May 2017 Archives

Truck accidents and vicarious liability

Driving to work, school, or a social gathering may be inherently dangerous, but if everyone were to be attentive, rested, and sober behind the wheel, then driving would be much safer. Unfortunately, though, far too many motorists are distracted, careless, and intoxicated when they drive, putting themselves and others at risk. When an auto accident occurs, significant damages can be suffered by victims in the form of physical and emotional pain and suffering, medical expenses, and lost wages. This is particularly true for those who are hurt in a truck accident.

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A few weeks ago on the blog we discussed a medical malpractice case where posts obtained from a social medial website were disallowed from being admitted into evidence by the court. Evidentiary issues like this are quite frequent in medical malpractice cases where the stakes are high and the medical specifics of the case are beyond the average individual's understanding. Expert witness testimony can be confusing and hard to understand, and physical evidence offered to the court may seem irrelevant. Yet, appropriately addressing evidentiary issues can mean the difference between winning your hospital negligence case and losing it.

Common causes of truck accidents

New York roadways can be extremely crowded and dangerous, particularly considering the number of commercial vehicles on the road. While there are steps you can take to improve your overall level of safety, you never know when another driver will cause an accident. While any driver can make a mistake, drive distracted or fail to obey traffic laws, commercial vehicles require an extra level of care when driving. 

Products liability and defective medications

As medical technology and research advances, patients have more effective and efficient treatment options at their disposal. However, in a rush to get their products to market, many healthcare-related companies make errors in either researching their products or packaging them. When dangerous medications are given to the trusting public, innocent individuals can be seriously harmed. They can be left permanently disabled, with a worsened medical condition, or, in the worst cases, dead.

How effective are seatbelts?

Seatbelt use has steadily risen over the years. The good news is that currently 92 percent of daytime drivers in New York, and their passengers, wear seatbelts. The bad news is that this rate decreases at night, when accidents are more likely.

Premises liability and victim classification

When New Yorkers enter onto the property of another, they probably don't think much about their safety. This is especially true when it comes to a business. There is good reason for this. Under premises liability law, a property owner may be held liable for any injuries suffered on his or her property. This is true when the injuries are suffered by a hazardous property condition, and the property owner knew about that condition but failed to remedy it. A property owner can also be liable if dangerous conditions exist that the property owner didn't know about, but should have known about if he or she were exercising reasonable care. In these circumstances, a victim may be entitled to compensation for his or her injuries.

Social media posts suppressed in medical malpractice case

Anyone with any type of experience with the legal system, and even those who watch courtroom dramas on television, know the importance of evidence. Essentially, the strength of your evidence compared to the strength of the other side's evidence makes the difference in a case, regardless of type. Therefore, knowing the rules of evidence and how to use them to your advantage is key when entering into litigation. Those who fail to utilize these rules may be taken advantage of and find themselves facing unwanted outcomes.

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