When you’ve been involved in an accident of any kind, someone is at fault and responsible for paying the damages. If another individual or company is at fault, it’s important to make sure you receive adequate compensation. You will receive a settlement offer early from the other party’s insurance company, but, often, this will be inadequate to cover all of the damages you have suffered.
This is why people are often advised to contact a personal injury attorney. To learn more about what a personal injury attorney can do with your case specifically, click here. Each case is different and speaking personally with an experienced lawyer will help him judge the merits of your case more accurately.
One common area of personal injury cases involves traffic accidents, which encompasses everything from two vehicle accidents to accidents involving pedestrians and bicyclists, motorcyclists, and stationary objects (guardrails, utility poles, etc.). If you’re a motorcyclist, pedestrian, or bicyclist, you’re at a greater risk of injury, so other drivers are expected to take extra care in your presence. This means they’re usually at fault in these types of accidents.
Another area of personal injury involves premises liability and usually concerns accidents that take place at a place of business or in a government building, but may involve incidents that occur on a private individual’s personal property. Slip and fall accidents are the most common, though premises liability also includes head injuries from falling objects or low-hanging structures.
Dog bites can also lead to personal injury cases, though, in this case, it will depend on the specific laws of each state. Liability varies, based on these laws and how the state regards the dog owner’s responsibility for the pet. A personal injury attorney will be able to give you a detailed explanation of the laws in your community.
Before considering any settlement offer, speak with an attorney to determine the strength of your case. You don’t want to accept a low settlement, only to develop more extensive injuries that previously went unnoticed. A lawyer can help you determine what damages you’re eligible to receive and how much compensation you may be able to expect.