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Getting Compensation for Occupational Asthma

Posted on September 20, 2012 by Fast Lawsuit Team

Asthma is a debilitating disease that can continue for the rest of your life. Asthma, literally, takes your breath away – and not in a good way. During an asthma attack, one has trouble breathing because his airways are swollen due to inflammation. Excessive mucus also contributes to the tightening of the airways. An asthma attack can be evidenced by coughing, breathlessness, wheezing and pain and tightness in the chest.

Asthma is oftentimes hereditary, but it can also be caused by one’s environment and way of living. If its onset is later in life, it can be occupational asthma. One way to check if the asthma is indeed caused by a hazard in the workplace is if you feel better when you are on vacation and away from work and when the asthma plays up when you get back to work.

Occupational Hazard: Asthma

Occupational asthma is caused by constant exposure to a substance that triggers it. This exposure may be part of one’s working environment. According to studies, occupational asthma may develop within 6 to 12 months, but there are also some reports of asthma developed after exposure to a hazardous substance for as long as 20 years. If you are exposed continually to these substances for prolonged periods of time, it may lead to permanent damage to the lungs.

Exposure to smoke and dust, fumes caused by chemicals, welding devices and cleaners, laboratory animals, enzymes, flour and grains, latex, solvent vapors and other irritants may trigger the onset of asthma. This is why there are a number of cases of occupational asthma for veterinarians, research laboratory technicians, paint sprayers, nurses, cleaners, and carpenters.

Occupational asthma will have a tremendous impact on an individual. You are always vulnerable to asthma attacks that can result in the need for hospital treatment and constant medication. You may also have to find ways to manage it every day. Other adjustments will have to be made, such as a change in occupation or even the need to stop working (and a resulting loss in income).

Occupational Asthma and Employer Liability

Employers have the responsibility of ensuring that employees are safe from exposure to substances that can develop diseases, such as occupational asthma. The government has put regulations in place for the protection of workers from exposure to hazardous substances and chemicals. This is called “The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations”.

This means that if you believe your asthma is a result of exposure to hazardous substances in the workplace, you can ask for compensation from your employer due to their failure to do their duty to protect you against contracting a disease in the workplace.

Filing for an Occupational Asthma Compensation Claim

When you are considering filing a claim for compensation, it will be helpful to consider getting help from an experienced lawyer. It is also important that you remember that there may be time limits for you to file a claim. In most cases, you have three years to file that claim.

When you are filing for a claim in compensation, you will have to prove that it is indeed a substance in the workplace that caused the asthma, and not your exposure to other substances in your home, such as pets, dust and pollen. You will also need to show that the employer knows or should have known about the hazard and failed to do something about it, and as a result of their failure to act, you contracted asthma.

When you file your claim, you can ask for compensation for the following:
-  Medical expenses. This includes your regular medications, as well as expenses for times you were hospitalized due to an asthma attack.
-  Loss of income (past and future). When you had to change jobs (that earned a lower income) or had to quit working altogether, you can claim for compensation for the income you have lost.
-  Pain, suffering and trauma. Having an asthma attack (where you feel that every breath is your last) is a particularly distressing experience.

While you are waiting for your compensation to come through, it is best to consider getting lawsuit funding. This can help provide you with funds you need for your treatment and medication. The lawsuit cash advance can also help with medical bills and household expenses.

The settlement funding is a non-recourse funding that depends on the details of your lawsuit, rather than your credit standing or your employment status. The funding will be paid back when your claim is settled.

One reputable provider of lawsuit loans is FastLawsuitMoney.com. For years now, FastLawsuitMoney.com has been helping people who need ready cash while they are waiting for the settlement of their compensation claim.

Personal Injury Liability: When You Let Someone Else Drive Your Car

Posted on August 26, 2012 by Fast Lawsuit Team

Do you know that you can be held liable for personal injury due to a car accident, even when you’re not actually there at the time of the accident? It is important to be aware of your personal responsibilities with regards to the use of your car, especially by people other than yourself.

Ownership = Liability

The principle underlying one’s liability in this instance is that if you own a car, you are legally responsible for the acts of the person you allow to drive the car. In some states, the law does not even require you to have a “legal” relationship with the driver, as long as you give your permission to someone to use the car, you can also be held liable for his driving.

