Every year in the USA, many thousands of people die of injuries. While this is an alarming statistic by itself, there is another statistic that sounds even more alarming: each year, millions of people are injured in one way or another, causing either temporary or permanent disability.
In almost all cases, the injured are financially stressed with medication and hospital bills as well as with the loss of income during their injury, hospitalization, and recovery. In many cases, they are unable to return to work because of permanent disability due to that injury.
If one party was negligent and caused the accident, then the injured may file a claim for compensation of the inconvenience, suffering, harm, and loss. This is the very definition of personal injury law.
To answer some of your personal injury questions, here are some of the common types of personal injuries where a lawyer might help you.
Injuries from Slip-and-fall Accidents
Slip-and-fall accidents are very common. In fact, there are more than 2.7 million cases treated in emergency rooms each year.
Although common, not all accidental slip-and-fall injuries necessarily go to court. First, there should be evidence that the owner of the property where the accident occurred had been irresponsible and did not do everything necessary to keep the building safe.
More evidence may also be needed depending on the laws in that area. Thus, if you ever were in a slip-and-fall accident that caused serious injuries, you should contact a lawyer to find out if the property owner can be sued under the laws of the state.
Injuries from Medical Malpractice
After heart disease and cancer, medical malpractice is the third leading cause of death in the USA. Errors in judgment, misdiagnosis, or a simple miss of one centimeter in a cut can be the cause of a personal injury, disability, or even death.
There are circumstances when even trained medical personnel may fail to provide the best care to patients. If this failure leads to an injury or disability — whether permanent or temporary — the patient can sue the doctor and other responsible individuals or entities for compensation.
Injuries from Car Accidents
Car accidents may seem straightforward enough, but there may be other circumstances at play that must have caused a car accident. For example, a faulty traffic light might have caused a car accident rather than a reckless driver. For special circumstances such as this, help from a lawyer who specializes in car accident lawsuits can be very beneficial.
In the more common instances of injuries due to vehicular trauma, the injured can sue the driver who caused the accident. If the driver was careless and didn’t follow traffic laws or simply drove even when he is not able, then he should be liable for damages.
Injuries from Intentional Torts (Assault, Battery)
When a person intentionally and willfully sets out to do you harm, then you can file a suit against that person for compensation of damages you have sustained. You may also file a criminal charge that may apply to crimes such as assault or battery.
Injuries from Dog Bites
Dog bites are common incidents caused by careless dog owners who don’t leash or muzzle their dogs. An unsafe fence that a dog can break through or jump through to escape and bite others may be reason enough to sue the dog’s owner.
The owner is the person who is responsible for keeping the dog from harming, attacking, biting, or threatening neighbors and other persons. Even if the dog is trained and well-mannered, there may be circumstances when the dog will bite for no clear reason.
If you were bitten by a dog and it caused you financial stress such as payment for medication, medical care, emergency transport, hospital bills and loss of income, then you should contact a lawyer and see what can be done about filing a lawsuit and claiming fair and just compensation.
Not all cases are equal in terms of evidence. Different states have different laws pertaining to personal injuries whether these are accidental or non-intentional, whether the case falls within its statute of limitations or not. This is why it is important to consult a personal injury lawyer on the best way to handle your case. If you were ever in an accident where you experienced a significant injury and loss of income, it might be best for you to call a lawyer to know what can be done and who should be held responsible. Your country’s justice system is established to protect your rights as a person and as a citizen. Use it.