The majority of accident claims are not settled quickly. Life becomes much harder when you are injured, but even harder when those injuries prevent you from working. Auto accidents can cause life changing injuries and can cause long term problems. Spinal cord, brain, and back injuries can make performing daily activities painful and difficult. The pressure of bills piling up often causes people to settle quickly for a low ball offer. Lifeline Legal Funding gives you and your attorney breathing room, so you’re not forced to take the defendant’s first offer.
Accidental injury is an injury that results accidentally or from any external, violent and anticipated causes. For instance, an unintentional bodily injury resulting from any external force and against the normal course of events can be categorized as an accidental injury.
Misconduct regarding age, disability, pregnancy, race, religious discrimination, as well as different types of harassment all fall under Civil Rights claims. Although these claims may not result in physical injuries, they can take a toll on the claimant and their family. Civil rights cases will often take years to settle, which can cause a negative impact on the claimant’s financial situation.
Nearly 6.5 million people work at approximately 252,000 construction sites across the nation on any given day, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Fatal injuries in the construction industry are higher than the national average for all industries. Even with a strong case and an experienced lawyer, the legal process for construction litigations can move slowly. Defendants will offer claimants a small settlement amount rather than providing a quick resolution with a fair reward, in hopes the claimant is in a financially vulnerable position.
Similar to Workers Comp, the Federal Employer’s Liability Act (FELA) provides compensation for railroad workers injured on the job. Almost any worker employed by a railroad company, even those whose primary responsibilities are not performed in or around trains, is protected under the FELA. The Federal Railroad Administration Office of Safety Analysis reports that the first half of 2016 saw 5,394 total railroad and train accident incidences. Of those incidents, there were 384 victims who lost their lives.
There are a number of complaints that negligence lawsuits cover. Amusement park accidents, bike accidents, birth injuries, car fires, and animal bites all fall under general negligence. Defendants in these time-consuming cases will often attempt to settle quickly without offering a fair amount to the complainant.
Jones Act (Maritime)
Like FELA described above, the Jones Act was signed into law to protect maritime workers involved in accidents while at work. As you would expect, claimants must prove that their employers were negligent or “at fault.” However, “comparative fault” is involved here. if the employer can prove that the plaintiff’s actions contributed to or caused the accident, the amount of the award can be reduced accordingly. This clause is why nearly all employers will immediately blame plaintiffs for their own accidents—and why these cases can take so long to settle.
Motor Vehicle and Passenger Injury
Motor vehicle accidents can be minor with minimal injuries that require little to no time taken off from work. However, some motor vehicle accidents are far more serious and can cause severe injuries that require physical therapy, surgery, and a long recovery period. The at-fault party’s insurance company of a motor vehicle accident works to minimize the settlement given to the injured litigants.
Premises Negligence (Slip and Fall)
Being injured on another’s property without the owner notifying you of a possible hazard can lead to the property owner being found negligent and liable. Dog bite injuries, slip-and-fall injuries, tripping injuries, drowning, exposure to toxic mold, burn injuries, and other types of premises liability injuries can leave you unable to earn a living. These injuries can be caused by poorly lit pathways, potholes, slippery floors, cracked sidewalks, and can occur on either public or private property.
The Centers for Disease Control notes that almost 129,000 pedestrians received emergency treatment for non-fatal injuries related to car crashes in 2015. An additional 5,376 pedestrians died as a result of auto crashes during the same period. Pedestrian injuries caused by collisions with motor vehicles, bicycles, or by unsafe conditions can happen anywhere at anytime. It can be unsettling waiting on a final settlement in a pedestrian accident case. Insurance companies often attempt to keep the settlement awarded to accident victims as low as possible. Even with a strong case, the legal process in these cases moves slowly.
Typically, job-related injuries fall under Workers Comp Insurance. However, a workplace negligence lawsuit may be filed when the negligence falls upon the employer, another employee, or a tool, product, or machine produced by a third party. Workplace negligence cases are handled outside of the Workers Comp no-fault claims process. The claimant is responsible for proving the other party is liable since these cases are not considered no-fault. These cases can lead to a long, drawn out process.
No words can describe the pain of the loss of a loved one, especially when their death was caused by an accident due to someone else’s negligence. The wrongful death of a loved one can create financial hardships on family members due to the loss of wage providers. Wrongful death pre-settlement funding helps aid families in the rough times after a loved passes away.