Personal injury attorneys, sometimes called plaintiff's attorneys, handle a wide range of cases from dog bites to car accidents. With such a range of cases, it can be challenging to know when you should contact a personal injury lawyer. We've broken down a few of the most common reasons to hire personal injury attorneys.
This can be a tough case for everyone involved. The person who was injured, the dog's owner, animal control, and the courts. Most jurisdictions have what is known as strict liability where the dog doesn't need to have a history of attacking people. The owner is responsible if the attack occurred on public property or on private property that the victim has permission to be on the private property.
In most jurisdictions, the manufacturer of a product has to make sure their products are safe and do not cause harm. So, if there is a car that could combust during normal use and you are injured by the exploding car, then the manufacturer is responsible based on a claim of defective design.
Another common product liability claim would be if there is an insufficient warning on a product, such as coffee without a "Caution Hot" warning leading to an injury. This is known as a defective marketing claim or failure to warn claim, where the product is missing a warning that a reasonable person would have provided.
Wrongful death cases typically arise out of other personal injury cases such as car accidents, dog bites, or negligence cases. Accidental injury is reported as the third-leading cause of death in the United States by the National Safety Council. It can be really traumatic to pursue this type of case, especially when most jurisdictions do not allow recovery for mental anguish, instead preferring to keep recovery tied to easily measured losses like loss of income.
If you have suffered any of the above injuries, then you should reach out to a personal injury attorney. They will complete an intake to assess your case and provide a realistic sense of the outcome of your claim. Your attorney may also be able to direct you to any resources that can help you as you pursue legal action.