Another common tort involves injuries caused by defective products. Liability in these cases can be imposed based on a theory that the manufacturer acted negligently by designing and selling an unsafe product. Or, if certain elements are met, plaintiffs hurt by a defective product may be able to sue under a strict liability theory. Either way, product liability cases have the potential to become large class action lawsuits, involving many plaintiffs and enormous money judgments.
Personal injury law refers to the legal remedies and defenses involved in civil lawsuits brought as a result of wrongful conduct. In fact, the word "tort" comes from a Latin term meaning twist, wrong, or harm. In contrast to criminal law, a tort action does not involve the government prosecuting the wrongdoer. Rather, these cases involve a private plaintiff seeking compensation (usually money) for the harm caused by the defendant's actions.
For many law firms, personal injury cases form a large portion of their revenue. Therefore, future job prospects continue to look promising for this specialized field. However, there are proposed changes in tort law which could limit compensation and decrease litigation. If this tort reform occurs, it would cause a decline in personal injury cases.
If you are considering taking an injury claim to trial, you may already have been told by a lawyer, friend, or your insurance company that taking your case to trial increases your chances of receiving a higher dollar value through a jury award. Going to trial may also give you a better chance of recouping all of your out of pocket costs.   As such, the option of taking a personal injury case to trial as opposed to settling can sometimes be beneficial to you from a financial perspective, but there are risks and rewards to taking a personal injury case to trial that you should be aware of before you decline a settlement offer and decide to go the trial route.  
Construction Defects—Shoddy workmanship or inadequate repairs to a piece of property can result in an injury and be grounds for a premises liability lawsuit involving construction defects. In some instances, homeowners’ associations may bring construction defects claims when many homeowners have been harmed by a builder’s poor workmanship. Some Colorado municipalities such as Denver have local ordinances that must be taken into consideration when assessing these cases.
See Automobiles – UC Vehicles for information about how you are insured when driving UC vehicles to conduct University business. As long as you are properly using a University vehicle at the time of an accident, the UC Auto Insurance Program will pay all costs except the deductible. Your department will be charged directly for the deductible. The University, through the Risk Management office and the Claims Administrator, SedgwickCMS, will deal with the other parties to the accident.
Birth Injuries Birth injuries are particularly devastating for your family. A negligent mistake by an obstetrician or other medical professional can result in physical injuries to a newborn, and it can also lead to lasting conditions, such as cerebral palsy, paralysis, and brain damage. This can be traumatic to the children and the parents, as well as a major financial strain on the family.

After you have received the necessary medical treatment, it is best to start looking into your legal options. Litigation is a recourse for people who were injured through no fault of their own. If you didn’t cause your accident, you shouldn’t have to foot the bill for your medical expenses, time off work, and otherwise. Evidence can become more difficult to track down with each passing minute, so start this process as soon as you can.


