Being injured is no fun at all and can be a huge hassle financially and psychologically. That stress and suffering is even worse when you were injured by another party. However, you do have a tool available to you that can help you get the financial compensation that you deserve. A personal injury lawyer can help you file a lawsuit to earn the money that you deserve.
So what is a personal injury lawyer?
A personal injury lawyer is a specific type of civil litigation lawyer. This contrasts with criminal lawyers, who either represent the prosecution or defense in criminal case proceedings. The objective of a personal injury lawyer is to file and win a lawsuit for their client.
Now, before you go and find a personal injury lawyer to help you file a lawsuit, you should check to see whether or not your injury actually qualifies for a personal injury lawsuit. Here are some common categories to consider:
- Medical Negligence - Mistakes happen all the time in healthcare. After all, doctors are only human. However, those errors can sometimes cause intense pain and suffering (or even death) for the patient. In some cases, doctors missed warning signs that they should be reasonably expected to identify. In others, doctors wrote the wrong prescription or scheduled the wrong surgery. In any event, a personal injury lawsuit is a valid means of getting compensation for your suffering. There might be no way to repair the damage that was caused to you, but financial compensation can certainly make your life easier and make up for lost wages.
- Defective Products - Manufacturing processes are not perfect. Defective products are created all the time, possibly due to cost-cutting measures or simple inattentiveness on the part of the manufacturer. Unfortunately, some defective products can cause serious injury and death. Toxic paint on children's toys and faulty auto parts fall into the category of defective products and are valid grounds for a personal injury lawsuit.
- Slip-and-Fall - This broad category covers injuries that occurred on private properties due to neglect on the part of the property owner. For instance, if you were to walk onto a piece of private property and step on a bear trap and be injured as a result, then you could pursue a personal injury lawsuit, even if you were actually trespassing. As long as the property owner failed to take the necessary precautions to ensure the safety of their property, you have a decent chance of winning.