What is a tort?
Tort is a legal term referring to a civil wrong that results in damages to another person, another’s property, or another’s rights. Civil law is the area of law that governs the rights and relationship between private parties. Tort law compensate victims for damages they have incurred due to the fault or negligence of someone else and serves to deter others from committing the same harm in the future.
When do you need a personal injury attorney?
When you (or a loved one) experience a personal injury caused by the fault or negligence of another person (not your fault), you may be entitled to compensation. It pays to talk to an attorney specializing in personal injury who can represent you in seeking compensation or file a lawsuit if necessary.
The most common personal injury lawsuits are 1) medical malpractice, 2) work place accidents, 3) auto accidents, and 4) slip and fall accidents.
What to look for in a personal injury attorney?
Sometimes it is difficult to get the compensation you need and deserve as those involved deny fault or insurance companies offer only a fraction of the recovery you are entitled to. This is where an experienced personal injury lawyer can help you. A personal injury lawyer that’s compassionate, understanding, resourceful and has patience in finding ways to fight for your rights is worth every penny you pay them after they secure compensation for you.
When you require medical help or procedure you seek the advice, opinion and care of medical professionals who can help. Sometimes you must entrust your life to the medical professionals; may it be for simple outpatient procedure or a complex brain surgery. You entrust your life to a medical professional and assume that they will take care of you and be responsible for giving you the proper and appropriate care. However, in some instances a medical professional is negligent and caused severe damage, injury or even death. This is when its appropriate to sue the medical professional for medical malpractice.
Work place injury
Workers’ compensation laws are designed to protect employees who are injured on the job. Under the workers compensation law, an employer is responsible for any injuries sustained by their “on-the-clock” employees regardless of whether or not the employer is responsible for causing those injuries.
Workers’ compensation is a no fault system set in place by each state to provide benefits to people who are injured at work during work-related activities. A no fault system allows you to collect benefits without having to prove that your employer si at fault. Benefits generally include medical care and paying compensation for a percentage of the worker’s income; however, workers compensation laws are complex and vary from state to state.
Slip and Fall Accident
We have all experienced the embarrassing or sometimes painful effects of gravity by tripping or falling. While most of the time we are able to get up and brush up ourselves off after a momentary loss of equilibrium, some of these accidents can result in severe personal injury. When your injury is caused by the negligence of someone else-someone who had the knowledge and ability to remove the dangers in your path or better alert to the hazardous surface condition-you may have a personal injury lawsuit.
Generally, when victims of personal injury accidents seek legal action, they want to be compensated for their medical bills, time and money lost from work, loss of the ability to work, and pain and suffering (compensatory damages). Basically, plaintiffs want to be reimbursed for the expense of taking care of their injury and the effects that injury has had on their day-to-day lives. However, if the injury is caused by an egregious conduct and not just through negligence of another an amount in addition to the regular compensation may be awarded to the victim as punitive damages.