Injured? Why you might consider a personal injury claim
September 30, 2014 Published in Firm News,Personal Injury
People can get injured at just about any time of the day or night. Something as simple as making breakfast, driving to work or heading out to a restaurant for dinner can quickly turn into something much more complicated if someone is in an accident and gets hurt.
In many of these situations, victims may feel like they are just unlucky or clumsy to have gotten hurt and assume there is nothing that can or should be done after an accident. However, this can end up being a costly mistake. In fact, many cases involving personal injury can be grounds to take legal action against a negligent party.
For instance, let’s look at the hypothetical situation we mentioned earlier in this post: making breakfast, going to work and then going out for dinner. This can help break down some of the most common sources of personal injury claims that can result in compensation for victims.
Cooking can result in serious burns if the appliances you are using are defective. Food that is tainted could make you very sick if you ingest it. In these instances, you may have grounds to file a product liability claim against the manufacturer or seller of a damaged or defective product.
Car accidents are also quite common. If another party was distracted, drunk or reckless in the operation of his or her vehicle and you are injured in an accident, it may be appropriate to file a negligence claim.
Finally, an injury can be sustained if you are visiting an establishment like a restaurant and slip and fall on a slippery or wet floor. Property owners are expected to take reasonable steps to maintain safe premises for customers; if they fail to do this and an accident happens, the victim may pursue a premises liability claim.
You may be hesitant to take legal action after suffering a painful injury because it can feel like legal action is excessive or unnecessary. But victims of any accident should remember that they could be facing huge medical bills, time away from work and other costly consequences associated with an injury.
Discussing your individual case with an attorney at Kanoski Bresney can help you better understand your rights as an injured person and what compensation may be available to help you recover from and treat your injuries.