Bismarck Personal Injury Lawyers
Helping Injured Victims in Bismarck, Burleigh County, and across North Dakota
In today’s hectic modern world, an injury can happen quickly. More often than not, small amounts of harm we endure be recovered from quickly – we’ve all nicked a finger on a knife or accidentally burned ourselves cooking. But sometimes, far more serious injury can occur in a split-second, forever changing the direction of our lives.
No matter where a severe injury occurred – be it on the road, at work, or at home – parties with liability could be held responsible for a victim’s damages. Damages include any monetary cost paid as a result of the accident, such as medical bills, wages lost from missed work, and the suffering that results from the injuries. If your injury was the result of someone else’s negligence, contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at Sand Laws as soon as possible.
North Dakota Personal Injury Claims
A personal injury claim can take many forms, but they all are the result of similar circumstances. Personal injury claims come in the form of legal action filed against negligent parties that directly or indirectly contributed to whatever cause the injury in question, be they a person, business, or other entity. Examples of injuries frequently cited in personal injury cases include:
- Head injuries, such as concussions and traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries, such as slipped disks and fractures
- Back and neck injuries, such as whiplash
- Burn injuries, either from heat sources or chemicals
- Slip-and-fall injuries, either on a sidewalk on inside a building
- Injuries that occur to mothers giving birth in a hospital setting
- Wrongful death
Liability in Bismarck Injury Claim
The responsibility for personal injury cases varies depending on a case by case basis. North Dakota is a no-fault insurance state, one of only a few in America. This means that in the event of an accident where another party is liable, the victim of the accident must first file a claim with their insurance carrier. Once your insurer has reimbursed you to their limits, then the victims can turn to legal means to seek further compensation.
Determining Fault for Your Injury
Personal injury cases can list a wide variety of persons and/or entities as defendants. The most common ones are:
- Distracted drivers
- Drivers who were under the influence
- Undertrained employees who failed to maintain safety regulations for their property or equipment
- Employers who encourage unsafe or illegal behaviors behind closed doors in an effort to cut corners or expenses
- Anyone involved in the sale of defective products, from manufacturers to distributors to retailers
Damages for Personal Injury Claims
Depending on what type of injury was inflicted and the severity of said injury, claim amounts in personal injury cases can vary. Courts will also take into account real, definite losses as well as projected future losses from loss of employment and typical medical bill costs. The most common damages awarded to victims are medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Many different entities are involved in the treatment and rehabilitation of injuries from accidents, all of which can add up to staggering amounts that victims likely won’t be able to meet on their own. Victims can recover the costs of emergency services, their hospital bills, surgery costs, prescription medication costs, therapy, and rehabilitation devices. If the injury is severe enough, victims could potentially recover the cost of future medical care as well.
If a victim misses work for a significant length of time due to their injuries, they can sue for damages to compensate for lost time that would otherwise be spent at work. Furthermore, victims can sue for lost earning capacity in the event they must take on a new schedule or even change professions entirely due to injury.
Pain and Suffering
While one of the more difficult things to seek damages for, a skilled attorney will likely help seek these damages as well. Damages such as these are awarded based on qualifying factors such as the severity of the injury, how old the victim was when they were injured versus how long the injury will impact them, as well as other personal consequences to their quality of life the injury causes.
The Attempt to Avoid Responsibility
Defendants in personal injury cases have an incentive to shift blame to the victim. Personal injury cases can lead to large payouts to the victims, which goes against the goals of most insurance companies or other attorneys who are trying to get negligent parties off the hook.
For example, in court, defense attorneys may argue that victims violated traffic laws, were under the influence of illegal substances, were trespassing, or deliberately misused a product. They may try to shift blame to another defendant, or even flat-out deny their own liability. A skilled personal injury attorney is crucial to navigating these underhanded tactics and holding the negligent party accountable.
Experienced Bismarck Personal Injury Lawyers
When it comes to injuries resulting from another party’s negligence anywhere in Burleigh County, you need an experienced team to advocate for you. You deserve compensation for the harm you’ve suffered, and our team is the best to help you get it. Contact our experienced personal injury lawyers at 701-609-1510, or fill out our online contact form today.
We have offices conveniently located across North Dakota in Watford City, Minot, Williston, and Bismarck.