Personal injury laws exist to protect people from the financial consequences of injuries that were caused by negligent actions of others. Although these laws cannot prevent hurt and suffering, they can make it possible for victims and families of fatally injured victims to recover financial losses and receive fair compensation for additional non-monetary losses associated with the accident.
Personal Injury Lawsuits
A personal injury lawsuit is an avenue for an injured victim to seek restitution in the form of money damages. The claim is filed by an injured person who names a defendant and states that the defendant’s actions caused the severe injuries. In wrongful death cases, the deceased’s spouse, child, parent, or other relative files the personal injury lawsuit.
Financial damages are designed to compensate victims or their family members for all the effects of a severe injury. The total award will depend on factors like extent of injury, age, and prognosis. The degree of negligence will also be considered, and whether the victim contributed in any way to the accident. Compensation may include medical expenses including medication, treatments, adaptive living devices, office visits, therapy, and more. In some cases, emotional damages are added to the final settlement to compensate victims or their families for pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and loss of consortium (marital relations).
Types of Personal Injuries
Personal injury claims are filed for many different reasons, including the traumatic events listed below. If you have questions about personal injury compensation and the types of injuries that qualify, please don’t hesitate to set up a free consultation with an attorney in your area.
- Auto/truck accident
- Slip and fall/trip and fall
- Semi tractor-trailer collision
- Defective product
- Dangerous drug
- Dangerous premises
- Dog bite
- Boat accident
- Pedestrian accident
- Medical mistake
- Nursing home abuse/negligence
- Birth injury
- Mesothelioma and other occupational diseases
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Work injuries
- Sports injuries
Do You Have a Case?
Before a personal injury claim is filed, you must consider the qualifying factors. In all cases, there must be a negligent defendant and a significant injury (physical or emotional) that caused financial loss. To find out if your situation qualifies for personal injury compensation, talk to one of the professionals listed in our network of Injury Settlement Lawyers. Remember that once you accept a settlement for your injury, you waive your right to compensation for any other losses associated with this situation. Therefore, it is important that you hire an attorney who will estimate your damages accurately and work hard to ensure your settlement includes all damages that apply.
To learn more about injury settlements and exercising your right to compensation after a serious injury, please contact one of our skilled lawyers.