Medical malpractice occurs when a patient is harmed by a doctor (or other medical professional) who fails to competently perform his or her medical duties. The rules about medical malpractice — from when you must bring your lawsuit to whether you must notify the doctor ahead of time — vary from state to state.
Car accidents often lead to injuries ranging from whiplash and other soft tissue injuries to more serious, and even fatal injuries. Usually, liability for a car accident is fairly clear and one-sided, and an injured party has the right to be compensated by the at-fault driver. In this section, you’ll find legal information on the personal injury claims that often follow a car accident.
Whether it happens at the grocery store or a friend’s house, slip and fall accidents occur fairly often. In some instances, the property owner is responsible for the injured party’s injuries, and in others, the property owner will not be held liable.
Nursing home neglect is similar to nursing home abuse in many ways, but they are not the same. While nursing home abuse implies a specific intent to harm the elder, nursing home neglect is defined as a breach of duty or form of sub-standard care that results in harm to the patient. The breach of duty or sub-standard care must be a reasonably foreseeable outcome of the nursing home’s negligent actions.
When a person dies or is killed due to the negligence or misconduct of another, including murder, the surviving members of the victim’s family may sue for “wrongful death.” Most wrongful death lawsuits follow in the wake of criminal trials, using similar evidence but with a lower standard of proof. Regardless, someone found liable for wrongful death may or may not be convicted of a crime associated with that death.
Due to the massive size and weight of many trucks, accidents and collisions can be deadly, with fatal crashes increasing in frequency every year. Accidents involving trucks are more likely to result in fatalities than car accidents, so it’s important to be extra cautious as a trucker.