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Personal Injury Lawyers: What Cases Do They Handle?

If you have been injured in an accident or a loved one has died from injuries sustained in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence or carelessness, it is highly recommended that you hire an attorney. However, you don’t want to hire the same attorney who handled your divorce or the settlement of your house as their expertise may not be in personal injury.

To get compensation after an injury or illness, you’ll want to hire a personal injury lawyer. Before you do that, however, it is important to understand the types of cases a personal injury lawyer handles.

Car Accidents

One of the most common types of cases a personal injury attorney handles are car accident injuries. The reason for this is that car accidents are the most common types of accidents to occur around the world. Although they are common, getting the proper compensation for a car accident injury or death is not simple.

Keep in mind that your accident does not have to be serious for you to sustain a significant injury. In addition, even a minor injury can cause other types of trauma, including PTSD or anxiety.

Tractor Trailer Accidents

If you are involved in an accident with a tractor trailer, chances are your injuries will be severe. Because of the size of these trucks, accidents they are involved in often result in catastrophic injuries, extensive property damage and it is more common that someone in a passenger vehicle will die of injuries sustained in this type of accident than in crashes involving two passenger cars. Not only are injuries more severe, you must battle a large company with endless legal resources which can be extremely difficult.

Boating Accidents

Boating is one of the most popular recreational sports in the world, but it can also be dangerous. A boat operator who has been drinking or who has not received the proper training can be deadly on the water. Not only will you want an attorney who understands personal injury law, you will also want them to have an understanding of maritime law.

Medical Malpractice

Healthcare professionals are human, and they make mistakes, but those mistakes can be deadly. In some cases, the healthcare provider may have been negligent or careless, leading to injury or death. Medical malpractice is a more complex area of law, requiring the attorney to have an understanding of standard medical procedures as well as what constitutes neglect or carelessness in that industry.

Product Liability

Each day we use products that are manufactured all over the world, from the vitamins we take in the morning to the television we turn off at night before we go to bed. Any product can be defective, including medical devices, prescription or over-the-counter medications, vehicles, kitchen appliances, and more. You will want to choose a personal injury lawyer who is familiar with manufacturing defects and how to prove negligence when a defective product causes injury or death.

Workplace Accidents

If you have been injured at work, your employer is required under federal law to provide you with workers’ compensation coverage. Even if you are partially or completely at fault in your injury, you must still be provided coverage for your lost wages, medical expenses and more. However, many workers’ compensation insurance companies will try to deny claims or compute lower amounts for your lost wages in order to increase their own profits.

You need a workers’ compensation attorney who will protect your rights. Keep in mind that hiring a workers’ compensation attorney does not mean you plan to sue your employer, and, in most states, you cannot sue for a workplace injury. What they will do is fight for your rights and work to get you the compensation you are entitled to receive.

If you have been injured or someone you love has died of injuries in an accident that you believe was caused by carelessness or negligence, request a free consultation with a personal injury lawyer.

 
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