If you’ve suffered an injury after an accident, you might be wondering whether it’s something you can actually claim for. Not everything is ‘claimable’, so what exactly counts? What can you claim for and what’s best left in the past? That’s what this post is all about. Read on if you’d like to know what Fountain personal injury attorneys can help you with.
Car & Bike Accidents
Car and motorbike accidents are the most common accident claims. According to Wikipedia, there were 37,000 car accident deaths in 2016 and many millions more accidents. As you might imagine, these range in severity from lethal accidents to simple fender benders. But even the slightest of car accidents can be a reason to claim. Your car might require expensive repair, for example. You can also get whiplash from even slight bumps.
Bike accidents can be just as deadly, and are certainly more dangerous. Riding a bike, you’re not protected against crashes like car drivers. You’re also more vulnerable to road hazards like ice, hail and oil on the road. You can claim after either an accident or a preventable hazard, whether riding a bike or driving a car.
Bicycle accidents are becoming more and more common as bicycles increase in popularity. Because they’re becoming a more common way to get around big cities, the number of bicycle accidents is increasing. Common bicycle accidents include:
- Falling victim to road hazards like ice, snow and oil on the road
- Cars opening their doors without seeing you
- Cars turning at junctions without seeing you
- Crashing into pedestrians who walk into the road without seeing you
As you can see, there’s definitely a pattern! Road users and pedestrians who don’t see you pose a major threat to people riding bicycles. Because of their negligence you may be at risk of accidents. This can be mitigated by wearing a GoPro or a similar device, so that you can prove fault if you are in an accident. This is the kind of evidence that Fountain personal injury attorneys need to prove your case.
Slips and Falls
Slips and falls are any accident that occurs when you simply trip or slip over. They have a negative reputation because of news stories and urban legends about people faking falls in order to get quick compensation. However, a slip can result in genuine, life-changing injuries. This is especially the case if the trip is in a busy setting like somewhere outside, or in a crowded establishment.
You can’t claim for any fall; for example, falling in your own home. The key to a claim is that you have to be on somebody else’s property, and there has to be some sort of issue that the owner should have addressed. So, for example, you could claim after you trip over loose cabling in a restaurant. The owner should have tidied them away.
You can also claim after you trip on a sidewalk or pothole. These problems should be dealt with promptly and effectively by the local council or governing body. Your Fountain personal injury attorneys will ask questions about the accident: where was it, when did you fall, how did you trip and so on. These questions will help them determine whether the accident was somebody else’s liability or your own.
Injuries at Work
Nobody should be injured while simply doing their job. Unfortunately, though, unsafe working conditions are still common here in the U.S. If you’re unlucky enough to work in one, you may get injured, and it may be held to be your employer’s fault. Examples include:
- Kitchen workers
- Road workers
- Anybody working in construction
- Bar and wait staff
- Hotel staff
As always, the accident has to be a direct result of your employer’s negligence. So, for example, if your employer refused to buy the correct safety equipment that would have prevented an accident. Your Fountain personal injury attorneys will be able to advise you further on whether the claim is worth pursuing.
Other Accidents You Can Claim For
All that being said, the list of potential reasons to claim is very, very long. You can also claim for things like:
- Psychological conditions caused by stress at work
- Injuries received because of faulty goods or services
- The physical or psychological injuries that occur as the result of a crime
- Injuries sustained after negligent hospital treatment
- Abuse of a relative in a nursing home
If you’re unsure whether your claim is worth pursuing, call Fountain personal injury attorneys through 719-PAIN.
What Is 719-PAIN?
719-PAIN is a hotline dedicated to the people of Colorado Springs and the surrounding area. Our mission is to help you find the help you need. So, whether you need Fountain personal injury attorneys, chiropractors or specialist physicians… You can find them all through us, in one phone call. Interested? Here’s how we do it:
- First, you give a call to our hotline (719-PAIN).
- You’ll get through to one of our trained advisors. Their job is to ask you questions about your accident, so they can find out what help you need.
- They’ll ask you non-sensitive questions like where the accident took place, who you believe to have been at fault, and when the accident took place.
- Once they know everything they need to know, they can help you by forwarding you to the relevant experts.
Believe it or not, but we don’t actually charge you for our help. We also don’t take money from any business for recommendations. Our sole aim is to help you find the help you need. So call today!