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  • By: Salerno & Leavitt
  • Published: October 1, 2019

Drowsy driving is a significant and wide-spread issue among motorists around the world. In the United States, for instance, drowsy driving in 2013 led to 800 deaths and 44,000 injuries across the country. The numbers since then haven't improved much, even with the rise of new tools and apps to help people stay awake on the road. In today's fast-paced world, it's easy to assume that you can get through exhaustion when you're behind the wheel by chugging energy drinks or drinking endless amounts of coffee. However, the truth is that the human body can only accomplish so much. Forcing yourself to stay behind the wheel when you're fatigued not only puts you at risk but it puts everyone around you in danger too. Drowsy Driving Can Affect Anyone Also known as driver fatigue, drowsy driving happens when you're too tired to operate a motor vehicle properly. When you can't entirely pay attention to the road because your eyes are…Read More

  • By: Salerno & Leavitt
  • Published: September 19, 2019

The death of a loved one can affect a family in many ways, including financially. If their loss was the result of somebody’s negligent behavior, you could be entitled to compensation. A wrongful death claim can relieve your financial burden and hold the negligent party responsible. What Defines A Wrongful Death? For a wrongful death claim to be successful, three factors need to be proven in court. First, the deceased lost their life through someone else’s negligence or intent. Second, the responsible party owed the victim safety. For example, drivers have a duty to drive safely. If a crash occurs, resulting in the death of another person, they’ve failed in that responsibility and are liable for the loss of life. Finally, there’s causation. Attorneys must prove that the negligence and the breached responsibility caused the victim’s death. Wrongful death claims are tried in civil court. In civil cases, the liable party is held financially responsible instead of serving prison time.…Read More

  • By: Salerno & Leavitt
  • Published: September 12, 2019

Car accidents are frightening, and they can lead to severe injuries. While most people associate car accidents with intersections and highways, they also commonly occur in parking lots. Some parking lot accidents can also lead to terrible injuries even though parking lots are associated with slower speeds. Parking lot accidents are more common than you might think, and they can have devastating consequences. Here is what you need to know about parking lot accident injuries. Why Are Parking Lots Dangerous? Parking lots are dangerous for several reasons, one being that people often drive recklessly rather than carefully. People may speed through parking lots despite the high level of activity there. For example, people may speed despite the fact that a car could back out at any moment. The dangers of parking lots are also demonstrated by the level of distraction people exhibit there. People may be pulling into the lot to talk on the phone or text, and some might…Read More

  • By: Salerno & Leavitt
  • Published: August 26, 2019

A car crash is a chaotic experience that disrupts your life in an instant. A typical response in the moments after a collision is to distance yourself from the situation as quickly as possible, but avoiding vital steps like seeking medical attention can keep you from getting financial compensation if you ultimately have underlying injuries. Here’s why you need to see a doctor directly after a car accident. Why Immediate Medical Attention Is Important Underlying Injuries When you are involved in a car crash, it’s common that some injuries are not visible or immediately apparent. In this high stress situation, the adrenaline will block your body from feeling something wrong for a few hours. Even if you feel okay in the moments after the accident, it’s essential that a doctor checks for any underlying issues. Head injuries, like concussions, often occur in collisions, and they can be confused for feeling stressed in the aftermath of this incident. Whiplash is also…Read More

  • By: Salerno & Leavitt
  • Published: August 6, 2019

When you’re severely injured on the job, the impact of your disability can destroy your livelihood. Some situations clearly indicate a correlation between your work and your injury, but others require legal assistance to make the connection. Here is how to decide if your case could benefit from a workers’ compensation attorney. When You Should Consider Hiring an Attorney Not every workers’ compensation case needs legal representation to come to fruition. Circumstances that have clear, identifiable work-related injuries or injuries that don’t involve extensive medical treatment or extended time off, for example, are often quickly resolved. If you receive pushback in more complicated situations, however, an attorney can offer clarification for you to get reasonable compensation. A workers’ compensation attorney is necessary if: Your claim is denied. You have a pre-existing condition. You receive government benefits. Your disability rating is disputed. The comp carrier fails or refuses to pay the medical bills. Any dispute about the loss of earning capacity…Read More

