You can Hold Legally Liable the Person or Party that Caused Your Injuries or Illness

Posted by on May 27, 2017 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

Broken bone or bone fracture, which is a break or a crack in a bone, happens whenever a force that is stronger than what a cone can withstand is exerted against it. While the most common sites for bone fractures are the hips, arms and legs, there are also fractures that can damage the skull and ribs (fractures to these parts can be life-threatening).

Besides the pain, swelling, bruising, and the possible deformity and inability to use a limb, bone fractures can also cause other complications, including blood loss, stunted growth of the bone, and injuries to organs, tissues and other structures surrounding the injured bone.

Bone fracture usually results from traumatic sporting accidents, falls and vehicle accidents. Osteoporosis and certain types of cancer, though, are major contributory factors to bone fracture since these make the bones weak, making even a fall accident end up with serious results. While some bone fractures would only require a plaster cast or the surgical insertion of plates or metal rods to hold the bone pieces together, complicated fractures usually require surgery and surgical traction.

Bone fractures are most common among motorcycle riders due to the lack of body protection that would protect them from the force of impact created during collisions. Though these may be reset and scarred tissues, corrected, these injuries can, none-the-less, cause long-term issues with mobility and chronic pain that will necessitate continued medical treatment.

According to the Russo, Russo & Slania, P.C. law firm, “The effects that a serious injury can have on the lives of both victims and their loved ones can be considerable. For many, the physical and emotional challenges that these types of injuries can pose are often extraordinarily difficult to overcome. What’s more, injury victims are rarely in a position to be able to comfortably afford the costs of medical treatment and lost income that may result from the harm they have suffered.

The consequences these challenges can have for injury victims are often substantial. Fortunately, it is often possible for people in these situations to receive financial compensation when another person or party is responsible for causing their injuries or illness. Because of this, many victims are able to not only get the financial support they need to better deal with the aftermath, but are also able to get much-needed closure and justice.”

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Jet Ski: An Excellent Opportunity for Fun on the Water, except when Operated by an Unexperienced, Careless or Negligent Operator

Posted by on Mar 26, 2017 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

In August or September 2012, a 16-year old female riding a jet ski suffered fatal brain injuries after another jet ski rammed her. This other vessel was driven by a 20-year old Australian male tourist. Prior to the accident, the male tourist could be seen (in a cellphone footage taken by his girlfriend) standing on his jet ski, oblivious of the other jet ski he was about to ram and of its occupant’s shouts to warn him of what was about to happen.

Thousands of frightening jet ski accidents happen around the world. In the U.S., records from the Coast Guard say that at least four thousand jet ski accidents occur every year. These accidents result to about 600 deaths and more than 2,600 injuries.

Despite its small size, a jet ski has the power of a real boat and can run up to 70 miles per hour. Designed to run at high speeds with its drivers and passengers not wearing any form of protection, no wonder they are vulnerable to many different kinds of serious and life-threatening injuries.

Rules and requirements for operating a jet ski vary by state. The most basic ones, however, only requires an operator to prove that; he/she is at least 16 years old (some states have the age 12 for base age limit); has heard a safety lesson, which takes only some minutes; and, has paid the $95 per hour rent fee.

According to the Bruner Law Firm, “beaches, bays and intracoastal waterway areas are ideal for recreational boating including jet skis or personal watercraft. The fun and enjoyment of those enjoying the water can be tragically interrupted by the carelessness or negligent acts of others causing personal water craft accidents (PWC). Florida is one state that enjoys the dubious distinction of having led the nation for several years as the state with the most marine accidents. Jet skis and boats don’t have brakes. Unlike cars, trucks and motorcycles, where the use of a brake, applied quickly and forcefully, can bring a vehicle under control, personal water craft and boats are largely dependent upon an operator’s effort to reduce the throttle or thrust of the engine, and change direction. This may be “too little, too late” and tragic injuries can occur.

Many jet ski or recreational boat operators are relatively new and inexperienced in the use of this watercraft. Having no brakes and greatly reduced steering abilities, are both counter intuitive to novice operators.

A jet ski is a very popular personal watercraft (PWC) because it is affordable, easy to use, and has low maintenance cost. Its increased use, after it was introduced in the 1960s, however, also resulted to a rise in the number of hazards and, besides accidents involving under-trained, underage and undereducated jet skiers, the U.S. Coast Guard also cites inattention, excessive speed, alcohol consumption, and reckless operation as the major contributing factors to jet ski accidents. Currently, accidents involving jet skis, yachts, kayaks, sailboats, canoes and other recreational boats, are the second largest transportation-related causes of injury in the U.S. (the first is still automobile accidents).

According to a boating accident attorney, a jet ski presents an excellent opportunity for fun on the water; however, serious injury can result when it is handled by someone who fails to exercise good judgment or follow the law. Due to this, it would be advisable that victims of accidents immediately contact a boating accident lawyer who can help assess the situation and the extent of liability of an at-fault operator.

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