver failed to drive correctly on the road (e.g., no turn signal, sudden lane change, etc.)
  3. The driver crashed into another vehicle.
  4. The driver in the other vehicle was harmed in the accident.

With this application, I felt that I had a better grasp on the concept of “personal injury.” However, I still was not entirely satisfied.

To further my knowledge and understanding, I referred to the same article to see what other types of personal injury cases existed. I wanted to see what constituted a personal injury case beyond the ordinary automobile accident or slip and fall incident. I was astounded by the information contained in the article! The article provided a long list of personal injury cases. Among the list were the following: wrongful death, worker’s compensation, product liability, premise liability, sexual misconduct, nursing home injury, medical malpractice, insurance bad faith, hospital misconduct, civil rights, and shop liability.

I could not believe how many personal injury cases I had failed to recognize initially! Of course, these listed personal injury cases fit neatly into the four essential components that the article had also provided. At the end of the day, after all of my research, I learned that the common term “personal injury” is an inclusive term that covers more than one might think. We have all heard of a personal injury case but sometimes it takes a little bit of reflection to understand what the term encompasses. I’m happy to say I now have a thorough understanding of the various types of personal injury cases!

Perspectives on Milwaukee’s Drug Issue

Recently, the city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin has seen a number of busts for large drug cases. First, on Wednesday, September 22nd, 14 people were arrested at different locations around the city, in connection with a single drug conspiracy. A week later, 12 more people were arrested. Along with the drug busts, police seized large amounts of heroin, cocaine, fentanyl, and money. The busts were a result of cooperation between federal, state, and city authorities, as part of a larger attempt to stop the drug problems that have been growing across most of the Midwest.

According to information on the website of criminal defense lawyers Kohler, Hart, and Powell, drug operations such as this are often very massive undertakings on the part of the law enforcement. They can involve a wide variety of techniques, such as wiretapping, multi-week surveillance, confidential informants, thousands of working hours of investigation. And it never seems to be a process that ends. As soon as police manage to track down one group of dealers, it seems that another one sprouts up to take their place. It’s nearly impossible for law enforcement officials to control all of the drug traffic within a city as large as Milwaukee, especially with the limited resources at their disposal.

According to one doctor who specializes in treating addiction, so far the increased effort by law enforcement hasn’t shown many results. Even when the police make large arrests, the supply of drugs in the city is barely affected. When it does go down, there is quickly some other supplier to take its place. And it hasn’t been doing much good for the addicts either, who always seem able to find new sources for their drug habits. It’s a frustrating question. If gangs and drugs are devastating the community, but increased police enforcement and crackdowns on drugs haven’t solved the issue, what can be done?

There are several different perspectives on the issue. Some people think that anti-drug problems need to sharpen their focus to helping addicts, rather than simply arresting drug users and dealers. By treating drug addiction more like an illness than a crime, they can encourage people who need it to get help and reduce the suffering that comes from drug use. Some people also feel that the social conditions leading to drug use need to be addressed. Factors like poverty, low education, and other social factors can all contribute to drug use and addiction. By attempting to solve those problems and build stronger communities, some people feel that the problem will naturally resolve.

Still, others feel like drug use shouldn’t be a crime at all, and the focus on punishment and criminalization is only making something into a much larger than it needs to be. If the stigma around drug use was removed, and focus was moved to education about them and regulating their use, many problems with drugs could be resolved. It’s difficult to say who, if anyone is right. These are complex social issues that likely don’t have any fully correct answer. But hopefully, we’ll find one that helps those who need it most.

Depositions in a Car Accident Lawsuit

When a lawsuit has been filed following a car accident, a legal process called “discovery” would play a key role in obtaining information that could be important in helping both parties in the case. Deposition is one type of the discovery process, and this involved an out-of-court testimony which is still given under oath that can be used later in the trial. The person who is giving the sworn testimony for a deposition is called the deponent.

