Have you suffered injuries in an accident? If so, you need to make sure that you have experienced legal counsel by your side. A Slidell personal injury lawyer at the Law Offices of J. Price McNamara will work to protect your rights.
Can I Receive Damages for My Injuries?
The term personal injury covers a variety of injuries and circumstances. Not only is each case unique, it also depends upon a variety of factors that determine how much compensation you can expect to receive. A Slidell personal injury lawyer can examine your case and help you through each step of the claims process.
Below are a few different types of injuries that routinely qualify as a personal injury claim that may be appropriate for a lawsuit.
Car Accident Injuries
If you were the passenger in a car accident, you may be able to file a claim against the driver’s insurance company. This is true regardless of whether or not the driver of your car was at fault. Moreover, if you were a driver of the car in question, you may still have a case even if you were partially at fault for the accident.
Slip and Fall Injuries
Property owners have a duty to keep their property safe and free from potential hazards. An injured person can recover damages in slip and fall cases in two different types of situations:
- The property owner knows about an obstruction but fails to do anything about it.
- The property owner claims that they were unaware of the obstruction. Yet, another person in their situation would have known about the obstruction.
Dog Bite Injuries
If you suffered injury in a dog bite incident, the owner of the dog is often held liable. Liability can fall on the owner regardless of whether the bite occurred on your property or on public property. The dog owner may be liable even if the bite occurred on the owner’s property.
Medical Malpractice Claims
If a medical professional administers incompetent or unreasonable medical care, you may have a medical malpractice case. To see whether or not you have a claim, your Slidell personal injury lawyer will examine the standard of care exercised in your case. The three major areas he will consider are:
1) Lack of Informed Consent
Lack of informed consent means that either:
- The medical professional failed to fully inform the patient of the benefits and risks of a given medical procedure, or
- The medical professional performed a procedure on a patient against his or her wishes.
2) Mistakes in Treatment
In order to have a claim based on mistakes in treatment, you must prove that:
- A mistake was made in the medical professional’s treatment of a condition; and,
- The mistake in treatment would not have been made by a reasonable, competent doctor.
3) Improper Diagnosis
Similarly, you may have a case for improper diagnosis if you can prove that:
- The diagnosis was made improperly; and,
- A reasonable, competent doctor possessed with the same information would not have made that same mistake andwould have made the correct diagnosis.
Your Slidell personal injury lawyer will retain a medical expert from the field in question to review the facts of your case.
Negligence and Failure to Exercise Duty of Care
People have a duty of care, meaning that they have an obligation to be mindful of and look out for the care and safety of others. If someone neglects this duty and causes injury to you as a result, you may be entitled to receive compensation.
Likewise, business owners have an obligation to exercise due care when it comes to their employees. This includes making sure that the workplace is safe, such as providing a hard hat in areas in which a hard hat is appropriate. Or it may mean providing proper protective equipment when employees are handling dangerous chemicals.
Falling where there is unattended water on the floor or where a platform lacked proper securing with a banister or railing are additional examples of work-related injuries. If you sustained work-related injuries, you may file a Workers’ Compensation claim.
Defective Product Cases
You may also have a legal claim if injury or death resulted from defective products. Examples of defective products include:
- faulty brakes on your car
- medical product or device that malfunctions
- clothing that is not properly flame retardant
- playground equipment
The Types of Damages You May Be Able to Receive
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
Contact a Slidell Personal Injury Lawyer Today
If you or a loved one are suffering due to injuries, don’t delay in seeking legal help. An experienced Slidell personal injury lawyer can help you through each stage of the personal injury claims process. Your attorney can discuss your case, as well as determine whether or not you have a claim. Call the Law Offices of J. Price McNamara today.