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Types of Personal Injury Claims

There are a variety of different situations that can give rise to a personal injury claim. Here’s a list of some of the more common types:

  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Car accidents
  • Dog bites
  • Defamation: libel and slander
  • Medical malpractice
  • Defective products
  • Intentional torts like battery and assault

What Does a Personal Injury Lawyer Do?

A personal injury attorney works to identify negligence and prove liability for your injuries in order to maximize compensation for your losses. Personal injury law firms attempt to recover the greatest possible compensation for:

  • Medical bills
  • Rehabilitative care
  • Lost wages
  • Property damage
  • Pain and suffering

Slip and Fall Accidents

From an uneven sidewalk to a wet floor in the supermarket, an injury can happen almost anywhere. Not every situation gives rise to legal liability, however thousands of slip and fall claims are settled each and every year. A slip and fall injury can lead to expensive medical bills and lost wages from time off work. If you were injured due to someone else’s negligence, you may want to consult with a lawyer.

Car and Motorcycle Accidents

Traffic accidents can lead to serious physical and emotional trauma. Head and neck injuries, back injuries, mild sprains, whiplash, burns, bruises, lacerations, dislocations and spinal chord damage all can result from a serious car or motorcycle accident. If you have been injured in a car or motorcycle crash, you may want to contact a lawyer near you. An attorney who specializes in personal injury and traffic law can collect evidence and negotiate with insurance companies to get your medical expenses paid. If you are unable to settle with the insurance company, your lawyer will represent you during litigation.

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Truck Accidents

Collisions involving tractor trailers can be catastrophic, often resulting in terrible injuries and wrongful deaths. If you or a loved one was hurt in trucking accident, you may want to hire a personal injury attorney. An experienced legal expert will know trucking company laws and procedures, and can get the necessary information to prove whether or not the other party was at fault.

What is Contributory Negligence?

When a person acts irresponsibly and gets injured as a result, that person may be held entirely or partially responsible for damages resulting from their injury, even when another party was involved. For example, a motorcyclist who was speeding and driving recklessly at the time of the accident may be partially responsible for damages they suffered from the resulting injuries. After the injured party files a negligence claim, the defendant may file a counterclaim against the plaintiff based on ‘contributory negligence’ – essentially stating that the injury occurred at least partially due to the plaintiff’s own actions.

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Workplace Injury: Should I File for Workers Comp?

If you were recently injured on the job, you may need the services of a local lawyer. Attorneys specializing in workplace injuries seek to identify faulty equipment or unsafe practices which contributed to your accident. Workers comp pays you 2/3 of your wages as temporary partial disability, and it pays your medical bills until you return to work. However, accepting a payout from the insurance provider means you’re forfeiting your right to sue for further damages. That’s why if you’ve been severely hurt or the extent of your injuries can’t immediately be determined, accepting the first settlement offer may be a big mistake. An attorney who specializes in your field will be able to prove your employer’s liability and recover the greatest compensation for your losses.

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Wrongful Death

The administrator, or executor, of a deceased’s estate can become the plaintiff in a wrongful death lawsuit against all at fault parties who contributed to the death of their loved one. A wrongful death lawsuit forces the defendants to pay for the deceased’s medical and burial expenses. Wrongful death lawsuits also compensate heirs for their loss of companionship, guidance, and financial losses in the amount of the wages the deceased would have earned until his or her retirement.

Dog Bites

Dogs bites are legal, public health and civil tort problems. If you or a loved one was bitten by a dog and you believe the owner was at fault, you may want to seek professional legal advice. An experienced attorney can help you receive an adequate settlement, and it usually costs nothing until you are compensated.

Medical Malpractice

A medical malpractice lawsuit may be filed against your doctor, therapist, or surgeon if their negligence caused serious complications and/or bodily harm. If your medical malpractice case arises from the use of defective products, side effects of a pharmaceutical drug, or failure to warn patients of possible adverse outcomes during medical procedures, you may be able to join an existing class action lawsuit.

Elder Abuse

It takes considerable amount of trust to place your loved one in a nursing home. Families have the right to expect their beloved family members will be treated appropriately. Whether a senior citizen was abused in a nursing home or taken advantage of financially, an experienced local attorney can fight on your behalf and help deliver the justice you deserve.

Looking for a top rated attorney can be a difficult, time-consuming ordeal. It requires a thorough evaluation of several important characteristics. Not to mention, there are a number of questions you may have. Are they recommended by clients? Do they have good ratings with positive reviews online? What types of fees do they charge and how much do they cost?

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