Personal injuries from accidents can turn your life upside down. Your health and wellness can be affected for the rest of your life. Your family members and loved ones may also be adversely affected. Dealing with these kinds of troubles after an accident is a lot to handle. Once you factor in the legal and financial details that follow an accident, you may find yourself feeling overwhelmed. The good news is that you do not have to handle all of this alone. If you were injured in an accident, a Riverside personal injury lawyer from the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow can stand up for justice on your behalf. To learn more about your legal options and speak with a member of our legal team, call us today at (410) 777-8960.
Risk Factors for Accidents That May Cause Personal Injuries
No two accidents are identical. In most accidents that cause personal injuries, there are a variety of risk factors at play. Here are some common risk factors present in accidents:
Risky Driving Behaviors
Car and automobile accidents are a common source of personal injuries. The results of car accidents range from mild injuries that require physical therapy, all the way to severe life-altering injuries, and even fatality. In many car accidents, some degree of risky driving is at play. We are all aware of the risks that come with driving while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. But there is more than just personal experience to reinforce the fact that drunk driving is extremely dangerous. Research data also showcases how common fatal accidents involving drugs and alcohol are in the United States. As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows, “Every day, 29 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver.” Accidents caused by drunk driving have the potential to cause serious personal injuries. However, other risky driving behaviors are also responsible for collisions and their resulting injuries. Texting while driving has become an emergent problem. The popularity of smartphones and other mobile devices creates the potential for frequent acts of distracted driving. Driving while drowsy, or while eating a meal or speaking with a passenger can also create conditions that lead to an injury accident. If you were injured in a car accident, then you may be owed compensation. Legal teams, law enforcement, and car insurance companies will all work to gather evidence and establish liability after an accident. They may reference photographs and video footage, eyewitness reports, and road conditions when seeking to establish a liable party. Having a lawyer who focuses on car accidents and personal injury by your side can assist you in many ways. A lawyer can communicate with law enforcement and car insurance companies on your behalf. They can also seek a settlement. If a settlement is not reached, then they will stand up to defend you in court.
Unsafe or Poorly Maintained Premises
Car accidents are not the only kinds of accidents that cause personal injuries. Slip and fall accidents are often caused by unsafe or poorly maintained premises. If a property owner fails to provide adequate lighting for those walking through their parking lot at night, for example, then they may be held liable if someone falls and hurts themselves. These kinds of accidents are particularly dangerous for the elderly.
Medical Malpractice and Negligence
Medical malpractice and other forms of negligence are responsible for more deaths and injuries than you may think. As the National Center for Biotechnology Information shows, “Recent studies of medical errors have estimated errors may account for as many as 251,000 deaths annually in the United States.” These numbers are certainly astounding when you first hear them. Taking action after an act of medical malpractice may be emotionally challenging for some. Legal ramifications and complex laws also tend to generate complexity and confusion. When you have an attorney by your side, they can help you navigate these obstacles. If you or a loved one were injured as a result of medical malpractice, or any other accident, then you may be entitled to compensation. A Riverside personal injury lawyer from the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow will work to defend your rights and pursue any compensation that you may be entitled to after being injured in an accident. Call us today at (410) 777-8960 to learn more.
Pursuing Compensation and Other Damages for Your Personal Injuries
There are many forms of possible compensation that you may be eligible to receive after being injured in an accident. Medical costs can be quite high depending on the nature of your personal injuries. You may also experience negative emotional and psychological effects. For example, not being able to work and provide for your family members can introduce additional layers of stress, anxiety, and financial pressure after an accident. In some instances, possible forms of compensation may extend beyond payments to cover the costs of your medical bills. If you were injured in an accident, you may be owed compensation for:
Pain and suffering
Loss of the ability to enjoy life
Personal property damage
A lawyer who focuses on personal injuries will work to determine what forms of compensation you may be eligible to receive. They will also work to compile a case on your behalf and defend your rights.
Learn More About How a Personal Injury Attorney Serving Riverside Can Help You Today
Personal injuries fluctuate in severity. The legal and financial aftermath of any accident that leaves you with injuries can be difficult to handle on your own. If you or a member of your family were injured in an accident, do not hesitate to contact the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow. A Riverside personal injury lawyer from our team will work to build a case on your behalf and pursue any compensation and recoverable damages to which you may be entitled. Call us today at (410) 777-8960 to speak about your situation with a member of our legal team.