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Personal Injuries

There are all kinds of ways to land in trouble due to someone else’s wrongful actions. Insurance companies and others who are at-fault may engage in a lot of verbal combat, trying to escape fault, trying to minimize their pay out. This means that people have to flee to an attorney to represent their interests. A personal injury attorney specializes in going to bat for the injured parties. Personal injury lawsuits are the answer for many who are damaged due to the negligence, fault, mistake or inattention of another. There are several types of personal injury lawsuits, and some overlap. Following are a few examples.

Medical Malpractice
If you have evidence that a doctor, medical practitioner or surgeon make a damaging mistake in rendering care, you may have the option of filing a medial malpractice claim. The scenarios can range from leaving a placenta in after delivering a baby, leaving a surgical tool inside a body cavity, doing surgery that causes complications, etc.

Medical providers are well-educated, have to undergo extensive training and met rigorous licensing standards. They are not excused for mistakes as easily as people in other jobs and careers. If a patient can prove damages due to negligence, they can file a lawsuit for personal injury.

Faulty Products
Verdicts and settlements due to injuries related to the pelvic (transvaginal) mesh, a hammock-type device inserted to help support bulging or encroaching of organs into another space, have been numerous. There are people who’ve had this procedure without any complications, but some people have had complications, such as urinary problems, bleeding, infection, perforation. They have sought the support of personal injury attorneys to advocate on their behalf.

Essentially, if something is wrong with a product and it causes harm, one can either file a personal injury lawsuit or join a class action lawsuit with others similarly harmed.
General Motors (GM) is now a defendant in a class action and private party lawsuit due to faulty ignitions in their vehicles. It could mean negligence will be added to the suits due to the fact that the company failed to recall the cars when they became aware of this problem.

Dangerous Products
Products such as Yaz, Yazmin and Ocella (birth control pills) were examples of products that were found to cause injuries to some women who took them. Strokes and blood clots were some of the examples of health problems caused by these drugs.

Other drugs like Crestor and Lipitor were found to cause medical problems for some people who took these blood cholesterol regulators.

Product liability lawsuits, as used under these circumstances, are a type of personal injury lawsuit.

Auto Injury Accidents
Sometimes automobile accidents results in injuries, even when seat belts are worn and the airbag deploys. In such cases, personal injury attorneys such as Woomer & Hall LLP make sure the person gets compensation for all medical care, renumeration for lost wages or lost income, pain and suffering and more. The attorney takes into account that some injuries may have a lasting impact on the injured party’s life, such as making it hard for them to fulfill their career to the fullest capacity. Even though the personal injury attorney does not seek to settle with the insurance company until medical care is complete, they factor in future issues related to those injuries. Conceivably there should be a lifetime of problems after an accident. With these kinds of personal injury lawsuits, the injured party does not pay the attorney anything out of pocket; the attorney takes their money, in the form of a percentage, out of the final settlement.

Wrongful Death
Of course a dead person can’t sue anybody. However, in the event that the death was the result of someone else’s careless behavior, neglect, default or lack of skill; another person can bring a lawsuit on their behalf. Children, a spouse, parents, etc can bring a lawsuit if they lost a loved one in a wrongful death.

Examples might be a drunk driver who runs a red light and hits someone, resulting in their death.

Dog Bites
If someone’s dog bites someone, that person can file a lawsuit for personal injury. Dog owners are responsible for the behavior of their dogs, especially if it can be shown that they knew the dog might bite someone. A perfect example might be someone whose dog bites someone, and then they leave the dog unsupervised or off a leash and they bite another person. It is expected that the dog owner would take measures to prevent a subsequent biting incident.

If the injured party was trespassing or did something to provoke the dog, it may affect the liability of the dog owner in some states.

Asbestos
Mesothelioma deaths and injuries have been directly attributable to exposure to asbsestos. Workers in the shipping, construction and other careers were exposed to this material. Some of them seemed symptom-free for years and then fell victim to lung diseases as a result of the exposure.

Conclusion
Someone else may bring suffering to another, causing devastation, damages and life limitations. It could be a driver, a doctor, a nurse, a product maker or a combination. As the independent victim’s compensation administrator, Kenneth Feinberg stated in relation to the GM lawsuit, “Money is a poor substitute for loss.” However, he and many others concede that sometimes money is the only thing available. That’s why many find themselves filing a personal injury lawsuit.