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If you have suffered injuries due to an accident of any kind, you might be entitled to compensation. A personal injury lawyer can offer advice on whether you have a potential lawsuit on your hands and help you pursue compensation that can cover your medical bills, therapy, loss of income, and make up for your pain and suffering.
Just because you had an accident doesn’t mean it was your fault. It is important to speak to a personal injury lawyer to help determine if you do in fact have a case. For example, if you were walking across a parking lot that was poorly lit or was slippery due to snow and ice, there is a very good chance the owner of the property is liable. Property owners are responsible for the care of their property. They do have a certain amount of time to shovel snow or make repairs, but must show that they have taken reasonable care to keep their property safe. If you can show the snow was not shoveled within the appropriate amount of time or that the parking lot surface had been in ill repair for many weeks or months, this will work in your favour. However, it is also the responsibility of the injured party to prove they were in fact taking the proper precautions as well. If you were not wearing your glasses, had been drinking, or even wore inappropriate footwear, these facts could all work in the property owner’s favour.
A personal injury lawyer could also help you determine how much compensation you are entitled to receive. They will assess your injuries, look at the treatment you have had to undergo and consider all of the costs associated with medications. A personal injury lawyer will also look at issues such as lost wages due to your injuries. They will help consider a reasonable dollar amount as well as advise you on important decisions such as settling out of court, arbitration and using a mediator.
Even if it seems the property owner was not at fault or negligent, a personal injury lawyer will know where to look to prove the property owner was responsible for your injuries. A personal injury lawyer has the knowledge and experience to demonstrate the company or owner was at fault beyond the obvious issues such as unshoveled snow, and see that you are awarded fairly.
Accidents can be very traumatic events. With the help of a personal injury lawyer, you can receive the compensation you deserve and move forward with your life.