Here are some instances where liability can be placed in your hands, even when someone else is driving:
-  Your kids. There are states where parents are held responsible for the negligent acts or hazardous driving of their kids. The way the law looks at it:

  • You are responsible when you sign your minor child’s license application. Under the law, you are vouching for your child’s driving when you put your signature on the dotted line of the license application your teen submitted to the DMV.
  • You are responsible when you put your car for general family use. When you buy a car and the keys hang where any family member can simply get it and take the car for a spin, you are liable, even if you have previously stated to your teen that he cannot use the car. This is based on the doctrine of “family purpose” – where, if the car is for the use of people in the family, and people in the family have easy access to the car keys, the car owner is liable for any mishaps involving family members driving the car.
  • You are responsible if you let your “hot-rod” teen drive the family car. Teens can be reckless and prone to show off. They can also be excited about being able to drive for the first time and have very little experience being on the road.  They also have a very high tendency to drive distracted (driving while eating, using the phone, etc.). The law will point out that you should have known this and should have withheld permission for your child to use the car and acted to ensure that the child cannot easily have access to its keys.

-   Your employees. If you use the car for business purposes and your employee drives negligently and recklessly while he is performing duties related to his job, you are liable due to the legal theory of imputed negligence or vicarious liability. This can be the case even if your employer is not driving the company car, but rather, your own personal car if you let an employee use the car for business purposes. However, if the company vehicle was used by the employee outside of office hours for personal (and not company purposes) and the employer gets the car without permission, you are not considered liable.
-  Anyone who can be considered unfit to drive. This can include a family friend, a neighbor, your baby sitter or just about anyone to whom you hand your car keys. Under the principle of negligent entrustment, the fact that you have entrusted your car to that person can make you liable.

Drivers who should not be on the road

Your part in the personal injury lawsuit is your entrustment of the car to someone who is negligent, incompetent or reckless. You should have known that these persons should not be behind the wheel, considering their physical or mental state. These include
A driver who has had marks in his license. You can lend someone who has shown to be a negligent or reckless driver your car, but you are doing so at your own risk, knowing that should a road mishap happen with your car, you can also be held liable.
-  A new and inexperienced driver. As with pilots who are required to log in a number of hours on a particular plane, you should think whether the driver has had enough time on the road for you to allow that person to drive without any supervision from an experienced driver.
-  A drunk driver. Handing over your car keys to someone who’s had a few drinks too many makes you liable.
A minor who has no license. Letting your 15-year old nephew have a joyride with your car is not just asking for trouble, but also asking to be part of a personal injury lawsuit.
-  Elderly or sick driver. There is a joke about a grandfather sleeping peacefully while the other passengers were screaming during the car accident. It turns out that the grandfather was behind the wheel at that time. This joke is only funny in abstract but not in real life. Lending a car to someone who has vision and hearing problems, who have a slow reaction time, or who is sick to the point that it can affect his driving skills can be considered negligence on your part.

Thus, it is very important to carefully consider who you’re lending your car to. Before you turn over your car keys to someone else, be sure to think twice. The law can still judge you responsible even when you’re not behind the wheels.

Taking a Look from the Other Party’s Point of View

Chasing after the car owner is something that the victim can do in an effort to claim for compensation. More often than not, it is the car owner that has the insurance, as well as the money when a claim has reached the limits provided by the car insurance. Teens and minimum-wage employees, as well as drivers on a pension may be unable to pay the compensation that the victim is due.

While the victim is waiting for the lawsuit to settle, he can apply for lawsuit funding to help provide funds at a financially challenging time. This lawsuit settlement loan can provide funds for medical treatments, everyday household expenses, as well as covering other court-related costs.

If you have already filed a personal injury lawsuit, you can think of applying for a lawsuit loan from a reputable source, such as FastLawsuitMoney.com. Through the years, it has helped victims who have a pending personal injury lawsuit get the funds they needed so that they can continue to fight for the fair and just compensation they deserve.

Security Measures and Personal Injury Lawsuits

Posted on July 29, 2012 by Fast Lawsuit Team

The peaceful piped-in music was shattered by the sharp pings of gun shots. As shocked mall goers ran for cover, a deranged youth fired two shots – one to his girlfriend, the other to himself. One would imagine that this only happens in movies or television shows. But no, the sad fact is that it happens in places where we thought we were safe.  Another sad fact is that the crime and the injuries incurred could have been prevented had there been adequate security measures.

There are cases where someone is battered, robbed, abducted, raped, shot or killed while in the workplace, hotel, motel, concert hall, parking lot, shopping mall, school, bar, nightclub, cruise ship, resort, bank or restaurant. According to statistics, 30,000 people suffer injuries due to acts of violence annually, and this usually happens in public places. Victims of intentional acts of violence can sue for compensation. However, since those who perpetuate these crimes do not have the funds to pay for the compensation, one can look to the property owner who failed to provide adequate security – and as a result, enabled criminal acts to be done in their property.

