We live in a world that has long been getting more and more used to lawsuits as a part of life. Some see this as a culture getting ‘sue happy’ to get compensation for whatever they can. Others, however, see it as a focus being put more on responsibility. That victims with few powers before can now get justice for injuries and wrongs done to them. Below are just some of the kinds of health and well-being suits more common than ever.
Workplace discrimination and harassment
Once the employee had few powers to fight back against an environment that persecuted them. Whether overt or more subtly, those in positions of relative power could cause all kinds of stress and emotional suffering. Discrimination and harassment now make up some of the most common workplace lawsuit justifications. Workplace defamation, including libel and slander, is becoming more common too.
Accidents on the road are some of the most common and the most dangerous. In fact, car crashes are the single most common cause of accidental deaths. They can be famously nebulous, as well. For example, admitting responsibility immediately after the crash even if it wasn’t your fault can put you in danger, legally. Accidents are taken so seriously that even refraining from reporting one is a criminal offense.
Anyone using medication knows that most of them come with side-effects. Most of these will be explained by the doctor prescribing them or the labels on the bottle. In some cases, pharmaceutical companies fail to cover some of the ramifications of using their medication. Cases like the Risperdal gynecomastia suit are becoming more and more common. Those who find themselves suffering from the medication they take have more recourse than ever.
There are a lot of other kinds of injuries that can have in the workplace. Slips, trips and falls follow behind auto collisions as the second most common cause of accidental death. Similarly, plenty of industries make use of heavy tools or dangerous circumstances. By the nature of these jobs, some danger is expected. If the employer fails to take enough healthy and safety steps to prevent injury, however, they are most often the culpable party.
It’s not only the harmful side-effects of medication that can be a cause of some contention in the world of healthcare. Malpractice is the third leading cause of death in the US, behind heart disease and cancer. It’s a serious concern, as well as a common subject in the courts. It’s not just a bad outcome in the hospital that constitutes malpractice, however. That’s why patients should learn more about what standard of care they’re legally entitled to.
Loss of consortium
It’s not always that the pursuant of a suit is the victim of a health or welfare related disaster. Loss of consortium and companionship is just as common as suits involving personal health. Sometimes it can be suffering a loss of intimacy or comfort due to injury or hospital visits. It can also apply to more extreme cases like death, however.