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What Does “Assumption of the Risk” Mean?

The legal defense “Assumption of the Risk” describes a participant’s involvement in a potentially risky activity.  One example involves a sport or recreational activity.  When the participant consents to take part in such an activity, legally they are sometimes assuming responsibility for the common risks associated with the activity. For example, a football player assumes the risks of suffering bodily harm on the football field because the sport involves constant physical contact with other players.

Motocross, another potentially dangerous sport, consists of motorcycle drivers on a track with hills, jumps, and obstacles. In a 2011 incident, a motocross participant was injured at the Long Island Motocross track in Yaphank, New York. The defendant (owner of the racetrack) argued that the plaintiff assumed the risk of injuries suffered in the motocross race. The plaintiff argued that the poor condition of the racetrack increased the risks associated with the sport and ultimately caused his injury. Continue reading “What Does “Assumption of the Risk” Mean?”

Drunk Driver on Long Island Crashes through Neighbors’ House

A Lake Ronkonkoma man is facing a DWI charge after driving his vehicle into his next-door neighbor’s house on Sunday November 24, 2014.  According to authorities, the 20-year-old male was driving a 2010 Hyundai Sonata when he crashed through the neighbors’ front door.  The driver fled the scene, but police were able to easily locate him as it was quickly discovered that he lived next door.  Fortunately, all of the individuals inside the house escaped injury.

Driving while intoxicated (DWI) is a dangerous and costly illegal offense.  Alcohol not only severely impairs your driving abilities; it also affects your judgment and coordination. If you are convicted of a DWI as a first offense, the consequences may be harsh. Common consequences include fines of between $500 and $1,000, up to 1 year in jail, a minimum of 3 years’ probation, and revocation of your driver’s license for at least 6 months. In addition, there are a number of other fines and programs that may be imposed on you by the court.

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Does Past Medical History Matter in a Personal Injury Claim?

When you suffer a personal injury an insurance company will generally do an initial evaluation of your claim.  In this initial evaluation, the insurance company looks for a way to lessen your potential award for damages.

The first thing most insurance companies examine is generally the nature and severity of your injury.  Often, they will try to prove that it was caused by or affected by a pre-existing medical condition. As such, insurance companies will scour your medical history looking for any previous injuries similar to the one you just suffered. If they can prove that your pre-existing condition contributed to your current injury, your recoverable damages may be lowered.

The fact that you sustained similar injuries in the past, does not mean that you can no longer recover damages for your present injury. Generally you will be given a chance to explain your medical history to the court.  Your personal injury attorney may also choose to employ the assistance of expert medical witness, such as a physician or psychologist, to explain how your medical history is not related to your new injuries. Continue reading “Does Past Medical History Matter in a Personal Injury Claim?”