Useful Information After an Accident
If you have been hurt in an incident that was caused by someone else acting negligently or recklessly‚ you may not know what to do next. At the Jurewitz Law Group Injury & Accident Lawyers‚ we want every injured victim to know his or her rights and to recover as quickly as possible. Below‚ we list what you should know in the aftermath of a wide variety of accidents. Find the incident that you were involved in and learn more about what you should do.
Most importantly‚ make sure to get medical attention as soon as possible if you have been injured. Your injuries need to be evaluated and treated in order to heal as much as you possibly can and to avoid serious complications.
I Was Injured in an Auto Accident
Were you the victim of a car‚ truck‚ motorcycle‚ bicycle‚ or pedestrian accident that was caused by someone other than you? Then you are able to file a case seeking compensation for your injuries from the at-fault party and his or her insurance providers. By proving that the at-fault party caused your accident by acting recklessly‚ such as driving drunk or ignoring traffic signals‚ you may have a case.
Under California’s Comparative Fault Law‚ it is ok if you were somewhat at fault for the accident. As long as you can prove that the at-fault party was mostly at fault‚ you have the right to hold him or her responsible‚ but your compensation will be reduced by the percentage you were at fault.
I Was Hurt by a Defective Product
If your accident was caused by a product that was defective in its design or manufacturing‚ and not because it broke after heavy use‚ then you have the right to hold the maker of that product responsible. Additionally, products may have secret dangers that consumers are never warned of through a warning label. Using the product in what you thought was a safe manner but was actually dangerous is not your fault.
I Was Injured While Working
If you were hurt on the job‚ you do not pursue a personal injury claim. Instead, you must pursue workers’ compensation coverage for your injuries. Report the injury to your employer‚ go to a doctor approved by your company‚ and report the extent of your injuries. As long as you were injured while on the job and while performing your official work duties‚ you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits‚ which will pay for missed work and medical care needed for recovery.
I Was Hurt in a Slip and Fall
If your slip and fall accident was on someone else’s property‚ then you may be able to hold the owner of that property liable for your injuries. Slippery surfaces‚ broken tiles and stairs‚ spilled liquids‚ and more can lead to a serious fall. It is the legal duty of property owners to fix these dangers or clearly mark them with warning signs to protect others.
My Loved One Was Abused at a Nursing Home
If you believe that your loved one is suffering abuse at a nursing home‚ do not wait to get him or her out of the dangerous situation. Be on the lookout for signs of physical‚ emotional‚ sexual‚ or financial abuse‚ as well as neglect by nursing home staff. Document these injuries and do not let your loved one continue to suffer at the hands of staff. Since your loved one may be physically or mentally incapable of filing a law suit against the home‚ you can do so on his or her behalf.
My Child Was Hurt
As a parent or legal guardian‚ you have the right to file a lawsuit on behalf of your injured child. Like all other personal injury cases‚ you can hold the person or people who harmed your child responsible for injuries‚ emotional trauma‚ and medical bills that resulted from the incident. Since serious child injuries can cause disabilities that last into adulthood‚ determining the effects of these for the coming years and what they will cost is vital in seeking fair payment for your child’s losses.
I Was Attacked by Someone Else’s Dog
If you were bitten or mauled by a dog through no fault of your own‚ you can hold the owner of the dangerous pet responsible for your injuries. If you were attacked by a roaming dog or were attacked when on someone else’s property legally‚ you are the victim‚ not the cause of the attack. Dog owners are responsible for keeping their pets from harming others and are liable for your injuries.
For more information on your injuries and legal rights, call the personal injury attorneys at the Jurewitz Law Group Injury & Accident Lawyers at (888) 233-5020 and receive a no-cost consultation from our experienced legal team.