In this age of texting, music, roadside distractions and more, there are more risks of accidents than ever before. And this is not limited to auto accidents. Attorneys In Wasilla Alaska are seeing a greater amount of slip-and-falls and trip-and-falls due to distracted pedestrians and others. No matter what the situation is, if you are personally injured due to the wrongful act or omission of another, you may be able to receive compensation for your injuries.
In the automobile accident context, there are many causes of an accident that can lead to the recovery of monies.
First, there is the typical two-car accident, where one driver was acting negligently (on his cell phone, texting, looking away, failing to have her lights on, driving recklessly, having inadequate brakes or other maintenance issues, and so on).
Second, there is the one-car accident caused by the fact that the road was not properly maintained nor cleaned of debris, there was no warning about a dangerous road condition, there was no barrier to a construction site with unsafe roads, etc. Here, Attorneys In Wasilla Alaska will know that there may be negligence on the entity responsible for the road or any entity responsible for safety at or near the construction site.
For slip-and-falls and trip-and-falls, the owner of the property may be at fault for failing to remove debris or maintain a level sidewalk. As with the auto accident context, tripping and falling at a construction site that was not cordoned off could lead to liability on the part of any person or entity responsible therefor.
There are also personal injury claims available of you were hurt in a motorcycle accident, aircraft accident, medical malpractice, product defects, police brutality, assault, defamation and more.
For the majority of these claims, you have only two years from the date of the accident—or at least the date you learned you were injured—to file your lawsuit. Once you do, the defendant will have to answer the complaint, which will be followed by a lengthy period of discovery, where information is exchanged through written documents and depositions. The final piece of the process is the trial, which is the part we usually see at the end of the Law & Order episode (although the personal injury trial is usually far less exciting and suspenseful).
At some point, your case is likely to settle, because trial is expensive and risky. In addition to the risk factors, settlements often happen because (i) a defendant’s insurance policy limits are low and the chance of collecting any monies above it are slim, (ii) a party just wants to be done with the process or (iii) a defendant stands to lose more in a public trial, even if successful, than at trial.
As you can see, there is a lot to consider in the personal injury context. This is why it is important to retain attorneys to guide you through the process.