If You’ve Suffered an Accident, Stay Away from Social Media

Social media has become an all-too-pervasive part of our culture. Many people forget that everything posted to the internet is considered public information, regardless of the privacy settings you use on your social media pages. Even if you delete a post or picture, it can still be recovered from archives or could already have been saved on someone else’s computer. This is especially important to remember if you’re in the middle of a personal injury claim. The way you interact with people or present yourself on social media can affect the outcome of your case—and often not in a good way. It’s better to stay away from social media until your claim has officially concluded. Even comments that come across as being too positive in the days following the accident could be used against you as evidence that the accident did not affect you in the way you claim.

When Personal Trainers Contribute to Personal Injuries

It is common practice for people who have been injured to seek a personal trainer after they complete their medical treatment and rehabilitation. They do this to continue strengthening their body as they work to fully recover from an accident. Some personal trainers, however, push their clients too hard or simply do not understand how to deal with those who have an injury history. When this happens, people could be left in worse condition than when they first came to their trainers.

What are Special Damages or Economic Damages in a Personal Injury Claim?

The purpose of filing a personal injury claim after an accident is to seek money to compensate you for your losses. These compensatory damages can be for general or specific purposes. Let’s take a look at the types of damages and some examples of each. What are general damages? General damages are a natural result of the wrongful action(s) committed by the defendant. One can draw a clear link between the behavior of the defendant and the injury the plaintiff suffered. In most cases, the defendant’s ability to anticipate the injury or its severity does not prevent the plaintiff from being fully compensated for the damages incurred. Using a car accident as an example, imagine Jim was at fault for a minor accident with John. John has a rare degenerative bone condition that makes any injuries he sustains to be much more serious in nature than the average person would experience in the same situation. Jim is liable for all of John’s general damages, even though a person without that condition would likely not have suffered the same severity of injury.

Staying Active After an Injury is Not Only Healthy—It’s Necessary

A study out of Princeton University once found that “the psychological response to injury can trigger and/or unmask mental health issues, including depression and suicidal ideation, anxiety, disordered eating and substance abuse.” To that end, it is important for people who have been injured to engage in activities and treatment that keep them mentally healthy. One of the best ways to do this is to be active as possible, both in terms of physical activity and mental stimulation. Below are some tips to help you do so:

Preventing Dog Bites is an Owner’s Responsibility

With regard to dog bite law, New York is a “mixed” state. This means it combines the one-bite rule with strict liability rules. Owners of dogs not previously considered “dangerous” are strictly liable only for the medical or veterinary costs of the victim. For other types of damages, the state requires the victim to prove the dog had dangerous tendencies about which the owner was aware.

How a Personal Injury Settlement Affects Your Divorce

What happens to money you get from a personal injury settlement if you go through a divorce? The answer depends on a variety of factors, including the way the money was allocated in the settlement, the date of the injury, the date of your divorce and/or when you and your spouse first separated.

Could Sexual Harassment Be a Personal Injury Issue?

In recent weeks, the news has been saturated with stories of people in positions of power attempting to use their influence to cover up accusations of sexual harassment and assault levied against them. This has spurred a national conversation on how we can support victims and help them seek justice. Victims of sexual harassment or […]

Rand Paul Hires Personal Injury Lawyer After Attack Breaks Six Ribs

Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul has hired a personal injury lawyer in the wake of an alleged attack by his neighbor in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The incident left him with six broken ribs. A pretrial conference for the case has been scheduled for November 30. The neighbor accused of assault, Rene Boucher, already appeared in […]

Scaffolding Collapses in Lower Manhattan, Injures Six

Six people were hurt after a scaffolding accident in Lower Manhattan on Sunday, November 19th. The incident happened just after 11:30 a.m. by the intersection of Broadway and Prince street. Wooden planks were all over the street, and FDNY firefighters were at the scene. The accident could have been much worse, the busy intersection is right next to a subway stop, and the area was packed with people out enjoying the weekend.