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How long will your personal injury lawsuit take?

People are hurt in accidents everyday in the Providence area. Sometimes those accidents are caused because someone else was negligent or careless. In those situations some people who are hurt decide to pursue a personal injury lawsuit against the person or persons who caused the accident. If you are considering a personal injury suit or you have already filed one, then you might wonder how long that lawsuit will take to be settled.

Whether or not your case goes to trial will play a big factor in how long it takes your case to be settled. According to the Legal Finance Journal, only about 4 percent of all personal injury suits go to trial. Meantime, according to statistics, those lawsuits that went to trial typically took much longer to settle. In fact, the average length of time it takes to settle a court trial in a personal injury suit is 23 months.

Two children hurt after drunk driver causes accident

No car accident is good. However, when a drunk driver is involved, those types of car accidents end up much worse. If you have been hurt in a car accident in the Providence area because of a drunk driver then you might be eligible to receive compensation for your injuries, pain and suffering.

Two young children were sent to the hospital with injuries after a man who was arrested for drunk driving four separate times in two days caused a collision with the car in which they were riding. According to reports, the children, a 6-year-old girl and a 4-year-old boy, were both in an SUV when the accused man was behind the wheel of his pickup when it struck the SUV. The children were treated at the hospital and released but their condition was not reported.

Common injuries from stairwell accidents

At Kirshenbaum & Kirshenbaum Attorney’s at Law, Inc. we deal with people who are the victims of accidents and injuries on a daily basis. Many people in the Providence area get hurt because of honest mistakes, but others are hurt due to careless and negligent behavior. We see many types of accidents that occur due to negligence, and one of the most common types we deal with is stairwell falls.

When you fall in a stairwell there are many possible injuries you can suffer, several of which can be very serious. Some of the most common injuries caused by stairwell accidents include:

The many aspects of traumatic brain injuries

People throughout Providence are hurt in many different situations and in all kinds of accidents. One of the worst types of injuries people can suffer is a traumatic brain injury. There are many aspects of traumatic brain injuries, including:

  • The types of brain injuries
  • The problems of having a brain injury
  • The causes of brain injuries
  • How to diagnose a brain injury

According to the American Speech Language Hearing Association, there are two types of brain injuries. Penetrating brain injuries occur when some kind of object enters the head and causes damage to a person’s brain, usually in a specific location. The other type of brain injury is a closed head injury, wherein a person suffers damage to his or her brain after being struck with some kind of blunt force to the head, such as in a car accident or a fall.

Two workers hurt after armored car rolls over

Although most companies and business in the Providence area work hard to provide a safe and secure working environment for their employees, accidents can still happen. In fact, workplace accidents happen all the time. When people are injured on the job, they are usually entitled to receive workers' compensation.

Two men from Rhode Island are still recovering from the injuries they suffered after the armored truck they were traveling in turned over on the highway. According to reports, the two men reportedly suffered back and neck injuries, along with several cuts and bruises. However, their current conditions were not reported.

What does it take to prove negligence in a personal injury suit?

Negligence is defined as failure to exercise the care toward others, which a reasonable or prudent person would do in the given circumstances. In other words, when people act in a careless manner and their actions cause someone else to be injured, the careless person could be held legally liable, or responsible, for any harm that occurs.

According to Findlaw, in order for you to prove that someone has been negligent and caused you to be injured you must prove four separate things. You must show that the person in question did in fact act in a negligent manner. Those four things are:

Nursing homes residents do have legal rights

Many elderly people live in nursing homes in the Providence area, as well as in many other parts of the state of Rhode Island. Nursing homes are designed to be a safe place for individuals who can no longer care for themselves and whose family members can’t provide the needed care either. Unfortunately, sometimes patients in nursing homes suffer abuse or neglect. However, even though many of these victims cannot defend themselves, they do have legal rights.

According to, every nursing facility, no matter which type of care facility it falls under, has to provide a reasonable standard of care. In order to do this, federal guidelines require that every facility develop and put into practice written policies and procedures that prohibit any kind of neglect, abuse or any other form of mistreatment. Additionally, every resident of a given facility has the right to be notified of his or her rights and services as a patient in a given facility.

Appropriate steps when filing a personal injury claim

What just happened? That’s a common question after any car accident occurs. However, the fact is, things usually happen so fast that it’s hard for those involved, or even eyewitnesses, to recount exactly what happened that led to the accident. What’s more, many times people in the Providence area are injured in car accidents, and they are unable to recall anything. Sometimes, those who have suffered injuries decide to file a personal injury claim.

According to Findlaw, these are some of the steps people should take if they have been hurt in a car accident and want to file a personal injury claim.

Dozens of patrons head to hospital after mass illness at concert

When people visit a public event, like a concert for example, they probably don’t give too much thought about being injured or hurt in any way. However, accidents and injuries can happen at any moment and in any location. When a person in the Providence area is hurt because of someone else’s negligent or careless behavior then that person might be eligible to receive compensation for his or her injuries and suffering.

According to reports, a large number of people were recently taken to several hospitals during a concert, which featured musician Keith Urban. Officials did not say exactly how many people were affected but reportedly personnel from at least six towns responded to the incident, which was reported as a mass illness. In addition, ambulances from five cities responded to help emergency workers who were already working at the concert.

Man in critical condition after being struck by a car

Car accidents always have the potential to be serious and sometimes even fatal. When they involve pedestrians they can be even worse and many times they are. When someone who has acted carelessly or recklessly seriously hurts a pedestrian in the Providence area then the injured person might be eligible to receive compensation.

A serious pedestrian accident is still under investigation after a vehicle apparently struck a 50-year-old man while he was attempting to cross a highway in Plymouth. According to reports the man is in critical condition. Officers who responded to the incident found the man lying in the road. The 27-year-old man who was driving the vehicle is reportedly cooperating with investigators.