• Injuries in Flight

    Turbulence AheadSussman and Simcox was recently contacted by a prospective client injured on American Airlines Flight 734 from Miami to Washington, D.C. The plane encountered severe turbulence, lost altitude, and tossed passengers and crew around on board. The flight crew was so concerned about damage to the plane, they made an emergency landing in Charleston, S.C., where several passengers and at least one crew member were taken to the hospital, and the plane was inspected by ground crew. The investigation of the incident remains pending.

    The liability of a commercial air carrier for injuries sustained in flight may be governed by application of simple negligence concepts, as well as international treaty. Flight attendants are responsible for properly securing luggage compartments, rolling drink carts and other items such that passengers are not needlessly injured by flying or falling objects during turbulence or loss of altitude. A failure to do so may represent negligence by the airline. While an air carrier is never the cause of the turbulence, the airline may be negligent if the crew forges through bad weather in an effort to stay on schedule, fails to check reports of clear air turbulence from other flights through that same area, or fails to promptly announce anticipated turbulence to allow passengers time to return to their seats and buckle.

    On Flight 734, a number of the passengers were students returning to the Bethesda area from Costa Rica from a summer program. Under the international Montreal Convention, adopted by 97 countries, an air carrier may be liable for certain damages/injuries to international travelers, even without a showing of any negligence by the airline. However, the extent of the airline’s liability may be limited by that same treaty.

    If you’ve been injured during flight or have legal questions, feel free to call us at (301) 840-0404 or visit our Gaithersburg legal office.

  • Working with Personal Injury Attorneys

    i-main-firmoverviewPersonal injury cases can be very difficult, but having a good lawyer is absolutely essential to the success of your claim. To learn more about working with a personal injury lawyer, check out these helpful online resources:

    • Not sure when to hire a personal injury attorney for your car accident injury? Take a look at this page from FindLaw.com.
    • Sometimes your insurance company may not be as honest with you as they should be regarding your personal injury claim. To learn how a personal injury attorney can help, read this article from Auto Insurance Tips.
    • Social media is a great way to connect with people you know, but it’s also a great way for the defendant’s insurance company and legal team to dig up information about you that could be misconstrued. To learn about how to limit their access to your social media account during your personal injury case, read this article from the Ridgefield Patch.
    • If you’re looking for a skilled personal injury lawyer , then you have a few candidates to narrow down. Here are some factors from Lawyers.com to consider when choosing the attorney that is right for you.

    Sussman & Simcox, Chartered can help you with your personal injury claim. If you’re looking for a personal injury attorney in Rockville and surrounding areas, contact us by calling (301) 840-0404 today!

  • Do I Really Need To Hire A Personal Injury Attorney?

    gavelThe basis for a personal injury lawsuit  occurs when you have been caused harm by the actions or negligence of another party. If you are injured due to a car accident, a medical accident, or someone else’s negligence, then it’s time to explore your legal options.

    A personal injury suit may be brought against an individual or an organization. Some of the most common types of personal injury cases are:

    • Auto accidents. About 80 percent of car accidents  in the U.S. are caused by distracted drivers. If you have been injured in a car accident in which the other person was at fault, then the odds are high that you have a case against the driver.
    • Medical malpractice. This case arises when you are harmed by a physician’s negligence. This may range from surgical errors to misdiagnosing a condition.
    • Wrongful death. When a person dies as a result of the actions of another party, the victim’s family has the option to take legal action. Contact a personal injury lawyer at once to find out how to proceed.
    • On-the-job accidents. If your employer created or ignored the conditions that caused your accident, then you may be able to sue them. Most laws governing these cases set the bar for proof extremely high—talk to a personal injury attorney to ensure your suit is viable.

    Laws governing personal injury cases are not only complex, but also vary from state to state. This is why it’s crucial to hire an experienced personal injury attorney to represent you. Along with handling your case, a good personal injury attorney will be able to clearly explain legal matters to you and provide sound advice when you need to make tough decisions about your case.

    At Sussman & Simcox Chartered , our legal firm specializes in personal injury cases, ranging from medical malpractice to wrongful death cases. Visit our website today to learn more about our services or call (301) 840-0404 to arrange a consultation with one of our personal injury lawyers.

    Disclaimer:

    The materials available at this website are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You should contact your attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular issue or problem. Use and access to this website or any of the links contained within the site do not create an attorney-client relationship. The opinions expressed at or through this site are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of the firm or any individual attorney.

     

  • Have You Been a Victim of Medical Malpractice Without Even Knowing It? What Most People Don’t Know…

    Definition: MalpracticeWhen you go to a physician, a hospital, or a nursing facility, you visit them with the assumption that you will receive safe, reliable, and accurate care. A medical malpractice suit may be brought when you have cause to believe you were not given due care, and that improper care caused you harm. If any of these situations match yours, then you may have grounds for filing a lawsuit with the help of a personal injury lawyer :

    • Your physician failed to correctly identify a condition when that knowledge could have saved you from harm. If a doctor fails to diagnose cancer and it’s discovered that you had cancer at the time of checkup, then you may be able to make a medical malpractice case against that doctor.
    • Your healthcare provider failed to treat you appropriately. This may range from prescribing the wrong prescription for an illness to misdiagnosing a condition—diagnosing pneumonia as a case of influenza, for example. All healthcare providers must adhere to a reasonable level of care in treating their patients, as established by industry standards that apply to that specific provider.
    • You were not fully informed of the potential risks involved in a medical procedure , which negates informed consent. If your physician did not inform you that the surgical procedure could result in brain damage or another serious complication, then you were not equipped to give consent. In this instance, your physician may be charged with medical malpractice in the event of a negative outcome to the procedure.

    If you are planning to file a medical malpractice suit, then contact a personal injury attorney who specializes in malpractice cases . At Sussman & Simcox , our attorneys focus exclusively on personal injury cases, including medical malpractice, wrongful death, and vehicle accidents. Visit our website or call us at (301) 840-0404 to learn how we can help you with your lawsuit.

    Disclaimer:

    The materials available at this website are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You should contact your attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular issue or problem. Use and access to this website or any of the links contained within the site do not create an attorney-client relationship. The opinions expressed at or through this site are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of the firm or any individual attorney.