Accidents happen… that’s just a part of life. However, when an accident results in personal injuries, the victim must be aware of his rights. Depending on the circumstances, personal injuries may have lifelong implications that can affect you in numerous ways. For instance, an injury could impair your ability to work or obtain gainful employment, it could cause psychological problems and/or it could result in permanent disability. Those scenarios would be sufficient to file a lawsuit against the offending party, however the Plaintiff would then be left to navigate the complex legal system on his own. If you were injured as a result of someone else’s wrongdoing, you should consult with an Atlantic City personal injury lawyer who can help guide you through the process so that you receive all of the benefits to which you are entitled.
With that in mind, here are nine situations when you should retain a personal injury lawyer to represent your rights in Court:
- Auto Accidents
Car accidents happen frequently and could cause serious injuries, even in a low-impact collisions. One of the primary reasons to consult with a personal injury attorney is to make sense of who is responsible to pay for what. Insurance carriers will fight every claim against them, especially those involving significant damages. It is important to have someone in your corner to fight back so that you can be made whole.
- Truck Accidents
While truck drivers are generally held responsible for the same “rules of the road” as a regular vehicle, truck accidents are unique in that the large size and weight of the truck can cause much more significant damage to people and property. Many factors must be investigated following a truck accident, such as the hours of driver operation, mobile phone use, State specific laws regulating commercial driving, etc. If you have sustained personal injuries involving a commercial truck, you should seek out an attorney who will be able to thoroughly investigate all factors involved.
- Motorcycle Accidents
If you were involved in an accident while driving a motorcycle and a negligent driver or another party caused your accident, you need to seek professional help from a personal injury lawyer. Motorcycle insurance policies are much different when it comes to medical expense coverage and a lawyer can help you sort out the right compensation to get the money you need to pay for medical bills.
- Wrongful Death
If a loved-one dies as the result of a negligent act committed by another person, you can file a wrongful death claim or take survivorship action when you seek help from a personal injury lawyer. Typical beneficiaries include immediate family members such as a spouses, children and parents.
- Slip & Fall Accidents
If you’ve slipped and fell on another person’s property and sustained injury, you have the right to seek compensation for your injuries. Depending on the property (commercial, residential or public), you’ll need a personal injury lawyer to find the right documents you need to file a claim as each property type can have different requirements in Court.
- Construction Accidents
If you were injured on a construction site that was not operating up to the safety code standards, you could be entitled to compensation. A personal injury attorney will help you explore the necessary laws and regulations governing construction site safety.
- Dog Bites
Dogs can be friendly but unpredictable. The unfortunate reality is that a dog bite could happen at any time, which can cause serious injuries. If you’ve been bitten by a dog in New Jersey, the owner is held strictly liable for your injuries and you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, loss of income, disability, scarring as well as pain & suffering.
- Food Poisoning
Foodborne illness is a serious problem and can stem from unsafe food practices. If food is identified as the source of your illness, you have the right to file a claim against the vendor – whether it was from a restaurant, food product manufacturer or any other food vendor. If you fall ill because of a foodborne illness, you need to get medical attention, document your illness and retain an experienced personal injury attorney to work on your behalf to win the recovery you deserve.
- Maritime/Boating Accidents
With the summer season right around the corner, it is important to remember boating safety. Unfortunately, crowded waterways often lead to boating accidents. If you’ve been injured in a boating accident, you may be entitled to compensation. You should meet with a personal injury attorney to discuss your rights regarding boating accidents.
While these are just a few examples of when you should consult with a personal injury lawyer, you can always talk with an attorney to determine what kind of claim suits your specific situation.
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