You can take all the necessary precautions—pay close attention while you are driving, carefully research products before you buy them, seek the best medical care—and you can still experience the life-changing consequences of a personal injury. When you can’t work because of someone else’s carelessness, or need extensive medical treatment because of another person’s carelessness, the uncertainty you face can fill your days with stress and anxiety. The more you know about your rights—about the law and the process—the more you can work in partnership with legal counsel to get full and fair compensation for your losses, and the more peace of mind you’ll have.
GetLegal.com’s Accidents and Injuries Law Center will give you a solid understanding of the fundamentals of personal injury law, from the types of accidents to the factors that go into a damage award to the actual process for pursuing monetary compensation. We’ve included information about the most common types of injury claims, from motor vehicle accidents to slips and falls, from medical malpractice to workplace injuries.
Most personal injury claims are brought under a legal theory of negligence, where the responsible party is alleged to have failed to act in a manner that an ordinary person would consider reasonable.
The injuries you suffer in a motor vehicle accident can change your life in an instant. You may be unable to work, or may need extensive medical treatment. Learn more about how to protect your rights after a car, truck, motorcycle, bicycle or boating accident.
Designers, manufacturers and marketers/sellers of goods have a duty to take reasonable measures to ensure that their products don’t pose a risk of harm to anyone using or exposed to them. Liability for the malfunction or harmful effects of a dangerous or defective product extends to anyone in the chain of distribution, including wholesalers and retailers.
Modern medicines have greatly improved our longevity, and our quality of life. In the rush to get these drugs to the market, though, pharmaceutical companies often cut corners, either failing to conduct adequate research on potential side effects, or failing to provide appropriate warnings to potential users.
The construction industry has one of the highest worker injury rates of any occupation. Injury claims may be limited by state workers’ compensation laws, but workers may, in certain circumstances, be able to seek compensation against third parties in court.
n most instances, when you have been hurt at work, your right to recover financial compensation for your losses—lost wages, medical expenses, costs of job retraining—will be covered by your state’s workers’ compensation laws. The workers’ compensation laws establish specific benefits based on the type of injury suffered.
When you suffer loss because of the wrongful actions of another person, you have a right to seek damages, a financial recovery to compensate you for economic and non-economic injuries.
Every state imposes a duty to maintain commercial and residential property so as to minimize the risk of injury to persons legally on the premises. This requires that dangerous conditions either be fixed, or that proper warnings be posted, advising visitors of the potential dangers.
If you or someone you love has been exposed to a toxic chemical or substance, you can file a lawsuit to recover financial compensation for all your losses. Typically, toxic tort claims affect large numbers of people and are brought as class actions.
When a member of your family dies because of the carelessness or negligence of another person, you have a right to seek compensation for your losses, including the support they would have provided, any funeral and burial expenses, and, in some states, for loss of companionship or consortium.
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.
A medical professional has a duty to provide a certain standard of care to anyone seeking treatment. When the doctor or nurse fails to provide that standard of care, there may be grounds for a claim for medical malpractice.
Though the most common type of professional malpractice involves carelessness or negligence by medical personnel, other professionals, from attorneys to accountants to architects, pharmacists and dentists, are also held to a higher standard of care, and may be sued for failing to meet the expected degree of attention.
Some less common types of personal injury include defamation and certain intentional torts, such as intentional infliction of emotional distress, false imprisonment, and assault and battery.