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Personal Injury

“Slip and fall" is the term commonly used for an injury resulting from an accident caused by dangerous or hazardous condition on someone else's property, both individual and commercial.   These injuries can range from back and neck strains/strains to severe injuries and trauma.  These hazardous conditions may include water, ice or snow, inconsistent flooring, poor lighting, or even hidden hazards, such as a gap or hard to see hole in the ground. If you are the one to suffer the injury, you may be able to receive compensation from the negligent or liable party.  This compensation can range from reimbursement for medical expenses or to a settlement to cover lost wages and serious changes in lifestyle due to the injuries. Millions of auto accidents occur each year, injuring people and damaging property. Where a matter is very minor, many people merely file the necessary reports with the police and their insurance companies and then pay for all expenses and losses personally.   Unfortunately, the accident is not always “minor” and the cost can be significant, both financially and personally. You may have sustained damage to your car and other property.  Although most insurance companies will cover the cost of repairing the car, this may also affect your future insurance coverage.  Most insurance companies also pay for the cost of a rental car but usually only up to $15 per day.  We all know that you cannot rent a car for this price so you are left to pay the balance. Any injury requires medical attention and perhaps rehabilitation, both of which can cost a considerable amount of money.  You may lose income or just use up "sick days" during treatment and recovery.  You may even lose the ability to perform various activities of daily living, with these loses lasting for a short term or event permanently, The law allows you to be compensated in a manner that, as best as the law can arrange, places you back in the same position as you were before the accident. In addition to normal compensatory damages designed to make someone “whole,” in extreme cases "punitive damages" may be available if the injury was the result of someone else's reckless or irresponsible behavior.  If the accident or injury was caused by a defective product that the manufacturer should have corrected, you may also collect punitive damages. Negligence is a legal term that simply means "carelessness" that leads to an injury.  In an auto accident, if someone goes through a red light and hits a car or other property, they are careless - they are negligent.   In medical situations, if a doctor leaves an instrument in a body during surgery or fails to close a wound properly - he is negligent.   At a construction site, if the building materials were not stored properly or hazardous conditions were not properly secured - the contractor is negligent. Whenever any injury is sustained, it is important to consult with an experienced attorney to determine the recourse available and the compensation required by law.