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What are the typical causes of a personal injury?

typical causes of a personal injury

Injuries can occur just about anywhere, any time. They are not limited by circumstance. Negligence and willfully harmful actions on the part of others, however, creates a situation where legal compensation may be warranted.

Consider some specific cases:

Sally is traveling to work one morning on the Interstate. She is hit head-on by a motorist who fell asleep at the wheel after driving all night to arrive on time for an 11 a.m. meeting. The motorist was transported to the hospital and released with head injuries. Sally is told she suffered a spinal cord injury and will need several months of intensive physical therapy just to walk again. Sally’s husband consults an attorney about filing a claim against the sleepy driver.

Holly, a home health nurse, calls a patient with an aggressive dog to schedule a visit for 2 p.m. She requests that the dog be secured prior to her arrival. She arrives at the patient’s home on time, opens the front gate, and is attacked by the patient’s dog. Multiple sets of stitches are required to repair bite marks to her face, hands, and right leg. She misses 3 weeks of work while she recovers from her injuries and finds it very hard to visit patients with large dogs following the attack. She consults her employer and decides to file an injury claim against the negligent dog owner

Pete, a motorcycle enthusiast, takes his bike out for a spin on a Sunday afternoon. During his ride, he decides to pass a minivan traveling 10 mph below the posted speed limit. He signals, and moves into the left lane. The minivan unexpectedly changes lanes without signaling or checking his blind spot, and forces Pete off the road. He suffers extensive injuries requiring skin grafts, orthopedic surgery and several blood transfusions following the surgery. The highway patrol officer who arrives at the crash site documents the details, including the names of 3 motorists who testify that Pete was not at fault, and that the minivan driver forced him off the road to avoid being run over. Pete engages the services of an attorney to seek damages from the driver of the minivan.

Fred, a retired schoolteacher visits his doctor for increasing periods of shortness of breath. His doctor diagnoses him with Congestive Heart Failure and prescribes a new medication to relieve the fluid build-up in his lungs and feet. Two weeks later, Fred suffers a CVA (or stroke) due to a blood clot in his lower leg that blocks a major artery. He later learns that the new medication he was taking is now found to be responsible for blood clot formation in patients and has been recalled. He engages an attorney to seek compensation from the drug manufacturer.

While obviously “personal injury” encompasses a wide range of situations and these are just examples, we want to reassure you that no matter how big or small your case might be, we’re here for you.

And to help you decide if we are the firm you’re looking for, here are some of the types of personal injury cases we have handled in the past and continue to handle now.

Types Of Accidents And What Bernard Law Can Do For You

Car Accidents

Our experienced attorneys handle any type of automobile accident case. Whether the collision involved two passenger vehicles, a vehicle and a pedestrian, three or more vehicles, under-insured motorists, or any other type of claim, we are here for you.

Airplane And Aviation Accidents

Whether you or a loved one was injured in a commercial or helicopter ride, or whether you were in a small aircraft or not, we can help you with your aviation aviation accident case.

Unfortunately, there are many aviation accidents out there and many carry the potential for serious and yes, deadly injuries.

Let us help you go through this tough moment in your life by getting you the justice you deserve.

Bicycle Accidents

Many children and adults are often injured — and sometimes seriously — in bicycle accidents. Many of these accidents can be tragic. We know, because we have helped countless victims.

Drivers are often distracted and fail to notice the rider is sharing the road. Other times, drivers will open their doors unexpectedly and injury will follow.

Whatever the case, we can handle it.

Boat Accidents

Believe it or not, bot accidents happen more often than you might think. We know because we have helped many victims in the past.

They include fishing, jet ski, and charter boat accidents, but there can also be other incident involving water means of transportation that could also lead to accidental drowning. If you were involved in one in Washington, let us hear your case.

Bus Accidents

Was your child injured in a school bus accident? Or were you involved in an accident with a city bus? Whichever the case, we are here to get you the professional help you deserve.

Defective Products

Are you the victim of a greedy multi-billion dollar industry? Did you hurt yourself or did a loved one get hurt because of a defective and faulty consumer product?

In the past, we have helped several clients who experienced issues with their vehicles, tires, air bags, as as well as other products found in most people’s homes.

We can help you with your product liability case.

Dog Bites

At Bernard Law Group, we love our pets. That’s how we know that, sometimes, many pet owners lack the caring and investment they should put into them to make sure people are safe.

We have helped countless of victims of dog bite incidents. They included frail children, teens, adults, and the elderly. But we have also helped countless healthy individuals, young and old, who were victimized because of an irresponsible pet owner.

Let us help.

Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle accidents are notorious because of how dangerous they can be. Riders are often seriously injured, and sometimes for a lifetime.

We have helped countless riders whose injuries required treatment that will last their entire lives. We have also helped families of victims with their cases. Whatever the case, we are here for you.

Pedestrian Accidents

Seattle has become a particularly dangerous place for pedestrians lately. We have a long history of helping pedestrians involved in accidents. And if you or a loved one needs help, contact us for a free case evaluation.

Spinal Cord Injury

Those who suffer spinal cord injuries may face an uphill battle. Many times, they have to deal with the issue throughout their lives.

If you have suffered spinal cord injury because a third party was negligent, do not wait much longer to get the help you deserve.

Train Accidents

Many of our clients who have suffered in train accidents can tell you that serious injuries and fatalities remain a problem.

Because we do not tolerate negligence, you know that we will stand by your side and help you get the justice you deserve no matter what.

Truck Accidents

We have helped countless victims involved in big rig and serious truck accidents.

Many commercial vehicles have the potential to cause great damage and injury solely because of their sheer size and powerful impact. If drivers and companies are negligent and you were hurt, do not let the big guys get away with it.

Wrongful Death

Wrongful death can occur when you least expect. And because of a negligent third party or a intentionally wrongful act, a loved one can be gone in the blink of an eye.

We know how heartbreaking this can be and we are here for the victim’s loved ones through thick and thin.

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If you think you might have grounds for a claim, please contact an experienced lawyer to discuss your case.


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