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5 Types of Personal Injury

Personal injury. You have heard the term used many times. But what does it actually entail? A personal injury is typically some sort of harm that is caused by someone or something. Your mind might automatically think of a car accident, which is certainly a common type of personal injury. However, there are many other ways one can obtain an injury that may require legal assistance in the battle for justice. Let’s take a look at 5 different types of personal injury. Workman’s Compensation If you’ve ever had any type of job, you have surely heard of a workman’s compensation injury. These types of personal injuries occur in the workplace, as the name suggests. Many jobs have safety manuals or guidelines you must follow while on the clock. People who work in factories typically must wear protective eyewear and masks to prevent anything from harming their face. Other places might have rules such as requiring someone else to be present when you’re on a high ladder. If you’re a construction worker, you wear hard hats to protect your head from falling material or other harm. This is to prevent any accidents from happening and to protect yourself and other employees. If you become injured at work, it would be best to seek the legal assistance of a personal injury attorney. Having an attorney on your side during a workman’s compensation case is beneficial for many reasons. Firstly, they will handle all the paper work and communication with insurance companies. Secondly, your attorney will fight for a satisfying outcome when it comes to your settlement. Motor Vehicle Accident Like mentioned above, motor vehicle accidents are a huge type of personal injury. Accidents can cause any sort of injury, from concussions to paralyzation, and even death. Unfortunately, when it comes to vehicle accidents, there is usually a laundry list of expenses. The worse the injury, the longer the tab. Having an attorney on your side during a vehicle accident would be highly beneficial to you and your loved ones. Experienced attorneys know when insurance companies are not playing fair or may not be giving you their best offers. Injuries obtained in accidents require lots of proof, paperwork, and communication with medical facilities and insurance companies. Your attorney will handle this all so you can focus on recovering. Slip and Fall Another type of personal injury is a slip and fall. Slip and fall personal injuries are pretty much what they sound like. You slip and fall in an unsafe place, the fall is not your fault and obtain an injury. For some, this can happen in a public place such as a store. If the floor is wet and the store failed to warn customers with a caution sign, then they will most likely be held accountable for your fall. Slip and fall cases will typically become associated with the term “premises liability.” This just means that the property owner or company has failed to ensure safety where the accident occurred. Dog Bites Another common form of personal injuries are dog bites. This is one of the common types of personal injury. We’ve touched on this topic before, but it can never be said enough. Owning a pet, especially a dog, is a huge responsibility. However, it is also your responsibility as an individual to make sure you use safe practices around animals. Some safe practices include ensuring your own pet is on a leash. You don’t want to risk your dog attacking another dog or person. Even if your dog is normally well-behaved, their animal instincts can kick in at any moment. You do not want to be liable for your dog biting another human, so keeping them on a leash at all times is important. If you see a person approaching or reaching down to pet your dog, make sure you’re keeping an eye out. Also, never attempt to pet another dog without asking permission. Some dogs do not take well to people they do not know, which leads to attacks. Often when dogs attack young children, it is because the child has done something to upset the dog. Make sure you never leave your dog and young ones unsupervised together. Medical Malpractice Unfortunately, the medical field is no exception to mistakes. When negligence comes from a doctor or other medical professional, you may have a medical malpractice case. Some common forms of medical malpractice include being misdiagnosed or prescribed the wrong medicine. Sometimes these errors might seem small, but the long-term effects could be extremely dangerous. Imagine being told you have a common cold when actually it is a severe case of pneumonia. If you believe you have experienced medical malpractice, it is important you seek out an attorney to help you. Insurance companies and hospitals will want to be very thorough with all your medical records which can be very confusing when trying to tackle a lawsuit on your own. This is where a personal injury attorney can help. Gerling Law is a leading personal injury law firm dedicated to providing aggressive legal representation to individuals and their families.  With over 50 years of experience, Gerling Law has helped thousands of people in Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky recover hundreds of thousands of dollars in a wide variety of personal injury and consumer protection cases, including trucking accidents, wrongful death, medical malpractice, nursing home negligence and social security disability. Gerling Law takes pride in the fact that we have never represented insurance companies, hospitals or large corporations and that we fight against powerful companies for our clients. If you need an experienced, dedicated personal injury lawyer, Gerling Law is here to help.  You can always reach us at 888-GERLING (888-437-5464) or through our website at www.gerlinglaw.com.

