A personal injury lawsuit is a legal remedy to obtain financial compensation for injury or death-related losses that an individual or family incurs based on negligence, recklessness, or intentional harm from another person or a legal entity.
Even if an individual is partially responsible for his or her injury, illness or death, a personal injury lawsuit may be an appropriate and successful step to take. When another person, business or government agency is negligent or reckless, that defendant may be held liable for the damages caused. This means that the defendant or defendants insurance company will have to pay for costs incurred by the injured person or the family of someone killed.
Needless to say, every personal injury case is unique with specific circumstances. A personal injury lawyer has the knowledge and experience to effectively represent the injured person and family, protecting their rights for compensation under provincial or federal law. In many cases personal injury lawyers will help bring about a negotiated settlement or a litigated court award.
Examples Of Personal Injury Claims
There are literally hundreds of scenarios that can lead to a personal injury claim. The list below are frequently seen types of personal injury and wrongful death claims:
- Car Accidents
- Motor Cycle Accidents
- Semi-Truck Accidents
- Bicycle Accidents
- Bus Accidents
- Boating Accidents
- Railroad Collisions
- Workplace Injuries and Occupational hazards
- Product Liability Cases (Defective or dangerous product causing harm)
- Medical Malpractice (Substandard medical care results in illness, injury, or death)
- Birth Injuries
- Animal Attacks
- Airplane Crashes
- Assault and Homicide (Injuries caused by the intentional harm of another)
Personal injury and wrongful death cases are civil legal actions, and are settled with financial awards.
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