Frequently Asked Questions
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How many serious tractor trailer accidents are caused by brake failure?National statistics show that brake failure on tractor trailers causes almost 1/3 of all truck crashes. Large trucks use air brakes, and these can be more prone to failure if they are not maintained or used properly. If these brakes are not maintained and/or used improperly and an injury results, a personal injury lawsuit is possible.
Are there any OSHA standards that cover workers exposed to asbestos?Yes. OSHA has three standards designed to protect workers from asbestos exposure on the job. One is related to construction work; another covers exposure during shipbuilding; and the other applies to being exposed to asbestos in general industry, such as in auto repair shops, custodial work and manufacturing products that contain asbestos.
Will I have to go to trial for my personal injury case in Virginia?We are always prepared to go to trial, but we often settle personal injury cases prior to trial. Other attorneys know that we are prepared to go to court if necessary, which often results in a better settlement.
How many unintentional injuries are there in Virginia?How many unintentional injuries are there in Virginia?According to the Virginia Department of Health, there were 48,000 injury-related hospital discharges in 2010 and more than 3750 deaths due to intentional and unintentional accidents.
What are the most common accidental injuries?According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls are the most common cause of non-fatal injuries, and result in 1/4 of all ER visits each year.
What if I am the victim of medical malpractice in an ER?
When you are treated in an ER, the hospital may not have the chance to inform you that the doctor does not work for the hospital. In this case, the hospital may be responsible for the medical malpractice for the physician.
When might I be able to sue the hospital for a doctor's mistake?
If the hospital did not make it clear that the independent contractor doctor was not an employee, it is possible then to sue the hospital. But most hospitals spell this out in admission forms.
If my physician makes a mistake while treating me in a hospital, can I sue the healthcare facility?
Hospitals are not generally responsible for the doctor's medical malpractice IF he is not employed by that hospital; many doctors are independent contractors, not hospital employees.
What should a victim do if they sustain vision loss due to an injury?
If a victim sustains any injury that affects vision, they should seek medical help immediately. The sooner treatment is received, the better the chances are of saving vision. Do not rub the area, try to remove any foreign objects, or apply medications.
Once they have sought medical treatment, victims should then contact a North Carolina accident attorney to find out what legal options they may have against the party that caused the accident. Victims may be entitled to financial compensation for all medical expenses, loss of income, pain and suffering, and more.
What are some of the types of incidents that occur that can cause ocular injuries to victims?
National statistics reveal that more than 1 million people in the U.S. are legally blind. Many of these people do have some ability of sight, but they require some measure of assistance to function. Almost 5 percent of those affected suffer vision loss because of some type of injury. The most frequent types of incidents are:
- Injury to the brain, scalp, skull
- Blunt force trauma to the eye by a foreign object
- Intracranial hemorrhages
- Chemical injuries