While drunk driving accident fatalities continue to decrease annually, drunk driving is still a problem. Drinking and driving is careless and dangerous, and drunk drivers know this. However, people continue to get behind the wheel when intoxicated, and this leads to accidents. Alcohol-related crashes can be devastating for the victim, the driver, and their families, even if only minor physical injuries occur.

In the event of a drunk driving accident, not only are victims entitled to compensation, but there may be cause for compensation for family as well. Those affected may be unaware that they are eligible to file a personal injury lawsuit or even a wrongful death suit, because they are not fully aware of the law, their rights, and how deeply they are truly impacted by the reckless actions of a drunk driver. This is why victims of drunk driving accidents and their families need to contact a personal injury lawyer like Law Office of Gary Green immediately.

For victims that suffer physical injuries, they often are impacted for their whole lives. Sometimes these physical injuries could bar them from enjoying everyday activities, or prevent them from working. They could be impacted by short or long term pain and suffering, both physically and mentally, and they may be entitled to compensation for this. These victims should consult with a personal injury attorney to recover monetary losses from lost wages, property damage, and more. They may be entitled to punitive damages as well.

Of course, fatalities are a horrible, devastating effect of drunk driving. When someone is killed in an alcohol-related crash, the loss of life isn’t the only effect. The families of both the victim and the driver could face a lifetime of mental anguish and stress. The victim’s family could be entitled to recover monetary compensation due to the loss of their loved one for this emotional distress, loss of companionship, and for comfort and care. The drunk driver’s family may also feel financial pressure, as they could endure civil litigation.

There are many negative effects for the drunk driver as well. Of course, they may be injured or even die in the crash, but even if they are uninjured, a major drunk driving effect is the feeling that life is over due to consequences they will endure. Drunk drivers can face penalties, fines, jail time, and other repercussions such as being barred from certain types of employment. If they were the cause of a drunk driving accident that harmed a victim or took a life, they will have to live with that for the rest of their lives, and might even pay for it through court-ordered penalties or civil suits.

The effects of drunk driving accidents are devastating for everyone involved. If you or a loved one have been the victim of drunk driving, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact Law Offices of Gary Green today toll free at 1-888-442-7947 or by email to ggreen@ggreen.com for a no obligation consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer or wrongful death attorney today.

Thursday, 14 June 2012 11:59

Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy

Written by Law Offices Of Gary Green

Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), also known as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic, progressive neurological disorder. Symptoms associated with RSD and CRPS are:

  • Burning Pain
  • Excessive Sweating
  • Swelling
  • Extreme Sensitivity to Touch

 

There are two types of RSD and CRPS. Type one involves no nerve injury. Type two involves nerve injury.

RSD/CRPS normally affects individuals between the ages of 40 and 60 and is three times more likely to occur in women than men.

Two possible causes of RSD/CRPS are injury directly to the nerve or injury or infection in an arm or leg.

Currently, there is no known prevention for RSD/CRPS.

If you or a loved one is suffering from RSD or CRPS due to injury call Law Offices of Gary Green toll free and without obligation at 1-888-442-7947 to discuss your legal options or send us an e-mail at ggreen@gGreen.com.

The answer is simple: risk reward ratio. Medical Negligence, Nursing Home and Products Liability cases do not settle with a few letters and phone calls. They resolve, if at all, after expensive, protracted litigation. The odds of obtaining a verdict in a Medical Negligence, Nursing Home or Products Liability case are low as compared to suing, for example, a drunk driver. And many times in Medical Negligence, Nursing Home or Products Liability cases there is the need to bring in additional counsel who has experience with a particular product or type of case. These additional fees are paid by the attorneys, negotiated between themselves, with the client’s acknowledgment , but not at additional expense to the client.

At Law Offices of Gary Green expenses on Medical Negligence and Products Liability cases usually run 25 times higher than for general negligence cases!

It is impossible to know how much expenses will be for any case until the case is over, but suffice it to say expenses in Medical Negligence, Nursing Home and Products Liability cases usually run in the scores (if not hundreds) of thousands of dollars. Attorneys in Medical Negligence, Nursing Home and Products Liability cases have to hire professional experts to prove the cases. The requirement for proving one’s prima facie case by expert testimony in Medical Negligence cases is by statutory law. The very definition of Medical Negligence is proof, by expert testimony, that the care rendered by the defendant fell below the standard of care for that particular jurisdiction. Especially in Medical Negligence cases, local experts do not want to testify against local defendants. That means we have to fly in out-of-state experts who charge literally thousands of dollars for every hour they are away from their home – some of them bill even when they are sleeping!

Finally, it is often more difficult for a jury to find against a doctor, hospital, nursing home or company that manufactures products. Health care professionals, engineers and company representatives are revered in this country. They are well educated, suave and usually work with, employ or treat many of the potential jurors. Using the drunk driver analogy again, a juror is much more likely to find against a drunk driver than a doctor, hospital, nursing home or company representative.

So there you have it. Higher expenses and less chance of success are why fees go up, usually from 40% to 45%, in Medical Negligence, Nursing Home and Products Liability cases.