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Personal injury cases come in all shapes and sizes. The one thing that they all have in common is that an individual was injured by the negligence of someone else. You can collect damages to compensate for what you might have lost in an accident; and, whether you sustained physical or mental injuries, lost wages, lost a loved one, or accumulated medical bills, there is a pathway to get the money you need to help your recovery. Not seeking compensation for your or a loved ones’ unjust injuries will only cause you more pain and suffering. Don’t standby.
Car accidents are of the most common personal injury claims, and they can often be the most dangerous. A lot of car accidents are caused by a driver’s negligence—either they weren’t paying as close attention as they should have been, or they deliberately ignored a law while on the road. There could also be negligence associated with road maintenance workers. A car accident can even be caused by poor weather conditions that make it difficult to practice due diligence.
When doctors, hospital staff, or other healthcare practitioners fail to provide the care that their patients require and deserve, this may be a case of medical malpractice. Like other personal injury claims, medical malpractice cases usually fall back to negligence. If your physician misdiagnoses your health problems, makes a mistake during surgery, prescribes the wrong medication or dosage, or even makes mistakes in the delivery room with your child, it’s possible to recover damages to compensate for your pain and expenses.
If you were injured by a product, there may be compensation for you in the form of a product liability settlement. Manufacturers and distributors of a product can be held liable for injuries that are sustained from their products. Injuries in these cases generally come from two places: in one case, the manufacturing process might have been faulty, and the product ends up causing injuries that it shouldn’t; or, in the second case, there might have been mistakes made on behalf of a marketing team, such as improper instructions or insufficient warnings about the potential dangers of using a product.
If you were injured on someone else’s property, there could be damages available to you. It is the responsibility of a property owner to keep their grounds and building safe for the people who are in and around it. If the building is not up to code, a business owner misplaced their equipment or didn’t properly label dangerous areas, or a homeowner didn’t shovel their sidewalk, they could be held liable for the injuries sustained from your slip or fall.
Your employer is responsible for keeping your workplace safe and healthy so that you can perform your job well. There are some industries that are more dangerous than others, and there will always be safety precautions, but this is no excuse for negligence—and accidents do happen. Work injuries can be particularly devastating because they might rob you of your ability to work—and make a living—for an extended period of time. In addition to lost wages, medical bills and other repercussions of your injury can be hard to live with, and you deserve to be compensated for your losses.
While these personal injury claims are common, that doesn’t mean that each affected individual isn’t unique. Any injury sustained by the fault of another party should be taken seriously, and at the Indianapolis law firm of Wilson Kehoe Winingham, they always are. If you believe you have a personal injury case, give our personal injury attorneys a call at 317-920-6400 or 800.525.8028, or fill out an online form for a free case evaluation.
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