When a person suffers an injury in a preventable accident, they often have to contend with a lot more than just the physical pain. The cost of medical bills and lost income may threaten the financial security of their entire family. The Ranchita personal injury attorneys at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers understand how stressful the aftermath of a serious accident can be, and we are ready to help you fight for the compensation you need to get your life back. One of our lawyers can evaluate your case and answer your questions in a free consultation. We work on a contingency fee basis, so you won’t have to pay anything unless we win. Call us today at 1-800-GO-HARRIS to schedule a case assessment.
Types of Accident Claims Our Ranchita Injury Lawyers Handle:
- Car Accidents
- Motorbike Crashes
- 18-Wheeler Accidents
- Bicycle Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Airplane Accidents
- Premises Liability
- Slip and Fall Accidents
- Rideshare Accidents
- Dog Bites
- Turo Accidents
- Bus Crashes
- Boat Accidents
- Train Accidents
- Brain Injuries
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Burn Trauma
- Scooter Accidents
- Wrongful Death
- Other Personal Injuries
Do I Have Grounds for a Personal Injury Claim?
Several elements must exist for a personal injury claim to result in a financial recovery. Most claims are based on negligence, meaning the claimant suffered an injury or loss because the tortfeasor failed to exercise a level of care that a person of ordinary prudence would have exercised under the same circumstances. In some product liability and dog bite cases, “strict liability” applies. That means the injured party doesn’t have to prove the defendant was negligent in order to recover compensation. It’s also possible to file a tort claim against someone who intentionally caused you harm. This is called an “intentional tort.” Regardless of whether you are filing a claim on the basis of negligence, strict liability, or intentional wrongdoing, the following elements must exist in order for your case to be successful:
- Duty of Care: A duty of care is a legal obligation to exercise reasonable care. You must be able to prove that the defendant owed you (or your deceased loved one) a duty of care.
- Breach of Duty: After establishing that a duty of care existed, your Ranchita personal injury lawyer must prove how the defendant breached the duty of care. The evidence your attorney might use to demonstrate a breach of duty will depend on the facts of your case. For example, if you were injured in a crash with an impaired motorist, evidence of a breach of duty might include chemical test results and the police report. If you fell down a staircase due to faulty handrails, important evidence might include surveillance footage of the incident, building maintenance records, and previous complaints to building management about the issue.
- Breach of Duty Caused Damages: Drunk drivers don’t always cause accidents, aggressive dogs don’t always bite people, and spilled beverages don’t always lead to slip and falls. For your claim to be successful, you must demonstrate how the defendant’s breach of the duty of care caused your damages. Video footage of the accident, eyewitness testimony, expert witness testimony, and the police and/or incident report may help your lawyer prove causation.
- Value of Your Damages: Did you need emergency medical care, surgeries, physical therapy, or medications to treat your injury? Were you sidelined from work while you healed? Have you incurred other costs due to your injury? Your claim can account for any reasonable and necessary expenses you have incurred as a result of your accident.
Contact Us BEFORE You Speak to the Insurance Company
You might not be familiar with the statutes and case law related to personal injury claims, but you can bet that the claims adjuster will be. Insurance companies know what to say to get claimants to admit fault, downplay the severity of their injuries, and make other statements that compromise their cases. At Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, we can make sure the insurance company doesn’t take advantage of your vulnerable situation. We’ll handle all phone calls and other correspondence with the claims adjuster and will aggressively protect your rights through every stage of the proceedings.
Schedule a Free Consultation With Our Ranchita Personal Injury Law Firm
If you were injured and you need help navigating the legal system, turn to Harris Personal Injury Lawyers. With hundreds of 5-star reviews and more than $300 million recovered for clients, you can trust our team to ensure you are well-represented from the moment you contact our office to the day your case is resolved. If your financial security is on the line, you deserve an attorney who will devote the time, effort, and resources needed to help you pursue the best possible outcome. That’s exactly what you can expect as a client of Harris Personal Injury Lawyers. Call 1-800-GO-HARRIS or use our contact form to set up a free case review.