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A Brief Guide to Personal Injury Cases

When you’re injured by another individual, group, or company, you shouldn’t have to deal with the aftermath on your own. With the help of a personal injury attorney, you might be able to receive compensation for the damages you incurred. The following guide explores whether or not you might have a case.

What Constitutes a Personal Injury?

In most cases, personal injury claims center around proving the defendant’s negligence. In other words, the at-fault party owed you a duty of care and failed to see it through due to a careless action. You must then prove that their negligence was directly responsible for your injuries.

Finally, you must show proof of the injuries themselves, such as records from doctor’s visits. In some cases, you can also sue the defendant for mental pain and suffering.

In addition to negligence, personal injury claims may be based on intentional wrongs and strict liability. In the first case, your injuries were not the result of a mistake but a purposeful action, even if the action was in jest. A strict liability case specifically refers to creators and manufacturers of products. If the products were defective and dangerous, the victim might be entitled to compensation.

What Are Some Examples?

One of the most common examples of a personal injury case is a car accident. If one driver acts negligently—such as by texting while driving or neglecting to use their turn signal—and causes an accident by doing so, you could sue them for medical bills and property damage. Similarly, if a shop owner notices a spill and doesn’t set out a “wet floor” sign, the individual who slips and falls could pursue a personal injury case.

If someone jokingly hits another person and injures them after winning a game of pool, for instance, the harmed individual could file a claim based on an intentional wrong. If you buy a toy for your child that ends up breaking apart and cutting them, you could have a strict liability case against the designer or manufacturer.

To learn more about this corner of the law and figure out if you have a case, turn to the personal injury attorneys at Fitzpatrick, Skemp & Associates, LLC. This La Crosse, WI, firm has over two decades of experience and has won over $90 million for its clients. If you were the victim of negligence, strict liability, or intentional wrong, call (877) 784-1230 to schedule your free initial consultation. You can also visit the website to learn more about these trusted personal injury attorneys.