What Is Personal Injury Law?

According to USLegal’s definition:

 

“Personal injury law involves injury which is caused accidentally by another’s failure to use reasonable care. The definition of reasonable care is determined on a case-by-case basis. A person may be liable for the injury caused through negligent or reckless action. The injury to the plaintiff must be caused by and be a foreseeable result of the defendant’s action. Some of the defenses to liability for personal injury include intervening causes, pre-existing condition, and assumption of the risk.

 

Types of personal injury lawsuits brought include injury and wrongful death cases arising from automobile, bike and pedestrian collisions, trucking accidents, boat and airplane accidents, construction accidents and OSHA violations, premises liability, product liability, nursing home liability, toxic and mass torts, medical malpractice, and other forms of negligence. A successful plaintiff in a personal injury suit may recover damages for medical expenses, property damage, emotional distress, pain and suffering, loss of consortium or companionship, lost wages, costs and attorney fees, and lost future earnings.”

 

What Is A Statute of Limitations?

The statute of limitations refers to the deadline for filing a claim in a court of law.  If you don’t properly and officially bring your claim within that period of time, you are forever barred from receiving any kind of justice. Statutes of limitations differ from state to state.  If you have been injured in an accident, you should contact a lawyer immediately so you don’t miss the deadline for bringing your claim.

 

My Neighbor’s Dog Bit Me What Do I Do Now?

 

1. Seek immediate medical attention;

2. Report the dog bite to local law enforcement and animal control; and

3. Contact an attorney who specializes in dog bite injuries.

 

You need an experienced dog bite lawyer.  It is he who will ascertain whether the dog has had its necessary shots.  He will obtain reports from the local authorities and interview witnesses. He will be the one who will deal with the homeowner’s insurance company.  Your attorney should take every step necessary to obtain fair compensation for your injuries.

 

I Was Driving For Work And I Was Hit By Another Car, Who Can I Make A Claim Against?

If you are injured in an accident during the course of your employment you have two possible sources of compensation for your injuries.  The first is a worker’s compensation claim.  Workers compensation claims can be incredibly complicated and the compensation you receive could vary from state to state.  Therefore, it is very important to that you speak with an experienced worker’s compensation lawyer before bringing a claim.

 

The second source of compensation would be from the other driver.  An employee injured in the course of his/her employment may have the right to seek monetary compensation from a third party who was responsible for the injury.

 

If you are injured in the course of your employment, you need advice from an attorney who specializes in workers compensation and you need it now!  You can’t afford to wait until your company denies your claim or says you are better and can return to work when you know you aren’t.

 

I Was Injured When I Slipped And Fell On Water In The Grocery Store, Do I Have A Case?

Property owners have a responsibility to maintain their premises so that visitors are not injured by dangerous conditions.  In a slip and fall case, you generally have to show that the store had notice or knowledge that the water was there and they failed to clean it up in a reasonable amount of time.  For example, if the water was from a freezer that had been leaking for days and the manager never had it fixed, then the store would most likely be held responsible.  However, if rain water was being tracked into the store from outside and the manager put up signs indicating that the floor was wet, then liability is less likely.

 

If you find yourself in a situation where you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, you should always notify the manager of the store immediately and make sure they write a report. Don’t feel embarrassed. If you are hurting, call 911 and stay where you fell. Any attempt to get up could cause additional injury. When emergency personnel arrive point out what caused you to fall. Also ask them to make note of the situation that caused your injuries.  It is very important to notify first responders of the floor’s condition immediately because they could fall while attempting to assist you.

 

Each and every slip and fall case is different so you should always contact a lawyer as soon as possible after the accident so they can advise you of your rights.