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What happens in a personal injury case?

When you think of a personal injury accident, your mind might automatically jump to car accidents. While that is a common one, personal injuries can happen in many types of accidents. For example, in 2017, the Center for Disease Control reports that 64,795 people died from accidental poisonings. Slip-and-fall accidents took 36,338 lives. The actual definition for a personal injury is “an injury to one’s body, mind, or emotions” that, though unintentional, is caused by negligence. An intentional injury would be self-inflicted or criminal. Your Next Steps So, you’ve experienced an injury caused by someone else’s negligence. Now what? You are probably aware of the financial stress that comes along with the many doctors appointments and medical treatment. We don’t want you worrying about all of that. Your number one concern should be healing, both physically and emotionally. An injury, no matter the severity, can be hard on you and your loved ones. An attorney will help keep the legal process running as smooth as possible so you can focus on what matters most: YOU. The Case Timeline Most people worry about the timeline of their claim. First, and most importantly, seek proper medical treatment. Consulting a PI attorney should be your next step. Once you meet with your attorney, they will then investigate the accident and examine your medical records. It is important you are 100 percent honest with your lawyer and don’t leave any information out. Don’t be surprised when gathering the medical records takes a few months. The attorneys office will have to communicate with your doctor’s office. Collecting all the necessary paperwork can take a while. Settlement Time. After getting a good read on the case, your attorney will most likely try to negotiate a settlement for you with the other party’s insurance. Sometimes, an attorney will wait until you have recovered as much as possible from your injury so they can fully asses what you case is worth. This enables your attorney to fight for as much compensation as possible. If your claim does not settle, the next step in the process is litigation. At this point, you and your attorney will file a lawsuit with the courts. At this time, each party involved will take time to review the information and claims from the opposing side. However, most personal injury cases do not go to trial and are settled during mediation. Either way, this process can take anywhere from a 6 months to a year, or more. Your attorney’s job In the end, an experienced personal injury attorney will know when to settle and when to go to trial. In addition, he or she will also answer your questions along the way. Finally, he or she will help you understand what will happen on the journey. That way, you’ll be able to make the decisions that are best for you. Gerling Law is a leading personal injury law firm dedicated to providing aggressive legal representation to individuals and their families.  With over 50 years of experience, Gerling Law has helped thousands of people in Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky recover hundreds of thousands of dollars in a wide variety of personal injury and consumer protection cases, including trucking accidents, wrongful death, medical malpractice, nursing home negligence and social security disability. Gerling Law takes pride in the fact that we have never represented insurance companies, hospitals or large corporations and that we fight against powerful companies for our clients. If you need an experienced, dedicated personal injury lawyer, Gerling Law is here to help.  You can always reach us at 888-GERLING (888-437-5464).

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Did a dog bite you?

