With fundraisers and celebrity contributions, it is likely that charities raised millions of dollars to support the victims of the recent natural disasters across the country. You may have joined others in South Dakota who watched news coverage of devastating winds and floods, leaving destruction and death behind. You were probably horrified to hear of the number of people who died in those storms.
Working in the railroad industry can be stressful and high-risk for employees. While it is an inherently dangerous job, certain federal laws guarantee protections and rights to these workers. If you work on America's railroads, it would benefit you to know and understand your rights under the Federal Employers Liability Act.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, close to a million burn injuries occur in the United States each year that are severe enough to require medical attention. Hospitalization is required in approximately 50,000 cases, and 20,000 of burn cases involve burns that cover a quarter of the body's surface or more. More than 4,000 die from these burns, and as many as 10,000 die due to related infections.
One spinal cord injury changes many lives forever. According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, approximately 11,000 people suffer spinal cord injuries in the United States annually. The majority of spinal cord injury victims are young men. But that statistic does not include the 11,000 families struggling to share the burden of the potentially life-long aftermath of the traumatic event. The number 11,000 fails to even begin to express the profound physical and emotional loss that can accompany this most devastating of all injuries. The financial cost can be absolutely staggering for any family. When the medical community has exhausted its efforts to restore and rehabilitate, the victim and their family must rely on each other to carry on. But sometimes, if the injury was caused by the carelessness of another, the legal system can offer help.
A bad car accident can change your life. But a catastrophic auto accident can injure a victim so severely they may never work again or recover sufficiently to live normally. The victim's world - and their family's world - has been turned upside down. If the other driver was at fault, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your harms and losses. Contacting a personal injury lawyer is crucial to protect your rights.
South Dakota is a wonderful state with so many positives for locals and visitors. There is, however, a negative we should address. In the decade from 2003-2012, 537 people lost their lives in car crashes involving drunk drivers in this state. South Dakota's drunk driving death toll was almost double the national average during that time. (National average: 3.3 deaths per year per 100,000 population; South Dakota: 5.7 deaths per year per 100,000 population.) These are unacceptable statistics.