Causes of Injuries

Causes of Personal Injuries

Experiencing a severe injury due to no fault of your own can be extremely frustrating and upsetting. Moreover, the pain, emotional distress, and financial chaos in the aftermath of an accident may leave you overwhelmed and unsure of where to turn. This is why you need a personal injury lawyer that can help you determine the cause of your injury and help you receive the justice you deserve. 

If you or a loved one experienced a personal injury, you may want to know whether you could pursue compensation. Generally, victims could qualify for damages if they suffer an injury due to another’s careless or reckless conduct. Our experienced Houston personal injury attorneys have over a century of combined legal experience representing innocent victims of wrongdoing in personal injury lawsuits. 

Contact us online or call us at (281) 801-5617 to speak with our trained personal injury lawyers and learn how the causes of personal injuries can affect your case. 

Here are some of the personal injury claims our firm has handled:

Defective Products 

Companies must ensure that their products are safe for the general public. When businesses put profits before the safety of consumers, individuals may suffer injuries such as burns, lacerations, and severe side effects from dangerous medications. Defective products can include, among others:

  • Unsafe cars or car parts
  • Malfunctioning vehicle safety systems (seat belts, airbags, etc.)
  • Defective children’s toys
  • Contaminated food products
  • Dangerous medications
  • Malfunctioning electrical appliances
  • Faulty medical devices

Dangerous product claims are typically based on one or several of the following defects: 

  1. Manufacturing defect: Examples of defects occurring during manufacture include contaminated medications, faulty vehicle brakes, or a dangerous children’s toy.
  2. Failure to warn: When manufacturers fail to provide adequate instructions for a product or neglect to mention potential dangers, they put consumers at risk. An example is a drug manufacturer failing to disclose severe side effects on the medication’s warning label. 
  3. Design defect: Design defects typically impact an entire product line. Examples of defective design can include top-heavy vehicles prone to rollover accidents or electric appliances that melt or catch on fire on a high setting.

Defective product lawsuits may involve standing up to powerful businesses and global corporations with their teams of lawyers. Working with an experienced personal injury lawyer can be essential for achieving a favorable result in these often complex claims. 

Car Accidents

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), motor vehicle accidents are a leading cause of death in the U.S. As a result, car crashes are one of the most common causes giving rise to personal injury claims. All types of personal injuries are suffered in a car accident. You could have a legal case if you or a loved one was significantly hurt due to another driver’s carelessness. Common negligent driving behaviors include: 

  • Speeding
  • Distracted driving
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Ignoring traffic signs and signals
  • Generally driving dangerously

Getting a fair settlement can be tricky, especially with complex crashes, such as those involving multiple vehicles. You will have to prove, with the relevant evidence, that the other party is at fault and liable for your damages. Evidence can include police reports, witness statements, and medical records.

Handling the aftermath of a car crash can feel stressful and overwhelming, especially if you suffer significant injuries. A personal injury lawyer can step in, build your case against the responsible party, and fight for the settlement you deserve.

Truck Accidents

Accident victims often believe trucking accidents are merely a different type of car accident. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Firstly, crashes with heavy semi-trucks and commercial vehicles are more likely to cause severe and life-altering injuries, such as paralysis, internal organ damage, and permanent brain injury. Secondly, truck accident cases are usually more complicated than car crashes, and determining who is responsible can be challenging. 

Depending on the specifics of your truck accident, you could hold several parties accountable for your injuries and financial losses, such as: 

  • A truck driver
  • The trucking company
  • A truck repair shop
  • The truck manufacturer 
  • Other parties involved in the trucking operations 

If you or a loved one suffers a significant injury in a truck accident, consider getting a lawyer in your corner as soon as possible. The Ammons Law Firm’s truck accident lawyers know the applicable trucking laws and can help you navigate the legal process. 

Dangerous Premises 

Accidents due to property owner or operator negligence can happen anywhere, whether in restaurants, grocery stores, or workplaces. Injuries caused by falls can range from minor, such as cuts and bruises, to severe and life-changing, including brain injuries and spinal cord damage.

However, not all injuries sustained on someone else’s premises qualify for compensation. The duty a property owner owes you depends on your status on the property. Are you an invitee, licensee, or trespasser?  

For example, you could have a legal case if the property owner knew or should have known about the hazard causing your accident and did nothing to remove it. Dangerous conditions can include, among others:  

  • Wet and slippery floors
  • Lack of lighting in staircases and hallways
  • Loose mats and rugs
  • Potholes in parking lots
  • Clutter
  • Uneven floors

Medical Negligence

When we visit a doctor or hospital, we deserve to receive quality medical treatment. Unfortunately, medical malpractice is prevalent in the U.S. According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, medical errors are a leading cause of death in the country. 

Medical providers must treat patients with a good standard of care. Medical malpractice occurs when you suffer injuries from a doctor or another medical professional delivering substandard care. Examples of medical malpractice can include:

  • Late diagnosis or misdiagnosis
  • Birth injuries
  • Surgical errors
  • Early discharge
  • Wrong medication or wrong dose 
  • Failure to order diagnostic tests or misinterpreting results
  • Lack of aftercare

This list is not exhaustive, and there can be many other instances of medical malpractice. 

Litigating medical malpractice cases can be challenging. To prevail, victims must provide compelling evidence, such as statements from medical experts. The Ammons Law Firm is here to help you navigate a complex medical malpractice claim and could help you recover the compensation you deserve. 

Workplace Accidents

Most workers are entitled to workers’ compensation if they suffer an injury on the job. Workers’ compensation benefits typically include medical expenses, partial wage replacement, and death benefits for the surviving family. 

