Slippery grocery store floors, car accidents and neck braces are what people most commonly think of when they think of personal injury lawsuits. While personal injury incidents can occur anywhere, including supermarket or car collisions, there are many less-known reasons to file a personal injury claim. Each year more than 400,000 personal injury claims are submitted to the U.S. Department of Justice for various cases. Greg Hoag, a personal injury attorney based in St. Petersburg, Florida, believes it is essential that the public understands their legal rights and the appropriate times to pursue compensation for injuries. In order to better educate the public, below, Greg Hoag will discuss the most common personal injury scenarios.
On average, there are more than 4.5 million dog bites that occur in the United States each year. Out of these 4.5 million cases, 400,000 dog bites become infected. These cases of infection can often require reconstructive surgery and various other medical procedures and antibiotics. If you have suffered a dog bite and may have to seek expensive medical care, it may be in your best interest to explore whether you have a potential claim. The longer you wait, however, the harder it will probably be to build a case. Gather as much evidence of the incident as possible and secure legal representation before the two-year statute of limitations has expired.
Oftentimes, when an employee is injured at their workplace, they are told the only compensation they can receive is through their employer’s worker’s compensation insurance. While this is frequently true, various special circumstances allow an employee to receive additional compensation. Suppose an employee was injured due to an employer’s intentional conduct, for example, failing to provide the appropriate protective equipment. In this case, the employee could pursue a personal injury lawsuit against their employer.
If you have suffered an injury due to a product defect, you may be able to pursue a personal injury lawsuit. Defective product claims are different than other forms of personal injury claims, as they require less to prove in court. For a defective product claim, a lawyer only needs to prove that the product was defective, the victim was using the product correctly, the victim suffered an injury, and that the product defect caused the injury. Depending on your state, the statute of limitations regarding product defects can range from 2 to 4 years. To this end, it is important to pursue legal action as soon as possible if you have suffered an injury due to a product defect.