Loss of consortium. In personal injury cases, "loss of consortium" damages typically relate to the impact the injuries have on the plaintiff's relationship with their spouse -- the loss of companionship or the inability to maintain a sexual relationship, for example. Some states also consider the separate impact on the relationship between a parent and their child when one is injured. In some cases, loss of consortium damages are awarded directly to the affected family member rather than to the injured plaintiff.
Slip and Fall: If you fall, or slip, on someone’s property then you may have a potential case. Property owners have a duty to maintain a safe environment for those who are on their property. If you slip, or fall, and are injured – as a result of inadequate – or unsafe, property conditions – then we may be able to help. We’ll conduct an investigation into the property and put together a personal injury claim that shows the property owner was irresponsible, and failed to maintain safe conditions. Our goal is to get you as much compensation as possible. 
If you have a medical malpractice claim, time is of the essence. There are state statutes that require you to put the doctor on notice within a specific period of time. If you believe that you are a victim of medical malpractice, you should engage counsel as soon as you can. Medical malpractice claims take time and also require a lot of work on the lawyer's behalf. The more time that you give them to work your case, the better off you will be.
We get to work quickly to document the accident scene before the condition is repaired and the evidence lost. Our attorneys seek security camera footage that might help determine how long the hazardous condition had been present at a business. We search for other accident reports at the location to help show that the owner should have recognized the unsafe condition.
Accompanying changes to road designs have been wide-scale adoptions of rules of the road alongside law enforcement policies that included drink-driving laws, setting of speed limits, and speed enforcement systems such as speed cameras. Some countries' driving tests have been expanded to test a new driver's behavior during emergencies, and their hazard perception.
See Automobiles – Rental Vehicles for information about how you are insured when driving rental vehicles to conduct University business. If you are using a rental vehicle to conduct University business and you are in an accident you must still report the accident to the University as described above. However, your insurance coverage comes from the rental car company so you need to report the accident to the rental car company as well and advise them if someone has been injured in the accident, if there has been third party property damage, or if the rental vehicle has been damaged.
Medical malpractice can be filed for a variety of reasons, from prescription errors to improper treatment. Medical malpractice claims can be filed against both individual practitioners and medical institutions, as in the case of hospital medical malpractice. Birth injury, in which the injured party is a newborn or unborn child, also warrants a medical malpractice suit and should be brought up with personal injury lawyers.
In some cases, the defense attorney will file a motion for summary judgment (a motion to dismiss the lawsuit). In those cases, the defendant may not be willing to discuss settlement until after the court rules on the motion. If the court grants the motion, then the case is over; it has been dismissed. But if the court denies the motion, then it’s time to talk. Other times, the defense attorney will be willing to discuss settlement while the court is considering the motion. In settlement negotiations, every case is different.
Generally, property owners and occupants owe a duty to use reasonable care to maintain any property under their control. This duty is usually owed to those on the property lawfully, such as a business' customers or social guests who have been invited. To meet the standard of care, the property owner or occupant will have to regularly check for spilled substances or uneven surfaces. In many states, this duty does not extend to trespassers.
Before the case is set for trial, the attorneys in the case may make various legal arguments about the case in the form of motions to the court. These might concern the adequacy of the complaint or answer, disputes about discovery, or an argument that one party’s case is so strong that he or she is entitled to judgment in his or her favor without a trial.
When an insurance company is involved, personal injury cases will almost always reach a settlement. There are several reasons for this. The first is, of course, the money. Insurance companies are ultimately a business. They have the money to pay out claims and even expect it. It is expensive for an insurance company to go to trial. There are large legal fees regardless of the outcome. Worse, at the end of the day, they can’t control that outcome. The insurance company would rather have some say in the settlement decision than leave it in the hands of a sympathetic jury that has the power to award large pain and suffering damages to the plaintiff.
A property owner or occupant cannot prevent every fall on the premises. They usually are not required to ensure a visitor's safety. Even when a property owner uses diligent care, it is possible for somebody to slip on black ice in front of an apartment complex or trip on a paver on the front lawn of a hospital. All visitors to someone else's property are required to use reasonable care, such as by watching where they are going, to avoid getting hurt.

If you've been injured in a slip and fall on someone else's property and are considering a legal claim, you should discuss your case with an experienced attorney. You should do so quickly, as there are time limits in which injured persons may file a personal injury lawsuit. Get started today by finding an experienced personal injury lawyer near you.

If you've been injured in an accident that wasn't your fault, a personal injury attorney can help you receive a fair settlement from the insurance company. Although it's possible to receive some compensation without legal representation, if you don't have a personal injury attorney there's an increased chance that the insurance company will try to take advantage of you and give you less than you deserve."
While there are sometimes a few lucky people who walk away from a car accident without injury, it’s not common. For those who aren’t so lucky, quality medical care is important. Because of the high impact nature of many car accidents, there are a wide range of injuries that you may experience during a collision, and only some of the injuries are immediately obvious. Unfortunately, other types of injuries can take days or weeks to manifest. Some of the most common injuries people experience as the result of a car accident that may not be obvious include:

Many personal injury claims are the result of an injury that did not appear as serious when it first occurred, but later manifested to a serious situation that required ongoing medical treatment and created a pain-and-suffering compensation situation. All states have a statute of limitations law that is assessed for each particular personal injury lawsuit. This can be an effective defense in cases that are filed at the end of the limitations time period, even when the injury was recognized at a significantly earlier time. Why the plaintiff waited until the end of the limitations time period can be an issue as well because it could indicate that the injury is not as serious as claimed. This could result in a dismissal based on being a frivolous claim.


