10 Most Common Reasons People Hire Personal Injury Lawyers

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Accidents and injuries are as diverse as they are common; from broken limbs and severe burns to emotional trauma and death, preventable accidents often lead to life changing consequences. When they strike, accidents can leave victims struggling to recover financially when they should be focused on recovering from their injuries. The effect is not limited to the direct victim of the accident; families and dependents are also impacted.

The personal injury lawyers at Zinda Law Group believe accident victims, both direct and indirect, should not face the path to legal recovery alone. Our nationwide team of experienced personal injury attorneys is well equipped and ready to evaluate and handle your case. If you or a loved one were injured in an accident, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 for a 100% free case evaluation with our experienced personal injury attorneys; we are the personal injury law firm you need.

Personal injury statistics

Unfortunately, preventable injuries are staggeringly common. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), there were 48.3 million preventable, non-fatal injuries for which medical attention was sought in 2019. The NSC further reported 173,040 preventable injury-related deaths in the same year; this represents a 3.5% increase from 167,127 in 2018 and a 99% increase from 86,777 in 1992.

According to the same organization, every ten minutes in the United States, preventable incidents will cause: three deaths, 919 injuries severe enough to require medical attention, and $20.89 million in costs. If you are an accident victim and think your injuries were someone else’s fault, you should not hesitate to consult with a personal injury lawyer.

Read more: National Safety Council (NCS), Preventable Injury-Related Deaths by State

ten reasons people hire personal injury attorneys

Our personal injury law firm is ready to help you evaluate and handle your accident. Below are ten common reasons to hire personal injury lawyers.

1. Personal Vehicle Accidents

Personal vehicle accidents are perhaps the first type of accident that comes to mind when we think of personal injuries. Over breakfast or while preparing dinner in the kitchen, you might hear of one or two car wrecks on the morning or evening news radio programs. When on the road commuting to or from work, you might witness the catastrophic results of these accidents as you pass by in your own vehicle; and, of course, if you have ever been injured in a serious car accident yourself, you know firsthand how serious they can be and appreciate the importance of contacting a lawyer who has experience handling personal injury cases successfully as soon as possible.

2. “Company Vehicle” Accidents

Though we often think of accidents between every-day, personal vehicles first when we think of auto accidents, collisions between private vehicles and commercial vehicles abound. “Company vehicle” is a diverse category that includes 18-wheelers, oil-field service trucks, work vans, delivery trucks, buses, rideshare vehicles, and any vehicle driven in the “course and scope” of work.

Because there may exist multiple sources of potential liability in these cases (e.g., vehicle drivers, vehicle owners, insurance companies, trucking companies, loaders, etc.) and because they often involve comparatively higher levels of damage, these kinds of accidents can present greater legal challenges than more commonplace road accidents between private vehicles. The defining characteristic of company vehicle accidents is often the size discrepancy between the vehicles involved; this discrepancy means these accidents can be especially devastating.

To appreciate their catastrophic potential, one need only envision a collision between an everyday family vehicle and an 18-wheeler. If you are a victim of a company vehicle accident, contact a personal injury lawyer to strategize a path toward compensation.

3. Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice cases are exactly what they sound like. This case type arises when medical providers (e.g., doctors, nurses, anesthesiologists, health care facilities, pharmaceutical companies) cause injury to patients.

Successfully proving medical malpractice normally requires proving that the medical provider did not perform their service according to the prevailing “standard of care” for their practice area. From a legal standpoint, medical malpractice cases also present a number of specialized challenges. Put simply, this is because the practice of medicine is diverse and highly specialized.

Legally defining the standard in each case can be very difficult, especially for nonexperts. Because of the complexity presented by these cases, victims of medical malpractice are advised to consult with a lawyer about their personal injury as soon as possible.

Common kinds of medical malpractice cases include:

  • Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis
  • Failure to treat
  • Prescription drug errors
  • Surgical or procedural errors
  • Childbirth injuries

4. Products Liability

Products liability is also conceptually straightforward; these cases arise when consumers are injured by defective products. From defective household appliances to defective car parts, the range of accidents and injuries that can lead to a products liability case are virtually limitless. One defining characteristic of this case type is that, because of mass manufacturing, distribution, and consumption, the number of victims or potential victims can be vast.

