Unexpected things happen. A large corporation knowingly releases a dangerous product. A driver takes his eyes off the road to send a text and veers into oncoming traffic. Serious injuries can happen to anyone, and when they are the result of a person or company who refuses to abide by the law, the Columbia personal injury attorneys of the Law Office of Matt Uhrig can help. Since 2008, we have been fighting for the rights of injured Missourians.Lack of Financial Resources Can Burden Those Seriously Injured
According to a survey conducted in part by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, more than 13,000 Missourians are treated for a traumatic brain injury each year. The survey indicated that many survivors of traumatic brain injuries are not able to live their lives the way they wanted, with more than 60 percent saying that the reason is insufficient financial resources. People who have been seriously injured because someone else failed to abide by a legal duty have a right to seek compensation for their injuries.Missouri Law Protects Victims of Negligent Actors
When a person or company fails to abide by a legally imposed duty, injured victims have a right to file a lawsuit against the party responsible for their injuries.
For example, car accident victims may seek damages for serious injuries sustained in crashes caused by negligence. Everyone on the road owes a duty to other drivers and passengers to behave reasonably behind the wheel. A driver who sends a text message, a trucker who drives on too little sleep, or a trucking company that overloads its trucks have all breached their respective duties. If one of these actors causes an accident that seriously injures other people, the victims of the accident can file a negligence lawsuit and collect damages.
Many people suffer serious injuries because of dangerous conditions on the property of another person. Business owners who invite customers into stores have a special responsibility to keep the property safe for guests. For example, falling merchandise that seriously injures a customer may be considered a dangerous condition that the property owner should have discovered. This can make the property owner liable under Missouri law.
Just as stores in which people shop should be free from dangers, the products on the shelves must also be safe. Manufacturers who allow defective products into the stream of commerce that injure people can be held liable for designing a product with a dangerous flaw, committing manufacturing errors that render a product unreasonably dangerous, or failing to warn consumers of the dangers associated with a product’s use.Plaintiffs May Collect Compensation for Their Injuries
A plaintiff who files a successful lawsuit against another person or company who failed to abide by the law can collect financial compensation for her serious injuries. The defendant must reimburse the plaintiff for expenses such as hospital bills, lost wages, and property damage. In addition, plaintiffs who have endured pain and suffering can collect compensation. Some plaintiffs who have been seriously injured also may be entitled to punitive damages. These are damages intended to punish a defendant who acts willfully or recklessly.Trust a Firm with Significant Litigation and Trial Experience
Even when defendants are clearly in the wrong, many refuse to offer a settlement that makes the plaintiff whole. The Jefferson City personal injury lawyers at the Law Office of Matt Uhrig have significant experience trying cases in which a defendant has attempted to get off easy. If you have been seriously injured in Columbia, Jefferson City, or anywhere throughout Missouri, trust your case to an attorney with experience. Call (573) 657-2050 fill out our online contact form to see if we can help you.