3 Times When You Should File A Personal Injury Lawsuit

Posted on: 6 June 2017

When most people hear about personal injury lawsuits they think about car accidents. Car accidents are one of the most common reasons to file a personal injury suit with companies such as Randall A. Wolff & Associates, Ltd, but they are not the only reason to file a suit. Here are some other instances where you could and perhaps should file a lawsuit.

1. Dog Bites

If you have been bitten by a dog you should consider filing a lawsuit against the owner of the dog if they refuse to help pay for the expenses related to the dog bite. If the dog wasn't on the owner's property, they weren't property contained with a fence or a leash, or even if you were on the owners property and the dog attacked you, you could file a lawsuit against the owner.

The damages for the lawsuit can include medical costs relating to the injury, property damage such as clothing damage, and any lasting emotional effects such as fear of dogs, PTSD, or anything else that could affect your quality of life.

2. Slip and Fall

Another common reason to file a personal injury lawsuit is if you have a slip and fall accident. For example, assume that you were at the grocery store and there was a wet spot that wasn't properly labeled, so you slipped on the area and broke your leg. You could sue the store for not keeping the grounds safe, since it is assumed that if they either clean up spills, or they label any water or moisture in the area so that you take extra precautions.

It is important for a slip and fall case that you didn't cause it and that you were protecting yourself. If a reasonable person wouldn't have walked on the area, or would have noticed the puddle or spill, then you might not have a case against the person or business.

3. Any Injury Caused By Another Person

Lastly, if you have been injured by a person, such as someone broken into your house and attacked you, someone hurt you at work, you were hit by someone pulling out of the driveway, and so forth, you could file an injury lawsuit. This is even the case if criminal charges are filed. The police can file a lawsuit against a person for breaking into your house, then you can file a personal injury lawsuit to get money and restitution for your damaged property, and for your injuries from the encounter.

By understanding what things you can file a lawsuit for, you can determine if it is right for you.