Are you hurt, or do you believe someone else’s action hurt you? Accumulating medical bills and missing work days is often a result of physical or emotional harm that may not be undone but can be compensated. Before filing for damages claims, it is crucial to understand what kind of cases a personal injury lawyer handles.
What Is Personal Injury?
Personal injury law is a tort law that enables an injured person to be compensated for the harm they have suffered due to another’s intentional conduct or negligence. The compensation is often financial. A Personal injury lawyer handles cases that involve:
- Physical bodily harm
- Emotional distress
- Pain and suffering
How Does Personal Injury Occur?
Various situations can give rise to a valid personal injury claim. Here are some of the typical personal injury situations:
Most personal injury cases are due to the high number of car accidents in the United States. When someone isn’t driving as carefully as they should or isn’t following the road rules, accidents become inevitable. A careless driver can be held responsible for the injuries caused by a car accident.
Slip and fall
Property owners are legally responsible for the reasonable safety of the people on his or her property. They have to ensure the property is free of hazards to avoid any injuries. A landowner’s legal duty varies depending on the laws of the state and the situation.
Medical malpractice claims arise when a healthcare professional offers treatment that isn’t considered an appropriate medical standard of care, and as a result, a patient is injured. However, harmful effects due to treatment may not be considered malpractice.
Dog owners are responsible for injuries caused by their dogs. Even though the law varies in different states, in some cases, strict liability exists, and the owner is liable for an injury even though the dog may never have shown aggressive tendencies.
Battery, assault, and intentional torts
Unlike other instances of personal injury claims that result from carelessness or negligence, intentional torts result when a person intentionally chooses to hurt another. Such cases may include a criminal case against the perpetrator.
Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer
At Robert J. DeBry & Associates, we are Utah’s leading law practice. Our personal injury lawyers are highly qualified and have had experience handling some of the nation’s most significant verdicts. Get in touch with us today for more information about personal injury cases.