Sometimes, in the course of their daily life or their work life, Americans may get into accidents involving motor vehicles or tools or machinery on a physically demanding workplace, and when this happens, it is important for any auto accident victim or construction injury victim to find legal help to get the settlement they want. This will mean reaching out to a relevant law firm whose attorneys specialize in whatever type of accident happened. Related lawyers are also available for a variety of legal issues such as divorce lawyers, immigration lawyers, and even a dog bite attorney. What may cause a person to become injured on the road or at the workplace, and after an auto accident or an accident on the workplace, how can someone find the aid they need and get settlement money or other compensation?
Auto Accidents and the Law
Roads of all kinds are all over the United States, but the drivers on these roads are not always responsible or safe behind the wheel. Many drivers are intoxicated, under the influence of drugs, or simply distracted by handheld electronic devices or the car’s dashboard features. This can impair a driver’s attention span, coordination, and reaction times, and car accidents become much more likely. An auto accident may happen if a driver is looking at their phone’s screen instead of the road, and drunk drivers often hit other cars, pedestrians, and motorcyclists every day. In fact, it has been found that the top three causes of car accidents in the United States are distracted driving, drunk driving, and speeding. In fact, even the weather can be an issue; heavy snow or rain can limit visibility and make the roads slick, so even sober and attentive drivers may end up hitting someone or something.
After an auto accident, an injured victim will need an attorney to represent them in litigation against the at-fault party’s insurance company. The victim will have medical bills and may also have an injury that prevents them from carrying out paying work in the future, which is a factor that a lawyer can skillfully work into an auto accident case. The victim may also be emotionally charged and not thinking straight, but a lawyer will have the clarity of mind to use the law to further the client’s case. In litigation, there may be issues such as the at-fault party’s insurance company refusing to pay the settlement, and a lawyer will know how to clear obstacles such as these and get the desired outcome. A victim of an auto accident, once able, can look for local law firms that specialize in auto accident cases and get consultations with the attorneys there (this may or may not incur a fee) and find a lawyer whose educational background, skills, experience, and personality are to the client’s liking. The client should also be aware that a full-blown court case is unlikely; 95-96% of such cases are in fact settled pre-trial.
Workplaces and Injury
An auto accident is not the only incident that may cause personal harm. Workers who have physically demanding jobs, such as construction crews, factory workers, or wildlife rangers may be exposed to various threats to their health, and when an accident happens at the workplace, the injured worker may reach out to legal assistance from a relevant law firm, not unlike an auto accident victim, and get a lawyer to represent them. This may call for construction lawyers, who are trained to understand and use the laws and regulations surrounding construction projects. Different parties in a construction project will have their own legal representation or else can hire a lawyer if a problem arises. What can cause these injuries? Workers may be exposed to extreme heat or flames, or they may have heavy items fall on them or they may even get run over by construction vehicles or get body parts trapped in machinery. Workers on a construction site or in a factory may also be exposed to dangerous fumes or airborne particles that can damage the lungs. Finally, park rangers and wildlife experts may be attacked by animals such as cougars or bears, or bitten by venomous snakes, spiders, or insects. Such rangers might also slip or trip and fall down a hill.