Collinsville became a municipal corporation in 1872. Collinsville produces catsup and 85 percent of the world supply of horseradish. Anderson Hospital on State Route 162 near the State Route 159 intersection about three miles north in Maryville is a full-service facility that treats many personal injury cases involving Collinsville accident attorneys.
What Constitutes a Personal Injury Case?
A personal injury is any case of physical, psychological, or emotional injury due to the fault of another. Regardless of the specific circumstances, the injured party must prove three basic facts to be entitled to legal redress and compensation: (1) Duty, that the defendant had a duty to act so as not to injure another, (2) Breach of Duty, that the defendant breached or failed in that duty, and (3) Causation, that the defendant’s failure to comport with the duty caused the injury. As the range of examples is virtually infinite, it may be helpful for a full understanding of personal injury law to consider a few major practice areas: child injuries, medical malpractice, motor vehicle accidents, and work injuries.
Parents never feel worse than when their child suffers an injury due to someone’s negligence. The Centers for Disease Control estimate that hospital emergency departments annually treat 200,000 children injured in playground accidents. Almost half, 45 percent, are bone fractures, head traumas, internal injuries, and dislocations. Most of these accidents are due to poor equipment manufacturer safety standards and negligent playground safety maintenance. The property owner, those who construct and maintain it, and schools, daycare facilities, government-owned public parks, and private companies are all possibly liable as operators of playgrounds hazardous and unsafe, and insurers defend them all vigorously against child injury claims.
Medical Malpractice And Nursing Home Abuse
Medical malpractice occurs when medical negligence causes injury to a patient. A medical malpractice plaintiff must prove that the defendant breached the duty to treat the patient under the standard of care of what a reasonably prudent practitioner would do in similar circumstances. Proof must be by expert opinion testimony. As if this evidentiary burden were not sufficiently difficult, in Illinois now every medical malpractice plaintiff’s attorney must file with the complaint an affidavit affirming a reasonable belief that a health professional knowledgeable in the issues of the case and qualified in its subject has determined in a written report, that there is a reasonable and meritorious cause for the plaintiff’s action. The affidavit must attach a copy of the report. And then here again in this area insurance companies mount formidable defenses against all claims.
Car and Bike Accidents
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says motor vehicle accidents caused 32,367 fatalities and 2.22 million injuries in 2011. Depending on the circumstances, there may be more than one potential defendant responsible for a car accident. To secure fair and adequate compensation for injuries, a personal injury attorney should explore all options. Insurance companies often offer the bare minimum to take unfair advantage of a claimant’s lack of knowledge of legal rights. They offer inadequate and unfair settlement terms hoping the claimant accepts them rather than consult with an attorney. Too many injured drivers have short-changed themselves this way.
Injured On The Job
In 2011, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 2.8 million work-related injuries in the private sector and 4,609 work fatalities overall in both private and public sectors. Workers injured, disabled, or killed on the job in most cases can receive worker compensation, but many do not know how the worker compensation law works, and the official claim process can be unforgiving as to its pitfalls for the unwary. Without expert professional guidance, workers may not get all they should for their injuries.Why Contact a Collinsville Injury Attorney at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers?
Seemingly simple personal injury cases more often than not become more complicated than the injured party anticipates. Collinsville accident attorneys can clarify the complications and resolve their difficulties. Our attorneys are ready to help you recoup your losses after an injury.
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