Frequently Asked Questions
Who May be Liable for Animal Bite Injuries?
Depending on the situation, there are many different parties that could
be held liable in the case of an animal bite. In most situations, the
animal's owner will be held responsible, but if there is no clear
answer, a court may help to decide the responsible party. Sometimes the
animal is owned by a shelter or at a medical facility. In this case, it
may take longer to determine who it is that could owe you compensation.
Since this can vary so much, our attorney can help you pinpoint who is
I Suffered a Slip & Fall Injury at a Local Business. What Can I Do?
No matter what kind of property, public or private, you may be able to
hold the property owner liable after a slip or fall injury. You must be
able to prove that the owner neglected their legal duty to prevent injuries,
or that this duty was breached due to action or inaction on their part.
It must also be shown that this breach is what directly caused the injury,
resulting in extensive damages on your part.
I Have Been Injured By Medication My Doctor Gave Me. Do I Have a Claim?
In these types of cases, the prescribing doctor or the manufacturer may
be found responsible for your injury. Possibly, if the doctor was careless
in their prescription of your medication and gave you the wrong type or
dose, they may be liable. However, if it was a manufacturing error that
caused the injury, it is more likely that the fault could be with the
manufacturers. Because this depends on so many different factors, it is
vital that you have an experienced advocate review your case.
Do Workers' Compensation Benefits Cover Long-term Problems & Illnesses?
This can largely depend on what the injury was and how it occurred. If
your employer has certain policies on this, it's best to first check
with them and find out the usual course of action. There is a possibility
that even after care was received, an injury or condition can be determined
to be "static." This would mean that the workers' compensation
provider would likely stop providing benefits for your injury if you have
reached maximum healing capacity.
Does a Preexisting Medical Condition Bar Me from Obtaining Compensation?
A preexisting condition cannot win you compensation on its own, however
if you happen to have a preexisting condition and you are injured in an
unrelated circumstance, the condition will not bar you from receiving
compensation. For example, if you have a preexisting neck condition and
you are stuck by a negligent truck driver while crossing the street, you
could be entitled to compensation despite the presence of the preexisting
condition. Furthermore, you may be able to recover compensation if your
pre-existing condition was aggravated or worsened due to a recent accident.
Can I Get Compensation for Injuries if I May be Partially at Fault?
In most jurisdictions, you may be able to recover some compensation even
if you contributed to the accident in some way. However, in a minority
of jurisdictions, it is not possible to recover any if there is any fault
on your part. Check with the laws of your jurisdiction to find out more
about whether your case can win you compensation. However, consulting
with a lawyer for a more detailed answer that pertains to your case is
the best way to find out if you can get financial recovery.
What is Liability Insurance?
Liability insurance is a type of insurance that protects the insured person
in the event that they are sued. This is a very common type of insurance
that most people will have. The insurance company will cover costs for
a number of predetermined situations. Different types of insurances cover
different situations, so please check with your policy to make sure that
the details are relevant to your case. Our attorney can always help to
determine the particulars of the policy and discus options for future plans.
Who May Bring a Personal Injury Claim?
Generally, the one who was injured brings forward the claim. However, if
the injured party is unable to bring it in themselves, a person may bring
up a claim on their behalf, such as situations involving wrongful death
or severe brain damage. In cases where a secondary party is planning to
bring forward a claim, it is crucial that they ensure they are within
their rights to do so. There may be a more appropriate party to do so.
For example, in the case of wrongful death, a spouse is likely more qualified
to bring a claim than the parents of the individual who lost their life.
Discuss the situation with all the people involved and impacted by the
accident to decide who should bring forward the claim.
Who Can I Hold Accountable for Defective Product Injuries?
In cases of defective products, the party responsible will likely be the
manufacturer of the product, although there are rare circumstance where
another may be at fault. Fault may rest in the design of the product,
quality inspections performed, or in the transportation of the product.
Usually, though, the manufacturer will be found to be responsible. Take
time to pinpoint exactly what aspect of the product caused the injury
and prepare this information to use.
Who Is Covered Under My Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage?
In most cases, this will cover the one who has the insurance and the family
members that are part of their household. However, there are certain circumstances
where this may not be the case due to unique policy details. Factors that
may impact whether or not coverage is provided include who was the passenger
and who was the driver in the accident, as well as other such elements.
Because this can often be a very complex and difficult matter, we recommend
that you talk to a lawyer to find out more about your options.
Who Is Responsible for My Child's Birth Injuries?
In most cases, this could be any medical professional who was involved
with the birth or monitoring of your unborn child beforehand. This may
extended to doctors, nurses, or other medical caregivers who were involved
in the process. You could be entitled to damages that will cover the injury,
pain and suffering, and medical expenses for the future. Take time to
record exactly how the injury occurred and get the names and contact information
of the involved parties.
If you have more questions,contact the Sweetser Law Office for a free consultation at (509) 219-0020. Our Spokane personal injury
lawyer is ready to help.
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