Serious Personal Injury
We are currently investigating national personal injury claims, including cases of medical malpractice, car and truck accidents, sli-and-fall cases and dog bites.
Every year, millions of people across our nation suffer serious personal injuries through no fault of their own. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says there were 37.9 million unintentional injury and poisoning incidents that required medical attention in the U.S. in 2011 alone.
When a serious personal injury occurs, the victim suffers more than pain and inconvenience. Personal injuries across the country cost millions of dollars in medical expenses, property damage (such as in a car accident), lost wages and productivity. Personal injury victims also suffer emotional distress. In many cases, their loved ones may experience loss of consortium.
That’s why it’s important to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer if you have been seriously hurt in an accident that was not your fault. There is often compensation available to assist someone who suffers pain and loss because of another person’s careless acts. This includes families who have lost a loved one in a wrongful death.
For more information:
- All Injuries, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Summary Health Statistics for the U.S. Population: National Health Interview Survey, 2011, CDC
Different Types of Personal Injury Claims
In most cases, if a person or company negligently or intentionally harms you, or damages something that belongs to you (property), they may be held liable for the harm you have suffered. You, the injured party, have a right to seek financial redress through the civil courts.
Legal claims of personal injury and wrongful death might address:
When a medical professional fails to meet an accepted standard of care for a patient, it is considered malpractice. Medical errors can occur at any stage of treatment. Those who may be held liable include professionals, like surgeons, physicians, nurses and pharmacists, as well as paraprofessionals and medical technicians.
Birth injury refers to damage that an infant suffers during the process of labor and delivery. Cerebral palsy is the condition involving neuromuscular deficiencies caused by insufficient oxygen or physical trauma to a baby’s brain during or shortly after birth. A medical error that results in a birth injury can rob a child of a fulfilling life. It also carries lifelong consequences for the child’s parents.
Symptoms of a spinal cord injury may range from chronic pain and some loss of mobility to paralysis in one or more limbs or larger portions of the body. A spinal cord injury can cause a loss of the ability to walk, work, perform manual tasks or care for one’s self.
A violent blow or jolt to the head such as in a fall or a motor vehicle accident or an object such as a bullet which penetrates the skull can cause traumatic brain injury. TBI victims can suffer a wide range of symptoms that can adversely affect their lives or leave them fully debilitated.
A slip-and-fall accident can cause injury or even death for anyone, but falls are a particular hazard for senior citizens and workers. Premises liability law says owners and managers of stores and other businesses, local governments and homeowners have a legal responsibility to make sure their premises are safe for the public. Employers have federal and state safety regulations they are obligated to follow.
Doctors, hospitals and/or police receive millions of dog bite reports every year. Thousands of dog bite victims require emergency room treatment each year. About a dozen victims die. Dog owners must be held responsible for the harm their pets do.
Tens of thousands of people are killed in car accidents every year. Millions more are injured. Most car accidents are preventable. Speeding, drunk driving, distracted driving or driving an unsafe vehicle contributes to too many car accidents.
Motorcycle riders have the same right to the road as any other driver, but too often they are hurt in accidents caused by reckless and careless motorists. Injuries are typically more severe in a motorcycle accident and death is more likely because of the design of bikes.
A crash involving a large commercial motor vehicle (CMV) can easily cause catastrophic personal injury and death due to the size and weight of 18-wheelers (or tractor-trailers).
School buses ferry millions of young riders across cities and towns twice a day, five days a week. State or local government entities that sponsor school bus services have a legal obligation to ensure they are operated safely.
In a rollover accident, the occupant of a motor vehicle can be tossed around and injured or ejected from the vehicle. Large sport utility vehicles – SUVs – jeeps and trucks manufactured in recent years have been shown to be top-heavy and susceptible to rollover accidents because of improper design.
Millions of car and passenger truck tires are recalled every year because of manufacturing defects that can lead to premature loss of tread and blowouts. A tire blowout accident at high speed can cause a driver to lose control of their vehicle and wreck. Blowout wrecks on crowded highways often involve multiple vehicles.
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What You Can Recover in a Personal Injury Lawsuit
Recovery from serious injury in an accident – if possible at all – can be a long and costly road. Many personal injury victims recover after a few weeks or months, but some suffer lifelong medical problems and the expenses that come with them. Others are left with disfiguring scars and disabling injuries.
Legal claims alleging liability for an accident would argue that the plaintiff (injured party) is entitled to compensation that may include remuneration for:
- Medical bills
- Hospital and doctor expenses
- Drug prescriptions
- Corrective surgeries
- Rehabilitation therapy
- Loss of income
- Lost wages
- Long-term and permanent disability
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Wrongful death damages.