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The Basis for Personal Injury Lawsuits

Steve Wagner

Accidents or mishaps that lead to injuries can be devastating. A personal injury lawsuit can often restore justice to the situation, offering compensation to those injured, and making up for many of the losses that have been sustained.

Courts award damages or compensation if it can be proven that the defendant’s negligence caused harm or injury to the plaintiff. The victim has the option to sue on three broad grounds:

  1. Personal Liability: The most common type of personal injury lawsuits, is filed against the perpetrators of vehicle and road accidents. In this, the defendant is personally at fault for reckless driving.
  2. Premises Liability: This type of personal injury lawsuit is brought against the owner or custodian of the premises or property where the injury took place. The defendant here may not have directly caused the injury, but may still be held responsible for the injury. The plaintiff, may, for instance, have sustained the injury in a commercial establishment by tripping and falling over something in his path that should not have been there, or slipping owing to a wet surface. It is common for victims of dog bites and assaults to sue those responsible for the premises as well. Employees suing their employers for damages over and above workmen’s compensation may also fall in this category.
  3. Product Liability: People can get injured because of defective toys, seat belt failures, faulty automobile parts, malfunctioning domestic appliances, unknown side effects of prescription drugs, and more. In all these cases, it is possible to bring personal injury lawsuits against the product manufacturers, or even the seller of the products.

Regardless of the scope of the lawsuit and the genuinity of the claim, it makes sense to have Wagner Reese’s experienced Indiana personal injury attorneys represent you. Success depends on:

  • Proving damages or loss by presenting conclusive evidence.
  • Establishing liability by interpreting the finer points of law, and delving into case histories.
  • The ability to collect damages from the negligent party. If the defendant does not have insurance to cover the damage, then collecting the damages may require seizing the defendant’s personal assets, a difficult process.

Wagner Reese’s team of skilled and experienced Indiana personal injury attorneys do an excellent job with all these tasks, and work hard to help victims recover the damages to which they are entitled.
Contact us at (888) 204-8440 for a free consultation with our Indiana personal injury lawyers.


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