Whether you are involved in a traffic crash, slip and fall, or animal attack, if you have been injured, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent parties that have caused you harm.
The Element of Negligence
Most serious personal injury cases involve the element of negligence. This means plaintiffs will typically have to prove the defendants acted negligently and the plaintiff was injured as a result. But, what exactly is negligence? To put it simply, people are required to act in a way that does not put others in danger. If someone does not fulfill this obligation and his or her reckless behavior causes you harm, you may be able to take legal action against him or her.
For example, drivers on the road are supposed to follow all traffic laws and act in a way that does not put other drivers at risk. If someone drives drunk, he is putting other people in danger and is therefore acting negligently, which means he can be held liable in the event he collides with another vehicle and injures someone. If a dog’s owner lets the dog roam free in the neighborhood without supervision and the dog attacks someone, the owner can be held liable for negligently letting the dog loose.
It can sometimes be difficult to prove negligence, but a personal injury attorney will be able to help. Our attorneys can closely analyze your case to identify who should be held liable, and then fight tirelessly on your behalf to recover compensation for your injuries.
Serious Injury Cases
Before you hire an attorney, you should ensure he or she has experience representing victims in cases similar to yours. Our attorneys have handled a variety of personal injury cases.
Types of Compensation
The goal of filing a personal injury lawsuit is to recover compensation for your injuries. Compensation is never a guarantee, but some of the types you may be eligible to receive include:
- Economic damages is the term used to describe compensation awarded to victims who have incurred expenses as a result of their injuries. Examples of economic damages include compensation for current and future medical expenses, lost wages, and property damage. In wrongful death cases, survivors may also be awarded economic damages to cover funeral expenses, loss of benefits, and loss of the deceased’s expected earnings.
- Non-economic damages refer to money that is awarded to victims as compensation for non-monetary losses. Examples of non-economic damages include pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and loss of consortium.
- Punitive damages are only awarded in cases where the court believes the defendant acted with extreme negligence or malice. These damages are not awarded to compensate any loss that the victim has suffered, but rather to punish the defendant and deter others from acting in a similar manner.
Legal Help For Victims
If you or a loved one has been injured because of someone else’s negligence, speak to the experienced personal injury attorneys at the Trial Lawyers for Justice. Call 866-854-5529 to schedule a free consultation to learn more about your legal options.