However, workplace accidents can be complex, and you could have a personal injury claim against a third party or even an employer in some circumstances. Consider speaking to a personal injury attorney if:

  • Your employer is uninsured: If your employer lacks workers’ compensation coverage, you may be unable to recover benefits. However, you could qualify for compensation with a personal injury lawsuit. 
  • A third party caused your injuries: If a third party caused your work accident and injury, such as another contractor or a property owner, you could have a legal case and pursue damages.
  • Your employer deliberately caused an injury that resulted in death: If an employer deliberately or maliciously caused your work injury, you could file a personal injury lawsuit and hold them accountable.

Workers’ compensation benefits are limited and typically don’t cover all your wage losses and expenses. Moreover, damages such as pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of life enjoyment are not covered by workers’ compensation and are only available with a personal injury lawsuit. When you’re severely hurt at work, a personal injury attorney can help you understand your options and rights. 

Maritime Accidents

Maritime workers have some of the most dangerous jobs and face daily hazards. The maritime environment can be particularly hazardous in inclement weather or shipboard emergencies, like fires. Common accidents on ships can include: 

  • Slips and falls
  • Falling overboard
  • Chemical burns
  • Falling from a height
  • Dock accidents

Getting what you deserve can be tricky if you are injured in a maritime accident. Maritime laws that differ from state and federal laws, such as the Jones Act, may apply when an accident occurs in international waters. The Jones Act generally allows injured seamen to file a personal injury claim against their employer. However, holding an employer, shipowner, or cruise ship company responsible, while possible, can be challenging. 

If you want to pursue compensation after getting hurt at sea, hiring a personal injury attorney who understands the intricacies of maritime law can give you the best chance of success.

Plant Explosions

Industrial plants are the backbone of the U.S. economy. However, they can also be hazardous, with toxic chemicals, heavy machinery, and other work dangers. Explosions of industrial plants can have devastating consequences for workers, the surrounding communities, and the environment. 

Although industrial plants pose potential dangers, accidents and injuries are preventable with adequate safety policies and procedures. However, some plants are poorly managed, with owners putting profits before the safety of workers and local communities. Accidents can result in various injuries, including:

  • Burns
  • Inhalation of toxic chemicals
  • Fractures and brain injuries in falls
  • Injuries caused by lack of safety equipment
  • Crush injuries when trapped between heavy machinery

If the worst happens and you are seriously injured or lose a loved one in a plant explosion, you need an experienced and powerful advocate to fight for what you deserve. The skilled attorneys at the Ammons Law Firm have successfully handled plant explosion claims and could help you recover compensation.

Pipeline Explosions

Pipelines predominantly transport dangerous, volatile, and flammable substances, such as oil and liquefied gas. Old and poorly maintained pipelines can experience catastrophic failures, resulting in explosions with potentially deadly consequences for workers and others nearby. Injuries to those in the vicinity of a pipeline explosion can include burns, blunt force trauma, and lung damage, among others.

Unfortunately, thousands of individuals have been injured and killed in avoidable pipeline accidents over the years. Despite this, some companies still neglect the necessary replacement and repair of aging pipelines, with explosions becoming more likely as time goes by.

The Ammons Law Firm can be here for you if you were hurt in a pipeline explosion or a family member died. Our attorneys have investigated and won many pipeline explosion cases and could help you recover the compensation you need to put your life back together.

Criminal Activity

Getting justice and compensation can be a confusing and complex process for crime victims. The government is responsible for prosecuting a criminal wrongdoer with a criminal lawsuit. In some states, a court can order restitution, meaning you could recover damages if you suffered a personal injury. However, if available, restitution, may only cover monetary losses, such as medical bills and income loss. 

After a crime, such as an attack, violent robbery, or shooting, filing a personal injury lawsuit could help you obtain compensation for all damages, including non-economic losses, such as pain and suffering, loss of life quality, and others. 

If you suffered a significant injury due to criminal activity, you could have various avenues for compensation, including the owner of the premises where the crime occurred. Consult a personal injury lawyer to determine your best next steps for seeking compensation.

House Fires

Almost half a million Americans seek medical care for fire injuries each year. According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), the leading causes of house fires are:

  • Cooking fires
  • Heating fires
  • Electrical malfunction fires

If you or a loved one was hurt in a house fire, you could have various defendants in a lawsuit. For example, a negligent landlord who failed to adhere to fire safety laws and regulations may be liable for your damages. If your house fire started due to a faulty electrical appliance, you could have a case against a manufacturer and other parties. 

Motorcycle Accidents

Lacking the protection of a steel cage makes motorcycle riders vulnerable to severe injuries even in minor accidents. Motorcycle accident injuries can include:

  • Road rash
  • Concussion
  • Burns
  • Broken bones
  • Internal injuries
  • Spinal cord damage 

Your life may be forever changed after experiencing a severe or disabling injury in a motorcycle crash. In addition to the physical impairments, steep medical bills and income losses can result in severe financial hardship. If someone else is responsible, our personal injury attorneys could help you get justice. 

The Ammons Law Firm Fights Hard for the Injured 

If someone else caused your injuries, you deserve compensation to rebuild your life and regain financial stability. Don’t struggle with a potentially complex personal injury lawsuit alone. The Ammons Law Firm can determine whether you have a legal case, protect your rights, and fight hard for what you deserve. 

Our attorneys take the time to fully understand your situation and assess the full impact of a personal injury on your home and work life. Get started today and contact us for a free case to determine your next best steps.

You can read our personal injury law resource to learn more about the cases we handle.

Our Houston personal injury lawyers are prepared to fight for you. Call us at (281) 801-5617 or contact us online for help recovering compensation in your personal injury case.

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