Generally, people file personal injury lawsuits when they suffer injury due to someone else’s negligence. Personal injury cases are often about trips, falls, and car accidents.There are many other types of personal injury cases as well, including dog bites, medical malpractice, assault and battery, emotional distress, and product liability. However, it’s a common misconception that every incident warrants a personal injury lawsuit.
Let’s take a look at some other common misconceptions about personal injury lawsuits in the Bronx.
Some Common Misconceptions
- There are a lot of frivolous personal injury lawsuits.While there are stories of large settlements for what appear to be frivolous lawsuits, this is not the case. The overwhelming majority of personal injury lawsuits are to compensate victims for very serious (and expensive) injuries. In addition, many of the so-called frivolous lawsuits have led to companies instituting policies that are more responsible and keep us safer.
- All you need to do is prove negligence. It’s not enough for someone to be negligent; there must be some type of injury as well.
- Even if the hazardous area is roped off, a property owner is negligent if there is a hazard.Property owners who take steps to warn of a hazard are not usually considered negligent. To determine if someone was negligent, the law considers if a “reasonable person” could predict that the condition, action or lack of action might cause an injury.
- Personal injury lawyers are very expensive.For most cases, personal injury lawyers work on a contingency basis. That means if you do not win the case, you do not pay. In addition, most personal injury lawyers provide a free initial consultation to discuss a possible personal injury lawsuit.
Personal injury law suits are pretty straightforward, so you don’t need a lawyer who specializes in personal injury case. To be sure that you properly document your medical injuries, possible negligence, and other relevant information, you should retain a lawyer that specializes in personal injury law. Determining negligence can be very complicated.
The New York City Bar Association’s website provides information about what negligence means in a personal injury lawsuit. An experienced personal injury attorney in the Bronx can provide the guidance you need to seek fair compensation for injuries caused by the negligent or reckless actions of someone else.
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