Premises Liability Law and Negligent Security

A property owner is responsible for ensuring that their property is reasonably safe and secure from foreseeable risks, especially for the following:
-  Tenants
-  Customers
-  Guests
-  Renters
-  Passengers
-  Patients
-  Any person authorized or allowed entry to the premises

The term “reasonable” is subject to debate. Usually, the following questions are posed to determine whether the property owner is indeed liable:
-  Did the property owner consider the location of the property, the layout of the building, the nature of the business and other factors in the building of its security measures? Were these factors, as well as the foreseeable possibility and severity of the crime, considered against the cost and availability of the security measures that can be adopted?
-  Did the property owner know about the history of criminal acts or attempts? Were there specific threats to the property’s security?
-  Were there any signs of vandalism and violence in and around the property?
-  Did the property owner hire a security service, and did that service exercise reasonable care to prevent criminal acts from happening in the premises?
-  Were the security measures upgraded to respond to the level of criminal activity in the area?

The property owner should have taken the necessary precautions to ensure their patrons’ safety. Some safety precautions include:
-  Drafting a security plan that considers the layout of the property and its environment
-  Ensuring that common areas, stairwells, corridors, and parking lots are well lit
-  Ensuring that doors, windows and any other means of entry are secure
-  Provision of gates and fences around the property when warranted
-  Providing enough security personnel to guard against the presence and entry of suspicious-looking people
-  Providing security personnel, as well as bouncers and doormen, with training on how to respond to various incidents and security breaches
-  Posting signs warning of potential security hazards
-  Installing CCTV cameras and security systems, as well as intercom systems, metal detectors and other security and surveillance systems
-  For hotels, providing security measures for their guests such as one-use hotel room key cards
-  A system in which security personnel and police can respond in a timely manner
-  Providing thorough screening of potential hires (including looking into employment history and criminal background)
-  Firing security personnel who were proven to be incompetent, unqualified or inattentive during work hours
-  Screening of guests to ensure that they do not carry weapons or are not under the influence of alcohol or drugs
-  Properly checking employee identification to ensure that only unauthorized personnel and guests can enter appropriate rooms/areas
-  Instituting proper crowd control
-  Compliance with government codes such as capacity limits, fire codes and occupancy codes

On the other hand, property owners who are sued for personal injury liability can defend themselves by arguing the following:
-  The part of the complainant and his own responsibility for the injury, whether the complainant also exercised enough care (i.e. did he take care of his key card so that no one will have access to it?)
-  The profile of the criminal is one where no reasonable security measures would have spotted the commission of the crime
-  The liability of the property owner should be balanced between their failure to provide adequate security and the behavior of the criminal

Lawsuit Funding for Your Personal Injury Lawsuit

As you can see, personal injury lawsuits involving premises liability can be complicated and drawn-out affairs. If you have suffered from an injury due to inadequate security, winning a lawsuit may be one of your worries. On top of this, you may be worrying about how you will pay for your medical treatment and your household’s daily needs, even as you are recovering from your injuries.

Lawsuit funding can provide relief from pressing financial worries so that you can concentrate on important matters such as recuperating and getting back on your feet and ensuring that you are compensated for the property manager’s negligence.

The lawsuit cash advance provided by reputable companies such as FastLawsuitMoney.com is a non-recourse loan. A standard financial loan may be hard to acquire since it requires you to prove that you are employed and have a good credit history. You are also legally obligated to pay the money back, even if you lose the case. This is not so with a lawsuit loan, which is only to be paid back when the lawsuit is settled. This means you don’t have to pay it back when the lawsuit fails to settle.

With settlement funding you receive from FastLawsuitMoney.com, you can be in a position of strength to negotiate with the erring property manager for the compensation that is due you because of the injuries you incurred. Although you have been a victim of a crime, this does not mean that you cannot fight back. FastLawsuitMoney.com is here to help.

Personal Injury Basics: Informed Consent in Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

Posted on July 17, 2012 by Fast Lawsuit Team

When a person goes to a doctor for treatment, he is putting a lot of things in the doctor’s hands: his health, his body, physical well-being, and even his very life. As such, he has rights that a doctor and other medical practitioners have to keep sacred. Chief of this is the right to informed consent.

Patients have the right to information with regards to his illness or injury, as well as its treatment. This includes:
-  The right to access to information to help him understand the doctor’s diagnosis and treatment.
-  The right of loved ones to have access to the same information in the event that the patient is unable to make decisions for himself.
-  The right to be advised about things that may affect the patient and the care he is to receive. This includes the procedures, policies and regulations of the hospital.

