St. Louis Personal Injury Attorneys
Personal injury refers to the area of law that seeks to protect victims who are harmed by the action or inaction of another person or entity. Personal injury is also sometimes referred to as tort law. A personal injury claim can be filed for injury incurred by an individual either physically or mentally, and it can sometimes include damage to property.
In certain situations, such as in medical negligence or wrongful death cases, a person may bring a personal injury lawsuit on behalf of a loved one. Missouri personal injury lawyers seek to win compensation for their clients.
Personal Injury Liability and Damages
There are two elements in every personal injury case: liability and damages. The first element involves demonstrating that the person or entity being charged did in fact bear legal responsibility for the injury. Damages refers to the extent or amount of injury or loss that was allegedly suffered on account of the defendant's actions or negligence.
Personal Injury Claims
Liability and damages can be established on several bases.
- Negligence - When a case is filed as tort of negligence, the defendant is accused of causing the injury by failing to prevent it. An example would be an accusation that a business allowed a slip and fall injury to occur, by not properly following safety regulations. A reckless or inattentive driver who is at fault in an injury car accident may also be guilty of negligence.
- Strict Liability - Under strict liability, a personal injury attorney may also bring charges against a company whose defective product is responsible for an injury. Strict liability applies whether negligence or malice was involved or not, as long as the product was being used as was intended.
- Intentional Wrong - Intentional wrongs can sometimes be brought as civil, personal injury claims apart from any criminal charges the defendant may be facing.
An attorney experienced in personal injury litigation, or an attorney who specializes in a specific area of personal injury law (such as an auto accident lawyer or a defective product attorney) may advise victims concerning the most appropriate grounds for filing their individual claims. Feel free to ask any questions you may have at www.pagelaw.com.
Types of Personal Injury Cases
Although it is not all-inclusive, the following list offers examples of the types of cases that may be considered personal injury claims.
- Slip and fall injury - when someone injures themselves while on another person's property, the owner of the property can be held liable for their injuries - also known as premises liability.
- Nursing home abuse - also known as nursing home neglect, nursing home abuse occurs when a resident of a nursing home is subject to physical abuse, mental abuse, or abandonment.
- Car accident - auto accidents, as well as truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, and tractor trailer accidents can result in serious personal injury to those involved in the collision.
- Defective product injury - defective products, including drug and medical devices can cause serious personal injury to patients.
- Exposure to toxic material - toxic materials used in the workplace, or those that leach into the environment through groundwater contamination and other methods, are often the cause of personal injury claims.
- Medical malpractice - medical negligence, hospital malpractice, and doctor mistakes are often the subject of personal injury claims.
- Wrongful death - when someone is killed as a result of another's negligent actions, the family of the deceased often has grounds for a wrongful death claim.
- Drug injury - defective drugs and those with serious side effects that are the subject of a drug recall can cause serious personal injuries.
- Job injury - construction accidents, industrial accidents, and other on-the-job accidents often result in personal injuries.
- Dog bite - owners of dogs that injure another person can often be held liable for any personal injury the victim may sustain.
If you have been injured or loved one has suffered a personal injury in Missouri, I am sure you have numerous unanswered questions. Call or email Page Law to discuss your questions and concerns.
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