There are lots of ways to suffer a personal injury that health insurance generally covers. When someone’s negligence causes a personal injury, that person is liable for unpaid damages. Those damages often include lost wages, pain and suffering, and transportation costs to and from medical appointments. Health insurance won’t cover those costs, but a personal injury attorney can help victims hold negligent people and entities liable for damages.
Here’s a closer look at common types of personal injury cases in Michigan.
Car Collisions that Cause Injuries
Michigan has about 8.6 million registered vehicles whose owners drive an average of 15,000 miles annually. Add in out-of-state visitors and the effects of wintry weather that can make driving treacherous, and there is a very significant threat of just about anyone involved in a car accident. Injury-causing car collisions are often caused by negligent drivers, defective equipment, or both. Road conditions also can cause car collisions. When they happen, an experienced car accident attorney can help accident survivors file strongly supported insurance claims, obtain fair and timely settlements, and hold negligent parties accountable.
Slip and Fall and Other Premises Liability
When you are visiting a property that is owned and controlled by other parties, those parties have a duty of care to ensure the premises are reasonably safe. Unfortunately, many people suffer injuries due to accidents caused by dangerous conditions that should not have existed. A spill, debris, or loose items on the floor could cause you to slip, trip, or fall and sustain a potentially serious injury. An item might fall off of a shelf or another location and strike you.
No matter how it happens, whenever negligence causes an injury while on a property owned or controlled by other parties, those parties are liable for the damages.
Dog Bites and Other Pet Encounters
Dogs, cats, and other animals make great pets, but those pets also might become aggressive and cause others to suffer injuries. The owners of those animals are liable for damages, which a dog bite lawyer in Detroit residents and visitors retain can help to hold accountable. Michigan generally allows one bite before declaring an animal to be dangerous. After all, some people provoke or otherwise scare animals that might simply defend themselves or their turf.
When owner negligence results in repeated attacks and injuries, it’s time to hold them accountable for the harm that their pets might cause.
Whenever the standard of care provided is less than the current acceptable standard, medical malpractice occurs. A surgeon might accidentally leave a sponge or another object inside a surgical wound. The nursing staff might accidentally drop a patient while trying to transfer that person from a bed or a table to a wheelchair or a gurney.
Even a nursing home might deliver a substandard level of care that causes injuries or a debilitating condition that triggers a valid medical malpractice claim against it and its staff.