An accident is enough to ruin your day, but a hit-and-run accident can make a bad day even worse. Whether the driver speeds off when you request his insurance information or hits you and then leaves the scene, a hit-and-run can make it difficult to file an insurance claim with the at-fault driver’s insurer. This isn’t the end of the road. You have several options for dealing with irresponsible drivers who leave the scene of an accident.
If you’ve suffered an injury due to a widely used consumer product, drug, or medical device, you might have heard the term mass tort mentioned. What is a mass tort? A tort is a wrongful act (other than breach of contract) that hurts someone who then has the right to bring a lawsuit in a civil court to make the wrongdoer pay. Common examples are auto accidents caused by negligence, dumping hazardous waste onto another’s property, or assault.
If you’ve been injured on the job and have filed a worker’s compensation claim, returning to work doesn’t necessarily undermine your claim. However, the way in which you return to work, coupled with the choices you make while on the job, can significantly affect your claim. If you’re not sure of the right thing to do, a skilled attorney can help you determine whether and when to return to work. If you’re already planning to head back, keeping a few key tips in mind can help you avoid a mistake that derails your worker’s compensation claim.
A defective product can wreak havoc on your life, and even have catastrophic effects. When manufacturers get evidence that a product is potentially harmful, they routinely send recall notices to customers in an effort to reduce their liability. Such notices don’t eliminate liability entirely, and you may have a case against a manufacturer who injured you even if you receive a recall notice.
There’s nothing more frustrating than dealing with a rude, uncooperative person. When you’ve been in an accident, the stress of an uncooperative driver can compound the worry you feel about your car, your insurance rates, and potentially your health. If the other driver won’t give you his insurance information, you’re not out of luck. You still have several options, and a lawyer can help you pursue a driver who’s hard to find or difficult.
Medical marijuana laws in Colorado mean that you might not have to worry about a marijuana-related arrest, but legal substances can still affect your judgment and your ability to drive. Marijuana is still a drug, which means it has the potential to alter your perceptions. Just as alcohol is legal but can undermine your personal injury claim, so too can marijuana. Except when it’s obvious that the other party is solely at fault, marijuana use can harm your claim if you are a daily user, used shortly before the accident, or were cited for violating any drug law.
To the uninitiated, the world of Social Security can feel a bit like Alice’s trip down the rabbit hole into Wonderland – confusing, disorienting, and more than a little frustrating. People who need Social Security often find the number of regulations governing the program impossible to navigate.
If you were hurt on the job in Colorado Springs, the Colorado Workers’ Compensation system should provide everything you need to recover physically and financially. Unfortunately, the system isn’t always as straightforward as it should be. Colorado Workers’ Compensation depends largely on private or public/private insurance companies, which are primarily concerned with profitability.
Being injured on the job can be a difficult time in your life. Worker’s compensation is designed to help make you whole again, but the bureaucracy associated with worker’s compensation claims can be challenging for even the most patient person to navigate. If you’re not sure how to manage your claim, you need a lawyer. Your attorney will help you avoid the following five pitfalls, and it is valuable information for you to have on hand, as well.
Since 2011, McDivitt Law Firm has partnered with the American Heart Association (AHA) in the fight against heart and stroke disease. This year, McDivitt’s team, Heart to Heart, spearheaded a four-month-long effort to fundraise for this important cause, and ultimately raised more than $13,000.