Everyone is injured at some point, it’s a fact of life. But when the injury you’ve sustained isn’t your fault — such as one suffered in a car accident, slip and fall or in the care of your physician — it’s only fair that you shouldn’t have to bear the costs.
Thankfully there is an area of law that gives people the ability to address their grievances with the party that caused their injury and recover much needed compensation to get their lives back on track. This is called “personal injury law.”
Ben Crump is an experienced personal injury attorney and he may be able to help you recover compensation for your injuries. Although he is best known as a civil rights attorney, Mr. Crump works to see justice prevail in all sectors of the law. Contact him today for a free, no-obligation case review to learn more.
Personal Injury Lawsuits: How Do They Work?
Personal injury lawsuits typically involve two parties: the one who filed the suit, known as the plaintiff, and the party accused of causing the injury, known as the defendant.
Personal injury law is important because it gives people the right to hold those responsible for their injuries accountable. Injuries often happen unexpectedly, and people are rarely prepared — both financially and emotionally — to handle a long recovery from an injury caused by another.
As a result, if someone else caused your injury, you can often hold them accountable by filing a personal injury lawsuit.
Types of Personal Injury Lawsuits
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Motor vehicle accidents are among the most common causes of injury that lead to a personal injury lawsuit. Motor vehicle accidents include car accidents, motorcycle accidents, and even boating accidents.
Typically, motor vehicle accidents are caused by the negligence of another driver. Regardless of how they happen though, motor vehicle accidents can potentially leave victims permanently injured.
While not every accident leaves someone permanently injured, it can leave them with minor injuries,costly medical bills, and can result in time away from work. A personal injury lawsuit can help recover costs related to the accident, from medical bills for minor injuries and lost wages to long-term medical care and even compensation for emotional damage.
Slip & Fall and Premises Liability
Some people think slip and fall lawsuits are frivolous, but people don’t fall down for no reason.
When you’re on the property of another, it’s usually the property owner’s responsibility to make sure their property is free from hazards that could cause you harm. This includes spills, uneven surfaces, and improperly stored equipment that could cause you to slip and fall.
Proving fault in slip and falls accident can be difficult at times though, so it’s important to document the scene of the accident so you can hold the property owner responsible for your injuries.
Birth injuries are a particularly egregious form of medical malpractice. A negligent mistake by the obstetrician can cause damage to a newborn that they may never fully recover from, such as cerebral palsy, paralysis, and brain damage. This can place a tremendous emotional strain on a family, not to mention the costly medical bills related to caring for a child injured during birth.
By filing a personal injury lawsuit, a family dealing with the aftermath of a birth injury can hold the physician responsible accountable and collect compensation that will help cover the costs related to long-term medical care that may be necessary for their newborn.
Brain & Spinal Cord Injuries
Among the most devastating injuries that can result from a motor vehicle accident or medical malpractice are brain and spinal cord injuries. Unlike some injuries, brain and spinal injuries are more likely to be long lasting and can be particularly devastating to the person who sustains them.
As a result, an attorney must prove there was negligence and a breach of care by the other party. This is because the potential compensation a victim and his or her family can recover for a brain or spinal cord injury is much higher than injuries to less vital parts of the body, which are less likely to cause damage that requires long-term medical care.
Fire and burn injuries are among the most painful and gruesome injuries a person can sustain. Sometimes, these injuries are caused by another person. For example, apartment tenants get burned because their landlord didn’t maintain proper fire safety equipment or follow fire safety measures. Additionally, faulty wiring in an apartment unit that causes a fire could be the fault of the landlord.
Regardless of whether your burn injury causes long-term medical care or it heals quickly, you could be eligible for compensation for the pain and suffering you may have experienced in addition to your injuries.
Death is always unfortunate, but when the death could have been avoided, it is a particularly tragic loss. In addition to a personal injury lawsuit to recover compensation for medical expenses related to an accident, the family of a person who died can potentially file a wrongful death lawsuit to recover funeral expenses among other damages.
For example, if a family’s primary breadwinner is killed, their family members may be able to file a lawsuit to receive compensation for their sudden loss of income. Compensation is also available for other damages like pain and suffering and the loss of companionship.
Even though it may seem wrong to think about compensation immediately after a loved one is killed, lawsuits can’t be filed forever. It’s important to quickly consider your legal options so you don’t miss the opportunity to secure justice for a loved one and your family’s future.
Can a Personal Injury Lawsuit Help Me?
Every personal injury lawsuit is different, so the compensation available in each case will depend on the circumstances of the accidents and the injuries that were sustained, among other factors.
Hiring an experienced personal injury attorney like Ben Crump can help make the difference in your case. Contact Mr. Crump today to learn more about how we may be able to help you file a personal injury lawsuit and recover compensation.