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    Understanding Catastrophic and Serious Injuries in Personal Injury Law

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Accidents can happen to the most careful individuals. This video explains the legal intricacies of catastrophic and serious injuries in the realm of tort law. A person’s condition can generally be classified as catastrophic or serious when his or her lifestyle is permanently altered.

    The legal condition does not take into account how the accident occurred; it only serves to classify the person’s wellbeing for the purposes of a lawsuit or claim. In the event that the catastrophic pain was caused by negligence, recklessness, or a general lack of care, the victim may hold the at-fault party responsible for all the financial implications of the injury. Watch the clip to learn more.

    Catastrophic injuries can saddle a victim’s family with hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills. The law office of Habbas and Associates has been helping San Jose area residents receive proper compensation for more than 25 years. If you are interested in learning what we can do for you, schedule an appointment by calling (408) 512-2294 today.

    Common Injuries That Fall Under Premises Liability

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Home and business owners owe their guests a reasonable duty of care to ensure that their premises are safe. In the event that someone is injured while lawfully visiting another person’s property, the victim has a right to file a claim against the negligent individual. Here is a look at some of the most common injuries that make up the legal practice known as premises liability.

    Slip and Falls

    The most common premises liability injury is a slip and fall. These accidents can happen as a result of uneven sidewalks, slipper surfaces, bad lighting, and potholes. Companies are required to keep their lots and walkways clear of large debris and other impediments to passing walkers. Failure to maintain safety standards allows victims to file premises liability claims in local court.

    Dog Bites

    Owning a canine comes with a set of legal responsibilities to others. In the event that a dog bites a houseguest or customer, the injured party has a premises liability claim against the at-fault party and their insurance company. In order to bring this legal action, the hurt individual does not have to show that the dog was not on a leash or otherwise being aggressive. Instead, it must be established that the visitor was legally on the property and that the dog in question directly caused the injury.

    Drowning and Swimming Pool Mishaps

    Another important type of injury that falls under the premises liability umbrella is drowning. If you own a pool on your property, guests may have a cause of action against you if their children fall into the body or water and suffer injuries. Homeowners should consider fencing or signage to keep youngsters away from the water.

    Premises liability law is different in every state. In Northern California, the legal team at Habbas and Associates knows the ins and outs of state and local laws surrounding personal injuries. Our San Jose-based team has more than 25 years of experience negotiating with insurance companies to ensure favorable settlements. Call us today at (408) 512-2294 to schedule a free, no-obligation appointment.

    Personal Injury Terms: Negligence

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Negligence is a term in personal injury law that refers to an individual or groups’ carelessness or recklessness that results in harm. Negligence may involve a careless action that injures another person—such as a motorist who causes a traffic collision because he is speeding, intoxicated, or fails to obey the laws of the road. Failure to take a necessary action to ensure the safety of others may also be considered negligence. For example, if a property owner fails to remove ice from his sidewalk and someone slips on it, the property owner may be considered negligent in a personal injury case.  

    If you have been hurt as the result of negligence, call the personal injury attorneys at San Jose’s Habbas and Associates today at (408) 512-2294. Our lawyers have more than 25 years of collective experience helping personal injury victims get the medical care and compensation they are entitled to.

    Understanding When You Are Entitled to Workers' Compensation Benefits

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Workers’ compensation is an accident insurance program provided by your employer that provides you with medical, rehabilitation, and income benefits if you are hurt on the job. The law requires most businesses to provide workers’ compensation coverage to employees beginning with their first day on the job. Below are some instances in which you may be entitled to receive these benefits.

    Serious Injury

    Workers’ compensation laws were designed to help individuals get the medical treatment they need to fully recover and return to work after a serious on-the-job injury. This injury compensation usually covers your medical bills and missed paychecks, and it provides for lifelong payments if you are diagnosed with a permanent disability. Workers’ compensation does not allot benefits for any pain and suffering you may have endured as a result of your injury. If you have been hurt, make sure to seek medical care immediately, and file your claim within 30 days to ensure that you receive benefits.

    Missed Work

    Any medically diagnosed injury or illness that requires you to either miss work or perform at a suboptimal level while on the job can qualify for workers’ compensation benefits. Workers may be hurt by a single event, like a slip and fall or car accident, or by repeated exposures to harmful environments. For example, some employees lose their hearing because of constant exposure to loud noise, hurt their wrists after performing the same activity repeatedly, or suffer from serious illnesses after being in the presence of dangerous chemicals.

    Permanent Disability

    If you never recover completely from a work-related injury, your workers’ compensation may provide for permanent disability payments. You may also be eligible for supplemental job displacement benefits that provide for retraining for a different occupation. If a worker dies from a job-related injury or illness, workers’ compensation may provide death benefits for a spouse or dependent children.

    If you have been hurt on the job, call the personal injury lawyers at San Jose’s Habbas and Associates at (408) 512-2294. Our attorneys are dedicated to helping working individuals get the benefits they deserve so they can focus on rehabilitation and recovery.

    Defining Product Defects in Personal Injury Law

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Defective products cause thousands of injuries to American consumers each year. According to personal injury law, a product may be considered defective if it does not work as expected or causes harm to the consumer.

    As you will learn by watching this video, product defects can occur in the product’s design, manufacturing, or shipment. Defective products can include contaminated food, faulty automobile components, or prescription medications with dangerous side effects. According to the strict liability standard in personal injury law, a victim does not necessarily need to prove that the manufacturer was careless.

    If you have been injured by a defective product, your first step should be to schedule a consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer to determine if the manufacturer is liable for your injuries. If you live in San Jose, call the attorneys at Habbas and Associates today at (408) 512-2294.

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