Whether it is a dog bite, a slip and fall in a store, nursing home negligence, medical malpractice, child neglect/abuse, wrongful death, Mesothelioma or clergy sexual abuse, we can help you with your personal injury claim. Most personal injury claims arise out of negligence. We have to prove four things.
- The other party had an obligation to do or refrain from doing something – the law calls this a duty.
- They failed to do or refrain from doing the thing they had a duty to do – or a breach of duty;
- The breach was the cause of the harm you suffered – or what the law calls causation.
- You suffered damages as a result of the causation – or what the law calls a harm.
This sounds very technical but it’s really very straight forward. Someone must be at fault for causing the injury. Fault can be assigned for several reasons, or theories of liability, such as the failure to use reasonable care or violating safety laws/ regulations or defective design of a product or failing to provide a safe premises.
In order to determine fault for the accident, we must investigate your case. The facts of any case impact how the law applies to that case. We may also visit the scene, interview witnesses, hire and consul with expert witnesses like engineers, architects and doctors.
After we determining how the injury occurred and who can be held liable for causing the injury, we must evaluate your damages. There are two types of damages – economic and non-economic.
Economic damages include things like medical bills, lost wages and/or benefits and out of pocket expenses like hiring additional household help, transportation help, or additional childcare costs.
Non-economic damages include pain and suffering, damage to your marriage (loss of consortium) and loss of enjoyment of life such as the loss of the ability to perform day-to-day tasks, loss of the ability to participate in the hobbies or social activities which were part of your life before the injury and to experience the simple pleasures of life.
You should have an experienced attorney review your personal injury to help you determine if you have a case and against whom. Contact us today.
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