When you are injured in an accident caused by another person’s negligence, you have a right to pursue compensation for a variety of damages. Personal injury law, or tort law, is intended to protect you if you are injured or if your property is damaged because of someone’s failure to act or his or her intentional misconduct.
What Type of Accident Could Cause a Personal Injury
The most common type of accident causing personal injuries is a motor vehicle accident. When on the road, drivers must exercise reasonable care. If that duty is breached and you suffer injuries because of it, then the law says you can pursue your damages and losses.
Other common causes of personal injuries include slip-and-fall accidents, medical malpractice, defective products and much more. When you are injured because of another person’s actions or inactions, you can pursue a personal injury lawsuit.
What Kinds of Damages Can I Seek?
Many people are aware that when they suffer a personal injury, they can seek compensation for their medical bills. However, there are many more damages for which you could receive compensation, including pain and suffering, loss of past and future wages, emotional distress, temporary and permanent disability, disfigurement, loss of quality of life, damage to your property and more.
How Much Time Do I Have to File?
Every state has its own statute of limitations. Some states require that a personal injury lawsuit is filed within one year after the incident that caused your injuries. If you do not file your case by the end of the time allowed, it will be thrown out of court. This is why it is important to get started on your case as soon as possible.
Where Do I Start?
You already have started by searching for information about your personal injury. Your next step would be finding an attorney to represent you. There are several attorneys in your local area that can help you pursue compensation for your damages and losses. An experienced lawyer can determine if you have a case and what your legal options are.
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