Every year, millions of people across America are injured or killed in car crashes, on-the-job accidents, or by defective products.
And following an accident, your life can become disorienting. On top of dealing with your injuries or the loss of a loved one, you may find yourself wondering, “What do I do after my accident? Do I need to hire an injury attorney? How do I get compensated for my injuries?”
As the victim of someone else’s negligence, you are entitled to compensation for your physical, emotional, and financial hardships. But, the legal process can be complicated and feel overwhelming. How do you know if you have a case?
Having a personal injury lawyer review your case is the only way to find out what you’re entitled to. But if you have one of these frequent claims, it’s safe to bet that you’ll have a case. While this is not a complete list, these are some of the most common types of claims that personal injury lawyers obtain:
Automobile accidents. Speeding, distracted driving, drunk driving, and reckless driving are the top causes of car crashes, and in 2015, these behaviors led to 35,092 motor vehicle-related deaths. Talk to an attorney as soon as possible following a car accident. All too often, valuable evidence disappears, witnesses move, memories grow dim, and the practical ability to prove your case may diminish. If a physician is still treating you, an attorney can also provide you with guidance concerning your medical care and help you deal with unpaid bills and getting needed treatment. Legal advice can also be useful if you have questions about the settlement value of a claim, your insurance policy’s terms, or suspect bad faith on the part of your insurance company.
Medical malpractice. When an individual suffers injury or death due to negligence or incompetence on the part of a medical professional, it’s considered medical malpractice. According to John’s Hopkins Medicine, medical errors cause approximately 250,000 deaths each year in the United States—only heart disease and cancer claim more lives than medical malpractice. Common types of medical malpractice include delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis, prescription errors, anesthesia complications, injuries to the mother during childbirth, surgical errors, and lack of informed consent.
To bring forth a medical malpractice claim in the United States, you generally have to prove four elements:
1. A legal duty on the part of the health care provider to provide treatment or care (a doctor-patient relationship).
2. A breach of the legal obligation by the healthcare provider to adhere to the standards of the profession (medical negligence).
3. Causality between the alleged violation of duty and injury sustained by the patient; and
4. Damages stemming from the injury suffered by the patient caused by the health care provider’s breach of duty.
Injuries in the workplace. In 2015, private industry employers reported approximately 2.9 million non-fatal workplace injuries and illnesses, and state and local government workers reported an estimated 752,600 injuries and illnesses. Workplace injuries come in many forms and can vary widely in severity. No matter how severe your injuries are, if an employer’s negligent actions caused the accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact an experienced work injury lawyer who can develop your case and find expert witnesses and explore every legal option.
Dog bites. Dogs live with us, play with us, help decrease our stress and increase our happiness. But sometimes, man’s best friend will bite. Around 4.5 million dog bites occur each year in the United States, causing serious injuries and emotional trauma. Children between the ages of 5 and 9 have the highest rate of dog bite injuries, and the majority of dog attacks happen at home or in a familiar place. If you’ve been bit, report the incident to the owner or manager of the property, get names and phone numbers of people who witnessed the accident, and call an injury attorney.
The experienced personal injury lawyers at Thomas J. Henry are available 24/7 to hear your case. Contact them at 877-978-1740 or www.thomasjhenrylaw.com for a free consultation.