Informed Consent

Medical consent laws in most American states require that a doctor obtain written consent from the patient before a treatment or test is done. However, it is not enough for a patient to sign a paper saying that he agrees to a treatment or test.

The doctor has the responsibility to provide the information for the patient to make a decision that will affect his body and health. Armed with information, the patient can make a decision after having weighed the pros and cons of a treatment, or, in medical and legal lingo, to provide “informed consent”.

The patient has the right to know:
-  The name, title and qualifications of the doctor or doctors treating him and to understand that the doctor/s treating him may not just be teachers but also students
-  The diagnosis and the proposed treatment and tests
-  What the tests and proposed treatments are meant to do
-  Any negative effects that may arise from undergoing the treatment or the test
-  Other options, aside from the procedure being proposed (including the benefits and the risks of these procedure)
-  How much the treatment will cost
-  How long it will take for the patient to recover
-  The probability that the proposed treatment will be payable under his health care insurance

The patient is also free to ask questions with regards to his treatment, as well as access to his medical records (within the confines of the law and the hospital’s policies and procedures). In short, the doctor cannot start with the treatment unless the patient gives his informed consent, unless it’s a medical emergency. If the patient is unable to do so, the informed consent will be given by the appropriate relative or representative.

There are only some instances where the doctor is not required to get informed consent. This is when the doctor is responding to a medical emergency where the patient or representative cannot give consent and the situation calls for immediate action. Also, the doctor does not need the consent if the he is doing routine procedures that are not part of the treatment (such as taking the patient’s blood pressure or pulse, or testing the patient’s reflexes.

Persons who can give informed consent

Aside from the patient, there are other individuals who can provide the informed consent in case the patient is unable to do so. These are:
-  Parents. Minor children cannot give informed consent. It is the parents who provide the informed consent.
Guardians. They may be appointed by the court or named by the parents. This applies for minors or those with mental problems who cannot make the decision themselves.

A Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Involving Informed Consent

If a patient has not been given information about possible negative effects of a treatment, and if that patient is injured, he can sue the doctor for medical malpractice. The complainant should be able to show a clear connection between the doctor’s failure to get informed consent and the injury the patient sustained. It should be shown that had the patient been informed about the treatment and possible risks, he would have refused the treatment or opted for another treatment and would not have suffered the injury.

Medical malpractice lawsuits that involve informed consent can be very complicated, since the complaint should show any of the following:
-  Reasonable standard for the physician. What would a typical doctor tell the patient about the treatment?
-  Reasonable standard for the patient. What amount of information will a typical patient need in order to make an informed decision?

A medical malpractice lawsuit is very hard to win since it will often pit the complainant’s word against that of the doctor’s. There may be also a need to hire an expert witness to testify as to whether other doctors would have provided the information that the doctor being sued allegedly failed to provide.

Also, a medical malpractice lawsuit may take a long time to settle. During this time, lawsuit funding may come in handy for the complainant who is waiting for the settlement in order for him to also spend for treatments related to the injury. A settlement loan will also help the complainant’s family as it can be used to pay for overdue bills and everyday expenses (i.e. groceries, transportation costs, etc.)

One can apply for a lawsuit cash advance from reputable companies such as FastLawsuitMoney.com and expect to receive the funding in as quickly as 24 hours once the application has been approved. FastLawsuitMoney.com will evaluate the application not based on the applicant’s credit rating or employment history but rather on the merits of the lawsuit.

Sticks and Stones: Suing when the Words Hurt

Posted on May 28, 2012 by Fast Lawsuit Team

The common saying goes, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”

In today’s modern society, this may not be true. Damage can be inflicted and sustained due to vicious lies and malicious words. Reputations can be sullied and can result in emotional trauma and monetary loss. A person who sustains personal damages due to false statements may sue for libel or slander.

This can refer to statements and allegations regarding:
- A person’s commitment of a crime, including a crime of moral turpitude
- A person’s competence or professional character
- A person’s moral standing (i.e. a married person accused of adultery or a single person being unchaste)
- A person’s contracting a loathsome disease such as a sexually transmitted disease

Libel vs. Slander

Libel and slander both fall under defamation of character, which is defined as personal damage and harm caused by the issuance of false statements with regards to the person. The difference between libel and slander is the medium by which the lies are propagated. For libel, the defamatory statements were made in a printed medium (i.e. newspaper or magazine). Slander refers to defamatory statements spoken and heard (or what is called non-fixed or transitory representation).

