Every one of us at some time in their life will sustain injuries and many of these injuries will require medical attention and cause lingering distress. Injuries may occur due to our own behaviors, some natural disaster, or an accident caused by someone else. When an injury is someone else’s fault there is a chance it occurred due to negligence. And when this negligence causes injuries that create temporary or lingering physical or psychological issues, causes you to lose income from work and lowers the quality of your life either temporarily or permanently, you are entitled to seek compensation from the party who has injured you. To secure compensation you would seek out a personal injury attorney like Florida based Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC, who have a stellar track record of securing financial relief for their clients.
What is personal injury?
Personal injury is a legal term for an injury to the body, mind or emotions, as opposed to an injury to property. The term refers to a type of tort lawsuit alleging that the plaintiff’s injury has been caused by the negligence of another. Personal injury cases require a lawyer trained to understand the series of events related to the case and who can recommend how the law applies. The cases are civil and will not result in a criminal conviction of the defendant only in financial compensation being demanded by the court in the event the plaintiff wins the case. Because the case is civil the plaintiff need only prove a preponderance of the evidence, which is a lower burden of proof than in a criminal case which demands reasonable doubt for a conviction. As such it is possible for a defendant to win a criminal case and lose a personal injury case around the same set of circumstances.
What types of situations require a personal injury attorney?
Although car accidents are by far the largest area of personal injury claims, not all car accidents result in claims. If a driver has been shown to have been negligent in his actions, resulting in injuries, this can set the foundation for a claim. Many car accident claims revolve around carelessness, driving impaired, not following road rules, and speeding.
Slip and Fall Cases
When someone owns a property or business they are required to maintain or manage it in a way that someone will not get injured while acting normally in that property or business. When the owner or operator does not meet this minimum standard, and someone is injured they can sue for personal injury.
In the medical field it is common for patients to feel that they have been misdiagnosed or given bad medical treatment or advice. Because medical practitioners have a legal obligation to provide a minimum standard of quality care, this leads to lots of personal injury claims aimed at doctors and other medical professionals.
When someone is assaulted it is a person intentionally harming someone else. Assault does not always have to be physical, someone can file a claim based on threats and intimidation as well and the harm can be physical as well as emotional.
Defective products unfortunately are a more common issue than one would think and often someone is injured while using them. The law requires that manufacturers provide safe products to the public and when they don’t and someone is injured, that person can file a personal injury case against the product manufacturer.
Personal injury covers a broad spectrum of cases that result from negligence by a party and each state has its own laws regarding personal injury cases. If you think you have a personal injury case, contact a reputable personal injury lawyer and discuss the details of the case.