March 07, 2014

Two Questions an Accident Injury Attorney Answers

An accident injury attorney can provide services for a wide variety of personal injury cases. These might include dog bites, wrongful death, slip and fall cases, vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, and workers compensation claims. While this list includes the more common types of cases, this area of law covers any sort of situation where you, or someone you love, are hurt or injured due to the negligence of another person or party.

Who Do I Sue?

This is one question your accident injury attorney has to determine. It is important to file your lawsuit against the right person or parties because there is a statute of limitations. An experienced lawyer takes the time to conduct a careful case evaluation prior to making a decision.

In certain cases, there may be more than one person to file a suit against. For instance, you were walking in a store, tripped on a piece of torn carpeting, and fell into a ladder, causing tools and other items to fall onto you. Not only did you hurt your leg when you tripped, but you also received injuries to your head and upper body. The store owner and/or the landlord are responsible for the torn carpeting. But, the ladder and tools were owned by an independent contractor the store hired to make repairs to the ceiling. Do you sue the contractor, too? This is what your attorney will determine.

Why Does There Need to be Negligence?

Negligence is the term used to describe the amount of fault the other person or party was responsible for in your accident. It is used to determine the monetary amount they could be responsible to pay you. Without negligence you do not have a case, nor can you file if the accident was caused by your own wrongdoing.