The elements that make for a defamation of character case:
- False and defamatory statements were issued against a person (either through a fixed or non-fixed medium). A statement is considered defamatory if it results in decreasing the respect for the complainant or if it causes other people to have disagreeable or hostile opinions about hi,.
- Another person other than the injured party witnessed (saw, heard or read) the statement
- The statements were about the injured party and that the person/s who saw, heard or read the statement can identify that the complainant is the person being talked about
- The statements were injurious to the complainant’s reputation.

This can cover instances where:
- A person speaks in public (or inside an elevator) and other people hear
- A person sends a letter or e-mail message
- A person writes about it in the newspaper
- A newspaper or publication republishing a defamatory statement (i.e. the newspaper prints out a letter to the editor that defames another person)

This does not cover:
- Statements that are true
- A person inadvertently reading personal messages that were not meant for him or who unknowingly transmitted defamatory material (i.e. the post office which sent of the letter having defamatory content)
- There was written consent or an express agreement to the publication from the one being “defamed”
- Defamation of a category of people or general group or an unidentified person (i.e. a government official falsely accused of graft and corruption is not considered libelous since that official was not identified)
- Statements made in court or filed as a legal document. This includes judges, lawyers and witnesses during court proceedings. This protects witnesses and lawyers from being sued since their statements will be defamatory in nature.
- Statement of opinion. Some states allow one to state an opinion as opposed to fact, as long as it can be shown that the public is in a position to know whether the statement made is only an opinion and to judge whether or not it is true. One variation of this would be providing a comment on a matter that is of public interest. For instance, if a government official is accused of sexual harassment, giving your opinion that the official is guilty is not cause for that official to file a lawsuit against you.

The challenge of proving defamatory statements

Libel and slander are generally hard to prove. You have to show that you are clearly the one being discussed and defamed and that the recipients of the statement or message understand that the statement is defamatory and that it is about you. Also, to be able to file for damages, you need to show that there is damage sustained due to the defamatory statements. The accused may also fight back by showing that you as the complainant already have a poor reputation in the community. This is an effort to minimize the claims for damages you may make.

In addition, public figures need to prove another element if they are to file a claim. They have to show that there was actual malice when the statement was made. This means that the defamatory statement was made even when the person who made them knew that they were not true or that the statements were made without first verifying it.

Various states have differing statutes covering defamation of character cases. Each state has its own rules when it comes to whether there is cause of action and what defenses may be used. There are also some states that give the accused a chance to make his apology (in public) before non-economic damages may be claimed.

As you can see, filing a slander or libel lawsuit may be challenging and difficult. You need to show concrete proof. In addition, filing a lawsuit only puts the spotlight on the issue that may have only been known to a few people. To make matters worse, losing a defamation lawsuit due to lack of evidence will result in the public thinking that you lost because the allegations were true.

However, if you think that you have solid evidence backing up your claim, you are within your right to file a lawsuit. To provide you with more funds while your case is being heard, you can consider getting lawsuit funding.

Lawsuit funding, or sometimes called a settlement loan, is provided to those who have filed a lawsuit and are in need of funds while they are waiting for their lawsuit to be settled and for damages to be paid to them. With settlement funding, one can pay for medical bills, cover household bills and pay for court-related costs.

Lawsuit loans enable you to resist the urge to go for a low compensation settlement offer from the party you are suing. You can get access to much-needed funds in as quickly as 24 hours once your application has been evaluated and approved.

 

 

Civil Rights Violations and How Lawsuit Funding can Help

Posted on May 19, 2012 by Fast Lawsuit Team

Your civil rights are sacred and are protected by the constitution. Under the United States law, everyone is entitled to fair and just treatment and has the right to be treated the same way that everyone is treated.  You cannot be discriminated against based on your age, skin color, sexual preference or orientation, faith, disability or gender. You have the right to humane treatment and are only to be arrested under due process of law.

Otherwise, you have the recourse of filing a civil rights violations lawsuit against the state, particularly the department and government officials that were guilty of the civil rights violation. Government employees and officials may be sued for civil rights violations for:
- Police brutality or the use of excessive course
- False arrest
- Interference with regards to access to health care (i.e. a patient denied health care because of his race or because he has a loathsome disease)
- Search or seizure without corresponding warrants

Other parties who may be liable for civil rights violations include:
- Perpetuators of hate crimes (whether they be government officials/employees or civilians)
- Employers who discriminate by choosing whom to hire based on race, gender, sexual preference, etc.
- Employers who wrongfully terminate or harass its employees - Landlords that deny a person access to housing by reason of race, age, disability gender, etc.
- Persons who make false statements that result in the defamation of the victim’s character

When Your Civil Rights are Violated

If you have experienced discrimination or have had your civil rights violated, here are some things you should remember:
- Protect your case. Rather than responding or retaliating to abuses that infringe on your civil rights, it is best to allow the lawsuit to be your recourse against the guilty party. That way, there will be actions on your part that may result in the weakening of your lawsuit.
- Work with a lawyer. Civil rights lawsuits can be complicated. Be sure to contact an experienced lawyer who specializes in civil rights cases.

