If you suffered injuries in an accident due to someone else’s negligence, you may be facing serious personal injuries. Along with medical bills and lost wages, you may have property damage and pain and suffering. Contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 794-0444 to learn how a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer can help you understand your legal rights.
Personal Injury Law
Personal injury law is a wide area of law that encompasses different types of accidents that often occur due to the negligence of another person or entity. There are several different types of cases that fall under the umbrella of personal injury law in which a victim may receive compensation for injuries suffered due to the carelessness or negligence of someone else. The following are some types of personal injury cases in which a victim may pursue compensation.
Car accidents may involve another driver’s negligence, including texting and driving, drowsy driving, distracted driving, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, failure to follow the rules of the road or roadway signs, speeding, or reckless driving. While car accidents occur frequently in the United States, other types of vehicle accidents also fall under personal injury law including commercial trucking accidents, motorcycle accidents, ATV accidents, scooter and e-bike accidents, pedestrian accidents, and bicycle accidents. When one party, or multiple parties, fail to operate their vehicle appropriately on the roadways for any reason, the victim may have the opportunity to file a claim to receive compensation.
Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents are part of premises liability law, and a victim may seek compensation if the owner of a property failed to ensure that their property remained free from hazardous or dangerous conditions. If you legally entered a business or residential property, and the owner of that property failed to warn you of a hazard or failed to remove the hazard, which directly caused an injury, they may remain liable for any injuries you suffered as a result.
If you suffered any injuries as a direct result of a physician’s error, misdiagnosis, negligent error during surgery, hospital error, nursing error, or pharmaceutical error, you may have a possible claim under medical malpractice. Those in the medical profession have a standard of care they owe to patients to ensure that they receive, at a bare minimum, the established level of medical care. If a medical practitioner breaches this standard of care in any way, a victim may have the legal right to seek compensation through a medical malpractice case.
Dog bites account for thousands of emergency room visits every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If a dog bites someone who did not provoke the dog, the victim has the legal right to pursue a personal injury claim against the owner.
In some cases, a defective product enters into the stream of commerce and causes injury to a user. If a manufacturer, designer, or distributor of a product has some sort of responsibility or involvement in placing a defective product into the marketplace, and a user suffers injuries from it, the victim may have a product liability case. Product liability cases have a standard of strict liability on manufacturers, designers, and distributors.
This is not a complete listing of all of the types of personal injury cases, which can also include birth injuries, construction accidents, and even some cases of violent harm from one party against another. If you suffered injuries due to another person’s negligence, you may have the legal right to pursue compensation. You have a right to inquire about how a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer can help you pursue compensation for your personal injury claim.
Proving and Determining Liability
If you suffered any kind of injury related to someone else’s negligence, you will have to prove that the other party is liable for your injuries. To do this, every personal injury case must meet four criteria to determine and prove liability:
Duty of Care
Different persons have different degrees of a duty of care to others. For example, a doctor and nurse have a standard of care to their patients, a driver on the roadway has a duty of care to other drivers to operate a vehicle carefully, and a dog owner has a responsibility to ensure the safety of others while walking their dog on the street. In all personal injury cases, one person has an implied duty of care to another.
Breach of Duty
Personal injury cases must show that there was a breach of a duty of care to act in a responsible manner towards another person. If a property owner has dangerous or hazardous conditions on their property that they know of, and fail to warn guests or customers, they have breached a duty of care.
If a victim suffers injuries due to someone else’s negligence and breach of a duty of care, they must prove that the accident and the other person’s negligence was the direct cause of their injuries.
A victim must have suffered actual damages, such as physical, emotional, or financial damages as a result of the other person or entity’s breach of duty and negligence.
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Consider a Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer
If you were a victim of someone’s negligence and suffered injuries, contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 794-0444 to learn how a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer can work with you to determine and prove liability regarding your personal injury case.