Personal Injury Lawsuits
Personal injury lawsuits are filed by the victim of a personal injury against the liable party in order to seek compensation for damages.
A claimant can bring a personal injury lawsuits against a party for negligence, strict liability or intentional wrongs. A party can be charged for negligence if they failed to prevent injury. Strict liability lawsuits involve a party's defective product or drug. Intentional wrongs involves willful or malicious wrongdoing on behalf of the liable party.
Personal injury lawsuits can be brought under a variety of circumstances. You can file a lawsuit for car accidents, work injury, drug injury, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, slip and fall injury, exposure to toxic materials, dog bite injury, and in cases of wrongful death. If personal injury caused death, the family can file the lawsuit in order to seek compensation for damages.
In personal injury lawsuits, a victim seeks compensation for the injuries they have suffered. Compensation can include medical expenses, disability or deformity, loss of income, and pain and suffering. In cases where the defendant acted maliciously or willfully, punitive damages may also be awarded. Punitive damages in personal injury lawsuits seek to punish the responsible party and deter others from committing the same acts.
We can settle most lawsuits out of the court system through negotiations with an adjuster from the defendant's insurance company. If negotiations cannot be reached in this manner, we will file a lawsuit in the appropriate civil court. Personal injury lawsuits are best handled by a qualified attorney who can protect and maximize a victim's interest.
The laws regarding personal injury lawsuits in each state are different. All states have a statute of limitations which places a time restriction on when lawsuits can be filed. This time usually begins on the date when the injury occurred, however there are exceptions to this rule.
In personal injury lawsuits, the victim must prove two things. The first thing we must establish is that the defendant was, in fact, responsible for the injuries the victim received. The extent of the damages also must be proven.
If you feel that you might be eligible to file personal injury lawsuits, you may wish to contact our office for a consultation.