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Personal Injuries in Evacuations

April 15, 2014 in Articles, Personal Injury Articles | MARTIN WREN, P.C. | LEAVE A COMMENT

Professional personal injury lawyers need to evaluate many different kinds of evidence and events in order to represent their clients well. Personal injuries don’t happen in a vacuum — they happen in context, in a particular context that can be very complex and require extensive research and preparation.

Part of the role of Virginia injury lawyers and others around the country is to look at events in comparison to broader categories of hazard and risk, such as law-enforcement activities, assaults, arson, or other kinds of threats to individual or public health and safety.  While it is impossible for responses to these types of threats to be perfect, these responses must be met with certain standards to avoid situations from causing additional harms and injuries.

Fire and Bomb Evacuations

From time to time, schools, hospitals and other types of facilities have to deal with a range of threats. These can often be fairly abstract to those with responsibilities for management. That leads to some confusion and chaos in response to what individuals at a site see and hear, and how everyone responds.

For example, Daily Progress coverage from late March showed a case involving Huguenot High School in Richmond, where the school was evacuated because of the smell of smoke in the building. Newspaper coverage shows that no fire was found, and that complaints of an ‘electrical-type smell’ did not produce any serious hazard at the site.

There were also no injuries in this case, but in evacuation scenarios, there are certain risk factors that can make the matter significantly worse and cause unnecessary personal injury claims. While certain threats cannot be altogether avoided, it is vital to have competent management in response to actual threats that occur.

One reason that law enforcement and first responder departments crack down on false alarms is that they can produce chaotic situations where personal injuries can happen. In general, schools face significant challenges related to controlling the responses to evacuations, in part because of the tragic outcomes of real gun violence, arson and other violent attacks that have claimed lives and injured many innocent victims across the country.

These are the kinds of contexts that Virginia injury lawyers have to consider in representing their clients in court. Personal injury attorneys have to be versatile and dedicated to researching all of the factors of a case. When there is no immediate criminal suspect or apparent source in a personal injury or wrongful death case, legal professionals need to do more work in accordance with federal, state and local law and case precedent to identify the relevant facts that will help their clients to secure necessary compensation.

Getting Legal Help in Virginia

If someone in your family has been injured in any kind of accident, call the experienced Virginia injury lawyers at MartinWren, P.C., a Virginia law firm with experience handling  personal injury claims. Our Virginia personal injury lawyers can help your family build a case to care for an injured family member, including costs of care and recovery, and much more.  Please call our personal injury attorneys at (434) 817-3100 for more information.

Contact Our Virginia Lawyers

We serve clients throughout Virginia — from Charlottesville and Central Virginia to metropolitan Richmond; Harrisonburg and the Shenandoah Valley to Roanoke; and the cities of Hampton Roads to the Northern Virginia cities of  Fairfax, Alexandria and Arlington.

To speak with one of our attorneys, please call us at (434) 817-3100.

Our Virginia personal injury lawyers at MartinWren, P.C. also have a statewide practice and offer free consultations at a time and location that is convenient for you.  We will gladly meet with you at your home or at the hospital, even on nights and weekends.

To schedule a free consultation with a personal injury lawyer, please call us at (434) 817-3100.

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