In most situations where you are injured or a loved one is killed and it was caused by another person or entity's action or omission, you may be able to seek damages.
Note: The wrongdoer must have owed a duty to you or a loved one (example: a motor vehicle driver following safe driving procedures while on the roadways).
Below are examples as to when you may be able to seek damages:
- Auto collision, where the other motorist caused the collision;
- Slip or trip and fall cases, where the property or business owed a duty to maintain safe premises;
- Premises Liability, where the property owner, business owner, homeowner, occupier or renter owed a duty to invitees and licensees but breached that duty of care;
- Dog bites or dog attacks, where the dog owners or dog sitters failed to maintain or protect others from their dogs;
- Medical malpractice, where the medical professionals or medical facilities failed to uphold their specific duties of care to their patients;
- Nursing homes and caregivers who breach the duties of care to patient;
You need a Personal Injury attorney as soon as possible if you want to seek any amount of damages of an injury or wrongful death.
Each jurisdiction has its own statute of limitations for these types of cases.
The typical range to file a claim or lawsuit is between 1-3 years, but there are exceptions, especially when the matter involves children or a public entity.