How an Attorney Specialising in Personal Injury Can Help You Get Compensation for Damages
Attorneys specialising in personal injury law assist clients during the legal process to get compensation for the injuries and damages suffered as the result of the negligence or wilful causing of injury by another party. An example of such is when a person slips and falls in a grocery chain store.
The business or property owner has a duty of care towards the users of the premises. As such, the owner must see to it that the environment in which customers shop is safe and free from hazards. To protect against financial loss as the result of a claim for damages by a customer because of an injury sustained while using the premises, the business owner takes out public liability insurance.
The insurance company thus covers the business owner against the legal costs and cost of compensation, which may follow as the result of their failure in preventing such injuries to the public. Submitting a claim against the chain store owner’s company will thus not lead to its bankruptcy. However, failure to submit such a claim will mean that customers must carry the medical costs and the potential loss of income as the result of the injury.
Therefore, if you slip and fall, or trip over a hazard while shopping and break your leg in the process, you can submit a claim against the chain store owner with the help of a personal injury law attorney. If the slip-and-fall injury was the direct result of the business owner not taking the necessary precautions to prevent such injuries by, for instance, not ensuring immediate cleaning up of a spill in the store and not putting up a warning sign regarding the wet floor, then you have valid reason to seek compensation for the costs associated with the injury.
Another example of how the attorney can be of assistance is where someone’s dog has bitten you. Say you were walking down the street and the dog came at you because the gate of the property where it was kept was open and the dog then attacked you. In this instance, you will be able to claim compensation for the medical expenses related to the injury, including future medical expenses, as well as loss of income because inability to work as the result of the injury, and general damages related to the pain and suffering.
Supporting evidence is important in any public liability or personal injury claim. In the instance of a dog attack, immediately identify the dog and the owner. Find out whether the dog has any disease which could affect you. Immediately seek medical attention and make sure that you get the contact details of witnesses. You also need to report the attack to the relevant animal control authority. Keep all medical records and receipts for expenses related to such. Contact a personal injury attorney to help you take legal steps in getting the required compensation.
Another example of personal injury is where you suffer injury as the result of a defective item that you have bought. The manufacturer, retailer, wholesaler or distributor can be held liable for the injury and associated costs. This is called a product liability lawsuit.
Call on the expertise of our personal injury lawyers to help you determine the legitimacy and extent of your claim, whether for injury sustained using a public space, as the result of a dog attack, or because of a defective product.