Understanding Your Personal Injury Rights
- February 6, 2015
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Personal injuries can – and do – happen anywhere; they can happen at work, at home, in your car, while out shopping, at the hospital… Essentially, life is full of possibilities for personal injury, and thankfully, in most cases, the misfortune is not due to the negligence of others. When it is however, you need to know your personal injury rights, and by extension, whether you might be entitled to compensation.
What is personal injury law?
Essentially, personal injury law is the method by which a corporation, entity, or individual is held to be liable for injuries to others which arise from the negligence of said entities etc. For example; defective products, wrong medication, poorly-maintained parking lots, failure to clear icy paths, spills in supermarket aisles, less than adequate safety precautions. The list is almost endless. If you believe yourself to be the victim of a personal injury caused by the negligence of others, you should speak to a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.
For larger entities and corporations, where there are many victims of personal injury (for example, a defective automobile component which causes vehicles to crash) class action lawsuits may be the best way forward. In these cases, the victims band together to bring about a joint lawsuit, and benefit from having several teams of personal injury lawyers who will pool their resources and information. It should be remembered however, that the more victims involved, and the more lawyers on the case, the smaller the payout each victim is likely to receive, should the case be won.
In addition to physical injuries, personal injury law ny covers defamation, whereby a victim is psychologically or financially harmed when malicious or misleading statements are published in print or online about them. Defamation also covers damage to a person’s or business’ reputation and good standing.
If someone sustains a physical injury due to a person or business neglecting to take due care, or by a reckless or careless act committed by another party, they should consult a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible, as they may have a strong enough case to bring a lawsuit.
Often, there may be an overlap between what is deemed personal injury and criminal law. This is where ‘intentional torts’ come into play. An intentional tort might be something like assault and battery, domestic abuse, false imprisonment, damage to property, bullying, emotional distress, and more.
Essentially, physical and/or mental harm, or damage to property may be grounds for a personal injury claim, or a more serious criminal charge; again, the wisest course of action is to consult a personal injury attorney as soon as possible, who will be able to advise you.
If you, or someone you know, has been involved in an accident where you believe another individual or business to be liable, please don’t hesitate to contact New York City personal injury law attorneys, Antin, Ehrlich, and Epstein as soon as possible to discuss your legal options, and to arrange a free consultation. Alternatively, please give us a call today on 212-221-5999.