People often associate personal injury law with car accidents, but there are many injuries that may entitle you to money, and with a personal injury attorney, you may be able to collect from those responsible for your injury. The following are a few overlooked areas of personal injuries.
Assault and battery
Obviously, when you are assaulted, you are a victim of a crime, but what many overlook is that there are monetary damages that can be collected from the person who attacked you. If the person has no assets to pay for damages, it may still be worth consulting with an attorney, especially if the person was working at the time. Employers are generally accountable for the actions of their employees when they are working, so there may be liability issues. Don't assume that the crime against you ends with a criminal court.
Dog attacks and dog bites
The laws regarding responsibility for dog owners can vary greatly from one jurisdiction to another. If you have been bitten, you should not make any assumptions about the laws. Regardless of whether you have been bitten in a public park or on private property, you may be entitled to compensation. If you were working on someone's property, they are likely to be held responsible for their pet's behavior as well.
Libel and slander
Although much of what people say is covered by freedom of speech, no one has the right to slander a person's name to the point where their livelihood is affected. Defamation of character can be devastating to business owners and professionals who are dependent upon their good name to attract a clientele. You may have been taught that words can never hurt you, but they can hurt your income. If you have been a victim of defamation of character and you can demonstrate an economic loss, you may be entitled to compensation.
This is the ultimate form of personal injury, and obviously, the person who has been the victim of it cannot bring a legal action. But surviving loved ones may be able to. Any situation in which your loved one would still be alive today was it not for negligence, you may have a case. One area of wrongful death that is common can be found in negligence on the part of doctors and medical staff. Whether you have a case depends upon many factors, but if you suspect wrongful death, it is a personal injury attorney that can offer you help.
Personal injuries are not limited to car accidents. There is a wide range of injuries that people can sustain, through no fault of their own, that another person is responsible for. It is a personal injury attorney, like those found at Johnson Law Office, PLLC, that can get you the compensation you are entitled to.