Not every instance of injury will lead to a lawsuit, but consulting an attorney will allow you to protect your rights and learn what options you have.
Tulsa, Ok (PRWEB) February 28, 2012
Tips On When To Hire A Personal Injury Lawyer
According to Patrick E. Carr, an attorney for nearly 40 years with Carr & Carr Attorneys At Law, here are several tips on events that can merit working with a personal injury attorney:
-- A child has been abused in a day care setting. This can be a church-sponsored mothers' day out group, an after-class program at an elementary or middle school, a scouting or community service-oriented group.
-- An older adult has been injured in an assisted living facility or nursing home. Unfortunately, nursing home neglect and abuse happen to elderly people and those with diminished mental capabilities. If a loved one is in a nursing home or other care center, the facility has a contractual obligation to provide adequate care. People who are unable to protect themselves rely on friends and family to monitor their care.
-- A medical procedure has been botched. If a major mistake is made, such as if the surgeon left instruments inside someone's stomach or removed the wrong organ, the patient definitely should talk with a lawyer. It sounds like a bad movie, but it happens.
-- A defective medical device causes unintended negative consequences. Heart pacemakers and defibrillators, coronary stents, hip and knee joint replacement devices, and other medical devices can improve the quality of life if the device is manufactured and implanted properly. If it is not manufactured or implanted correctly, patients may have pain and suffering that could be worse than the original problem was.
-- Someone is involved in a complex accident. A wreck involving an airplane, helicopter, bus, semi-truck, multiple vehicles, dump truck or other commercial vehicle can be more extensive due simply to the size of the machines involved. Commercial vehicles are required to have insurance in the event their drivers cause a wreck.
-- A person is injured at a public place such as a shopping mall. For example, a broken escalator can cause serious foot damage. Additionally, hazards (like a busted railing from an upper level) must be marked to ensure shoppers and employees are safe. If they are not marked and someone is injured, he or she should consider taking legal action to protect themselves.
-- A person is injured due to a defective product. Consumers have a right to purchase products which are safe. Products should be manufactured to be non-hazardous but many are faulty and can cause injury or even death.
-- Someone receives a vicious dog bite. While the dog's owner should keep their animal's behavior under control, other people such as landlords may also shoulder some responsibility. If someone has been attacked by a Rottweiler, Akita, pit bull, Doberman Pinscher, German Sheppard, Akita, wolf-dog hybrid or other vicious animal, they need to talk to an attorney who helps dog bite victims.
-- An insurance company fails to meet its contractual requirements. This is known legally as bad faith and refers to when an insurance company does not honor its policy. If an insurance company has not done what it was contracted to do, it may be acting in bad faith, which is not lawful.
-- A person is injured in a car, truck, boat or motorcycle wreck. Even injuries that don't seem at first to be major can turn in to a bigger medical problem than originally expected.
Talking with a personal injury attorney typically does not charge anything for an initial visit. Most personal injury lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, which means they do not charge for their services unless they win or settle the lawsuit.
With 11 attorneys and a support staff of nearly 40 employees, Carr & Carr Attorneys has offices in Tulsa and Oklahoma City, and Springdale in Northwest Arkansas. The law firm works with cases involving car wrecks, nursing home negligence, insurance bad faith, product recalls and wrongful death. Contact Carr & Carr at 1-800-777-4878.