  • By: Salerno & Leavitt
  • Published: July 26, 2019

Pressure ulcers, more commonly known as bedsores, should never be commonplace in a nursing home environment. As a painful and entirely preventable condition, they are a visible sign that a loved one is not receiving proper care from their designated provider. Here is how you can decipher if you need to step in on behalf of your loved one and whether you should bring your concerns to an attorney. What Causes Pressure Ulcers? Pressure ulcers often indicate neglect of an elder individual in a nursing home because it means they have been left alone for an extended time. Bedsores develop when blood supply to an area of skin is cut off for two to three hours or more. If a person doesn’t move at all for this length of time, the part that experiences the pressure from idleness loses circulation and starts to form a red, painful area that can become infected. Elderly and disabled people in nursing homes can…Read More

  • By: Salerno & Leavitt
  • Published: May 10, 2019

A physician's negligence can leave you with long-term injuries. As a patient, you also have a role to play to prevent negligent medical care. You should also know what to do if you suspect medical malpractice. What Are Some Prevention Measures? Everyone, including you, has a role to play to reduce the risks of medical malpractice. Here are some of the measures you can take as a patient to reduce your exposure to medical malpractice. Provide All Information Your doctor will get most of the information on your medical history from your medical records. But your medical records might not have all the information or might not be up to date. Bridge the gap so that your doctor has all the information they need to provide you with quality care. For example, you may be on medication that is not on your medical records. Or you may have treated yourself at home for an ailment without a visit to a…Read More

  • By: Salerno & Leavitt
  • Published: April 1, 2019

When another driver causes a car accident that leads to damages, you may be able to hold that driver or even their employer liable for your injuries. However, you may be wondering what happens when a teen driver runs into your vehicle. Here's a breakdown of the liability issues. Owner Liability Generally, car owners are liable for accidents caused by their car. There are only a few exceptions to this rule — for instance, if someone steals a car and causes an accident, the owner is probably not liable. However, if a teen hits you, their parents can't just say that the teen didn't have permission to use the car. They would have to charge their own child with car theft, and even in that situation, the parents may still be liable. Auto Insurance And Liability Generally, if a teen driver causes an accident that leads to injuries, their car insurance should cover the costs associated with the injury. The…Read More

  • By: Salerno & Leavitt
  • Published: October 2, 2018

When you have to sue another party for compensation after you've been injured, some calculations are easy. For example, adding up the costs of your medical bills or lost wages due to an injury is mostly a matter of compiling the stack of bills you've received. However, determining what your level of pain and suffering is over a matter of weeks, months, or even years can be much trickier. To help you seek the most appropriate compensation in your personal injury case, learn about a few ways that damages can be calculated. Multiplier Method The so-called multiplier method of calculations looks at how much your medical and recovery bills have already been. The plaintiff or company involved will consider this as a base rate for future expenses, adding a multiplier (an amount multiplied by the base rate) to account for the length of time you may deal with the problem. Generally, the multiplier method uses a multiplier between 1.5 and…Read More

  • By: Salerno & Leavitt
  • Published: September 5, 2018

Can I Make A Claim For A Concussion Due To A Car Accident? Car accidents are among the leading causes of brain injuries and related fatalities in the United States. While it is a mild form of brain injury, a concussion can significantly affect a person's quality of life. If you believe that a car accident you were involved in caused an injury to your brain,an injured party may be able to make a claim against the driver that caused the crash. However, whether you will be able to successfully make a claim and obtain a settlement will depend on several factors. Read on to find out more about car accidents, concussions, and your rights. Concussion To make a claim, your condition must satisfy the definition of a concussion. A concussion is a mild brain injury resulting from a blow to the head. Symptoms may include headaches, memory loss, blurry speech, seizures, and problems with vision and balance. These symptoms…Read More

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