PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS
Our personal injury lawyers have a thorough understanding of the law and court rules necessary to successfully pursue lawsuits arising from serious injuries or the loss of a loved one caused by dangerous products, unsafe conditions on a business’ or private homeowner’s property, motor vehicle accidents, and dog bites.
The personal injury lawyers at Drake Law Firm have experience settling multi-million personal injury claims and the trial skills necessary to try your case in the event a fair and reasonable settlement is unobtainable. Our attorneys will advance the expenses and costs associated with pursuing your personal injury claim and prosecute your claim on a contingency fee basis – meaning they will not charge you a fee unless you get fair compensation for your accident related damages such as lost wages, lost earning capacity, medical expenses, long-term care, lost services, and pain and suffering.
Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death in the United States and result in millions of people requiring emergency medical treatment for personal injuries each year. The operator of a motor vehicle has a duty to exercise reasonable care in the control, management, and operation of his or her machine. This duty includes the obligation to abide by traffic laws, observe road conditions, and exercise judgment to avoid a collision with another vehicle or injury to others.
The injuries and costs associated with a motor vehicle accident can be life changing. If you or a loved one were seriously injured in an automobile accident due to the negligence of another driver, you may be entitled to compensation including but not limited to medical expenses, lost wages or earning capacity, and pain and suffering. Our attorneys have the experience to pursue actionable personal injury claims and ensure our clients are reasonably compensated for their injuries.
Owners and operators of real property have legally imposed duties with respect to individuals who may enter the premises. Depending on whether you were a social guest, a child, a customer, or trespasser on another’s property, you may be afforded certain rights and assurances that the property is free of unsafe or unreasonably dangerous conditions. Our personal injury attorneys have the experience to evaluate premises liability claims and determine the appropriate duty of care required in each instance. If you or a loved one were injured on another’s property due to the owner or operators maintenance of an unreasonable danger, you may be entitled to compensation including but not limited to medical expenses, lost wages and earning capacity, and pain and suffering. A non-exhaustive list of these unsafe or dangerous conditions includes:
- Wet Surfaces
- Negligent Snow and Ice Removal
- Defective or Inadequate lighting
- Failure to warn of dangerous conditions on the property
- Improperly maintained Equipment
- Improperly Maintained Furniture or Furnishings
- Uncovered ditches
- Open holes on the property
- Broken or Poorly maintained Stairways and Handrails
- Foreign Substances on the Ground
- Swimming pool injuries
- Store displays that fall on customers
- Poorly maintained apartments, houses, stores or other businesses
- Construction accidents
Your ability to recover for injuries caused by a dangerous or unsafe condition on another’s property depends on the following considerations:
Trespasser is a person who enters or remains upon land without right. An owner or occupier of property owes a duty to the trespasser to refrain from acts that willfully injure the trespasser.
Infant (children) trespassers subject the owner of property to modified duties. If the owner maintains an artificial condition upon the property (pool, playground, etc.), he/she may be liable for injuries sustained by child trespassers.
Licensee (social guests)
A licensee is a person who has a right to enter and remain upon land by consent of the property owner. The property owner has a duty to abstain from willfully harming the licensee; additionally, the property owner must reasonably warn or fix any known unsafe conditions on the property.
An invitee is a person permitted to enter or remain on a premise for the purpose of the property owner upon invitation (implied/explicit) from the owner. The owner is under a continuing duty to ensure the premises is reasonably safe for the purposes embraced by the invitation.
If you were seriously injured or lost a loved one due to a dangerous product, you may be entitled to compensation including but not limited to medical expenses, lost wages, lost earning capacity, and pain and suffering. Manufactures have a duty to produce or ensure the production of safe products without manufacturing defects, design defects, or inadequate warnings. Our attorneys have the experience to ensure you are compensated for your injuries or the loss of a loved one caused by a dangerous product. Our firm handles a wide range of product liability issues such as dangerous toys, equipment, tools, household products, and appliances. The Drake Law Firm attorneys will work diligently to hold the manufacturers and/or retailers of a dangerous product responsible for your injuries.
Manufactures have a duty to ensure their products are free from dangerous manufacturing defects. A product has a manufacturing defect if the product deviated from the manufacturer’s design specifications and performance standards prior to the consumer purchasing the product. A person injured from the using of a defective product may be entitled to recover for their injuries so long as the person used the product properly.
Manufactures and retailers have a duty to make products reasonably safe for its intended or foreseeable use. They owe the duty to direct users of the product and people expected to come into contact with the product.
Manufacturers/sellers have a duty to provide adequate warnings or instructions about the dangers related to the use of their product. Adequate warnings and instructions may consist of statements, pictures, or symbols about the dangerous use of a product under certain circumstances. These warnings or instructions must communicate sufficient information about the dangers of the produce and convey the essential information the consumer needs to know to use the product safely.
DOG BITES AND DANGEROUS ANIMALS
Millions of adults and children every year are injured as a result of a dog bite or animal attack. If you were injured by a dog bite or a dangerous animal, you may be entitled to recover medical bills, pain and suffering, and other damages.
- Dog Bites – People bitten or attacked by a dog in a public place or while a guest on another dog owner’s property may be entitled to compensation from the dog’s owner regardless of whether the persons knew about the dog’s vicious nature.
- Dangerous Animals – You may be able to recover from the owner if he/she had knowledge of his/her animal’s vicious or dangerous trait. A vicious or dangerous trait generally refers to the animal’s natural inclination or habitual tendency to endanger a person or property. The owner of the animal may know of these vicious or dangerous traits if the owner knows about the animal’s attacks on other people or the animal’s dangerous disposition towards people.