Many of our aches and pains may result from our own clumsiness, poor judgment, or sheer bad luck. Even some of our more serious injuries or diseases are nobody’s fault. There are some common occurrences, however, that, because someone else bears responsibility for our pain and distress, may require the services of an aggressive personal injury attorney. These situations include:
None of us is immune to illness or injury; unfortunately, we are also all vulnerable to medical malpractice. While few healthcare professionals are malicious, some put money ahead of ethics, overlooking their Hippocratic oaths in the cause of greed. Some physicians, in their rush to fit more patients into their daily schedules, may cut corners, misdiagnosing or mistreating because they are not taking enough time to be careful. Some doctors may also order unnecessary tests because the tests bring in more revenue. These tests are not only time-consuming and expensive, but occasionally result in physical harm to the patient, particularly if they are invasive.
It has been proven that some of the worst so-called “stomach bugs” we all suffer from time to time are actually food poisoning. When your doctor can verify that the misery you’ve undergone is a result of poor sanitation in a restaurant you’ve visited, you can, with the help of a savvy personal injury attorney, sue for damages to cover your medical expenses, physical suffering, possible lost wages, and any serious aftereffects of the incident.
Some workplaces are definitely more hazardous than others, but whether you work at a construction site, an industrial plant, a school or an office, your employer is expected to make your work environment as safe as possible. Tools must be kept secure and in working order; theworkspace must kept free of obstacles, pest infestations, and toxic fumes; floors must not be slippery; staff must be properly trained. If you have been seriously injured at your workplace as a result of a safety violation, you are permitted to file a lawsuit against your employer, the manufacturer of a defective tool or machine, or another third party responsible for your injury. In such situations, the services of a skilled personal injury attorney are invaluable.
Slip and Fall Accidents
Accidents can happen anywhere. If you sustain a serious injury when you slip and fall in the grocery store, on the sidewalk, at the gas station, or on the school grounds, and that injury was caused by ice or snow that was not removed or a spill that was not cleared and at which no warning signs were posted, you may be able to file a successful personal injury lawsuit. To do so you need the services of an attorney experienced with personal injury law in the state in which you reside.
Most people who have been driving for any length of time, have had at least a “fender bender” at one time or another. Some of us, however, have been unfortunate enough to be severely injured in traffic accidents. If you have suffered an injury that requires hospitalization or surgery or has disabled you in some other way, you are entitled to damages for both your economic losses (medical costs, loss of wages, property damage) and non-economic ones (physical pain, mental anguish). In order to receive all the compensation you deserve, you need an astute personal injury attorney. It is important to know that you may be able to receive substantial damages even if you bear some percentage of responsibility for the collision.
When you or a family member has suffered an injury like one of those described above, you should consult with a personal injury attorney well-known for diligence and successful outcomes.