Taking on City Hall

Thanks to the brave souls who were courageous enough to sue the government, there is a growing number of people who have filed lawsuits against a particular government entity. However, it is important to know whether the claim you are making should be made to a federal or state court. There are also rules and regulations covering.  Complainants are required to also report the violation to the right government entity. You have to make sure that you file your complaints on time, as there are strict deadlines that may result in the disqualification of your case.

Time limits. Be careful when filing a lawsuit for government entities. Check the procedure and requirements for filing a lawsuit. Remember that filing a lawsuit against the government as a certain order.  For instance, if the case is about racial discrimination in the workplace, you need to file a complaint under the entity tasked to safeguard equal employment opportunities. This should be done before the complaints are filed as a lawsuit against the government.

Challenges of a civil rights violation

A Civil rights violations lawsuit can be a bit tricky to prove, especially if there are no cut and dried definitions that cover some of the allegations. The lawsuit may also veer towards the grey areas of the law. There is also the challenge of proving that the other party is guilty.

One source of help during the difficult time of filing your lawsuit and having your day in court will be lawsuit funding. Even as you fight for your right to be treated equally, you can still gain access to funds that will help you while you are awaiting the settlement to be made by the government to you.

This lawsuit loan is easy to apply for. You don’t have to deal with a lot of legwork and paper work. You also don’t have to show your employment standing and credit rating. Once your lawsuit cash advance is evaluated and approved, the cash can be in your hands in as quickly as 24 hours.

 

 

Electric Shock and Your Personal Injury Lawsuit

Posted on April 6, 2012 by Fast Lawsuit Team

Faulty electrical wiring may simply give you an unpleasant jolt. Or it can be career-ending. Worse, an electric shock can be fatal.

Take the case of a commercial airline pilot who suffered from electrocution while taking a shower in his hotel bathroom. He had recently passed a physical examination that vouched for his good health and eligibility to fly a plane. It was shown that the light fixture in the shower was defective and caused the electric shock, which affected his eligibility for his job. The pilot has the right to sue for compensation – for the pain and injury, as well as for the loss of his job.

Electric shock and burns

Electric shock and burns are caused by electricity passing through the body. The severity of the physical damage depends on the area of contact, the strength of the electric current and the length the person was exposed to the electric current. When the current that passes the body is perpendicular, passing from hand to hand, there is fewer electrical current that passes through the body. When the current passing through the body is parallel, passing from head to toe, there is more damage as more vital areas in the body are affected. If the person is wet (due to a shower or sweat), this could also have a negative impact on the severity of the injury.

Physical effects of an electric shock could include:
-   Contact burns
-   Deep burns in internal tissues
-   Muscle injuries since the electric shocks force violent contractions of the muscles.
-   Bone injuries (dislocations or fractures) – the violent contractions can also break or dislocated bones.
-   Internal organ damage (kidney failure)
-   Brain damage
-   Cataract formation
-   Death due to cardiac arrest

There are also secondary effects to the electric shock. If the person fell or was thrown backwards during the shock, he can also sustain additional injuries.

Causes of Electric Shock

Electric shock can be caused by:
Work accidents. Workers, particularly in the construction industry, have a higher than normal risk of electric shock, especially if safety procedures are ignored or violated. Construction sites may have open lines. Those working on roads may touch underground cables.
Defective products. Users of defective products may experience electric shock caused by faulty design or by faulty manufacturing.
Maintenance problems. Customers may be victimized in public facilities such as amusement parks, hotels, hospitals and so on if some of the equipment is poorly maintained.
Contractor mistake. Errors in the construction of the house and set up of electrical lines may result in electric shock injuries.

Other causes of electric shock include water penetration, sockets with too many electric appliances plugged in and faulty wiring.

Filing a Personal Injury Claim for the Electric Shock

For you to have a case against the erring party, you must show that the other party has a duty of care to you – you are a customer, an invited guest, an employee. The other party must have the responsibility of ensuring that the product or premises is safe from electric shocks. It must be shown that if they had not been negligent, the shock and subsequent injuries could have been prevented.

If you are a victim of electric shock, you must make sure to seek medical treatment for your injuries so that it can be shown that you have done your part to minimize the amount of damage you sustained.