Most personal injury cases settle, especially when companies see that they’re going up against us. Morgan & Morgan has the resources, track record of success, experience, and talent to bully the bullies, and insurance companies and other parties know this. So they are often more than willing to give our clients what they need and want. We’ve been at this for 30 years and have seen it all, and use that to your advantage.
If you are considering taking an injury claim to trial, you may already have been told by a lawyer, friend, or your insurance company that taking your case to trial increases your chances of receiving a higher dollar value through a jury award. Going to trial may also give you a better chance of recouping all of your out of pocket costs.   As such, the option of taking a personal injury case to trial as opposed to settling can sometimes be beneficial to you from a financial perspective, but there are risks and rewards to taking a personal injury case to trial that you should be aware of before you decline a settlement offer and decide to go the trial route.  
For wrongful death cases in California, people qualify to claim damages if they are the following: (1) the deceased person's surviving spouse; (2) the deceased person's domestic partner; (3) the deceased person' s surviving children; or (3) if there is no surviving person in the deceased person's line of descent, then a wrongful death lawsuit may be brought by anyone "who would be entitled to the property of the decedent by intestate succession," which can include the deceased person's parents, or the deceased person's siblings, depending on who is living at the time of the deceased person's death. (California Code of Civil Procedure section 337.60). Otherwise a plaintiff will have to prove that financially dependency on the deceased person.

While a parallel between the classic rock ballad by Guns N' Roses, "Sweet Child O' Mine," and a motorcycle accident might not be immediately apparent, one does exist if you look for it. Just as leader singer Axl Rose belts out the rhetorical question, "Where do we go now?" many injured motorcyclists in Michigan have similar sentiments following a crash.


At The Sawaya Law Firm, our practice has been dedicated exclusively to helping injured people for more than 35 years. We have helped thousands of people in Denver, Greeley, and throughout northeastern Colorado and the Rocky Mountains. Many of our attorneys, including our founding attorney, Michael G. Sawaya, have been listed among Colorado Super Lawyers®.
Personal injury cases are legal disputes that arise when one person suffers harm from an accident or injury, and someone else might be legally responsible for that harm. A personal injury case can become formalized through civil court proceedings that seek to find others legally at fault through a court judgment or, as is much more common, such disputes may be resolved through informal settlement before any lawsuit is filed:
Once negligence has been established in a personal injury case, the defendant must pay the plaintiff for all injuries caused by the defendant's actions. Certain types of damages are easy to calculate, such as property damage and medical bills. For other types, such as emotional distress and loss of earning capacity, expert testimony may be required. Punitive damages, meant to punish and deter particularly egregious conduct, may also be available.
The manner in which attorneys are compensated for representing injured plaintiffs varies by jurisdiction. For example, in the United States, attorneys often represent clients on a "contingent fee basis" in which the attorney's fee is a percentage of the plaintiff's eventual compensation, payable when the case is resolved, with no payment necessary if the case is unsuccessful. Depending upon state regulations, a plaintiff's attorney may charge 1/3 of the proceeds recovered if a case is settled out of court or 40 percent if the matter must be litigated. Attorney fees are negotiable before hiring an attorney.
Whether it happens at the grocery store or a friend's house, slip and fall accidents occur fairly often. In some instances, the property owner is responsible for the injured party's injuries, and in others, the property owner will not be held liable. FindLaw's Slip and Fall Injuries section provides both the basics and some in-depth information about slip and fall liability. In this section, you can find articles about conditions that typically lead to slip and fall accidents, and how to prove fault in a slip and fall accident.
At Florida Injury Law Firm, our clients mean everything to us. Our mission is to help injured clients by placing them in the best position to secure the highest compensation for their personal injury claims. Because of our focus on the needs of others, our extensive experience, and our record of success, our clients have many good things to say about our services.

