You may have been thrown a curve ball in life and find yourself in a situation that requires the help of a legal professional. If you’ve ever been hurt because of the negligence or carelessness of someone else, you may require the consultation of a personal injury lawyer. There are certain circumstances that can lead to a personal injury lawsuit.
Car accidents are the most common type of personal injury case. Most of the time, a careless driver can be held accountable for the injuries or damage they’ve caused in a crash. There are about a dozen “no fault” States, where drivers have to turn to their insurance company except in the event of a serious injury. Impaired or intoxicated driving crashes fall into this category too.
There are a growing number of medical malpractice cases in this country. Those claims are filed when a patient feels a doctor or health care provider has not done their job in a reasonable fashion. Injury, disability or in some cases death may be a result of medical malpractice. There are different time limits, liability rules and damage caps in each state. Do your homework first and talk with an attorney to proceed.
Property owners can be liable in slip and fall cases. Owners have the responsibility of keeping their property safe and hazard free. This isn’t to say that all accidents will lead to a suit. Outcomes in slip and fall cases depend on the state in which the fall happened.
States have different laws when it comes to dog bites. Most of the time the owner is financially responsible for bites, and other injuries caused by the animal.
Accidents aren’t the only sources of a personal injury claim. Assault and battery incidents can result in a lawsuit. Most of the time the attacker will be charged criminally. The victim would then have the option to file a civil lawsuit.
Injuries don’t have to be physical to file a personal injury suit. Defamation of character can injure a person’s reputation. It is the plaintiff’s responsibility to prove that the statement made is untrue and caused actual financial loss. Celebrities or public figures have to prove the untrue comments were either intentionally said or done with reckless disregard.
These personal injury cases can become wrong death cases. The award for damages in these types of lawsuits is much higher than a personal injury case. Seek a legal professional to help you determine what is the best course of action for you and your family.