When you file an electric shock lawsuit, you should include the following:
-   Medical expenses related to the electric shock (both present and future)
-   Loss of income
-   Pain and suffering
-   Cost of adaptive equipment and therapy

While you are waiting for your lawsuit to settle, you should consider applying for a lawsuit cash advance. This will help fund your medical treatment to ensure that there is no further physical damage. The cash you get from lawsuit funding can be also used to pay for your day-to-day expenses, as well as to cover for court-related costs.

FastLawsuitMoney.com is a reputable provider of lawsuit settlement loans for people who are awaiting the settlement of their lawsuit and are in dire need of funding. With FastLawsuitMoney.com’s streamlined applications process, you don’t need to provide records of your employment or credit rating. You can also get your funds quickly, once your application is approved.

Dental Malpractice and Lawsuit Funding

Posted on March 3, 2012 by Fast Lawsuit Team

A saying goes, “Be true to your teeth, or your teeth will be false to you.” Our oral and dental health is important. We practice good dental hygiene not just for cosmetic purposes (to have that bright, white smile) but for health purposes as well. Bad dental health can lead to a host of other illnesses (such as heart disease). That is why it is recommended that we regularly go to our dentist for check-ups and treatments.

Dental Malpractice

As with other medical practitioners, dentists can make serious mistakes and acts of negligence that will result in service that falls below the prescribed standards of care. Dental malpractice covers treatment, failure to treat misdiagnosis or other mistakes or misconduct that no other reasonably prudent dentist or dental practitioner would have committed.

You must also remember that for the dental malpractice to be considered actionable, there should be injuries resulting from the malpractice.

Some cases filed with regards to dental malpractice covers:

-          A failure to detect oral cancer

-          A patient whose dentures were ill-fitting, which resulted into pain

-          A patient who underwent severe pain and suffering for a dentist’s failure to provide him with immediate treatment due to an abscessed tooth. As a result, the patient had a severe infection to his brain that caused permanent spastic quadriparesis (muscular weakness of all limbs)

-          A patient who suffered from multiple fractures in the jaw during wisdom teeth extraction

These cases were successfully filed and settled.

Here are other possible dental injuries and dental malpractice where the dentist may have liability:

-          Wrongful death due to a treatment or oral surgery gone wrong

-          Injuries (temporary or permanent) to the nerves of the chin, tongue, lips and jaw

-          Delayed or improper treatment of oral diseases

-          Injuries arising from the faulty use of anesthesia

-          Misdiagnosis of oral condition

-          Failure to diagnosis oral cancer, gum disease and other serious oral problems

-          Infections and injuries due to misaligned or faulty prostheses, root canal or crown

-          Improper treatment provided by an unlicensed dentist

-          Infection sustained due to unclean, faulty or improper use of dental implements and products

-          Loss of taste or numbness

-          Structural damage to the gums, chin, lips or tongue

-          Root canal injuries where treatment used Sargenti Paste (N2)

-          Injuries resulting from teeth extractions that were unnecessary

-          Failure to get informed consent from the patient

A Dental Malpractice Lawsuit

A dental malpractice lawsuit is particularly challenging. It is but natural that the dentist you sued will try to refute your claim, or at least, devalue it. Much of the case rests on expert opinion and testimony. Thus, you may have to prepare yourself to get the best experts that will sufficient prove your claim and protect the rights you have to demand for compensation for the injury, as well as the pain and suffering your went through.

You should also remember that there is a statue of limitations for dental malpractice claims – although the length of time will vary from state to state. If you are not able to file your lawsuit within the statute of limitations, you can no longer claim for the compensation due you. Also, if you are suing a dentist or dental practitioner that is under the employ of the government or a public hospital, you are required to provide formal notification regarding your claim in as quickly as 180 days.

The importance of ready cash

The lawsuit will most likely require the hiring of expert witnesses to show that the dentist is the person directly and irrefutably responsible for the injuries and the subsequent damages incurred. You also don’t have the luxury of time. This pressure to file the case and hire your expert witnesses is further compounded by the fact that you may need additional funds to treat the injuries you sustained due to the dental malpractice. And since your claim will eventually be paid by the insurance company that covers malpractice complaints for the erring dentist, you can expect the lawsuit to be a long and drawn-out process.

This is where lawsuit funding can help. Lawsuit funding can provide you with the funds to say “no” to the offers that may first be sent out to you by the other party. Without the cash to help tide you over, it may be very tempting to just give in and give up on the lawsuit.

The great thing about settlement funding is that it is non-recourse funding. This means that you don’t have to pay the funds back in the event that the case fails to settle. The lawsuit loan also is based not on employment records or credit standing, but on the merits of the case.

