If you’ve switched on a TV or radio any time in the last ten or so years you may have noticed a significant increase in the number of personal injury claims advertisements for law firms. This isn’t your imagination playing tricks. There is money to be made through holding a guilty party responsible for their part in the financial loss and suffering of others – and law firms want you to know that if you need answers to questions over whether or not you may have a case, they are ready to take your call. You may often see many that claim they are ‘no win, no fee’ personal injury claims specialists.
In essence, people who do not take action following an injury in an accident that wasn’t their fault are people who are failing to take compensation that is rightfully theirs (speak to a Mobile personal injury lawyer for more information). That’s why we’re going to cover a few of the common types of personal injury claims so that you might recognise that you have a right to act if you have experienced a similar situation.
Depending on the country, the stats are equally grim. In America, for example, around 40,000 people die in traffic related incidents each year. In the UK, injuries related to traffic accidents range roughly between 150,000 and 200,000 each year.
One of the major reasons that people do not come forward to claim personal injury compensation is a feeling of guilt over the cost to the responsible third-party. However, always remember that the responsible driver does not pay compensation out of their own pocket – compensation payouts are made by the insurer. This is why we pay insurance to protect us in these circumstances, especially if the accident hasn’t been your fault at all.
Medical staff must provide a duty of care to all patients, meaning that all reasonable action must be taken to ensure that the correct treatment is provided on time. Therefore, any failure to act can also count as medical malpractice. Other types of medical malpractice include pharmacy errors, birth injuries, misdiagnosis, errors made during surgery, and a failure to diagnose serious conditions in a time frame that would be considered reasonable.
In certain cases, wrongful death claims may form part of a medical malpractice claim (this typically occurs where medical negligence or the use of defective products contributes to – or directly causes – the death of a patient). You should speak to a specialist in these cases as wrongful death claims are a little more tricky to deal with.
If you have been sold a faulty product that has caused the injury through no fault of your own (e.g. electrical goods that cause electric shock), you may have a right to claim personal injury compensation. The difficulty in these claims is often pinpointing the responsible party (all claims for personal injury compensation are based on establishing liability), so always speak to a lawyer.
Personal injury claims could include dog bites, food poisoning, and exposure to chemicals. If you are unsure, do your research to see if your specific claim would be validated and would stand when taken into a court setting. If you can’t find your exact case, look for similar and then research specialists in this area.
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