In general, personal injury law is a set of legal rules that define who can be held legally responsible for causing injuries to others and the extent of those injured persons’ entitlement to compensation. For example, suppose you are involved in a car accident caused by another driver’s negligence or carelessness. In that case, it may be possible for you to receive damages from the person who caused the accident.
If you have been injured in an accident, our Grand Junction Lawyer can help protect your rights. Killian Law offers free consultations to anyone who has sustained injuries due to someone else’s negligence or carelessness.
Personal Injury Law
There are many different types of personal injury laws. For example, product liability laws are used to determine responsibility in cases where a defective product has injured someone. In addition, wrongful death law can be used if a loved one has died due to someone else’s negligence. And medical malpractice law is concerned with injuries caused by negligent or reckless behaviour on health care providers.
To succeed in personal injury cases, it will be necessary to prove that the person who injured you was legally responsible for your injuries because their actions fell below an established standard of what would have been reasonable under similar circumstances.
If successful against another party, then damages can typically include payment for all expenses related to treatment and recovery. Even lost income due to the time taken off work because you were unable to go back after an accident—as well as compensation for pain and suffering caused by your injury. The exact amount that you might receive in damages will depend on the specifics of your case.
Famous Personal Injury Cases:
McDonald’s Coffee Case: In 1992, 79-year-old Stella Liebeck spilt a cup of hot coffee in her lap and suffered third-degree burns as a result. The jury awarded $200,000 for medical expenses and compensatory damages but reduced it to $160,000 because they felt that the plaintiff was 20% responsible for serving hot coffee at such high temperatures. They also awarded $ punitive damages due to the defendant’s failure to warn about their product’s hot temperature.
This case is often cited as an example of frivolous litigation and excessive jury verdicts in America today.
Erin Brockovich: this is a story about an unemployed single mother who successfully sued Pacific Gas & Electric for contaminating the water supply in Hinkley, California, with chromium-VI.
Many different types of personal injury cases can be brought before a court. While it’s important to be aware that you might have a personal injury claim in certain situations, anyone thinking about bringing forward such action should consult with legal counsel before beginning the process.