Personal injury accidents can happen at any moment, while we are driving to work, picking up our kids from school, or shopping in a store. Unfortunately, severe personal injury accidents can cause debilitating injuries or even death. Many people who have become injured in severe personal injury accidents require extensive medical treatment. In many cases, one accident will change a person’s life for years to come. When someone else’s negligence caused your personal injury accident, you may be able to recover compensation through a personal injury lawsuit.
1) Car Accidents
Every year, millions of injuries related to car accidents happen in the United States. Over 30,000 people die in a car, truck, pedestrian, bike, and motorcycle accidents every year. States across the country have enacted stringent laws to prevent distracted driving. However, people still drive while distracted every day. Additionally, intoxicated drivers are the cause of many severe car accidents. Other causes of car accidents include roads that are not well-maintained, engine malfunctions, and bad weather that contributes to poor driving conditions.
If you have suffered an injury in a severe motor vehicle accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. The best thing you can do is speak with an experienced truck and car accident lawyer who will advise you of your legal rights and protect them throughout the process. Depending on the facts in your case, you may be able to file a claim with the negligent driver’s insurance company. Unfortunately, insurance companies are well known for putting profit above injured car accident victims. They will often try to get you to admit fault, so they do not have to provide any settlement money. Or, they will offer you a settlement amount that is far too low. Your lawyer will be able to negotiate on your behalf with the insurance company to ensure you receive an adequate settlement.
2) Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents remain one of the most common types of personal injury accidents. These accidents are particularly common in the winter months when many property owners fail to keep their premises safe and clear of dangerous ice and snow. Slip and fall accidents can also happen in your friend or loved ones’ home. Many slip and fall accidents happen in large commercial stores, such as grocery shorts or big-box retail stores. All it takes is a small amount of liquid leaking onto a slick to create a dangerous customer hazard.
If you or your loved one became injured in a slip and fall accident, you will need to prove that the property owner knew or should have known of the dangerous condition that caused your accident. For example, suppose a grocery store employee knows that the sprinkler system for the vegetables offered leaks creating a puddle. In that case, he or she must put a warning sign by the puddle or clean the puddle regularly to prevent slip and fall accidents.
4) Product Liability
Despite consumer regulations becoming stricter regarding manufacturing and selling products, products continue to cause severe injuries. Only recently, a woman purchased a laptop battery on Amazon. While using the laptop with a new battery on her lap, the battery began to overheat, causing her severe burns. In other cases, laptops have exploded and caught fire, causing the potential for third-degree burns and property damage. Many of us have received notices from our car manufacturers that the car or a car component has been recalled because it is unsafe for customers.
When manufacturers and retail stores sell products that are not safe, they can be held liable for any injuries caused by those products. There are a few different ways that injured victims can bring product liability cases. First, they can argue that the company failed to warn them of dangerous conditions that could happen while using the product for its intended use. Second, the plaintiff can claim that the manufacturer made and sold a product with a defective design and that the defective design caused his or her injuries. Finally, the plaintiff can claim that the manufacturing company made a mistake during the process, causing a manufacturing defect. Product liability lawsuits require significant planning. Contact an experienced lawyer as soon as possible to discuss your potential claim.
5) Medical Malpractice Wrongful Death
When we go to a hospital or doctor’s office, we assume that the medical professional will help us get better or, at the very least, not make us worse. Unfortunately, thousands of Americans become injured by medical malpractice every year in the United States. Medical malpractice lawsuits happen when a doctor, nurse, or other medical professional fails to meet the standard of care when providing treatment. Medical malpractice lawsuits can involve botched surgeries, patients receiving incorrect medication, or failure to diagnose a dangerous condition like cancer.
Wrongful death lawsuits allow the deceased person’s family to bring a lawsuit on his or her behalf. The family bringing the lawsuit must show that the defendant’s negligence or recklessness was the cause of their loved one’s death. For example, suppose a drunk driver causes a car accident that killed their loved one. In that case, the surviving family members can bring a lawsuit against a drunk driver to collect funeral costs, medical expenses, compensation for their loved one’s inability to provide an income for their family, and damages for pain and suffering and loss of consortium.
Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer Today
Victims of personal injury accidents may not be able to continue working. They may need assistance for the rest of their life. Many different types of personal injury accidents can happen, and no two personal injury accidents are the same. However, the following types of personal injury accidents are the most common. If you have suffered a serious personal injury in one of the following types of accidents, you need to speak with a skilled personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Contact the Law Offices of Jason Lutzky today to schedule your initial consultation.