Depending on the case, a lawyer of personal injury cases can potentially structure the resulting litigation as a class action. Defects in products may be categorized as follows:

  • Design defects, which are inherent to the product;
  • Manufacturing defects, which occur during assembly and may be limited to only a few finished products; and
  • Defects in marketing, which may be based on improper instructions or a failure to warn of inherent dangers in the products.

5. Premises Liability

Premises liability cases arise from dangerous conditions on someone else’s property. The classic (and often stereotyped) example is the “slip and fall” case. However, any number of dangerous conditions can lead to a compensable accident; other potential case types within this category include:

  • Snow and ice accidents
  • Inadequate maintenance of the premises
  • Defective conditions on the premises
  • Inadequate building security leading to injury or assault
  • Elevator and escalator accidents
  • Swimming pool accidents
  • Amusement park accidents
  • Fires
  • Water leaks or flooding
  • Toxic fumes or chemicals

6. Construction Accidents

Construction accidents may be viewed as a sub-specialty of premises liability; these accidents can be particularly complex because construction sites are often operated or controlled by numerous interacting parties. Liability, of course, may stem from the owner of the project or property; however, depending on the scale and nature of the construction project, there may be dozens of contractors working on one site. Further, equipment rental agencies, dealers, and operators may become involved.

Additionally, the various manufacturers and distributors of construction equipment and materials being used on the construction site may also face liability. Disentangling the potential web of liability requires the expertise of a personal injury attorney.

7. Workplace Accidents

Perhaps the most unique aspect of workplace accidents is the possibility of “worker’s compensation;” this typically refers to a type of insurance by which an employer compensates an employee who has been injured or disabled on the job. In exchange for this insurance, the employee forgoes the right to sue the employer for additional compensation. In other words, the system is meant to compensate the injured employee while simultaneously shielding employers from lawsuits.

Worker’s compensation is mostly governed at the state level. Therefore, there can be significant variability across jurisdictions. A lawyer whose specialty is personal injury can help you navigate the laws that regulate worker’s compensation in your state.

Read more: Workers Compensation

8. “Dram Shop” Liability

“Dram shop” is an old-fashioned term referring to commercial establishments that sell alcohol (e.g., bars, clubs, convenience stores); many states have enacted dram shop statutes that govern the liability of these establishments when their intoxicated patrons cause accidents and injuries. Typically, a plaintiff in such a case must prove that the establishment knew or reasonably should have known that the person was too intoxicated to be served more alcohol. Dram shop statutes also vary from state to state; therefore it is important to consult with a personal injury lawyer familiar with the laws in your state.

9. Dog Bites & Animal Attacks

Animal owners may be held liable for the injuries caused by their animals; because dogs are an extremely common pet, they are most often the source of injury in this case type, though not exclusively. Sadly, the victims of such accidents are often the most vulnerable among us—namely young children, the elderly, and the disabled; because of their vulnerability, their injuries can be extremely severe. The best kind of attorney to hire to work on this type of case is one who has successfully handled dog bite cases before.

10. Wrongful Death

Wrongful death is straightforward, as well. It is a catch-all category that includes any case in which an individual is killed and suit is brought against the defendant for their negligent or intentional act which caused the loss of a life. Any of the foregoing case types may also involve wrongful death.

A wrongful death suit is brought by the representative of the deceased victim’s estate and on behalf of survivors who had a relationship with the victim. However, exactly which survivors may bring suit varies across states. Again, a lawyer who specializes in personal injury can help you navigate the laws in your state. 

Read more: ZLG Practice Areas; How to Negotiate With an Insurance Company

LET US HELP YOU

Personal injury victims are frequently left wondering what legal steps to take after their accident. Regardless of the type of accident you were involved in, remember that you do not need to face the path toward compensation alone. Zinda Law Group is a nationwide personal injury law firm committed to helping accident victims recover just compensation; our personal injury lawyers are here, ready and able to help.

At Zinda Law Group, we believe that no victim of an accident should have to worry about their ability to afford excellent legal representation. Tell us about your case, and we will tell you how we can help you seek maximum compensation for your injuries. Our clients pay nothing unless we win their case; that is our No Win, No Fee Guarantee.

If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident, call a personal injury law firm that works hard to get you the highest allowable compensation for your kind of injury case. Contact Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 for a 100% free case evaluation with one of our experienced attorneys today.

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