Accidents happen every day. While most accident victims walk away unharmed, some people suffer serious, life-changing injuries. If you have been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be able to hold that person accountable. Gonzalez Law Offices, P.A. has extensive experience in helping injured people get the compensation they need to rebuild their lives after a serious accident.
Understanding Your Personal Injury Case
If you have been injured by another person, you may be able to pursue a personal injury claim in order to seek recovery for your medical bills, lost wages, and other losses. While there is such a thing as a personal injury case based on intentional harm, the vast majority of personal injury cases are based on negligence. Negligence is when the other party did not intend to cause you harm but rather caused the accident that resulted in your injury because they failed to take due care under the circumstances.
In order to prevail in a personal injury case based on negligence in some way, you must prove three things:
- that the other party owed you a legal duty of care;
- that the other party breached that duty by being negligent in some way; and
- that their breach caused the accident that resulted in your injuries.
Proving each of these elements requires knowledge of the law and being able to identify the facts that are important to your claim. In many personal injury cases, proving negligence is the crucial element. In other cases, however, whether the other party owed you a duty of care or the nexus between their negligence and your injuries may be at issue. An experienced personal injury lawyer will know how to build the strongest case possible so that you can get the compensation you need.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Motor vehicle accidents are probably the most well-known type of personal injury case. Every driver owes a legal duty to everyone else on the road to drive safely and make a reasonable effort to avoid causing an accident. Some of the most common examples of negligence that lead to car accidents include the following:
- driving while distracted
- driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- drowsy driving
- reckless driving
- unsafe lane changes
- running stop signs or traffic lights
Motor vehicle accidents can result in serious injuries that require extensive medical treatment and months of recovery. If you have been injured in a car accident, the best thing you can do to protect your rights is to contact an experienced personal injury attorney.
Property owners have a legal duty to their guests and visitors to maintain their property in a safe condition or at least warn them of potential hazards. When they breach this duty, and someone is injured, the property owner may be held liable for their losses.
Premises liability can include things such as failure to provide adequate security or swimming pool drownings. However, the most common type of premises liability claim is known as a “slip and fall” case. These are cases where the visitor to the property is injured when they slip or trip due to a hazard that the property owner knew about or should have known about. Some of the most common causes of slip and fall accidents include the following:
- broken concrete or asphalt
- poor lighting
- loose handrails
- torn or wrinkled carpeting
- broken stairs
- wet floors
If you have been injured on another person’s property, a personal injury attorney can assess your case and determine whether you may have a claim.
Injured? Contact Gonzalez Law Offices, P.A. Today
If you have been injured due to the actions or negligence of another person, we can help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today via our website contact form or by calling 305-676-6677 to schedule your free consultation.