Personal Injury Lawsuits
Personal injury lawsuits are filed by the victim of a personal injury against the liable party in order to seek compensation for damages. Personal injury lawsuits can be brought against a party for negligence, strict liability or intentional wrongs. A party can be charged in personal injury lawsuits for negligence if they failed to prevent injury. Strict liability personal injury lawsuits involve a party's defective product or drug. Intentional wrong in personal injury lawsuits involves willful or malicious wrongdoing on behalf of the liable party.
Types of Personal Injury Lawsuits
Personal injury lawsuits can be brought under a variety of circumstances. Personal injury lawsuits can be filed for car accidents, work injury, drug injury, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, slip and fall injury, exposure to toxic materials, dog bite injury, and in cases of wrongful death. If personal injury caused death, personal injury lawsuits can be filed by a decedent's beneficiaries or dependants in order to seek compensation for damages.
Compensation For Injuries
In personal injury lawsuits, a victim seeks compensation for the injuries they have suffered. Compensation can include medical expenses, disability or deformity, loss of income and pain and suffering. In cases where the defendant acted maliciously or willfully, punitive damages may also be awarded. Punitive damages in personal injury lawsuits are intended to punish the responsible party and deter others from committing the same acts.
Cases Settled Out of Court
Most personal injury lawsuits can be settled out of the court system through negotiations with an adjuster from the defendant's insurance company. If negotiations cannot be reached in this manner, a Complaint of Law can be filed in the appropriate civil court. Personal injury lawsuits are best handled by a qualified attorney who can protect and maximize a victim's interest.
The laws regarding personal injury lawsuits in each state are different. All states have a statute of limitations which places a time restriction on when personal injury lawsuits can be filed. This time usually begins on the date when the injury occurred, however there are exceptions to this rule.
Damages and Responsiblity Must be Proved
In personal injury lawsuits, two things must be proven by the victim. The first thing that must be established is that the defendant was, in fact, responsible for the injuries that were incurred by the victim. The extent of the damages also must be proven in personal injury lawsuits.
If you feel that you might be eligible to file personal injury lawsuits, you may wish to contact a qualified and experienced personal injury attorney who can advise you of your legal rights and options in a case.
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