At any moment, an unexpected situation could trigger a need for a personal injury attorney - things like a vicious dog attack, a motor vehicle accident, or a slip and fall at a commercial property that was negligently maintained. Recovery from these unfortunate incidents can be costly, complicated, and time-consuming. At Michael Brooks-Jimenez, PC, we’ve helped clients recover damages for their medical treatment, loss wages, and pain and suffering due the negligent acts of others.
Let’s look at 7 events that should cause you to seek out a personal injury attorney to advocate on your behalf for compensation.
1- Dog and Other Animal Bites
According to a study from the Center For Disease Control, every year in the U.S., dogs bite people 4.7 million times, and 800,000 of those bites result in a need for medical care. This care can be expensive, including shots, surgeries, medicines, and restorative plastic surgery.
Animal bites aren’t limited to dogs. Cat bites can be surprisingly severe and prone to infection. People sometimes keep unusual pets like rats, ferrets, hedgehogs, and foxes that can cause nasty bites too.
If you’re bitten, seek medical attention first and then contact a personal injury attorney. Never let anyone, including insurance providers or the pet’s owner, pressure you to make decisions without legal representation.
2- Medical Mistakes
Do you suspect that something went wrong during a medical procedure? Does it feel like you got bad advice from a medical provider and it’s affecting your health?
Medical errors are rampant. More than 250,000 medical mistakes every year contribute to deaths in the U.S. If you’re concerned that a doctor or other medical provider has been negligent in caring for you, reach out to an attorney.
3- Fights and Unruly Crowds
If you’re the victim of a physical attack where you’re an innocent bystander, you’ll need the help of an attorney to sort through what happened. In the heat of the moment, the details can be fuzzy - but you shouldn’t suffer as a result.
Sometimes a public gathering, fight, or work-related disagreement can quickly spiral out of control and lead to serious physical and emotional harm. An attorney can help you see where the fault lies and support your recovery.
4- Slips and Trips
Slips, trips, and falls are shockingly common. They account for a total of 9 million emergency room visits in the U.S. every year.
These kinds of injuries can happen anywhere: at work, in other people’s homes, on public streets, at restaurants, and while you’re out enjoying a day of shopping. Suddenly, you trip on a piece of loose carpet and have an injury that requires urgent and expensive medical help.
5- Defective Products
Have you ever bought a product that was poorly designed or constructed? If it has harmed you or your family physically, you could sue the manufacturer or distributor.
Attorneys look at situations like these and determine whether the injury happened despite normal use of the product.Let’s face it, it’s never normal for something you bought to hurt you.
Collect as much information as you can about the product, such as photos, manufacturer, model, and serial number, and seek advice from your attorney about what to do next.
6 - Vehicle Accidents of All Kinds
If someone injures you in a car accident, whether you’re a driver or passenger, get help from a personal injury attorney. Your injuries might not be obvious from the moment the collision occurs, but always get checked out by a medical provider as soon as possible to document your injuries and avoid giving any recorded statements without your attorney.
This applies to all vehicle accidents, including those on boats, jet skis, RVs, ATVs, motorcycles, scooters, and other types of craft. These can all be part of a personal injury case.
Keep in mind that a vehicle accident can cause deep emotional trauma. Don’t discount these feelings, because they can be long-lasting and affect your quality of life.
7- Trucking Accidents
Truckers face long stretches of driving, day and night, across the highways. All it takes is one tired or intoxicated driver to cause a devastating wreck.
If you’ve been injured in a truck accident, you may be eligible for compensation that helps you recover from the mental and physical trauma of this life-changing event. Talk to your attorney about how the event has affected everything from your emotional state to your ability to work.
Michael Brooks-Jimenez, PC, is a law firm that offers criminal, immigration, workers’ compensation, and personal injury services. Schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys to talk about your personal injury case.