Many types of accidents caused by another party’s carelessness may result in a serious injury or even the death of a victim. However, injured people have certain legal rights and options when pursuing proper compensation in the aftermath. Rhode Island personal injury lawyer David Tapalian at Tapalian Law represents victims in their legal endeavors, seeking the full extent of financial support necessary to deal with the harm that they have suffered. With over 20 years of experience handling personal injury claims, David Tapalian can assist people who need a car accident attorney or representation in another type of personal injury claim in Rhode Island or Massachusetts. He also can help you pursue benefits through the workers’ compensation or Social Security Disability systems.Car Accidents and Other Motor Vehicle Collisions
Car accidents are among the most common sources of serious injuries nationwide. As reliance on cell phones, navigation systems, and other distracting devices increases, so does the potential for harm. At other times, accidents may result from intoxicated drivers, aggressive drivers, or others who are not exercising care behind the wheel. When any of these situations causes a crash, victims may recover damages by pursuing a personal injury claim based on negligence.
Negligence is present when a driver breaches their duty to act as a reasonable and prudent person would act under the circumstances. This duty of care is owed not only to other motorists but also to people like motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians. A plaintiff must also establish a causal link between the defendant’s negligent actions and their injuries. Following a serious car accident, insurance companies and other involved parties are acting in their own interests when working toward a resolution. Making sure that you have a knowledgeable Rhode Island personal injury attorney who can do the same for you is important as you focus on recovering from a crash.Premises Liability
Whether you are shopping at a store, walking down a street, or visiting another person’s home, you do not expect to encounter hazards that would hurt you. Unfortunately, sometimes, that is exactly what happens. When a property is not adequately maintained, dangerous conditions may lead to a slip-and-fall accident. The resulting injuries may be significant, especially for an elderly victim. If property owners or occupiers do not keep their premises safe, they may be held accountable for the injuries that result through premises liability claims.
When a slip-and-fall accident occurs at a place of business, the owner may be found to have breached the duty of care owed to patrons. Business owners must regularly inspect their property and take reasonable measures to fix any known dangers. For instance, if there is a leak in a ceiling that causes a certain area to pool water constantly, or if employees fail to clean up spills for long durations, the business occupying the space may be held liable for the injuries that result. Victims must establish that the business owner knew or should have known of the hazard on the property, and the hazard caused their injuries. A personal injury lawyer can help Rhode Island residents collect evidence and develop a strong strategy.Medical Malpractice
While most doctors act competently in treating their patients, incidents of medical malpractice still happen all too often. A patient may receive a misdiagnosis or an improper dosage of a medication, or a surgeon may make an egregious error during a procedure, among other examples. When this happens, a victim has a right to bring a medical malpractice claim. The defendant may be held liable if they failed to meet the standard of care that a competent health care provider in the same specialty would have met. Expert witnesses usually are critical in establishing how the defendant breached the duty of care and how their careless conduct caused the patient’s injuries.Nursing Home Abuse
Families who entrust an elderly loved one to a nursing home or another licensed care facility are sometimes appalled to discover that their family member has not received the proper attention. Instances of malnutrition, dehydration, and bedsores are not uncommon in nursing homes, especially if the staff is overworked or not properly trained. In some situations, a resident may even suffer from physical or sexual abuse by a staff member or another resident. Families in these situations have rights to assert and can potentially sue any responsible individuals as well as the nursing home.Wrongful Death
When an accident claims a victim’s life, their loved ones may bring a wrongful death claim to recover the costs and losses that they sustained. These often include burial expenses, medical costs before the victim’s death, lost wages and earning capacity, and the loss of their loved one’s support and companionship. If the defendant behaved in an especially reprehensible manner, punitive damages also may be sought. These claims are relatively complex, and only certain relatives of the victim are eligible to bring them, so it is important to seek legal guidance early in the process.Workers’ Compensation
If you have been hurt on the job, you likely will be eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits under Rhode Island or Massachusetts law. These are awarded regardless of fault and are meant to cover medical expenses as well as some of your lost wages. The type of benefits that an injured worker will receive depends on whether their disability is permanent or temporary and whether it is total or partial. Sometimes, an employer or its insurer may offer a lump sum settlement instead of recurring weekly benefits. This may or may not be advisable in your situation, and you should consult a workers’ compensation attorney before making a decision.Social Security Disability
People who are suffering from a serious physical or mental condition, whether or not it arose from their job, may be able to receive benefits from the federal Social Security Administration. A claimant needs to show that they are unable to perform any substantial gainful activity because of their disability, which means that they cannot work at their most recent job or any other job. Many people receive denials initially before being granted benefits later in the administrative process. We can assist you with an initial claim or any stage of an appeal.Consult a Personal Injury Lawyer in Rhode Island or Massachusetts
Tapalian Law represents victims throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts from offices in Providence as well as Seekonk. If you have been hurt in an accident or are suffering from a serious health condition, you should seek assistance from personal injury attorney David Tapalian. Contact us online or call us at (401) 552-5000 to set up a free consultation to discuss your legal rights and options. We are ready to help people who need a workers’ compensation lawyer or assistance with a Social Security Disability application or the full range of personal injury claims.