Owning a dog is a great responsibility, but also a great joy. Many people are now choosing to adopt dogs in place of having children. We have coined phrases like “dog mom” or “fur baby” to describe a person who owns a dog. But with the joys of adopting a dog comes the responsibility of making sure the dog does not bite. Despite how well a dog might be trained, they still have animal instincts deep inside their DNA. All it takes is one bad moment for those instincts to be triggered and activated. Dog bites, no matter the level of severity, can be extremely dangerous. Any size of a dog bite can quickly become infected. Think about all the germs a dog can pick up in a day. From running around outside, being around other animals, etc. An infected bite can lead to so much more medically. Not only this, sometimes when a dog bites a human, it is deemed too aggressive and is put down. This can be devastating for the family who owned the dog. How often does this happen? The Centers for Disease Control reports an average 4.7 million dog bites annually in the United States. Of those 4.7 million, 17% of those bites result in medical attention needing to be sought. At first, that 17% may not seem like a large number. However, what if you were a part of that 17%? What if a dog bit your small child? That 17% then becomes a real statistic to you. Knowledge is the best way to avoid one of these harmful attacks, so let’s take a look at the reasons why dogs bite. Why do dogs bite? Most of the time, dogs will bite in response to stressful situations, or times when they feel threatened. Some dogs may bite in order to protect their puppies or owners. Even the most obedient dogs will growl if you come near them while eating, because dogs are wired to protect their food and what is theirs. Dogs can have bad days just like humans. Simply feeling unwell can give them a reason to bite. It is also common for dogs to bite playfully when roughhousing, therefore it is important to educate young children not to be rough with dogs. Dogs may not understand to be gentler with children. Being aware and knowledgeable about these situations will better protect you, your children and your dog, if you’re an owner. Take precautions. As an owner, you should ensure your dog is well-trained before heading out in public. Especially if it is a situation where small children may be present. Kids don’t always know that every dog is not a nice puppy. And unfortunately, parents aren’t watching their kids all the time. It would benefit you as an owner to train your dog well and keep them close by on a leash when out in public. A lot of times when a dog bites, it does not end well for the dog, even if it is the first time the dog has bitten. If you see someone approaching your dog, whether a child or adult, make sure you are watching your dog and observing their behavior. Any kind of unsettling environment could add an edge to your dog’s behavior, resulting in a dog bite. Prevention tips. Do not make loud noises Do not run away quickly in panic If attacked, try to get into the fetal position, protecting your neck and head Do not approach a dog with puppies Do not make direct eye contact with a dog you do not know Helpful Information While this may seem a bit overwhelming, there are plenty of great resources available for you and your family to better arm yourself with knowledge. One of these resources is FluentWoof, a website dedicated to giving dog moms and dads knowledge and guidance so they can better know their pups. This article written by Dr. Libby Guise has plenty of information regarding dog bites, including warning signs, what to do after a bite, infection risks, and much more. Having this abundance of information at hand could be beneficial to you and your family should the unfortunate accident of a dog bit ever happen. Following these tips as an owner or as a bystander can greatly increase your chance of safety and help you avoid dog bites. Gerling Law is a leading personal injury law firm dedicated to providing aggressive legal representation to individuals and their families.  With over 50 years of experience, Gerling Law has helped thousands of people in Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky recover hundreds of thousands of dollars in a wide variety of personal injury and consumer protection cases, including trucking accidents, wrongful death, medical malpractice, nursing home negligence and social security disability. Gerling Law takes pride in the fact that we have never represented insurance companies, hospitals or large corporations and that we fight against powerful companies for our clients. If you need an experienced, dedicated personal injury lawyer, Gerling Law is here to help.  You can always reach us at 888-GERLING (888-437-5464) or through our website at www.gerlinglaw.com.

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A police report could be vital to your case

