How Long Do Injury Lawsuits Last?

If you were badly injured in an accident and have spent some time in the hospital, your medical bills are likely beginning to stack up.  Even with insurance, your medical care can eventually run you into bankruptcy, if the injuries are substantial enough.  So, if you are waiting on your personal injury lawsuit to pay the bills, time may be of the essence.  If you are in this situation, unfortunately, you may be in for a bit of a wait.

 

The System Moves Slowly

 

Our justice system is crowded with lawsuits that are filed every day and many of those lawsuits are going to be injury suits, much like yours.  Unfortunately, this means that it is going to take a bit of time, before your case goes before a judge.  Between deadlines that may be months in the future and extensions to those deadlines, that wait can be even longer, if the other side files the right motions.  Your attorney will do everything that they can in order to get your case moving as quickly as possible, but it is important to remember that “as quickly as possible” is a relative term.

 

Settling

 

If your financial situation simply will not allow you to wait for the process to take its course, you may want to speak with your attorney about the possibility of settling the lawsuit.  When you settle a lawsuit, you will not receive the full compensation you are requesting in your lawsuit, but if you do not have the choice, it may be your best option.  Most times, the other side will be open to settlement as long as it is beneficial to their client.  As a matter of fact, most cases never even make it to trial, being settled long before the trial date.

 

Your injury lawsuit is going to take some time.  If you have the time to allow the system to work for you, you may wind up waiting for years.  Sometimes it is absolutely worth it!  However, if you are beginning to get a bit antsy, talk to your attorney to find your next step.

Indianapolis Suburb Bans Electronics in Trash

The city of Greenwood, Indiana may be across a map-drawn border from the city of Indianapolis, but they sure do things differently there. A recent law was passed in Greenwood that prohibits its residents from throwing electronic devices into the garbage along with eggshells and coffee grounds. This law took effect on January 1st, 2011, leaving folks in Greenwood with no option but to hold onto their junk or find a techno-recycler to take it off their hands.

Hold the Phones

The original law, from which this provision is being enforced, was actually passed in 2009 when landfills and incinerators were forbidden as methods of disposing of electronics. The specific toxins that are the cause for such concern are lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium and brominated flame retardants. They can contaminate our soil, water and air, and have to be disposed of in a more responsible manner, at least in Greenwood.

Pay to Play Nice

There are a number of sites throughout Johnson County at which one can drop off their electronics for the legally proscribed recycling process, but it’s not entirely a free service. While remote controls, computers and other equipment can be dropped off during regular hours for no charge, it will cost you $7.50 to drop off a TV set of up to 27 inches; anything larger than that will cost you $12.

Will this keep people from throwing their old electronics in dumpsters under the cover of darkness? Or hauling it across city lines to dispose of it in landfills that don’t care as much as Greenwood does about what they take? Or will people simply keep onto their old devices, leaving them for the bemusement of future archaeologist? Are the makers of new electronics devices on board with this fight to preserve the old stuff? Those are the kinds of questions that the City of Greenwood didn’t address – and good for them, by the way, for choosing to protect the environment over all of the predictable distractions.

Indiana Livestock Farmers v. Frivolous Lawsuits

A recent bill which is working its way through the final passages in the Indiana state legislature in Indianapolis would require those who file (and lose) frivolous lawsuits against livestock farmers to pay for their opponents’ legal fees. Environmentalists contend that this law will have a chilling effect on residents who would otherwise be compelled to file legitimate complaints. And judges never appreciate having their leeway taken away from them.

Not Just about the Smell

The farmers of hogs and cattle are certainly happy to see it pass, especially since those sectors of the agricultural industry contribute heavily to those majority GOP members who wrote and passed the bill. There are many reasons to file a civil suit against a large, corporate livestock farm. The noise and the smell are only nuisances compared to the kind of damage that can be done to aquifers and watersheds if regulations are ignored or not enforced.

Really Necessary?

Indeed, there have only been 10 “nuisance” lawsuits brought against such farms in the past decade, according to Kim Ferraro, the water policy director of the Hoosier Environmental Council. None of them, she notes, were dismissed by judges as frivolous. Since Indiana is home to more than 2,000 industrial livestock farms, she wonders why there is all such concern over frivolous lawsuits, which seem not to exist in any Indiana courtroom. “The idea,” she says, “Is to intimidate.”

The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Bill Friend (R-Macy), actually crafted it to cover all farms in Indiana, not just those that raise livestock. He believes there is a need to protect farmers from groundless litigation which, he asserts, is designed only to interfere with their operations. While the focus of this bill is farming, says the bill’s co-sponsor, the pro-corporate legislature hopes to expand such protections to all Indiana businesses in the future.