If you suffer injuries and become disabled, you may have a basis to bring a lawsuit for damages or a claim for benefits. The Jonesboro personal injury attorneys at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz can advocate for accident victims who have been hurt due to nursing home negligence, car accidents, truck crashes, assaults at apartment complexes,encounters with dangerous drugs, workplace accidents, and other harmful events. We can evaluate the circumstances of your injury, advise you about your legal options, and provide representation from start to finish in the legal process.Pursuing Damages or Benefits After an Accident
If you were struck by someone who was operating a truck or another commercial vehicle, you will need to prove the driver’s negligence. Generally, this means that you must prove by a preponderance of the evidence that the driver had a duty to drive safely, failed to do so, and thus caused your injuries and damages. If the driver was in the course and scope of employment, the driver's employer may be held vicariously liable. Sometimes a trucking company may be held directly liable for negligent hiring or retention as well. There are many federal and state regulations that govern the trucking industry, and a violation of these rules may be strong evidence of negligence by a driver or company.
Ordinary car accidents may be just as devastating as an accident with a large commercial truck, especially when they occur at high rates of speed. Drunk driving, distracted driving, and other illegal or improper behaviors are all too common on Arkansas roads. Damages in these cases often range from hospital bills and lost income to pain and suffering, scarring and disfigurement, rehabilitation therapy, and the costs of future treatment. In some situations, a defendant will argue that the victim also contributed to the crash. If the victim was 50 percent or more at fault, they will not be able to receive any compensation under Arkansas law. This modified comparative negligence principle makes it important to seek legal counsel early in the process so that they can build a strong case to prove the defendant’s fault.
When people seek medical attention for their injuries or illnesses, they expect competent care from a professional who has been appropriately trained in their specialty. Unfortunately, this does not always happen, and a doctor or another health care provider may be held accountable through a medical malpractice claim for failing to meet the applicable standard of care. Your attorney would need to retain an expert witness, such as a doctor in the same specialty as the defendant, to explain what a competent doctor would have done, how this was different from what the defendant did, and how your illness or injury resulted from the defendant’s inadequate care. These cases often hinge on which side’s expert is more credible, so it is important to consult an experienced medical malpractice attorney who has access to qualified experts.
Negligence or abuse in nursing homes often has particularly tragic consequences. Nursing home residents in Arkansas have numerous rights of which they may not be aware, including the right to be free from involuntary seclusion, the right to be free from drugs that alter their behavior for no medical reason, the right to have their opinions taken into consideration when their plan of care is made, and the right to appropriate personal and medical care. If you or a loved one is being abused or neglected, you may have the right to bring a nursing home negligence lawsuit. A nursing home owner or individual employees may be liable under several different theories, such as negligent maintenance of the premises, negligent supervision, medical malpractice, or negligent hiring of employees.
Property owners in Arkansas have a certain responsibility to protect lawful visitors from harm. While apartment owners cannot completely insure visitors' safety, they may be held responsible for failing to provide safe premises when there is a history of criminal activity in the area. Often, a critical issue in apartment safety lawsuits is whether the owner had notice of prior crimes that made it foreseeable that a third-party attack of the type at issue would happen.
Some people unfortunately become disabled through no fault of another person, and they may need to turn to Social Security Disability Insurance. SSDI is available to people who have worked in jobs covered by Social Security and who have a medical condition that meets the definition of a disability. However, SSDI may be difficult to obtain without enlisting a lawyer. A five-step analysis is used by the SSA to determine whether someone’s disability qualifies them for monthly benefits.Consult a Knowledgeable Personal Injury Attorney in Jonesboro
Jonesboro is located in Craighead County. It is the fifth-most populated city in Arkansas, with a population of over 70,000 residents. At Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz, our tenacious Jonesboro personal injury lawyers can help you pursue damages, benefits, or both if you have been hurt. With 32 attorneys and more than 100 staff members, we are well equipped to help you. Contact us by calling 1-800-LAW-4004 or by completing our online form to set up a free appointment with a personal injury or workers’ compensation attorney. NST is the way to go.