A personal injury attorney can help people who have been injured by products or in accidents that were not their fault. Whether an injury is caused by a drug or medical device, in an accident occurring on the job or involving a semi truck or other vehicle, when someone’s else fault causes injury, the injured party may be eligible to seek compensation with the help of a personal injury attorney.
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What is a Personal Injury?
Many types of injuries and accidents can be considered a “personal injury.” These are some examples of personal injuries:
- automobile accidents,
- a slip and fall on someone else’s property,
- a dog bite, an air bag,
- an injury caused by a drug or a defective product
- medical malpractice
- pregnancy or birth injuries, including those leading to cerebral palsy
- elderly abuse, in the home or nursing home
- head injury or traumatic brain injury
A family member may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit if the personal injury resulted in death.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2011 there were 31 million emergency room visits for unintentional injuries in the U.S. Of those injuries, 130,557 resulted in death, and 33,804 of those deaths were from automobile accidents.
Personal injury laws allow a person who has been injured because of someone else’s fault to receive compensation for their injuries. Personal injury law typically falls under a category of law called ‘tort’ law. A personal injury attorney is a lawyer who represents people who have suffered these types of injuries.
What Types of Cases Does a Personal Injury Attorney Handle?
A personal injury attorney might also be described as the following types of lawyers:
- Birth Injury Lawyer
- Uber Accident Lawyer
- Amusement Park Lawsuit
- Oil Rig Lawsuit
- Lyft Accident Lawyer
- Daycare Injury Lawsuit
- Four Wheeler Accident Attorneys
- Car Accident Lawyer
- Boat Accident Lawyer
- Bicycle Accident Lawyer
- Construction Accident Lawyer
- Dog Bite Attorney
- Motorcycle Accident Attorney
- Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer
- Burn Injury Attorney
- Brain Injury Lawyer
Regardless of the type of case or how a personal injury attorney describes himself or herself, that attorney will work to help injured people, or the families of those killed, recover compensation for damages.
Personal Injury is Also Known as Tort Law
Tort elements include:
- a legal duty between the injured person (“plaintiff”) and the person who caused the injuries (“defendant”);
- a breach of that duty; and
- damages that occur because of that breach.
A personal injury, or tort, has occurred when all of these elements have taken place. You may be eligible for compensation for losses that occur whenever someone causes injury to you. A person’s negligence (when someone commits an act or fails to act and causes injuries) or intentional acts (acts that are intended to cause harm or injury) can create a liability.
When personal injury occurs due to a defendant’s fault, the defendant must compensate the plaintiff for damages done.
How a Personal Injury Attorney Can Help
When negligence results in injury, an injured party suffers loss in various ways. The law allows an injured party to pursue damages to recover those losses. Common types of damages recoverable in a personal injury case include:
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Loss of ability to earn
- Scarring and disfigurement
When someone’s negligence results in the death of another person, family members of the person killed may recover damages for the wrongful death of their loved one. Wrongful death damages include:
- Medical expenses incurred prior to death
- Conscious pain and suffering prior to death
- Loss of the economic support of the loved one
- Loss of the companionship of the loved one
- Funeral expenses
If the actions causing injury are malicious or so reckless that intent to harm can be inferred, the responsible party can be liable for punitive damages to punish wrongful conduct and deter similar conduct in the future.
Victims of negligence and their families are encouraged to seek the counsel of a personal injury attorney to learn more about their rights and remedies.
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Please note that the law limits the time you have to pursue a claim or file a lawsuit for an injury. If you think you have a case, you should not delay taking action.
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