Personal Injury Lawsuits

  1.   What should I do if I am injured in a slip and fall accident?
  2.   What do I do if I am injured by unsafe or hazardous products?
  3.   What if I am injured on municipal roads or streets?
  4.   What should I do if I am injured as a result of unsafe premises?
  5.   What should I do if I am assaulted?

Answers

  1.   What should I do if I am injured in a slip and fall accident?
  A.   You can seek compensation for injuries from a slip and fall where reasonable steps were not taken to maintain property or buildings in a safe manner. This may include, but is not limited to, business owners, home owners, municipalities and townships, landlords and tenants or contractors.
     You may have a claim for compensation if you are injured due to uneven or slippery surfaces, potholes, cracks in sidewalks poorly marked changes in height and the failure to exercise care in the removal of snow and ice.
     It is very important in any slip and fall claim, to gather evidence right away. Write down the name, address and phone number of anyone who witnessed the incident. If possible, have photographs taken of the area where the fall occurred. Record all trips to health care providers, and keep all receipts for any out of pocket expenses you incur as a result of the incident.
     As with any law suit, you have a time limit within which you must notify the party you are suing. This time limit can be one week or two years depending on where the fall occurred, and who is responsible for maintaining the area. To protect your right to recover your losses, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer without delay.
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  2.   What do I do if I am injured by unsafe or hazardous products?
  A.   When most consumers purchase a product, the last thing on their mind is that the product could cause injury. However a significant number of consumers are injured every year by products they purchase. A consumer who suffers injury as a result of a defective product may seek compensation from the manufacturer, or the vendor of the product.
     To successfully pursue compensation, you must prove the product was defective, the manufacturer was negligent, the defective product caused your injury, and you suffered a loss as a result of the manufacturer's or vendor's negligence.
     If you are injured by a product you have purchased, you should record all trips to health care providers, keep the receipt from the purchase of the product, keep the defective product, and write down the name, address, and phone number of anyone who witnessed the incident. Be sure to contact a lawyer experienced in personal injury matters.
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  3.   What if I am injured on municipal roads or streets?
  A.   Cities, towns and townships can be successfully sued by people who have suffered injuries because of the lack of care taken to maintain roads and streets in a reasonably safe manner. The key is to act quickly and to demonstrate evidence of gross negligence.
     Municipal governments are protected by the most severe time limits in which you are allowed to file a lawsuit. Unless written notice of the incident and the injury suffered are provided in writing within seven days to the proper person or in the case of a county or townships within ten days, you can be prevented from suing. Speak to a personal injury lawyer immediately. If you cannot leave your hospital bed, have a friend or family member call the lawyer.
     Write down the name, address and phone number of anyone who witnessed the incident. Record all trips to health care providers, and keep receipts for any out of pocket expenses you incur as a result of the incident. Do not let a restricted notice period defeat your ability to seek compensation for your injuries.
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  4.   What should I do if I am injured as a result of unsafe premises?
  A.   If you are injured on someone else's property they may be responsible for your losses. If the property owner has failed to act with care so that persons entering onto their property are reasonably safe they may be negligent and responsible to compensate you for your losses.
     In order to prove negligence, you must establish that a duty of care was owed to you by a property owner or occupier, that the duty of care was breached, and that you have suffered injury as a result.
     Property owners owe a duty at law in a variety of situations. Landlords must ensure their premises are kept safe for their tenants. Businesses that are open to the general public, such as stores, malls and other shops must also ensure their premises are reasonably safe. Even trespassers on the property can seek compensation for injuries suffered in certain circumstances.
     If you think you are injured due to a property owner's carelessness, be sure to write down the name, address and phone number of anyone who witnessed the incident. Take photos of the location and, if possible, have the property owner's information available. Record all trips to health care providers and contact a lawyer with experience in personal injury law.
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  5.   What should I do if I am assaulted?
  A.   Assault is any unwanted touching, hitting or striking of your body. This includes any type of unwanted physical or sexual touching of your body. If you have been assaulted, you should first contact the police to investigate whether criminal charges should be laid against the person who assaulted you. These charges will then be prosecuted by the government through the office of your local crown attorney.
     You may also pursue financial compensation for any physical or psychological injury suffered as a result of that assault. You can apply for compensation from the government if you are the victim of a criminal act and pursue legal action to obtain compensation for your pain and suffering, past and future income loss, medical and legal costs. The amount in which you are entitled to will depend on both the type of assault and the injuries you have suffered.
     Be sure to write down the name, address and phone number of anyone who witnessed the incident. Record all trips to health care providers, and document any out of pocket expenses you incur as a result of the incident. Although an assault involves acts which are criminal in nature, a lawyer experienced in personal injury matters will help you get the compensation you are entitled to.
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