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Accidents and Injuries


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Accidents and injuries affect individuals and families physically, financially and emotionally. When drivers, manufacturers, doctors, property owners or others cause harm through negligence or recklessness, they may be legally liable for the injuries. Depending on the type of harm, personal injury cases may involve expert witness testimony from medical professionals, accident reconstructionists, investigators and economic-impact analysts.

Accidents and injuries cover a variety of legal issues, including car accidents, environmental hazards, defective drugs and dangerous products. GetLegal's Accident and Injury Law Center includes legal information that will help you decide on a path of action when you or a loved one suffers an injury.

Car Accidents

Accidents involve not only cars but also trucks, motorcycles, bicycles and watercraft. While dealing with the damage to a vehicle after an accident is stressful enough, resulting injuries add to the complexity of the situation.

Product Liability

Product liability refers to the liability of any or all parties along the chain of manufacture of a product for damage caused by that product. This includes the manufacturer, the wholesaler and the store owner.

Prescription Drugs

Even FDA-approved drugs can have serious side effects not disclosed to consumers. A pharmaceutical company may be liable for inadequate warnings or for rushing a drug to the market without sufficient testing for negative reactions.

Construction Accident

Construction accidents can lead to serious injuries. The Occupational Safety and Health Act was enacted to keep workplaces free of hazards and foreseeable accidents.

Workers’ Compensation

Workers' compensation laws provide injured employees with monetary payments from employers in an effort to avoid litigation.


Damages are monetary awards that plaintiffs may receive from defendants to compensate them for injuries, property damage, and pain and suffering.

Premises Liability

Premises liability relates to the legal responsibility that an owner of land may face for injuries that take place on the property. If someone is injured on another's property, the injured person’s status on the property will determine how the law applies to the injury.

Toxic Tort

A toxic tort is an injury caused by a toxic substance, such as asbestos or lead. Toxic tort cases usually involve large plaintiff classes because multiple people were subjected to the toxin.

Wrongful Death

A wrongful death is one that results from the negligent conduct of another. It is a civil cause of action brought by the heirs of the person killed.

Dog Bites

Dog bite victims often have recourse against the attacking dog’s owner. Punishment for the dog and its owner could depend on the type of dog and whether it has a history of violence. Dog owners have certain defenses to claims that their dog injured someone.

Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice is negligence by a doctor or health care provider that results in the injury or death of a patient.

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