Personal Injury Claims
When lawyers argue personal injury cases to juries, they often talk about the cost of medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Some costs, like medical bills, are easy to calculate. Other costs, like future medical bills, and pain and suffering, can be more difficult to quantify. The idea behind personal injury claims is to try to make the injured person as close to “whole” as if the accident had never happened.
How Personal Injury Claims Lead to Social Accountability
Many people are hesitant to file a lawsuit. Particularly in Alaska, where we pride ourselves on hard work and personal responsibility, people sometimes express reluctance to sue another person. Consider, however, the need for social accountability and how a lawsuit may result in changes so other families don’t have to suffer. For example, if a person is injured due to sloppy work practices, such as improperly installed scaffolding which collapses on a passerby, a personal injury lawsuit may force the construction company to examine its employees’ work habits more closely. If a person dies in a hospital due to instruments that have not been properly sterilized, a personal injury lawsuit forces the hospital to investigate its practices, ensure its equipment is working properly, or even change its practices. These changes may prevent others from suffering in the future.
Because personal injury lawsuits cost companies money, companies are motivated to change when their behavior results in injuries or death. This can lead to changes in personnel, changes in training, or changes in work practices. Sometimes, personal injury suits lead to changes in an entire industry, or result in an unsafe product being removed from the market.
If You Have Been Injured
If you have been injured, and feel your injuries are the result of dangerous practices or harmful conduct, an experienced personal injury attorney in Alaska can hold the company or person responsible. Contact Merdes Law Office, P.C., for a free consultation to discuss your case. There is no obligation, and no attorney fees unless we win your case.