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Your rights as an accident victim

Accidents can happen for many reasons. Sometimes, you can make a mistake that leads to an accident. Other times, an accident is no one’s fault and is not preventable. However, in many situations, other parties cause accidents by acting in negligent or careless ways.

William J. Cooley

Qualified personal injury lawyer

The injured party can hold a negligent person or company liable for all of the losses stemming from the resulting injuries. The first step in evaluating a personal injury case is to determine who you may hold accountable for your accident. This can involve technical investigations and complex legal principles, so you want a qualified personal injury lawyer handling your case from the start.

The different negligent parties in personal injury claims include:

Individuals

Negligent people can cause accidents, including:

  • Dangerous drivers.
  • Negligent commercial truck drivers.
  • Doctors engaging in medical malpractice.
  • Dog owners.

Corporations

Negligent companies can be held liable for:

  • Selling defective household products.
  • Selling dangerous pharmaceuticals.
  • Hazards on the premises that cause slip and fall accidents.
  • Toxic exposure.
  • Construction accidents.
  • Employees who negligently harm others.

Government entities

In some instances, a local or state agency may cause accidents and injuries. This can include:

  • Accidents caused by dangerous roadways.
  • Accidents at public schools.
  • Falls due to dangerous public sidewalks.
  • Playground injuries in public parks.
  • Injuries at public swimming pools.

The requirements for bringing a legal claim can vary depending on the liable parties in your accident. In any case, however, accident victims have the right to seek compensation for their medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, future estimated losses, and more.