Regardless of the circumstances that led to it, being involved in an accident is a terrifying experience. Whether you’re the victim, the liable party, or a simple bystander, there’s no doubt how traumatizing it is to have this happen to you up close. However, while anyone can admit it’s an unsettling predicament, coping with the injury you’ve received can be much worse, especially if you don’t have the funds for it.
In a busy state such as California, accidents can happen any second at any corner. Because of this, Rush Injury Law and other similar firms were established to handle personal injury cases. Although, if you didn’t know, ‘personal injury’ is a broad term. Because people get injured for various reasons, personal injury claims have many categories.
For California, some categories are far more common, as listed below:
- Elderly Injuries
As mentioned earlier, California is a busy state. Because people would prefer to go from one place to another in a snap of a finger, some tend to neglect certain rules. The most common set of rules that’s typically ignored is road rules.
It’s not unheard of to have a mindset that goes along the lines of ‘as long as you can drive, you’re allowed to drive,’ regardless of whether or not you have a license to do so. Yet for those who do have a license, the only roadblock they might have is their declining physical prowess. Due to age, the elderly are susceptible to this issue. After all, when talking about a ‘declining physical prowess,’ this can be shown as the following signs:
- Loss of sight
- Loss of hearing
- Poor mobility
- Deteriorating memory
Many civilian drivers might think that having one of these issues develop over time won’t be enough to stop them from driving; even more so for the elderly. However, because of this line of thought, the elderly have been involved in many car accidents, among other things. With bodies that are more fragile than usual, recovery in the elderly would be much more difficult because of how a ‘simple’ injury might affect them differently.
While the perspective of an elderly driver is already dangerous, you can probably imagine how life-threatening it would be for an elderly pedestrian outside the safety of a car’s accident prevention measures. With the signs of aging mentioned, elderly pedestrians would be more accident-prone without someone assisting them. Despite how compensation from the one at fault can be helpful, recovery won’t be an easy process for the elderly.
- Automobile Accidents
Without the elderly in the picture, car accidents are generally a common problem on the streets of California. As pointed out earlier, some seasoned drivers tend to neglect the rules to get from Point A to Point B much faster. Little did they know, their overconfidence and lax behavior would result in the following outcomes:
- Driving while intoxicated
- Driving while distracted
- Ignoring the vehicle’s limitation while driving
Whatever the outcome is, drivers’ behavior can be detrimental to themselves and the people around them.
- Workplace Injuries (Slip And Fall/Fallen Tree)
As discussed earlier, accidents can happen anytime, anywhere, even more so when you’re at work. Despite a job as uninteresting as an office worker, there are still dangers lurking at every corner. This is why personal injury claims tend to get complicated.
For example, the employee slipped and fell within the workplace property. At the outset, it makes sense for the employee to blame the employer, yet the cause of the accident must still be investigated before anything can be confirmed. Hence, personal injury lawyers are important. Although negligence is a common reason, other components must be looked into before reaching that conclusion.
- Dog Bites
Unless you’re allergic to animals, dogs barely get a bad reputation as they’re often affectionate and obedient—the perfect embodiment of man’s best friend. Looking at how dogs are received by society, it’s no wonder why many Californians have them. However, because of this thinking, people tend to forget that dogs are animals in nature, ergo completely capable of inflicting harm.
Therefore, if an owned dog harms another person, its owner will be held accountable. Like people, dogs’ behaviors are typically influenced by the one they’re always with. As such, poor behavior reflected in a dog leads to it acting out.
- Wrongful Death
Whether it’s because of a car accident, a workplace injury, or a dog bite, whatever the reason for the accident to occur always has death on the table. Despite its complexity, the human body can be extremely sensitive depending on its condition. Hence, there’s always a risk of dying depending on how severe the injury was.
This sudden death will prompt those connected with the victim to seek answers and compensation. With a personal injury lawyer on their side, they’ll be able to investigate the case much more thoroughly and present the collected evidence to settle an agreement with the at-fault party.
Accidents can happen anywhere, and a place as big as California is no exception. Whether at home or outside, there’s a possibility you’ll be getting involved in an accident. However, by hiring a personal injury lawyer, you can identify whether this accident happened due to your negligence or whether you can get compensation from the one determined to be at fault.
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