Frequently Asked Questions
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How does a court decide whether a case should be a mass tort?
Unlike individual actions, with a mass tort action, the same evidence can be used in multiple cases. Once the injury attorneys have developed sufficient evidence, it can be used to help many victims. This also means that the odds of being successful in recovery increase dramatically since this evidence was persuasive with other juries hearing similar cases.
How does a court decide whether a case should be a mass tort or not?
In determining whether a mass tort action should proceed, the court will look at:
- The number of victims who were injured
- Whether the victims all have injuries which are the same or similar
- Whether the cause of the injury was a common one among all the victims
What is the definition of a mass tort?
A tort is a wrongful act, whether intentional or accidental, from which injury occurs to another. Examples of common torts are car accidents or medical malpractice cases. A mass tort is a legal action that involves a negligent act or product that affects a large group of people.
What evidence do you need to preserve if you have been in a bike accident?
If your bike is damaged and you take it to a repair shop, make sure to take photographs of the damage before the repairs are made. You also want to save and preserve all the clothing you were wearing, as well as any equipment and gear you had on when you were hit. This can include your helmet, gloves, boots, glasses, jacket, and backpack. Do not wash any of these items. Instead, place them in a large plastic bag.
What do I need to document a bike accident?
If you have been injured in a bike accident, make to take photos of the following details:
- The location and extent of damage to your bike
- The position of the vehicles after the crash occurred
- The license plate and driver of the vehicle
- Any marks and debris caused by the accident
- Any injuries you have sustained
If you are unable to take the photos yourself because of an injury, get help from a witness or call a family member or friend to come to the scene.
What are steps victims of bike accidents should take?
Bicyclists who are involved in vehicle accidents need to treat the accidents just as if they would if they were driving a car. It is essential to get proper documentation in order to prevail in any legal actions or claims if you are injured in the crash.
One step to take is to report the accident to the police so they will come to the scene. This is especially important if you have been injured and need medical attention. You will also want to get the name and insurance information of the driver of the vehicle involved in the crash. If there were witnesses to the crash, make sure to get their contact information, as well.
What are the stages of sepsis?
1. Sepsis Symptoms
- Breathing rate higher than 20 breaths per minute
- Confirmed or probable infection
- Fever above 101ºF or below 96.8ºF
- Heart rate higher than 90 beats per minute
2. Severe Sepsis Symptoms
- Abnormal heart functions
- Chills caused by a fall in body temperature
- Decrease in urination
- Extreme weakness
- Low platelet count
- Mental changes
- Patches of discolored skin
- Problems with breathing
3. Septic Shock
- Symptoms of severe sepsis with very low blood pressure
What are the infections that cause sepsis and who is most at risk?
Although any infection can cause sepsis, the most common ones are:
- Abdominal infections
- Bloodstream infections
- Kidney infections
People who are most at risk of getting sepsis are:
- People who are being treated using invasive medical devices (i.e. catheters, breathing tubes)
- People with weakened immune systems (i.e. cancer patients being treated with chemotherapy)
- Senior citizens
- Young children
What is sepsis?
Sepsis is a dangerous illness that happens when the body is forced to fight a severe infection that is spread through the bloodstream. The chemicals the body releases into the blood to fight the infection cause inflammation throughout the body. Severe cases of sepsis can cause septic shock, which can be fatal.
There are more than 1.5 million cases of sepsis each year (per the CDC). Sepsis kills more than 250,000 people each year.
How can victims establish liability in road debris crashes?
Establishing liability can be difficult without the help of a Virginia truck accident attorney. If the truck that dropped the debris is present and/or involved in the crash, then proving liability is much easier. If the cargo fell off the truck and the driver was unaware and not at the scene of the crash, it may be harder to determine liability. A truck accident attorney can initiate an investigation to find the driver and company that owned the cargo.