If someone else’s negligence caused your injuries, you might face significant medical bills for surgeries, therapy, medication, and more. You might lose wages from being unable to return to work either temporarily or permanently. Additionally, you likely have pain and suffering associated with your injuries.
A Tinley Park personal injury lawyer may work with a victim to help them file a claim to receive compensation for these unexpected expenses related to their accident. They might also be able to help you understand your legal rights and what parties are ultimately responsible for your injuries and losses.
If someone else’s negligence caused you to suffered losses, consider contacting Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 794-0444 to see if a Tinley Park personal injury lawyer can help you get compensation for your injuries.
Types of Personal Injury Cases
Personal injury cases are always a result of someone’s negligence causing physical, emotional, or financial injuries or losses to another person. Some personal injury cases are:
Any accident involving a person negligently operating a motor vehicle, large commercial truck, motorcycle, or another type of vehicle may result in a personal injury case. Victims of accidents on the roadways often suffer catastrophic injuries or even death. Drivers of vehicles on the roadway have a responsibility to operate their vehicles safely to ensure that other motorists on the roadways are safe. If they fail to do so, they may remain liable and responsible for injuries or losses.
Slip and Fall Accidents
All property owners have a responsibility to ensure that their premises are safe and free from hazards and dangers. If a person slips and falls on a hazardous or dangerous condition that a property owner knew about or should have known about, they may be liable for any injuries suffered by someone legally visiting their property.
The American Animal Hospital Association reports that dogs bite more than 5 million people per year. Those bites account for thousands of injuries and emergency room visits in the United States every year. A dog owner has to ensure that their animal does not cause any harm to another person. If a dog bites another person without provocation, the dog owner might be liable for any injuries suffered by the victim.
According to the National Institutes of Health, every person who enters the medical field has to agree to the Hippocratic Oath and have skills that allow them to reasonably care for patients. When a medical professional ignores or otherwise fails to adhere to this degree of care, it might be medical malpractice.
Medical malpractice can include any personal injuries related to a misdiagnosis, hospital error, surgical error, physician or nurse error, medication error, or any error related to a medical professional.
Any product that enters the stream of commerce that causes injury can result in a personal injury case under product liability law. If there is a design or manufacturing defect, or any other flaw that causes harm, any entity within the supply chain from manufacturer to retailer can remain liable and can hold responsibility for injuries suffered by a victim of the product’s defects.
Responsibilities of a Personal Injury Lawyer
Everyone has to make their own decision on whether working with a personal injury lawyer is the right option for them. It is important to know how a personal injury attorney provides assistance to a personal injury victim throughout the settlement process with an insurance company or throughout the legal claim made in a court of law.
Explain Victim’s Legal Rights
Personal injury attorneys have the duty and responsibility to ensure that their clients understand their legal rights in their case and with their specific facts and circumstances. All of the different types of personal injury accidents have different laws and statutes that will allow a victim to receive compensation for their injuries and losses under certain circumstances. A Tinley Park personal injury attorney can explain your legal rights regarding your unique personal injury case, along with additional legal concepts that may apply, such as the statute of limitations (deadline to file the lawsuit).
Offer Legal Advice
One of the reasons that a personal injury victim will consult or hire a personal injury attorney is due to the legal advice they can provide. A personal injury attorney should completely explain the legal process to a client and assist them at every step, including the following:
- Help with any legal paperwork that needs filing with an insurance company or court of law.
- Negotiate insurance companies on the client’s behalf.
- Conduct an independent investigation into the personal injury accident.
- Contact and interview expert and eye witnesses regarding the case.
- Issue spoliation letters (to prevent the other side from destroying critical evidence).
- Issue interrogatories (questions for the other side).
- Issue subpoenas (requesting either testimony or evidence from the other side).
- Conduct all discovery matters (obtaining all information from the other side).
- Hold depositions (in-person interviews with key witnesses).
- Help a client through the entire legal process.
Negotiate With Insurance Companies
Insurance companies can be adversarial and manipulative. A personal injury lawyer may negotiate with the insurance company on a victim’s behalf to obtain compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and property damage.
Provide Representation in Court
Many personal injury cases settle outside of court. However, there are circumstances where a personal injury case will go before a judge or jury. A personal injury attorney will represent their clients regarding the personal injury claim in a court of law, and present your case accurately to help you obtain compensation for your injuries.
For a free legal consultation with a personal injury lawyer serving Tinley Park, call (800) 794-0444
Hiring a Tinley Park Personal Injury Lawyer
If someone else caused your injuries, consider calling Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 794-0444 to help you understand how a Tinley Park personal injury lawyer can help you. We want to help you receive the compensation you may deserve.