Unfortunately, we need a civil court system to help us achieve justice, when another person, or a business entity, causes us harm. When someone is injured through the fault of another, those injuries often result in significant financial burdens that the individual would not have otherwise suffered. The law recognizes that we need a way to compel those responsible to pay for those economic damages.
Injuries can occur in a variety of different situations and, when those injuries are caused by another person, or entity, that party is said to be negligent. Negligence can be unintentional, such as failing to clean up a spill that later causes a customer to slip and fall, or intentional, where an individual physically assaults another individual. In either case, it often becomes necessary to hire a Boston injury lawyer to help you recover damages.
What are damages? The term “damages” is used in tort law to refer to any financial burdens suffered, as a result of negligence. This includes lost wages from missed days of work, while the victim is recovering from the injuries sustained in the accident. Medical treatment, ongoing therapy, and other costs directly related to treatment are also included as damages in a personal injury lawsuit. If you’re permanently disabled, as a result of the accident, your lawyer may also help you sue for the loss of income you would have earned within your lifetime.
People can be injured in many situations, though we most often think of auto accidents, or slip and fall accidents, as the most common types. Dog bites, nursing home abuse, and product liability cases all may result in lawsuits and injury claims. In these situations, the victim often has no other choice than to sue for damages. In wrongful death cases, the lawyer and a personal representative will sue on behalf of the victim’s family.
It’s necessary to consult an experienced personal injury lawyer in these cases, because the first settlement offer you receive will likely be unfair. It will be a low offer in the hopes that you’ll settle for quick cash, even though it will be insufficient to cover your damages. A lawyer, who is working on your behalf, will help ensure the amount you do receive will be fair and enough to cover your financial burden.