A fender bender. A side swipe in the parking lot. Even the smallest of vehicular accidents require a police report. Why? This could be a vital piece of evidence in your personal injury case. Even if you think you just have a small concussion from a fender bender, you need to call 9-1-1. Police reports are actually extremely important when it comes to a personal injury case. There are multiple reasons for this. First, an official police report will document exactly what happened for every party involved. This means that no one can report to their insurance company a false story. However, if the same report is submitted to everyone, no lies can be spread. Secondly, the report will give insurance companies a more realistic picture of the accident scene and what happened. This will help prove who is at fault for the accident. Police presence helps YOU Police are also well-trained in accident situations. As a result, they can do a lot for you if you are in an accident. The police will find and question any witnesses, which allows you to focus on your own injuries and seeking medical attention. The police will most likely be able to figure out who is at fault, too. And, if it is not you, this is good news. Police reports will help you avoid any kind of scam or losing more money than you already have. If you find yourself injured because of an accident, it is imperative you seek out the police to file a report. This will be extremely helpful for your attorney in your case. Gerling Law is a leading personal injury law firm dedicated to providing aggressive legal representation to individuals and their families.  With over 50 years of experience, Gerling Law has helped thousands of people in Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky recover hundreds of thousands of dollars in a wide variety of personal injury and consumer protection cases, including trucking accidents, wrongful death, medical malpractice, nursing home negligence and social security disability. Gerling Law takes pride in the fact that we have never represented insurance companies, hospitals or large corporations and that we fight against powerful companies for our clients. If you need an experienced, dedicated personal injury lawyer, Gerling Law is here to help.  You can always reach us at 888-GERLING (888-437-5464) or through our website at www.gerlinglaw.com.

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Statutes of Limitations: How to beat the clock

You may have heard the term SOL or statutes of limitations. More importantly, if you haven’t, you could be literally SOL. Why? Because the statutes of limitation set a time limit for filing lawsuits. In other words, if your case isn’t filed by the SOL deadline, it can never be filed at all. Statutes of limitations are different for every state Time limits are different for every state Did you know that every state sets its own time limits for personal injury claims stemming from a vehicle collision? For instance, in communities like Evansville, Henderson, and Owensboro that are close to state borders, it’s important to know the statutes of limitations for Indiana and Kentucky, because you could be in an accident in either state. So, you need to arm yourself with the right information. When the statutes of limitations clock starts ticking Time limits for filing a personal injury suit depends on two factors. First, what kind of accident you were in. And, second, what state the accident happened in. In Indiana, the statute of limitation for bringing a personal injury suit for a car accident is two years. But to bring a fraud suit, Indiana gives you six years. Unlike Indiana, Kentucky only gives you one year for personal injury in a car accident, but five years for fraud. However, the proverbial clock starts ticking at the same time for both states: on the date that you had the accident. Additionally, there is a limit to how long you have to collect a favorable judgment. It is 20 years for Indiana. While Kentucky’s is just 15 years. By calling an experienced injury attorney right after your accident, you can know what your time limit is In conclusion, if you’ve been injured in a car or other kind of accident, you need to take action before the statutes of limitations run. Let an experienced injury attorney help you avoid making the costly mistake of missing your statutes of limitations. Gerling Law is a leading personal injury law firm dedicated to providing aggressive legal representation to individuals and their families.  With over 50 years of experience, Gerling Law has helped thousands of people in Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky recover hundreds of thousands of dollars in a wide variety of personal injury and consumer protection cases, including trucking accidents, wrongful death, medical malpractice, nursing home negligence and social security disability. Gerling Law takes pride in the fact that we have never represented insurance companies, hospitals or large corporations and that we fight against powerful companies for our clients. If you need an experienced, dedicated personal injury lawyer, Gerling Law is here to help.  You can always reach us at 888-GERLING (888-437-5464) or through our website at www.gerlinglaw.com.

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Brain injury in Owensboro? We've got you.

