Injuries occur every day. Some of these injuries are minor while others can leave a person with permanent disabilities. An injury can create mountains of medical bills and lost wages. This can add financial ruin to their already devastating injury.
Although some injuries are simply accidents or random occurrences, many are caused by negligence or reckless behavior of another. When an injury is caused by another person or organization, those responsible should be held accountable for the costs and losses due to that injury.
What is a Personal Injury Case?
A personal injury case is when a person is harmed and someone else is legally responsible for that harm. A personal injury case requires a legal process that can be complicated and confusing. Getting legal help can ensure the injured person’s rights are protected. The Curtis Legal Group can offer assistance in filing a personal injury claim.
There are two aspects to every personal injury case. The first is that there were actual damages. An injury that requires medical care or causes losses is the damage caused in a personal injury case. These damages can include the cost of medical care, lost wages, pain and suffering, or any other cost or loss due to that injury.
The second aspect of a personal injury case is that some other entity was liable for those damages. The liable party could be an individual or even a company that holds responsibility for the incident that caused the injury. They could be liable due to reckless or careless behavior.
Car accidents are rather common personal injury cases. Every driver on the road is expected to follow the various laws and regulations that govern these roadways. When someone does not follow these laws and regulations, accidents are bound to happen.
Distracted driving is a major issue on the roadways. Since the advent of smartphones, more and more people are texting or using their smartphones while driving. This takes their attention off of the road and leaves them prone to an accident.
Another major cause of accidents is drivers who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. These individuals are impaired and are unable to drive in a responsible manner. There are even people who just drive recklessly due to being in a hurry or having a complete disregard for others on the road.
When one of these individuals causes an accident, they are liable for all the damages they caused. This includes the damages to any personal property and all costs of any injuries due to the accident. In many cases, it is the insurance company that will pay the cost of the accident.
Slip and Fall
Another major portion of personal injury case is what is considered the slip and fall cases. Slip and fall cases consist of a person falling on another person’s proper due to negligence or improper care by the property owner.
Often, slip and fall cases are due to wet floors, damaged flooring, or even obstacles on the floor that are hard to see. Statistics show that floors and flooring materials contribute directly to more than 2 million fall injuries each year.
When a person visits a property or business, they have a reasonable expectation to be free from harm and that the property is safe. Unfortunately, not every property owner takes this responsibility seriously. When a person falls due to the property owner’s negligence or recklessness, they will often attempt to blame the injured party.
Fortunately, an attorney can assist in pursuing a slip and fall case. They are experienced in the legal aspects of these types of cases and can assist the injured party with gathering the information needed to prove the liability of the property owner.
A common example of a slip and fall case is the shopper at a store. An employee of the store does not place the proper signage to alert customers of a wet floor. A customer steps on the wet area, slips, falls and is seriously injured. Although the injury was due to the employee’s negligence, it is still the store owner who is responsible for the hazard that caused the injury.
Nearly 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year in the U.S. Of those bitten, more than 800,000 require medical care for those bites. The likelihood of a dog biting a person is not necessarily related to a specific breed or type of dog. Some of the smallest, cutest dogs have bitten people when they felt provoked.
It is the responsibility of a dog owner to provide their pet with the socialization and care they need to prevent them from becoming aggressive and biting someone. Even if they are unable to keep their dogs from being aggressive, they are still required to keep their dogs under control at all times. In most areas, strict leash laws are in place to help prevent dog bites.
Unfortunately, not every dog owner keeps their dog on a leash when out, nor do they provide the right care and training to keep their dogs from becoming aggressive. This negligence by the dog owner can and does lead to unsuspecting people being bitten and sometimes, severely injured.
Unfortunately, children are most likely to be bitten by a dog. Children are also more likely to be severely injured by the dog than an adult. When an injury occurs due to a dog bite, the dog owner should be held responsible for all damages caused by their dog.
There are many other types of personal injury cases. These can include accidents caused by truck drivers, accidents to those on a motorcycle, or even incidents that cause wrongful death. Any of these cases that cause a person to be injured due to someone else’s fault can be a personal injury case. The best method for determining which cases are personal injury cases is to contact an attorney. Not only can an attorney help individual determine if they have a viable case, but they can also help determine the potential value of that case. Often, this information can be provided during a free consultation. A free consultation provides valuable information at no risk to the injured party.