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Life after an Auto Accident

Posted on January 8, 2012 by Fast Lawsuit Team

The aftermath of an auto accident can be quite overwhelming and even devastating. No average person can ever be fully prepared for a disastrous car accident. It can dig holes into your pocket miles deep that will take years to mend. An auto accident can change your life so drastically that your entire lifestyle changes as a result.

If the accident was a big one and you’ve sustained significant injuries, you may not be able to return to work right away, or may subsequently be forced to leave your job. Thus, the income that you always depended on has been immediately cut short, and at a time when you will need even more money to tackle the additional costs of recovery. You also have the new burdens of medical treatment expenses.

Your vehicle may be damaged or needs replacement. Your household bills, utilities, food, rent or mortgage do not stop to accommodate your trauma. You will have to maintain payments to keep the roof over your head, keep the light on, and get food to eat.

Your family obligations may also be seriously affected. If you have children, then your ability to provide sufficiently for them may be hampered, and your assistance in caring for them will be compromised. School fees, tuition, school books, activities, events and childcare will all be affected by your new economic situation and physical restraints.

After a major auto accident, you can easily find yourself in a load of debt it may take some time to clear. Getting a good lawyer to pursue a personal injury case in court could compensate for your losses and cost of recovery, but even waiting for the case to settle can take a while. While you wait, life continues to move on, your needs are rather immediate and will not wait or go away.

If you have a good case, there is a way you can get money that you need right away, by obtaining settlement funding. A lawyer would do all the necessary investigations to determine the strength of your case and the likelihood of winning compensation. If you have a strong case, then a settlement loan can help you climb out of the deep hole you have suddenly found yourself in. Once your case goes through you pay back the lawsuit loan, but if your case does not win, you still owe nothing. A lawsuit loan from Fast Lawsuit Money is a non-recourse cash advance. You can make your choice stress-free and guaranteed no strings attached.

Life after an auto accident can be catastrophic but it does not have to be the end of your life. Fast Lawsuit Money wants to help you get back on your feet.

 

 

Auto Accidents and Settlement Funding

Posted on December 30, 2011 by Fast Lawsuit Team

There is no telling when it may happen, and if it does happen, the damage can be disastrous: an auto accident. Driving can be a dangerous activity especially when precautionary safety driving measures are not taken. Auto accidents happen every day and are extremely common. An accident does not have to be your fault. It could be the result of another, negligent, driver whose eyes were not on the road, who disobeyed traffic signal, or who was distracted. The unfortunate circumstance is that you are left with injuries and damages that have now altered your life and now generate the urgent need for much more money than you have.

The most common type of auto accident personal injury claims are for car accidents, but people suffer a broad range of injuries from other kinds of motor vehicle accidents. In trucking accidents, as one can reasonably suspect, the victims are usually the ones in the smaller vehicle, due to the sheer size and impact of the truck. Motorcyclists risk greater endangerment in auto accidents, as, without a seatbelt and a frame, they are physically much less protected than their driving counterparts. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, motorcyclists are 37 times more likely than other vehicle operators to die in a motor vehicle accident. SUVs are notable for how easily they tend to roll over and have their fair share of accidents. Bus accidents are reportedly on the rise due to insufficient government regulation and stressful conditions for drivers who sometimes have to hurry to stay on the bus schedule given to them. Buses pose a unique concern, because, unlike other very large motor vehicles, the passengers in a bus have no seatbelts or other restraining devices.

Auto accidents can affect the occupants of the vehicles in the accident, or even innocent bystanders who are close to the accident. Victims can suffer any or several of a range of injuries and diverse symptoms, from minor injuries, to complicated and permanent conditions. As a victim in a motor vehicle crash, you may suffer from whiplash, bone fractures, burns, damage to your knees or joints, head trauma or brain injury, or spinal cord injuries.

A personal injury lawsuit filed after a car accident can help you manage the overwhelming expenses of your recovery. Not only do you face the challenge of medical treatment or rehabilitation, but may have to compensate from time away from work, less income, and more strain trying to manage typical daily, weekly and monthly expenses.

Money from a lawsuit can cover medical bill expenses, physical rehabilitation, pain and suffering, and lost wages. Depending on the severity of your damages and urgency of your need, you can apply for settlement funding. A settlement loan will give you the money that you need right away while you wait for your case to settle, without having to pay it back whether your case wins or loses. While your lawsuit is being pursued, your needs are still ever-present. Fast lawsuit money helps you to deal with the things that are urgent while you begin to piece your life back together.