Spring is here once again, and many Alaskans are rejoicing over longer, warmer days and melting snow. However, there are still hazards, even during this beautiful season, that can lead to personal injury, particularly car accidents and slip-and-falls. If you are going to be out and about in the spring sunshine, take care to note these hazards and prepare for them accordingly so that you can stay safe!
Work-related injuries are more common than we think – according to the National Safety Council, a worker is injured on the job, every seven seconds in the United States. While sometimes, these injuries are minor and do not cause any serious problems, they often result in lost workdays and can even lead to permanent disabilities.
Although the country’s law clearly states that employers are responsible for creating a safe working environment, it is practically impossible to eliminate the possibility of accidents, particularly in high-risk industries. However, this doesn’t mean employees cannot do anything than just accepting the consequences. They can make compensation claims for certain types of injuries.
There’s more news about the disturbing rise in pedestrian deaths in the U.S. A new report from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), the number of pedestrian deaths has reached a 28-year high.
We reported on this issue several months back when the results of a nearly global study were released.
After being offered just $50,000 by his employer following an injury on the job, a former employer was awarded $1.63 million by a jury.
Rather than taking the low-ball settlement offer, the victim was wise to secure the services of a personal injury lawyer who was not afraid to take the case all the way to court.
In this issue, the Alaska personal injury lawyers will talk about the specifics of the case, and the importance of selecting a lawyer with the courage to refuse a settlement and proceed to court.
We’ve warned Alaskans who are injured by someone else’s negligence to never attempt to negotiate with an insurance provider for a settlement without the legal expertise of an Alaska personal injury lawyer.
In this issue, we have yet another classic real-life illustration why it literally pays to let the process play out. After being seriously injured in a car accident, the insurance provider of the at-fault driver offered to settle the case for $15,000. The woman wisely declined, and was eventually awarded $1.2 million for her injuries – that’s about 80 times the original offer.
If you own a vehicle that has airbags made by Takata, you definitely need to have them replaced. In July, the latest death known to be caused by the faulty Takata equipment occurred in Louisiana.
In this issue, we’ll talk about why the Takata-made airbags are so dangerous, and talk about what you should do if you feel that you’ve been a victim.
We’ve warned our readers numerous times about not accepting lowball offers from insurance companies after being injured because of someone else’s negligence.
In this issue, we have a perfect example of a victim who – wisely – rejected a $18,000 payoff from an insurance company, and went on to win an $1.8 million judgment against them.
With tax season upon us, we’d like to take this opportunity to share with you just how a jury award or settlement from a personal injury suit will be looked at by the taxman.
How the Tax Code Looks at Personal Injury Awards & Settlements
Before legislation was changed in 1996, practically all personal injury settlements and jury awards were ruled to be non-taxable – meaning you didn’t have to pay taxes on what you were given or awarded.
Two separate jury awards in Seattle –reached within days of one another – have resulted in multi-million dollar awards for bicyclists who were hit by vehicles. One verdict was against the City of Seattle, while the other was against a driver’s employer.
We’ll talk about them both in this issue.
Significant verdicts in cases involving large truck accidents are on the rise. That’s according to an article from The National Law Review. We’ll talk about it in this issue.
Large Trucks Defined
Before we go further, it’s important to note that large trucks are vehicles that weigh more than 10,000 pounds when not carrying cargo.