What is a Personal Injury Case and What Should You Look-Out For?
What is a Personal Injury Case and What Should You Look-Out For?

What is a Personal Injury Case and What Should You Look-Out For?

For more than 100 years Iowa Courts have recognized a person’s right to bring a claim against another for injuries caused by fault, also known as negligence. Whenever you are hurt by anyone’s negligence, including that of another car driver, corporation, manufacturer, store merchant, or someone else you have a “personal injury” claim. Car and motorcycle accidents (injuries caused by a negligent driver), dog bites (injuries caused by a dog or other animal), falls (injury because someone did not take care of the walkway for example), nursing home (injuries sustained by a resident of a nursing home) and product liability (injury by harmful product) are all subtypes of personal injury cases. birth injury lawyers

However, if your injury happened while you were working (what is known as a workers’ compensation case) special laws apply. For example, in a workers’ compensation case the employee does not have to prove fault or negligence like they would in a car accident or personal injury case. However, the trade-off is that the employee’s damages are limited. In an Iowa workers’ compensation case, an employee is generally not allowed to recover pain and suffering or loss of quality of life damages against the employer. The exception to this rule is if you can prove that a co-employee committed “gross negligence”. Also, if you were injured by someone who does not work for your employer or a defective product caused your injuries then you may be entitled to additional damages. You should consult an attorney to find-out if your case meets one of these criteria.

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