Deposition testimony can be used to impeach a witness or lower their credibility if the deposition testimony differs significantly. Those who are present in a deposition are the person being deposed, the two parties involved in the lawsuit and their respective lawyers, and a person who have qualifications to administer the oaths (usually a court reporter) who will also be tasked with recording all the testimonies during the deposition. After the deposition, a transcript of the deposition is done and will be available upon request, which will come with a certain cost, along with the cost for the court reporter’s time. Not directly involved in the deposition are the judge and the court personnel.

It is common for the defense party to ask you for a deposition, and although state rules regarding civil laws differ it is generally accepted and required that both parties involved in the lawsuit engage in a deposition, especially when the other party requests for it. This will be done in an pre-arranged time that is convenient to you and your lawyer can help in preparing your for the process, although their representation is not needed.

In order not to have your deposition held against you, you should listen to the questions carefully and properly and provide clear and honest answers. Some questions may seem irrelevant and intrusive, it is important to stay polite and patient. Being uncooperative may make the defense party contact the judge, which could cause a negative opinion and damage your case.

Treatment Options For Burn Injuries

Burn injuries can leave a person with intense damage to their skin and internal tissue, often depending on the type and severity of the burn. Due to the problems associated with these burns, an injured individual will often require some degree of emergency assistance to deal with the pain or chance of further harm from a burn. If a burn’s severity is so great that a person also sustains other injuries to organs or other internal tissue, they may require additional care for these health problems as well.

In addition, the trauma of a burn injury can stay with a person for the rest of their life. If a burn injury is caused by someone else’s negligence, one should seek legal representation in order to receive just compensation.

Treatment for Burn Injuries

For most types of burns, some of the most serious and extensive damage is done directly at the site of the burn. Burns from fire, explosions or dangerous chemicals can quickly damage several layers of skin, eventually penetrating deeper into the body. Treating this skin damage can prove difficult in some cases, as exceptionally severe burns may complicate skin grafts and increase the possibility of a graft being rejected or developing an infection.

Electrical burns often require less treatment directly at the site of the burn, but may require much more care to internal tissue and the heart due to how electrical currents can damage the body. In some cases, a person may even require surgical procedures to rebuild damaged tissue or to improve heart function after a severe enough shock.

Treatment for Injuries Tied to Burns

In addition to care for the burn itself, many patients require care for falling injuries or other consequences associated with burn injuries. If a person collapses from pain or shock, they may sustain additional injuries that require emergency medical care and treatments to address those unexpected conditions.

Moving Forward with Compensation for These Treatments

If you’ve sustained a burn injury and have been left with substantial bills due to necessary medical treatments, you may want to consider pursuing financial compensation through an injury lawsuit. For more information about this kind of legal action, contact a personal injury attorney today.

Equestrian Issues

Texans are known for their horses. Although horse-back riding may offer many benefits, it’s also incredibly dangerous. Horse-back riders experience a fatality rate of 128 per 100,000. Boxers, on the other hand, only experience 1.3 deaths per 100,000 participants.

One contributing factor to the danger of horse-back riding is the animal’s tendency to react with fight-or-flight. Horses are natural prey, and must constantly be on the lookout for danger in the wild. Add this to the fact that they’re commonly about 1,000 pounds with long, muscular legs used to kick predators, and you have a perilous combination.

Having said this, handling horses is usually a fairly nonthreatening experience. If a rider pulls back on the reins, the horse slows. If he or she tugs to the right, the horse walks that direction. The vast majority of horse riding fatalities are, in fact, freak accidents—like a gunshot in the distance scaring a normally calm horse, causing it to kick violently, accidentally crushing a groomer’s head. A running horse may trip over boggy ground and roll over, squishing its rider. When riding on the side of the road, a horse could see a snake or simply hear a new sound, and dart into traffic, wild with panic.

If you or a loved one have been seriously injured by a horse in Texas, and are unable to work for over 12 months, you may be able to obtain Supplemental Social Security Income benefits. This supplement may help keep you and your family financially stable while the disabled person is unable to work. It’s advisable to seek legal representation before filing a Social Security claim—the process may be long and complicated.