Personal Injury Law
Personal injury occurs where you have suffered some form of injury, either physical or psychological, as the result of an accident.
A wrongful death lawsuit entails a claim brought against a person who can be held liable for a death, through negligence, intentional attack, manslaughter, murder, or other means. The claim is brought in a civil action (as opposed to a criminal charge for murder, homicide, etc.) and is usually brought by close relatives of the deceased.
To succeed on a wrongful death claim, the plaintiff must generally prove four elements: That the death was caused – in whole or part – by the actions of the defendant; The defendant was negligent or otherwise liable for the death; There is a surviving spouse or family member to collect damages; and monetary damages actually resulted from the death.
Accidents involving motor vehicles are among the most common causes of serious injury and death in the United States each year. Despite the advancements in technology and significant safety improvements in cars and in the design of roads, automobile accidents remain quite common. In fact, car accident claims and lawsuits are probably the most common type of civil tort case filed by attorneys today.
It is important to note that not every car accident will result in litigation if nobody is injured or the injuries are not considered serious. The more serious the injury that results from a car accident, the more likely it is that a case will be held in your favor and obtained.
Slip and Fall
Who is responsible for an injury resulting from a slip and fall accident? Many thousands of people are injured each year — some very seriously — when they slip or trip and fall on a dangerous floor, a flight of stairs, or a rough patch of ground.
Sometimes the property owner is responsible for the accident, and sometimes he or she is not. If you have been injured in this way, first consider that it is a normal part of living for things to fall or drip onto a floor or the ground, and for smooth surfaces to become uneven. Also, some things put in the ground such as drainage grates, which serve a useful purpose there.
Dog bites can result in significant injury and sometimes severe and permanent scarring. Often the victims of dog bites are children, who may not realize the danger posed by dogs, and the elderly or incapacitated, who may not be able to avoid a dog attack.
In the case of a dog attack that leads to permanent scarring of a child, the physical and emotional damages associated with the scarring may be long lasting. This is particularly true if the scarring is on the child’s face or a part of their body that will be seen by others. We therefore work closely with the people we serve to make sure that our demand for damages covers the full range of the injuries and losses that you or your child has suffered from a vicious dog.
Property owners have a duty to make sure that their properties are safe for visitors. If a visitor is injured on someone else’s property, he or she may seek to bring a lawsuit against the property owner. The body of law that deals with these types of suits is known as premises liability law. Premises liability law applies not only to homeowners, but also to small business owners, property managers of large commercial properties — such as shopping malls and hotels — grocery store owners, gym owners and bar and restaurant owners. Those who “occupy” a property — like a shop owner leasing a property in a strip mall or a tenant leasing a rental property — may also face liability for visitor injury.
Boating can be dangerous and the possibility of personal injury or wrongful death can sometimes occur. Persons who sustain injury in boating accidents, either on a merchant vessel or a pleasure boat, may be eligible for financial compensation. Accidents that occur on the water are covered under a unique and specific set of legal rules and regulations known as Admiralty or Maritime Law.
Injuries suffered as a result of an elevator-related accident are rare, but can be serious and may leave victims with a significant financial burden. Elevator accidents often involve catastrophic injuries, which can include in death, paralysis, or amputation, either because someone has fallen down the elevator shaft or because something went wrong when an elevator mechanic was working on top of or below the elevator car.