Personal Injury and Wrongful Death

When another’s negligence or intentional act causes serious injury or wrongful death, the people affected need the sound legal advice, dedicated representation and caring support of a thoroughly knowledgeable and experienced lawyer.

Don’t wait to file your claim. There are limitations for the amount of time allowed to file a personal injury or wrongful death claim. If you don’t file within the specified limitation period, you may permanently surrender your rights to recover damages for your case.

The general rule is that the only compensation an injured employee can recover after a workplace accident is through his or her employer’s. There are exceptions to this rule. These include situations in which an employer failed to obtain workers’ compensation insurance, intentional injuries by an employer or a third party, injuries that arise from a defective product or a toxic substance, or caused by an entity that does not employ you.

Every year, thousands of Americans are bitten by animals — most often dogs. In many cases, a person bitten by an animal may have a legal right to recover damages from the animal’s owner or another responsible party.

About 1.4 million persons in the United States suffer burns each year. Burn injuries are very complex and can affect all the major organ systems. A well-known cause of burns is accidental fires. Other sources of burns include scalding liquids or steam, contact with something hot, contact with chemicals, electrocution, and radiation.

Typical homeowners insurance provides limited coverage for personal injuries or property damage to others for which you or members of your family living with you may be legally responsible. The injuries or damages don’t have to occur on your property. Your policy will describe what types of claims are covered, and coverage may vary by state, policy type, and insurer.

Any establishment that sells, serves, or assists in the purchase or use of liquor (i.e. dram shop) opens its doors for a liability claim as a consequence of someone getting drunk to the extent that injuries or property damages are the result. This includes restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and taverns. While it’s logical that the inebriated person should be the one to pay, in reality the business that served the alcohol could be liable for injuries, damages, or both that occurred as a result of actions, behaviors, or conduct of a patron who drank too much.

A premises liability lawsuit holds a property owner responsible for any damages arising out of an injury on that person or entity’s property. In all states, owners that occupy a property must make a reasonable effort to maintain a safe environment for visitors to it. Failure to keep the property safe for visitors results in “premises liability.”

Common situations that may give rise to premises liability lawsuits are:

  • Animal and Dog Bites
  • Trip and Fall Accidents
  • Dangerous Property
  • Negligent or Inadequate Security
  • Swimming Pool Injury
  • Inadequate Maintenance
  • Children on Property
  • Retail Store Liability
  • Restaurant Liability

Sexual abuse refers to any type of illegal or coerced sexual conduct against another individual. A variety of different offenses fall into this category, which is not limited to physical contact alone. Instead, sexual abuse includes acts of sexual harassment, rape, indecent exposure, forcing another individual to view or participate in pornography, and contributing in any way to the commercial sexual exploitation of children.

“Trip and fall” is a term used for a personal injury case in which a person slips or trips and is injured on someone else’s property. These cases usually fall under the broader category of cases known as “premises liability” claims. Trip and fall accidents usually occur on property (or “premises”) owned or maintained by someone else, and the property owner may be held legally responsible.

Workers’ compensation benefits are guaranteed whether the employee, the employer, a third party, or a coworker is at fault for an employee’s injury. However, in exchange for the guarantee of benefits, an employee loses the right to sue his or her employer in civil court for personal injuries. The exception to this in most states is when your injury occurs because of your employer’s recklessness or intentional misconduct. In such a situation, you may be able to sue in civil court and recover a full range of damages that are not available in the worker’s compensation system, such as pain and suffering and punitive damages.

The general rule is that the only compensation an injured employee can recover after a workplace accident is through his or her employer’s. There are exceptions to this rule. These include situations in which an employer failed to obtain workers’ compensation insurance, intentional injuries by an employer or a third party, injuries that arise from a defective product or a toxic substance, or caused by an entity that does not employ you.

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