Personal Injury Lawyer
A personal injury case occurs when you or your personal property is harmed due to another party’s negligence and failure to act. In rare cases, there can also be an element of malicious intent factored into the other person’s actions. Personal injury law can protect affected victims by allowing them to seek compensation following an injury. There’s a wide spectrum of personal injury cases, but let’s explore some of the most common ones:
- Car Accidents
Most legal experts agree that car accidents are the most common form of personal injury cases. While vehicles have become much safer today, they still can’t fully eliminate human error. Car accidents range from minor bumps in the parking lot to significant collisions that result in traumatic brain injuries.
- Slip and Fall Accidents
When a person visits a public or private property, such as a store or government building, that location has the responsibility to create a safe environment. Any unsafe conditions that lead to a slip and fall can be grounds for a personal injury case. Generally, people think of wet floors without proper signage. Slip and falls can also include debris laying around or unsturdy steps.
- Medical Malpractice
Doctors, surgeons, and other medical professionals are still human and can make mistakes. However, medical malpractice isn’t about punishing doctors who made an understandable mistake when performing a risky surgery on a patient. Instead, medical malpractice is when a doctor exhibits extreme negligence or an incorrect treatment. For example, leaving sponges in a patient’s body, operating on the wrong patient, prescribing the wrong medicine, etc. Through a legal lens, such “mistakes” don’t originate from how complicated the medical world can be, but rather from an individual exercising poor judgment, negligence, or apathy. Sometimes, the medical facility can be held liable too—for example, if a hospital knowingly uses outdated and ineffective technology.
- Nursery Home Abuse
Unfortunately, many nursery homes have too many elderly patients to take care of. Another problem that exists is that instead of hiring qualified nurses, nursery homes may hire less-qualified caretakers to tend to patients. By doing this, nursery homes can save money as they don’t have to pay their workers as much. Sometimes, this economic decision can come from a place of greed, but other times it’s because the facility simply doesn’t have the money or resources. These workers may only have a certification or no official experience at all, are overworked, and may neglect patients or provide inadequate or the wrong treatment and not even realize it.
- Wrongful Death
Any type of personal injury case can escalate into becoming a wrongful death case. Wrongful death occurs when a person dies due to the other person’s negligence (or entity in the case that a business is held liable). In a wrongful death case, the victim’s family can be entitled to seek financial compensation. When dealing with any type of personal injury, it’s best to work with a personal injury lawyer, something that our friend, Presser Law, P.A., also agrees with.