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Six Areas of Practice where a Personal Injury & Social Security Disability SSI Lawyer Can Help With

A brief definition of six areas of practice where a personal injury and social security disability SSI attorney can help with.


Personal injury is a legal term for an injury to the body, mind or emotions, as opposed to an injury to property. ... Personal injury lawsuits are filed against the person or entity that caused the harm through negligence, gross negligence, reckless conduct, or intentional misconduct.


Wrongful Death

As the name implies, a wrongful death suit seeks to award compensation to the surviving family or heirs of a person who died as a result of negligent behavior or circumstances. In such a case, the circumstances need not necessarily involve medicine:

A person killed in a vehicular accident by a drunk driver
A person killed accidentally after an assault
A person who dies after eating food discovered to be spoiled or tainted, unbeknownst to him
The above are examples where a wrongful death suit may be feasible. Surviving family members may consider talking with an attorney who specializes in these cases to determine if compensation is possible.

Medical Malpractice

One thing to note about medical malpractice is that not every case has to result in the death of a patient. Medical malpractice suits focus on the negligence of a medical professional that caused harm, with compensation sought to alleviate bills and, in some cases, assist the wronged party if he/she is unable to work or walk as a result. People who have experienced disability or disfigurement as a result of a doctor of medical staff's actions may have a case, as do others in certain situations:

Nursing home patients mistreated in their facility
Patients in a hospital who receive inadequate care that affects their health
Families of patients who die as a result of neglect or incompetent behavior
If you are not certain if you stand to gain financially following the death or serious injury of a loved one, consult with a personal injury lawyer who specializes in such cases. The more you know, the better prepared you are when you wish to face those who wronged you.


Social Security disability law consists of the rules used to decide who will qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, and how much money they will receive.


The only way to improve work conditions is to hold companies responsible for the conditions that they create for their employees. By filing claims when you experience an injury at work or at a work site, you bring the safety conditions to the owner’s attention. If they have to pay a settlement, they have even more incentive to create a safer work space.

Although the OHSA has dubbed a particular set of injuries ‘the fatal four’ (falls, electrocutions, struck by an object, and ‘caught in-between’), you do not have to have one of these injuries to file a lawsuit. Whether you didn’t receive proper training for a machine that you were using, someone around you didn’t receive proper training, or anything else that led to you being injured, you have a claim.


Nursing home neglect is similar to nursing home abuse in many ways, but they are not the same. While nursing home abuse implies a specific intent to harm the elder, nursing home neglect is defined as a breach of duty or form of sub-standard care that results in harm to the patient.


Workers' compensation is a form of insurance providing wage replacement and medical benefits to employees injured in the course of employment in exchange for mandatory relinquishment of the employee's right to sue their employer for the tort of negligence.