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The Truth About How Much Your Personal Injury Case Is Worth

When determining how much a personal injury case is worth, it’s important to remember that every case is different and must be evaluated independently. Personal injury cases are anything but cut and dry, and there is no mathematical formula to determine how much one is owed for sustained injuries. Be wary of lawyers who claim they can immediately value your personal injury case as each case depends on many factors, such as the nature and severity of an injury, the extent of medical expenses, and the permanency of the injury. How an injury impacts an individual’s ability to work and enjoy life and who is responsible for an injury are also significant factors when determining a case’s worth. It’s not uncommon for an insurance adjuster to conduct a quick investigation following a serious personal injury accident. However, this often results in a very low offer of settlement, which is often

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Punitive Damages and Personal Injury Cases

American law commonly recognizes two major types of compensation, or damages, that are available to victims of personal injuries: compensatory and punitive. In general, Rhode Island and the other New England states do not allow for punitive damages.. Compensatory Damages: An Overview In short, compensatory damages seek to provide an equivalent dollar amount to make up for the losses incurred by an injury. These can include the cost of medical bills, loss of income, loss of future earning potential, pain and suffering, and loss of companionship if one’s spouse is injured or killed in an accident. Compensatory damages can be both monetary (a dollar-for-dollar exchange) and non-monetary (a dollar amount assigned to an intangible loss). The Basics of Punitive Damages Punitive damages are awarded not to “make up for” a loss suffered by the victim of an injury, as compensatory damages are, but are imposed by the court on the

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How does contributory and comparative negligence affect my car accident lawsuit?

Anyone who has experienced an auto accident knows how quickly things can spiral out of control. With any luck, all parties involved can walk away from such an event unharmed. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. In the event an auto accident leads to injury, it’s crucial to determine who is at fault and the level of culpability they contributed to the accident. Comparative fault and contributory negligence are models for determining who bears responsibility for an auto accident. This is central to car accident lawsuits as there is often no clear answer. Oftentimes more than one person may have acted with negligence. The level of negligence will determine whether or not and how much a plaintiff may recover in damages. Negligence is generally accepted as a failure to employ reasonable care. For instance, not paying attention to the road or texting on your mobile device while driving. How

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I am feeling fine after a minor car accident. Will skipping a doctor’s visit now hurt my chances of a personal injury settlement later?

I always would have to recommend that you get yourself checked out at a doctor. Its critical to make sure you are not suffering from any latent injuries that may become more apparent after time. It quite normal that with the rush of adrenaline and nerves you experience immediately after an accident, your body may suppress pain as part of its ancient survival mechanisms. Frequently, you do not realize you are injured until you have had a chance to calm down. Injuries, even serious ones, can take days to manifest themselves and may not always have obvious symptoms. For your own health and safety, go to a doctor immediately after a car accident. Financially, the longer you wait to use your insurance, or make claims against the other party, the longer you may be stuck with unpaid medical bills or lost wages. The longer you wait to treat injuries, the

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Construction Site Accidents, What you need to know

Workplace accidents happen far too often, especially on or near construction sites. Workers are often subjected to serious industry specific hazards due to the dangerous nature of their profession. In Rhode Island the construction industry is thriving and the number of construction accidents is unfortunately rising. Statistics from the United States Department of Labor  (DOL) tells us that twenty percent of all workplace fatalities nationwide were in the construction industry. In 2014, there were 899 deaths, or more than two deaths per day! The DOL goes on to state that the four most common types of construction injuries, AKA the “fatal four”, are: Falls Electrocutions Being struck by an object Being caught on, or crushed by equipment or collapsing buildings. Other reasons, or causes, construction workers are vulnerable to injuries include; exposure to chemicals, and injuries sustained from faulty or poorly maintained equipment.

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How To Start Your Personal Injury Case in Rhode Island

Suffering an injury due to an accident can be an upsetting time. Finding a personal injury lawyer who will protect your rights and fight for just compensation is essential. After all, it’s the only way that you can be sure that you receive the care you need. The Law Offices of Christopher Heberg can help, whether it is immediate care for a broken bone or longer-term care such as physical therapy, or other rehabilitation, to help you get back to where you were before the accident. You almost certainly will require both medical and legal guidance in determining how to proceed in recovery, physically and monetarily. Our attorneys understand not only the stress and physical burdens you will endure but also the financial challenges that lay ahead. Serious personal injury can change your life and you need an experienced legal team by your side.

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Consequences of Devastating Head Injuries

In a single year, 50,000 people lose their lives, 280,000 are people hospitalized and 2.2 million people are seen in emergency rooms: these statistics from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) show the impact of head injuries in the United States. The magnitude of these statistics is worthy of discussion; particularly since a traumatic head injury can be the result of car accidents, slip and fall accidents and assaults. Head Injuries Pose Potential for Long-Term Consequences to the victim. While a head injury can have immediate repercussions for victims including headaches, temporary memory loss and feelings of sleepiness, the long-term consequences should not be ignored. Even those victims who suffer very mild symptoms of a head injury after a car accident need to use caution; repeat head trauma has been associated with higher incidence of Parkinson’s Disease and Alzheimer’s Disease. Those with severe head injuries immediately after an accident can

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Do Not Ignore Your Slip and Fall Injury

If you have been involved in a slip and fall accident in a local grocery store or other business, you might be looking to put the event behind you as soon as possible. After all, slipping and falling in such a public venue can be embarrassing, and you might not want to make a bigger deal out of it or call more attention to it than is necessary. However, if you suffered an injury in one of these accidents, you need to take it very seriously and shouldn’t just ignore the situation or avoid filing a personal injury case. Here’s why. Your Injuries Could Cost You More Than You Think After slipping and falling, you might think that a little time and taking it easy will make your injury better. However, chances are that your injuries could be a lot more costly than you think. Medical care is not cheap,

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Premises Liability and Rhode Island Law

Premises Liability deals with the proper maintenance of public and private property. Examples of those affected by premises liability can include, but are not limited to, landlords, restaurant owners, and retail business owners. Under Rhode Island law, owners and managers are required to maintain and secure their property to avoid unsafe or hazardous conditions that could cause residents or guests harm. Examples of Premises Liability Slip and fall accidents Swimming accidents Liquor liability Snow and ice accidents Faulty electrical equipment/wiring Inadequate building security Stairway or disability ramp accidents Elevator or escalator accidents Balcony or porch collapse Diving accidents Sidewalk accidents Pursuing recovery for premises accidents can be complex. If you are considering doing so, it is highly recommended that you hire an attorney. A premises liability lawyer can help establish negligence by consulting with experts such as contractors, electricians, and security specialists.

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Rhode Island Personal Injury Claims: What You Need to Know

When you are injured in an accident, the pain and stress of dealing with your injury can be overwhelming. But you do not have to go it alone. A personal injury claim can help you receive compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and emotional trauma. What is a personal injury claim? A personal injury claim is made against a person or insurance company alleging that your injury was caused by the negligence of another. Most personal injury claims are the result of car accidents, work related accidents, trips and falls, and product malfunction accidents. What do I need to do? If you would like to file a personal injury claim, it is highly recommended that you first engage the services of an attorney. An attorney will be well-versed in state law and will research all the pertinent facts of your case. When you are injured it can

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