For most people, safety is a top priority. Our bodies are relatively fragile, and it is important for us to do our best to care for them and keep them out of harm’s way. Unfortunately, this isn’t always under our control. Sometimes, other people’s actions can harm us, leaving us injured despite our best efforts. This reality is extremely frustrating.
What is even more frustrating is that those who hurt us don’t always take responsibility. This can leave us in an incredibly vulnerable situation, both physically and financially. Fortunately, there is something you can do.
Personal injury law allows victims to seek financial restitution from those who have hurt them. When someone is acting negligently and hurts another person, a personal injury case ensures that their illegal or ignorant actions don’t go unpunished. Primarily, though, these cases help to make sure that victims don’t have to suffer financially for a situation that was not their fault.
The Law Firm Of Jeremy Rosenthal Lawyers Can Help
Here at the law firm of Jeremy Rosenthal, we have dedicated our time and practice to seeking justice for those who have been harmed. We know how profoundly injuries can affect victims’ lives, and we want to make sure that their finances don’t suffer. This is why we cover a wide range of personal injury cases and work diligently for our clients.
We have been practicing personal injury law for over a decade, and in that time, we have been able to successfully win many cases. We are a top firm in Adams County and beyond, and we take great pride in our work. No matter the situation or the severity, our team can help you to achieve the financial compensation that you deserve.
What Is Personal Injury Law?
Personal injury law involves prosecuting individuals who hurt others through criminal negligence. This is a fairly broad definition; however, this area of law is quite broad. There are many situations in which an individual may be negligent and hurt someone else.
Some key examples of personal injury cases include:
- Workplace injury/wrongful death
- Medical malpractice
- Car accidents
- Premises liability/slip and fall
- Dog bites
Though there are other examples, these encompass some of the most common personal injury cases. In each of the above categories, a person or a company fails to uphold their legal and/or ethical obligation. In doing so, they are negligent. This negligence can be prosecuted in order to ensure that victims have financial support while they heal.
Is It Worth Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney?
Some people believe that they can navigate a personal injury case on their own. However, this is never a good idea. Personal injury cases are complicated and require a lot more expertise than meets the eye. Even when the situation seems straightforward, the opposition’s attorneys will likely try to find a way to avoid responsibility. Without your own representation, you are virtually unable to argue your case. Most people who navigate personal injury cases alone end up without a settlement or with a significantly smaller settlement than they would have obtained with legal representation.
What’s more, the fact that you are undergoing a personal injury case means that you are healing. Taking on the full-time job of building your own case has adverse effects on your health and prevents you from healing properly. It is best to focus on your health and recovery and allow an expert Adams County personal injury lawyer to help you.
Insurance Companies and Personal Injury Cases
One of your biggest adversaries in a personal injury case is insurance companies. This likely seems backward, as insurance companies are theoretically supposed to help people. Unfortunately, this is often not what happens. Insurance companies are businesses first and foremost and do everything that they can to avoid paying for medical bills. This means that they will go to extreme lengths to insinuate that you are lying about your injuries or try to get you to waive your right to take legal action altogether.
Insurance companies may begin to call you immediately after your accident. This is an attempt to get you to admit that you are not badly injured or trick you into saying something that waives their responsibility. In some cases, they try to tell you that you are obligated to talk to them, which is not at all the reality.
Many insurance companies will even have you followed by representatives or private investigators. This is to try to catch you engaging in activities that are not in line with the injuries you claim to have. This tactic is legal but is an incredible invasion of privacy.
An Adams County personal injury attorney can help you with this. We will talk to insurance companies on your behalf to ensure that your rights remain intact while we help you build your case.
Types Of Personal Injury Cases
As we mentioned, there are many types of personal injury cases. It is important to understand them to build your case.
Workplace Injury/Wrongful Death
Workplaces have the legal responsibility to protect their workers from harm. If they fail to follow basic safety protocol, they are being negligent. If an individual is hurt or killed by this negligence, a personal injury case is appropriate.
Some basic safety requirements include:
- Updated safety training for all employees
- Appropriate safety equipment for all employees
- Mandatory lunch breaks and rests
- Machinery upkeep and facility maintenance
- OSHA-approved business practices and methods
When a workplace does not follow these guidelines, they are liable to pay any damages that occur.
Medical professionals are in charge of keeping patients safe and healthy to the best of their ability while they remain under their care. However, in some situations, these professionals neglect basic attributes of their jobs and put patients in harm’s way.
Some examples of medical malpractice include:
- Failing to diagnose despite clear evidence
- Prescribing unnecessary treatment, medication, or operations
- Operating on the wrong part of the body
- Neglecting a hospital or care home patient’s basic needs, such as hygiene or nutrition
The patient in these situations has the right to receive compensation for their suffering, further medical needs as a result of the malpractice, and any loss of work or ability that resulted.
While some car accidents are due to weather or mutual mistakes, many are caused by negligence. When one driver fails to follow the rules and laws of the road, they become liable for any resulting damage.
A driver is being negligent if they:
- Use their phone while driving
- Turn around to care for a child in the backseat
- Drive while fatigued
- Engage in risky driving behaviors
- Neglect the rules of the road
- Ignore road signs and traffic signals
If any of these behaviors cause an accident with injuries or loss of life, the driver and their insurance company are financially liable.
Premises Liability/Slip And Fall
Public establishments such as bars, stores, restaurants, and entertainment venues have an obligation to keep their facilities safe. This means keeping the aisles clear and well lit, maintaining the facilities and keeping them up to code, notifying patrons of any wet or hazardous floor conditions, and more. When personnel and staff fail to do these things, their inaction puts guests at risk of sustaining an injury (something considered highly negligent). If you are injured because of this negligence, you have a personal injury case.
Though dogs are often friendly, sometimes they bite. Because of this, there are certain requirements that all dog owners must follow to prevent others from getting bitten by their dog. These requirements include:
- Keeping the dog on a leash in public
- Keeping the dog on the property while at home
- Restraining a dog when an invited guest, government worker, or service worker visits the home
If a dog owner does not do these things and their dog bites someone, they must pay for the damages.
Many people hesitate to report dog bites because they do not want the dog to be euthanized. It is important to note that most areas are not this harsh. When the dog bites someone for the first time, capital punishment is often not a requirement. In these scenarios, the owner learns that they need to better control their animal, and they are held responsible for the damage.
Litigation Vs. Settlement In A Personal Injury Case
It is important to note that personal injury cases do not always go to court. Though litigation is certainly possible, many cases reach a settlement outside of court. This means that the attorneys come to an agreement, and the court system does not need to get involved. This saves on legal fees, court fees, and attorney fees—not to mention shortens the time before you receive your settlement. However, if your attorney believes that you can get more in litigation than settlement, they may suggest going to court.
Talk to Our Personal Injury Lawyers Today
Our team is here to represent you no matter what your personal injury case may entail. Whether you need a car accident lawyer or an attorney to fight medical malpractice, we are here to make sure that you get the settlement that you deserve. No other firm in CO has better resources, experience, and work ethic.
Contact us today to get started.