Who is Responsible for Damages in a Personal Injury Case?

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Who is Responsible for Damages in a Personal Injury Case?

Personal injury cases can become very complex, especially when damages are awarded to the victim. When a favorable verdict is issued in a personal injury case, there can be a lot of confusion as to whether the damages are being paid by an individual, a business, or an insurance agency. It is not uncommon for damages to be paid by multiple parties, but to understand who is responsible, we must understand how personal injury cases work.

Car Injuries

Personal injuries from car accidents should seem very simple. The injured party brings a case against the party responsible for causing the injury, and damages are awarded. However, damages can be awarded from multiple parties, following a thorough investigation, including but not limited to:

  • Car and parts manufacturers: Faulty vehicles or tires can lead to severe accidents, resulting in recalls and personal injury cases filed against the manufacturer.
  • Insurance companies: Many times, the damages will be paid by insurance carriers. In cases with uninsured drivers, victims can peruse claims with their own insurance companies.
  • Government agencies: Accidents can result from poorly maintained roads, defective traffic lights, tree branches blocking signs, and more. In these cases, government agencies may be held responsible for damages.

Trucking Accidents

People who have been injured in accidents involving commercial vehicles may also receive damages from multiple parties, including:

  • Trucking companies: If the truck driver and vehicle were working for a company, the employer may have to pay additional damages.
  • Maintenance: If the truck was maintained by a third party and the accident was the result of the vehicle being below maintenance standards, that company may be obligated to provide damages.
  • Truck manufacturers: Much like car manufacturers, an accident involving a commercial vehicle may lead to damages paid by the truck manufacturer, and could hint at larger issues with an entire line of vehicles.

Work Injury

Injuries at the workplace may require individuals to pay damages, the employer’s insurance company, as well as corporate entities. If specific equipment was involved, the manufacturers of those tools or machines may also be required to pay damages.

Medical Injuries

Damages from medical injury cases can become very complex, with damages being paid by the doctor involved, as well as other medical staff, the hospital or facility, equipment manufacturers, and even government agencies if the injury occurred at a federally-funded location.

Consult Before Filing a Claim

If you have been injured, consult with attorneys who understand the complexity of personal injury cases. At Goodwyn Law Firm LLC, we will work hard on your behalf to get you the compensation you are due from the parties involved. No one should have to suffer from personal injuries, and the team at Goodwyn Law Firm LLC will be with you at every step, looking out for your best interests.

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