See Automobiles – Rental Vehicles for information about how you are insured when driving rental vehicles to conduct University business. If you are using a rental vehicle to conduct University business and you are in an accident you must still report the accident to the University as described above. However, your insurance coverage comes from the rental car company so you need to report the accident to the rental car company as well and advise them if someone has been injured in the accident, if there has been third party property damage, or if the rental vehicle has been damaged.
There is no precise way to determine when someone else is legally responsible for your injuries if you slip or trip. Each case turns on whether the property owner acted carefully so that slipping or tripping was not likely to happen, and whether you were careless in not seeing or avoiding the condition that caused your fall. Here are some general rules to help you decide whether someone else was at fault for your slip or trip and fall injury.

Seek immediate medical attention following a car crash. Even if you feel as if you are not injured, there may be a hidden condition that could have serious repercussions if left untreated. By seeking medical attention immediately after an auto accident, you are obtaining documented evidence that the injury was a direct result of the collision. The longer you wait to see a physician, the more difficult it becomes to prove that the injury was caused by the accident.


A slip and fall accident can happen anywhere–at work, at home, at a friend’s house, at the shopping mall, or even at your place of worship. Slipping and falling can lead to serious and sometimes permanent injuries, especially for children and the elderly. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that slip trip and fall accidents account for 15% of all accidental deaths in the United States, which puts them in second place behind car accidents. The good news is that, in many cases, the person or business who owns or manages the land that a person slips and falls on is legally responsible for preventing those kinds of accidents. If they fail to uphold this legal duty and someone gets hurt, they could expose themselves to liability.

Some of these damages are economic, such as medical bills and lost wages. Others are noneconomic, such as pain and suffering and diminished quality of life. Economic damages are generally easy to calculate. Noneconomic damages are more difficult to calculate, and you may need to consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer to make reasonable estimates.
Additionally, there may be other experts involved int the case. In car accident cases there may be a defense doctor that the defendant will use to say the injured victim did not suffer the injuries they are claiming. There also could be accident reconstruction experts, bio-mechanical experts, engineering experts, or in medical cases there will undoubtedly be several medical doctor experts.
Research suggests that the driver's attention is affected by distracting sounds such as conversations and operating a mobile phone while driving. Many jurisdictions now restrict or outlaw the use of some types of phone within the car. Recent research conducted by British scientists suggests that music can also have an effect; classical music is considered to be calming, yet too much could relax the driver to a condition of distraction. On the other hand, hard rock may encourage the driver to step on the acceleration pedal, thus creating a potentially dangerous situation on the road.[42]
Unlike other areas of the law that find their rules in statutes (such as penal codes in criminal cases), the development of personal injury law has taken place mostly through court decisions, and in treatises written by legal scholars. Many states have taken steps to summarize the development of personal injury law in written statutes, but for practical purposes court decisions remain the main source of the law in any legal case arising from an accident or injury.

In order to get compensation, you have to be able to establish fault – and a responsible party. Most accidents aren’t intentional, but they happen. Just because it’s an accident doesn’t mean the other party isn’t responsible. Our job, is to show to the court and opposing insurance company that the other party caused you harm – by acting in a manner that is not “reasonable.” We demonstrate that they are responsible, and that you have suffered emotionally, physically, and financially, as a result of your injures – which is the basis for the claim. If the court determines that you were acting careless, it may reduce the amount you are entitled to. Our goal is to look at the evidence, and then build a personal injury claim which proves your the victim.
Our Los Angeles personal injury attorneys are on your team. That means we’re with you 100% of the way. We prove this, by never charging any upfront fees. In addition, we only get paid if, and when, we win your case. That means if we can’t win your case – we don’t charge any fees. Our Los Angeles personal injury lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, meaning we have no upfront fees. If you don’t have medical insurance, we can even help get you treated – without upfront fees. In order to get started, we encourage you to contact us. We offer a risk free consultation – you have virtually nothing to lose.
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