A traumatic brain injury can happen when you least expect it and has no age boundaries. When you or a family member suffer a traumatic brain injury through no fault of your own, it is imperative that you find help. An Owensboro traumatic brain injuries lawyer from Gerling Law will help you deal with the process of getting what you deserve from those that are responsible. You deserve to have your family taken care of when going through a medical issue that is not your fault. A legal professional is the best way to relieve some of the pressure you may be feeling due to the medical expenses related to such an injury. The Owensboro Traumatic Brain Injuries Lawyer Understands When you hire an Owensboro Traumatic brain injuries lawyer from our firm, you can expect that they understand what you are going through. They have been protecting families for many years. Including all that comes with a traumatic brain injury caused by the fault or neglect of another. Our lawyer will be prepared to gather information and fight for what you need and are entitled to. They will also be able to help you deal with the many bill collectors, insurance companies, and lawyers that might be able plaguing your daily life. Furthermore, will talk with the medical team directly to learn more about the situation and prognosis. This will give them the information that they need to best help you through the process. Contact our Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer Immediately There is no advantage to waiting to contact an Owensboro traumatic brain injuries lawyer for help. In fact, they will be able to do a better job the faster you get in touch with them. The longer that you wait, the further in debt you may become, and the closer you get to a statute of limitations that might exist. Gerling Law is a leading personal injury law firm dedicated to providing aggressive legal representation to individuals and their families.  With over 50 years of experience, Gerling Law has helped thousands of people in Indiana, Illinois, and Kentucky recover hundreds of thousands of dollars in a wide variety of personal injury and consumer protection cases, including trucking accidents, wrongful death, medical malpractice, nursing home negligence, and social security disability. Gerling Law takes pride in the fact that we have never represented insurance companies, hospitals, or large corporations and that we fight against powerful companies for our clients. If you need an experienced, dedicated personal injury lawyer, Gerling Law is here to help.  You can always reach us at 888-GERLING (888-437-5464) or through our website at www.gerlinglaw.com.

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Stress due to a spinal cord injury is our problem

Have you recently experienced a spinal cord injury? If so, the attorneys at Gerling Law offer our deepest apologies. Unfortunately, we know how difficult and painful this time can be for you and your family. However, we also understand that you could benefit from speaking with a spinal cord injuries lawyer, depending on the injury. According to the National Spinal Injury Statistical Center, almost 17,000 people throughout the United States suffer from a spinal cord injury every single year. You do not have to face this confusing, painful, and challenging time alone. Leave the Legalities to the Lawyers Both mild and severe injuries can occur in various types of accidents. Automobile accidents, slips and falls, violence or assault, athletic injuries, and more can result in spine injuries. If the accident was not your fault, then you could be eligible for compensation. In other words, if this was caused by the negligence of someone else, you might be owed some money. Therefore, speaking with a spinal cord injuries lawyer could prove to be beneficial. You will want someone on your side who has experience with these types of cases. Above all, your health should be your primary concern, many cases have a statute of limitations. Unfortunately, time is limited. A settlement can assist with missed wages and medical bills. In conclusion, let us handle the legal stress while you focus on your health and recovery. Gerling Law is a leading personal injury law firm dedicated to providing aggressive legal representation to individuals and their families.  With over 50 years of experience, Gerling Law has helped thousands of people in Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky recover hundreds of thousands of dollars in a wide variety of personal injury and consumer protection cases, including trucking accidents, wrongful death, medical malpractice, nursing home negligence and social security disability. Gerling Law takes pride in the fact that we have never represented insurance companies, hospitals or large corporations and that we fight against powerful companies for our clients. If you need an experienced, dedicated personal injury lawyer, Gerling Law is here to help.  You can always reach us at 888-GERLING (888-437-5464) or through our website at www.gerlinglaw.com.

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Hiring an Owensboro Slip and Fall Accident Attorney

