If you have suffered injuries in an accident, having top-notch legal care is essential. A Mandeville personal injury lawyer at the Law Offices of J. Price McNamara will work tirelessly to protect your rights and ensure that you get your life back on track.
Receiving Monetary Compensation for Your Injuries
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
Do You Have a Personal Injury Claim?
“Personal injury” is an umbrella term. It covers a wide variety of circumstances, and each case is unique. Because so many factors are at play in determining whether or not a claim is compensable, you need the expertise of a Mandeville personal injury lawyer well-versed in personal injury law. He can advise you regarding the facts and circumstances that led to your injury.
Below are a few different types of injuries which fairly routinely qualify as the type of personal injury claim that may be appropriate for a suit.
Car and Truck Accidents
Were you a victim of a car accident in which you were a passenger? If so, you may have a claim against the driver’s insurance company. This is true regardless of who was at fault — the driver of your car or the driver of the other vehicle. Additionally, if you were a driver of the car that suffered an accident, you may have a legitimate personal injury case. This could be true even if you were partially at fault.
Slip and Fall or Premises Liability Accidents
Property owners have a duty to keep their property free from hazards, and otherwise safe. As your Mandeville personal injury lawyer can tell you, there are two different types of situations where an injured party can recover damages in slip and fall cases.
- If a property owner knows about an obstruction and does nothing about it, they may be held liable for your injuries.
- If the property owner says they didn’t know about the obstruction, but a similarly situated person would have known about the obstruction, the property owner can be held liable.
If you suffered a dog bite injury, the dog’s owner is often liable. Liability may fall on the owner regardless of whether you were bitten on your property or on public property, or even on the property of the dog owner.
Medical malpractice cases occur when medical professionals administer incompetent or unreasonable medical care. Your Mandeville personal injury attorney will examine your case and the standard of care exercised to see whether or not you have a claim. He will look for three major aspects of medical malpractice cases:
1) Lack of Informed Consent
This could mean one of two things:
- The medical professional failed to fully inform the patient of the benefits and the risks of a given medical procedure.
- Or, the medical professional performed a procedure on a patient against a patient’s wishes.
2) Mistakes in Treatment
Mistakes can occur with any patient, and with any medical professional. In order to have a claim, you case must prove two things:
- The medical professional made a mistake in the treatment of a condition; and,
- A reasonable, competent doctor would not have made that mistake.
3) Improper Diagnosis
This is similar to mistakes in treatment:
- The doctor made an improper diagnosis was improperly; and,
- A reasonable, competent doctor with the same information would not have made that same mistake and would have made the correct diagnosis.
In each of these cases, your Mandeville personal injury lawyer will retain an appropriate medical expert to review the facts and circumstances of your case.
Injuries Caused by a Defective Product
Injuries from defective products can be a basis for a legal claim. Some examples of defective products are:
- faulty car brakes
- medical product or device that malfunctions
- clothing that is not properly flame retardant
- playground equipment
Just like property owners, business owners have a duty of care to their employees to make sure the workplace is safe. This includes providing proper protective equipment when handling dangerous chemicals or a hard hat in areas where a hard hat is appropriate.
Work-related injuries also occur in cases of falling — where there is unattended water on the floor, for example. Another example is if someone falls off a platform that no one properly secured. Generally, if you are the victim of a work-related injury, you may file a claim with Workers’ Compensation.
Injuries Caused by Another’s Negligence
People are expected to exercise due care in their daily lives. They have an obligation to look out for the care and safety of others. If a person neglects this duty and subsequently causes injury to another person, that person may be entitled to compensation.
A Mandeville Personal Injury Lawyer Can Provide Top-Notch Legal Advice
If you or a loved one have sustained injuries, speak to a qualified Mandeville personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Your attorney will have your best interests in mind. He can discuss with you the specific facts and circumstances of your case, and determine the strength and value of your claim. Call the Law Offices of J. Price McNamara today.