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What are my rights?

What are my rights?

Our Constitution and our Federal and State laws help us when we have been harmed by others’ negligence, carelessness, or reckless disregard of our safety and well being. 

You have a right to live and work in a safe environment...

Every person must follow some safety rules; for example: 

    • Car and truck drivers must obey the rules of the road and not speed or get behind the wheel after drinking alcohol
    • Doctors must pay attention to their patients’ health, must not commit a surgical error or prescribe an improper medication, and must not disregard health risks or side effects
    • Employers must keep their worksites safe and well-maintained
    • Manufacturers must ensure their products are carefully designed and appropriately tested and their waste and byproducts are not dangerous to the surrounding environment
    • Pilots must pass safety certification tests and airplanes must be regularly maintained
    • Building owners and landlords must make sure they are not exposing their tenants to risk of harm from electrical, chemical, or structural dangers
    • And lawyers must follow ethical rules to ensure their clients’ rights are protected, not compromised.

Accidents happen; but when an accident that harms you or your family member was caused by someone’s disregard for the safety rules of their jobsite, the road, or the law, then you have a legal right to recover.

The law is here to protect you when you have been hurt...

If you have been injured or your property has been harmed because of someone else’s actions or failure to act, personal injury law, also called tort law, is in place to hold accountable the parties responsible and ensure they compensate you for your losses.

If you have been injured or a family member has been hurt or killed because of an accident or someone’s negligence, you may be entitled to recover:

    • Compensation for medical expenses
    • Lost income or wages
    • Loss of benefits
    • Disability pay
    • Compensation for scarring, pain and suffering, or emotional distress.

Click here to read more about compensatory damages

If the party that caused you harm did so knowingly or with reckless disregard for your well-being, you may also be entitled to punitive damages.

Click here to read more about punitive damages

Your legal rights to live and work in a safe environment are derived from our Constitution and the laws enacted by our Federal and State legislators.  Don’t let someone take away your rights – call us today.