Accidents hurt people in the United States every day.
An accident can happen while walking as a pedestrian, driving on roads, working at a construction site or anywhere. Injuries can occur while boating on South Carolina’s rivers and oceans. You may trip and fall in a grocery store or a parking lot or be stuck against a protruding object.
A dog may bite you, or overexertion may lead to a sports injury. Nursing home patients can be harmed by a lack of care. You may fall ill by a misdiagnosis of your disease by the doctors or by using a wrongful product. In this case, it is important to consult an experienced personal injury attorney who can help you guide through the process.
Personal Injury Law
All of these injuries are protected by a type of personal injury law. The Personal Injury Act covers injuries and illnesses caused by the negligence and careless behavior of others. According to the experienced attorneys at Morris Law firm, PI laws aim to protect the injured and be compensated financially.
Personal injury laws should be considered similar to common law rules. That means individuals and businesses owe a responsibility to protect other people. For instance, imagine a person tripping and falling in a parking lot because of an oil spill. By obtaining a license to operate a parking lot, the property owner has a duty of care towards the public using the property. Safe practices, maintenance and repair of the parking lot, regular upkeep of the pots and cracks, and repairs are all part of the duty of care of the parking lot owner.
In particular, if the negligent behavior and these actions result in a slip and fall accident in which you are injured, the parking lot owner may be considered negligent for failing to exercise reasonable care and may be held liable.
These concepts apply to all events and places that caused the injury. Injuries can be caused by unsafe structures, defective products, aggressive dogs, negligent drivers, strict employers or understaffed nursing homes.
What Kinds Of Injuries Are Covered By Personal Injury Law?
Negligent behavior can cause a wide range of harm. Accidental injuries, whether from a car accident, an incident on-premises, or a defective product, can include:
- Muscle Sprains
- Cuts and Bruises
- Bone fractures
- TBI (traumatic brain injury)
- Whiplash Injury
- Injury to the spinal cord
- Injuries to the back
- Injuries to the neck and shoulder
- Nervous system injury
- Limb amputation (s)
- Organ deterioration
- Damage to soft tissues
These injuries may be minor or severe and, depending on the severity, may require rehabilitative treatment, surgery, and extended hospitalizations.
However, these are not the only injuries covered. Injuries caused by a breach of duty of care are also taken care of. For example- if a vaping CPAP machine causes sickness and the product is shown to be at fault due to manufacturing or other issues, the company that created the product may be held liable.
In product liability and nursing home proceedings, the following diseases are included.
- Cardiovascular disease
- Nervous system conditions
- Circulatory system disorders
- Ear, nose, and throat diseases
- Respiratory system disorders
- Failure of organs caused by wrong medicines
- Internal organ damage
- Chronic diseases
What Happens After I Am Injured?
If your injury or damage results from another person’s intentional carelessness, the law empowers you to seek relief by filing a personal injury lawsuit claim.
A personal injury lawsuit must prove that the other party was negligent, which led to the damage. The plaintiff needs to provide strong evidence that links the defendant’s behavior to the accident or cause of the injury.
A personal injury lawsuit seeks compensation for “damages,” which may be monetary damages, such as expenditures which include medical bills and other intangible damages, such as loss of income.
Because of these complexities, it’s critical to consult an experienced attorney if you are unsure whether an insurance claim or a personal injury suit would be the right step. Attorneys are experienced at negotiating with insurance companies as well as litigating cases.