Personal injury is a term that encompasses an injury caused by a negligent or reckless person or party which affects the mind or body. Individuals who suffer personal injuries in Utah are able to file a legal claim against the responsible person or party in order to recover compensation for their injuries and other damages.
No matter how careful a person is, they can sustain a personal injury. Personal injuries can severely impact one’s life by causing emotional turmoil, physical pain, and limitations on quality-of-life. Quite often, individuals who sustain personal injuries are further burdened by stacking medical bills that they are unable to deal with effectively because they may be unable to return to work.
Attorneys at Siegfried & Jensen have decades of experience helping clients obtain full and fair settlements for their personal injury cases. Here, we will discuss some of the most common causes of personal injuries.
Automobile accidents are the leading cause of personal injuries in the United States. Every day, individuals are injured or killed in accidents involving cars, trucks, or motorcycles. Unfortunately, motor vehicle accidents can involve individuals on bicycles as well as pedestrians walking down the road.
Some of the most common causes of automobile accidents include negligent driving, reckless driving, speeding, driver fatigue, driving while impaired, inclement weather conditions, and unsafe roads. In rare cases, individuals fall to sleep behind the wheel or suffer a medical condition, like seizures or heart attacks, while behind the wheel. Unfortunately, even suffering a health complication while in control of the vehicle can place a person at-fault in a personal injury claim. When a person is injured in a car accident, they may be able to recover compensation for the damages they sustain.
For some time, the construction industry has been considered one of the most dangerous professions in the world. There are hundreds of construction sites around Utah, each with thousands of workers on site. Unfortunately, a lot of construction workers sustain injuries while on the job due to defective equipment, falling sections of roofing or scaffolding, or other types of accidents.
Due to the size and weight of equipment at work sites, as well as the heights in which workers are required to go, accidents at work sites are often catastrophic in nature. These injuries can severely impact a person’s life and drastically limit their physical abilities.
Although we would like to believe we are always safe under the care of a medical professional, medical malpractice is a very common cause of personal injuries across the United States. These cases are tragic in themselves, as people generally go to medical professionals to improve their lives, not have them destroyed.
When the medical assistance patients seek does not meet the standard of care, a serious injury can occur. This type of injury is usually caused by delaying or failing to diagnose a condition, providing improper doses or medications, and surgical errors.
Although dogs can be very lovable pets, they have the potential to cause serious damage to victims when they bite. The Center for Disease Control estimates over 4.7 million dog bites occur each year across the United States, with over 800,000 of these bites requiring medical care.
Dog bites can be minor and superficial, or they can be fatal in some instances. If you were injured by a dog bite, you might be entitled to remuneration for physical and emotional damages. Some common repayment sought after in dog bites include medical expenses for reconstruction and mental anguish.
This category of personal injuries covers victims who were injured on another person or party’s property. These claims can be filed against a responsible party due to slip-and-falls from wet floors, torn carpets, or uneven floor coverings. If you are ever attacked by a dog on another person’s property, you may be able to file a claim against the homeowner’s insurance policy to recover compensation for damages.
Types Of Personal Injuries That Occur
Several types of personal injuries can occur. Unfortunately, there is no way to predict how an injury will impact a person’s life. Some of the most common injuries in personal injury lawsuits include:
- Spinal cord injuries;
- Broken/fractured bones;
- Brain injuries;
- Loss of limbs;
- Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD);
- Internal injuries;
- Eye injuries;
- Loss of mobility; and
- Speech impairment.
Some injuries victims sustain are temporary, while others can be permanent in nature. In either case, the trauma sustained by accident victims impairs their ability to work. When filing a personal injury lawsuit, Siegfried & Jensen will seek compensation for all losses a victim sustains from the accident. These often include medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, mental anguish, and, in some cases, property damage.
When at-fault parties are extremely negligent, courts may award punitive damages to victims. These damages do not compensate a victim for a loss, but are instead provided as a form of punishment toward the at-fault party for their negligence. Working with an experienced attorney from Siegfried & Jensen will ensure you recover the maximum amount of compensation you are entitled to.
Work With A Utah Personal Injury Attorney
Personal injuries can have a lasting and devastating impact on a victim’s life. They may face stacking medical expenses, an inability to work, and require endless medical treatments and therapy. These injuries can truly inhibit a victim’s life and their ability to function.
Not only do victims suffer physically from their injuries, but they often suffer emotional turmoil as well. Unfortunately, victims aren’t the only ones to suffer. Quite often, their spouses and children are forced to suffer and miss out on an enjoyable relationship with the injured victim.
At Siegfried & Jensen, we help injured parties recover the compensation they deserve for their injuries. Contact our law firm today at (801) 845-9000 to schedule a free consultation. We will investigate your claim and explore what legal options are available to you. Don’t hesitate. Call now.