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As the world adjusts to all of the technological advancements and cultural shifts from the last 20 years, American society and the laws that govern us and keep us safe are always trying to catch-up with digital trends and culture changes. It might not be legal to fly your car from Los Angeles to Philadelphia yet, but we do have self-driving cars. But who is responsible for an accident if it’s the software and not the driver’s fault? Then, there’s the once-in-a-hundred-years pandemic that has pushed health care systems across the country to the brink of collapse and personal injury lawsuits that are flooding in as a result.
It feels like every facet of American life is undergoing an incredible amount of change in just the last five years, not to mention the last 150 years. The good news is these paradigm shifts are allowing more women than ever to step up as leaders to help Americans navigate all of these changes that are impacting the future of personal injury law. Women, like founder of Avrek Law Firm Maryam Parman, are making it their personal mission to help prepare new generations of lawyers to meet the legal challenges ahead so their clients can get the justice they deserve.
The Self Driving Cars Debate Continues
As reliability and faith in computer technology moves into the driver’s seat, who is at fault if nobody is driving? Insurance and personal liability legislation are constantly being revised to account for advancements in artificial intelligence and machine learning to help determine culpability in personal injury lawsuits.
There are several kinds of automated driving systems now in operation across the U.S. and every state is responsible for drafting their own legislation. As of mid-2021, national legislation, like S.1885, that works to act as a baseline to influence state law around self-driving cars was still awaiting to be voted on.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), this technology will save lives as evidence grows to support a reduction in the frequency of car accidents. However, accidents still do happen when computers are at the wheel. Currently no type of self-driving car is fully automated, with every type of automated driving system requiring a human co-pilot to assist. The NHTSA expects full highway autopilot to be legal as early as 2025, and Avrek Law is busy keeping up with the research to defend any personal injury case that is the result of an accident involving self-driving cars.
Is There a Case for a COVID Vaccine Lawsuit?
As Americans continue to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, law experts in the United State’s justice system are wading through medical research, case files and white papers to understand how the virus and vaccine has impacted personal injury law.
According to the Centre for Disease Control (CDC), any of the approved COVID vaccines are safe and effective with rare side effects that may include anaphylaxis, blood clots, myocarditis and other rare disorders. For the last 30 years, Congress has funded the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program to help protect people who suffer from adverse effects to vaccine treatments. However, because the COVID-19 pandemic was a national emergency, any injuries due to the vaccine are handled by the Countermeasures Injury Compensation Program (CICP). To date, the CICP has yet to provide compensation for anything related to a COVID vaccine injury.
Legal questions around how Americans will hold other people, businesses, hospitals, insurance companies and the pharmaceutical industry accountable for any adverse health effects (both physical and mental) caused by the COVID-19 pandemic are still being determined. However, legal precedent is being set when it comes to cases that ask, can I sue my employer for COVID?
Era of the Super Woman Super Lawyer
The power dynamics between gender and race continue to change and grow in exciting new directions across America. Shifts in culture like this are allowing more women, and women of color, to excel as leaders, changemakers and rockstars for their respective industries. For context, Ada Kepley, the first female lawyer to graduate from law school in 1870, was barred from entering the legal profession. Today, however, lawyers like Maryam Parman and female philanthropists like her are finding creative new ways to invest and empower the people and communities that are struggling to keep-up.
Parman’s work as a Los Angeles child injury lawyer inspired her to continue to support the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. She has also taken her passion for helping children to the next level by establishing the Maryam Parman Foundation, a non-profit that provides various forms of aid to injured children and their families.
As we look to the future of personal injury law, legal firms like Avrek Law continue to work tirelessly to stay ahead of the curve to ensure their clients get the best up-to-date legal advice possible.
Avrek Law has more than 50 years combined experience representing cases in several states and it’s their job to ensure clients get the most up-to-date information to help them defend their case. The consultation is free and you’ll get advice from a law firm with more than $1 billion recovered in more than 25,000 cases. View one of our locations or contact us for a free accident consultation.