It is not common but sometimes necessary to sue a person, business or government organization to pay for the results of an injury. If someone is hurt because someone else acted or failed to act in a way that endangered them, the victim has the right to seek financial damages to help with recovery.
What are the most common types of personal injury lawsuits?
It is difficult to generalize across a wide spectrum of possible causes, but one of the most common types is a slip-and-fall lawsuit. This is usually commenced after a person lost his or her footing due to an obstruction, slippery surface or inability to see where his or her feet should be.
Who is responsible in a slip-and-fall lawsuit?
The owner or manager of a property generally holds legal responsibility for accidents that happen on that property. A person who was charged with the maintenance of an area or was admitted with the expectation he or she will keep surfaces clear may also be liable for a direct action that caused an injury.
What about outdoor accidents?
Outdoor falls on private property may be the legal responsibility of the owner in some cases. For example, an owner who should be providing snow removal may be responsible if he or she fails to do so, and a person falls in the snow. Public property that is dangerous because of an obstruction or lack of maintenance may be the legal responsibility of the pertinent government organization.
Do I need a lawyer to sue for damages?
An attorney is generally advisable in civil lawsuits. A lawyer can help prepare and forward a case through a settlement or a jury verdict.