A serious injury can result in extensive medical costs and lost wages, which in turn can lead to financial hardship for families. But when another party’s carelessness, recklessness, or malicious act is what caused a person’s injury, the victim or victim’s family may be able to collect compensation that can alleviate those financial pressures. Hill & Hill aim to pursue justice for people throughout Kentucky who have suffered a personal injury.
SERIOUS PERSONAL INJURY
A serious personal injury is one that significantly interferes with a person’s ability to function as usual. Examples include a complex fracture, a herniated disc, and psychological trauma. And in some cases, the extent of a person’s injuries may not be immediately evident.
Injuries resulting from a vehicle crash may require multiple surgeries to repair, along with blood transfusions and treatment at specialty hospitals. People may need long-term rehabilitation and medical care, the costs of which can be difficult to predict. An injured person may be unable to work, and the loss of income could be temporary or permanent.
Determining the amount of compensation that should be awarded in personal injury cases is a subjective process. Medical professionals may be called upon to assess the nature of someone’s injuries and the prognosis for recovery, and two doctors may arrive at different opinions.
An experienced personal injury attorney can anticipate which facts of the case are most likely to result in a favorable outcome for clients. Hill & Hill knows how to pursue fair settlements for injured clients, and we can put that experience to work for you. Call us today to schedule a no-obligation consultation, at (606) 528-7181.
COMMON PERSONAL INJURY CLAIMS
Car accidents, truck crashes, and motorcycle wrecks are among the most common reasons people file a claim of personal injury. But there are many other causes of personal injury accidents, some of which are:
Product liability – When a person uses a product for its intended purpose, and the product causes injury, the manufacturer could be held liable. In fact, an alarming number of product recalls occur every year, due to product defects that could cause serious injury.
In May 2015, IKEA recalled pressure-mounted safety gates that are meant to keep children from falling down stairs, because the gate’s contact pressure with walls or door frames was insufficient to keep it in place and the lower metal bar was a tripping hazard. The recall came after 18 incidents were reported, including three incidents in which children were injured because the gate did not prevent them from falling down stairs.
Premises liability – Injuries that occur on public or private land or in places of business may be grounds for a premises liability case. These cases usually hinge on whether the person responsible for the property knew about a potentially dangerous hazard and failed to mitigate that hazard.
The law generally sides with a landowner when a person is injured while trespassing on property. But there is an exception, known as the “attractive nuisance” doctrine, which applies to child trespassers.
Broadly, the law states that children may be unaware of the dangers posed by certain objects or conditions on a property; therefore, the property caretaker is required to remove hazards that might lure children into a dangerous situation. For example, if a property owner has a derelict piece of farm equipment on his land and knows children can see it, he could be found liable if child trespassers fall off the tractor and are hurt.
Environment-induced injury – Substances at work and at home can cause illness and long-term health problems, which, if serious enough, could be grounds for a personal injury case.
Lead-based paint is known to be toxic, especially for children. When absorbed into the body, lead can cause brain damage, organ failure, behavioral problems, seizures, and even death. Landlords or sellers of properties built before 1978 must inform occupants of the potential presence of lead-based paint in those dwellings. Failing to do so is a violation of federal law, and if uninformed occupants should be sickened by lead paint, they may be entitled to compensation.
Asbestos is another toxic environmental substance that sickened many people before 1970, when the federal government implemented strict regulations for its use and handling. It can cause asbestosis, a severe respiratory illness, and two forms of malignant cancer – pleural mesothelioma and peritoneal mesothelioma. The delayed onset of these illnesses may make it hard to identify their cause, but many people have been able to prove they were sickened as a result of a former occupation./p>
LET US HELP YOU
When you’re injured in an accident or become ill because of another party’s carelessness, you need a personal injury lawyer who will protect your interests and work hard to achieve the best possible outcome for you. Find out how Hill & Hill can help you with your personal injury lawsuit. Call us today at (606) 528-7181, or fill out our online contact form.