No one likes getting injured, especially if it wasn’t your fault. Everything from a slip and fall at a store or work to dangerous motor vehicle accidents — it’s a life-changing experience that could leave you with a lot of medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
You’re left dealing with physical, emotional, and financial pain that someone else caused. Luckily, the legal system is fine-tuned to address this scenario. This is called “personal injury law.”
If you or a loved one were hurt because of the negligence of another person, you might be able to file a lawsuit to recover compensation for your injuries. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation case evaluation. Although past victories aren’t evidence of future results, our attorneys are experienced at winning personal injury lawsuits.
How a Personal Injury Lawsuit Works
Personal injury law allows a private individual (known as a “plaintiff”) to file a lawsuit against someone or a company they accuse of wrongful conduct that contributed to their injury.
An injury may not seem like grounds for a lawsuit at first, but it can cause lasting physical and emotional damage, leading to long-term pain and financial strain. If someone else caused a severe or lingering injury, you may be able to file a personal injury suit and gain compensation for your damages.
Why sue over an injury? Because your injury could cause lasting physical and emotional damage, leading to long-term pain and financial strain.
Whether someone else can be held be responsible is key to determining if you have a lawsuit on your hands. With enough evidence that another party’s negligence caused your injury, you may be able to reach a settlement or take your case to trial.
Personal injury attorneys in these cases will go to great lengths to advocate for their clients. This can include investigating the scene of the accident, questioning witnesses, working with medical experts, and sometimes even working with experts that can help reconstruct the accident, among other things.
Types of Personal Injury Cases
Here are some of the most common types of personal injury lawsuits our firm has worked on and the ways these injuries and lawsuits come about.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Vehicles all bring with them a unique risk of injury, and a number of different types of lawsuits. The majority of these are car accidents, but can also include motorcycle, trucking, and even boating accidents.
Often, these personal injury claims stem from the negligence of another driver. Whatever the causes of the crash, they can lead to lifelong damage to someone. Even accidents that might seem like they’re not that bad can require long-term medical care.
Plaintiffs often file motor vehicle accident lawsuits to get compensation for medical bills and future medical expenses, such as rehabilitation. There are also damages potentially available for lost time at work, and the physical and emotional suffering endured.
One example of this is a case in which a Morgan & Morgan client was riding his motorcycle when a drunk driver, driving in the wrong lane, hit our client head-on. This caused life-altering injuries, for which we were able to secure $47 million to cover his lifelong expenses.
Slip & Fall Accidents and Premises Liability
Slip & fall lawsuits are a bigger deal than some think. After all, you didn’t just fall for seemingly no reason.
Those who have slipped and fallen on someone’s property may find themselves with an injury that could have been avoided had the property owner acted more carefully in maintaining their property. This type of fall can cause an injury that lingers, resulting in lengthy, costly medical bills. Slip & fall lawsuits can be a lot of work at times, but if you have the evidence to show negligence, the owner of a restaurant, store, or other establishment may be held liable for your damages.
Brain & Spinal Cord Injuries
In personal injury cases involving these specific injuries, there is potentially permanent physical and/or mental damage to the victim. As a result, a lot of work goes into proving there was negligence and a breach of care by the other party This is because the potential compensation the victim and his or her family can get is much higher, because they would need it for long-term medical expenses.
Birth injuries are among the most dangerous forms of medical malpractice. A negligent mistake by an obstetrician can result in physical injuries to a newborn, and it can also lead to lasting disorders, such as cerebral palsy, paralysis, and brain damage. This can be traumatic to the children and the parents, as well as a major financial strain on the family. A personal injury lawsuit for a family dealing with an injury to their newborn during birth gives the family the potential to recover compensation for these tangible and intangible damages.
At Morgan & Morgan, we have handled many cases like this. For one family, our attorneys were able to secure a $38 million verdict from a doctor and hospital responsible for birth injuries associated with a delayed C-section. One birth injury is too many, but when they happen we’re available to help families hold medical professionals accountable for negligent practices.
Fire and burn injuries are some of the most dangerous and life-altering injuries a person can suffer. Apartment tenants burned because a landlord didn’t install and/or maintain proper fire safety equipment and enable proper fire safety measures; a scalding beverage; faulty electrical wiring; and other hazards can cause horrific burns. Whether it’s a burn that heals or one that causes lifelong scarring and trauma, you have a right to hold the negligent party accountable.
Because of the nature of fire and burn injuries, compensation received in a burn injury lawsuit is often awarded for long-term medical expenses, as well as pain and suffering.
Wrongful death cases are tragic. Compensation for these personal injury accidents caused by the actions of another are usually delineated as follows: In addition to the usual medical bills and expenses one can get in a personal injury lawsuit through compensation, the victim’s family can potentially be compensated for the costs of the funeral. Families could also be eligible to receive other damages.
For example, if the victim was the primary source of income, a spouse or family could possibly receive compensation for their sudden loss of income. Compensation is also available for pain and suffering, as well as the loss of companionship. These damages can help the family obtain some peace of mind after a sudden loss.
Given all of that information provided above, it’s crucial for survivors to pursue legal action as soon as they can. It might seem untoward to think about a lawsuit when a loved one just passed away, but it’s important to ensure survivors get the justice they deserve.
Construction jobs are inherently risky, and construction sites are home to many on-the-job injuries. As such, many construction accident injury claims can also fall into other categories, like workers’ compensation, wrongful death, and even product liability.
In these cases, those a lawsuit would hold accountable include construction site owners, general contractors or subcontractors, architects and engineers, manufacturers, among others. The type of compensation you can get includes lost wages, medical expenses, property damage, and pain and suffering, among other things.
Dog bites and attacks can be far more serious than they may seem. Those who have been bitten by someone else’s pet can, if it’s determined that the victim was not provoking the dog, potentially file a lawsuit against the owner and their homeowners’ insurance (should it apply) and be entitled to compensation for their medical expenses and emotional distress.
The Value of Personal Injury Lawsuits
How much money you can get from a personal injury lawsuit depends on the type of injury and the circumstances under which someone was injured, as well as several other factors.
Our attorneys at Morgan & Morgan encourage you to give us a call to discuss your case with us, so we can see what we can do to help you. Your case evaluation is always free and without obligation. If you decide to retain us, you won’t pay unless we win for you.