If you have been involved in a slip and fall accident and have suffered injuries, there is a good reason to call an Owensboro slip and fall accident attorney from Gerling Law. If you have missed work, accumulated bills including medical bills, or are dealing with ongoing recovery; you will want to talk with an attorney about your options. It is vital that you call one of our expert attorneys as soon as possible so that you have the protection that you need during this process. We can work with insurance companies, attorneys, employers, and others that might seek money and information from you. We also have knowledge of all slip and fall laws in the state of Kentucky. Understanding Your First Meeting with an Owensboro Slip and Fall Accident Attorney When you first meet with an Owensboro slip and fall accident attorney, you will want to provide him or her with as much information as you can. Describe what has happened and also what you are currently dealing with so that he or she can draw a clear picture of your circumstance. Provide your attorney with as much documentation as you have such as incident or accident reports, medical bills, and reports, wage information, or loss of wages. They will ask that you execute an authorization for the release of medical records, employment records, and other information so that they can get real-time information from everyone as time moves on. This will relieve you from the duty of constantly providing them with information and give them firsthand information on your progress. Call an Owensboro Slip and Fall Accident Attorney Today Hiring an Owensboro slip and fall accident attorney will provide you with the legal help that you need so you can focus on getting well and feeling better. The attorney will give you information on what you can expect, what they might expect as an outcome, and what to do next. The faster you get started with a Kentucky attorney, the more prepared for your case they can be. We can start the process of obtaining the compensation that you need and deserve. Call Gerling Law at 888-437-5464 today to talk to one of our legal professionals about your case.

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Need a Premises Liability Attorney?

If you or someone you know has been involved in a premises liability accident, and you’re currently in Evansville, Indianapolis, Louisville, or Owensboro, then contact a premises liability attorney at Gerling Law today. Regardless of the nature of the accident, whether it was a building code violation or slip and fall, injuries sustained can often be inconvenient, painful, and expensive. Therefore, let a legal professional help you with the process of moving forward. A Premises Liability Attorney for You According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, slip and fall accidents are the most common type of premises liability accidents. When it comes to defining a premises liability accident, these accidents often include a myriad of examples, such as one of the following: staircase accidents insufficient security defective electrical wiring faulty construction building code violations elevator malfunctions theme park accidents faulty sidewalks and more One element all the examples listed above have in common is the fact that they can all be prevented. Since these accidents can (usually) be prevented, someone should be held accountable for any injuries sustained as a result. The injuries often sustained in these types of accidents include the following: dislocations, broken bones, amputations, disfigurations, burns, head injuries, spinal cord injuries, head injuries, and more. As you can gather, these injuries require time to heal, as well as expensive and consistent medical treatment. A premises liability attorney can help ensure you awarded compensation to assist with all medical bills and missed wages. Contact a Premises Liability Attorney Today It’s true: accidents are common, and it’s safe to say, take place every single day. However, when the accident is preventable, and then results in an injury, regardless of the severity, someone should be held accountable. The legal process can be difficult, expensive, and time-consuming. Therefore, if you have been involved in a premises liability accident, then contact a premises liability attorney today. Don’t fight alone.

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Your Personal Injury Attorney

Are you searching for a personal injury attorney? If you or someone you know has suffered an injury due to someone else’s negligence, the attorneys at Gerling Law offer our deepest sympathies. Unfortunately, we understand all too well how difficult this time can be for you and your family. However, you don’t have to fight alone! We are here for you. About Personal Injury Accidents According to the National Center for Health Statistics, around 31 million people are injured throughout the United States each year. More times than not, these injuries require medical treatment. A personal injury accident can include a myriad of accidents that ultimately leads to an injury, such as the following: an automobile crash, medical malpractice, slip and fall, dog bite, assault, and more. This specific type of case can be brought against an individual, business, corporation, or government agency. Injuries Sustained from a Personal Injury Accident Several types of injuries can be sustained from a personal injury accident. Of course, depending on the nature of the accident, the injury can range from mild to severe. Following an accident, like the ones listed above, a person can often experience one of the following injuries: whiplash (neck injury) broken bones concussion leg and knee injury back injury internal bleeding cuts bruises and, in worst-case scenarios, traumatic brain injury Further, after being involved in an accident, the survivor may face financial difficulties, including medical bills, missed wages, and more. Contact Gerling Law Today If you are in the Evansville, Indianapolis, Louisville, or Owensboro area, and you have been in an accident that resulted in an injury, the attorneys at Gerling Law want to hear from you. It’s true: personal injury cases can be time-consuming and expensive—let the professionals help you. After all, you’ve been through more than enough, and now it’s time to focus on healing.

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