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If you were injured because of someone else’s negligence or wrongful action, you can file a personal injury lawsuit in order to recover lost wages, medical bills, property damage and any other expenses you have incurred because of the injury. In some cases, you may also receive compensation for pain and suffering.
Some of the most common types of personal injury cases include auto accidents, bicycle accidents, bus accidents, boating accidents, dog bites, slip and falls, product liability and medical malpractice.
Auto accidents can lead to severe injury and death. Schneider & Palcsik represents injured victims and the families of victims who died or were injured in accidents involving automobiles, motorcycles and/or trucks. The goal of representation is to help the client recover compensation for his or her injuries and/or losses.
Some of the injuries that may warrant a lawsuit include back injuries, broken bones, traumatic brain injury, nerve damage, severe burns, severed limbs and whiplash. You may be able to recover compensation for these injuries if the accident resulted from:
- An improperly maintained roadway.
- A defective vehicle.
- An intoxicated driver.
- Distracted driving.
Bicycle accidents typically occur when a driver strikes someone riding a bicycle on or near the road. Because bicycles provide very little protection during collisions, the injuries to the rider are often severe and debilitating. In many cases, the rider of the bicycle may even be killed.
Regardless of the circumstances, Schneider & Palcsik can help each client understand how Vermont laws will apply to his or her case and whether filing a lawsuit would be beneficial.
Accidents involving watercraft may occur for a number of reasons, including the use of alcohol, excessive speed, inexperienced drivers or simply behaving recklessly. Unfortunately, these accidents often cause injury and/or property damage. In these cases, the victims can file claims against the person or persons responsible for the accident.
Bus accidents are often complicated, as a number of different people or organizations may be held responsible for any injuries or property damage that occurs. Depending on the circumstances, claims may be filed against negligent drivers, the manufacturer of the bus, the company that owns and operates the bus or the driver of the bus. If the bus is part of a public transportation system, a government entity may even be responsible for any accidents the bus causes.
If you were involved in a bus accident, Schneider & Palcsik can help you determine who is at fault for the accident and whether or not a claim can be filed.
Motorcycle accidents can be particularly devastating. Because a motorcycle doesn’t offer the same level of protection as a larger vehicle, injury and death are more common outcomes. In addition, because of the size and appearance of motorcycles, other drivers often fail to see them on the road. Nonetheless, riders of motorcycles have as much right to be on the road as any other driver.
If an accident occurs because of another driver’s negligence or wrongful action, the victims are entitled to compensation. Schneider & Palcsik can represent victims of motorcycle accidents as they seek the justice they deserve.
When you purchase a product, you have faith that it will work properly and that it won’t pose any hidden risk to your safety. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Defective products cause injury and property damage on a daily basis.
When dangerous defects are found, products are often recalled by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. However, if consumers have already sustained injuries or losses because of the defective product, they may be entitled to compensation from the party responsible for the defect. In most cases, the party in question is the product’s manufacturer.
In order to win a product liability lawsuit, the attorney and claimant must prove several issues, including:
- The presence of a defect.
- The existence of an injury or loss.
- The relationship between the product defect and the injury or loss in question.
A claimant must also show that he or she was using the product as intended or recommended at the time of the incident.
Slip and Fall Injuries
Slip and fall accidents can occur for a variety of reasons, including poor lighting, unmarked wet floors, torn carpeting, uneven floors and broken stairs. When these accidents occur, injuries can be mild to severe. In some cases, it may be as simple as a cut or scrape. In more severe accidents, victims may sustain head and neck injuries and multiple broken bones. Regardless of the nature of the injury, the victim may be entitled to compensation if the fall resulted from another party’s negligence.
Any auto accident can be serious, but accidents involving trucks can be particularly severe. Trucks are much larger than standard vehicles, and they can cause a great deal of damage.
If you are in an accident involving a truck, you may sustain significant injuries. Fortunately, with the help of Schneider & Palcsik, you may be able to seek compensation from the driver of the truck and/or the trucking company. For example, if your attorney can show that the driver was distracted, too tired or violated traffic laws, he or she may be held responsible for the crash by the court.
Wrongful death claims are typically filed when someone dies because of the wrongful action or lack of action by another person. The most common situations that result in wrongful death claims are car accidents, medical malpractice, assault with a weapon and car accidents. Winning a wrongful death case is not easy, so it’s best to find a qualified lawyer who understands Vermont’s laws and can help you build a strong case.
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If you need help with a claim that falls under any of these categories, please call (518) 566-6666 today for a FREE legal consultation or fill out the form below.