Personal Injury

Personal injury law, also known as tort law, involves areas of civil wrongdoing that result in the injury or death of a person due to the carelessness or negligence of someone else. These cases range in severity and can cause minor injuries to catastrophic injuries or wrongful death. In the event of an accident, victims may be entitled to compensation for their physical injuries, pain and suffering or damages associated with the accident. The Gilliam Firm, PLLC works hard to provide excellent service to victims of personal injury while seeking the justice they deserve.

 

Motor Vehicle Accidents

Motor Vehicle accidents occur for a number of reasons and can result in serious personal injury, vehicle or property damage, and unfortunately, even death. They are classified into two forms: auto accidents and motorcycle accidents. The impacts of a motor vehicle accident can have life-altering effects to the victims involved, and injuries may range from minor bruises and cuts to concussions, paralysis, disfigurement or  wrongful death.

Auto Accidents

Driving-related injuries incurred from auto accidents are often the result of recklessness and negligence on the roads due to to distracted or agressive driving, poor weather conditions, alcohol or drug use, fatigue or disregard to traffic laws. Injuries can range from minor cuts and bruises to catastrophic injuries requiring immediate or long-term care. If you are injured in an auto accident, you may be entitled to compensation. 

Motorcycle  Accidents

Motorcycle accidents make up around 11 percent of all roadway accidents in the U.S. Motorcyclist face greater vulnerabilities due to the open and compact nature of a motorcycle and less physical protection to safeguard them when an accident occurs. Around 80 percent of motorcycle accidents cause injury or death, with head injuries as the leading cause. If you are injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation.

Commerical Vehicles

Laws regarding hours of service, weight restrictions and safety requirements are in place to help keep travelers safe on the roads, however commercial vehicle accidents still occur every day. Commercial vehicles can include semi-trucks, buses and wide-load trucks. Due to the large size of these vehicles, accidents can be severe and deadly.

Trucking Accidents

Because large commercial vehicles can weigh over 10,000 pounds and carry dangerous cargo, these accidents can lead to disastrous injuries or fatalities. Determining who is responsible in the event of a trucking accident may be challenging and can involve a number of players.

Bus Accidents

While school buses are designed with safety features in mind, such as high seats, narrow aisles and curved roofs, the high center of gravity and large size can cause life-altering injuries when a bus accident occurs.  Federal laws and industry specific regulations are in place to protect all passengers from bus accidents. 

Wide-Load Accidents

Over-sized loads are difficult to control and pose a high risk for accidents on the roadways, especially in instances of brake failure, a tire blowout or their need for increased stopping distances. Overweight trailers, loose freight, hazardous materials, unbalanced loads and unsafe emergency stops are among the various factors involved in an oversized load accident.

Product Liability

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that approximately 30 million Americans experience injuries as the result of defective products every year. These injuries fall within a type of law known as product liability, which holds manufacturers, suppliers, distributors and wholesalers responsible for any injuries or damages that occur as the result of a faulty product. 

Defective Vehicles

All car manufacturers must comply with government regulations regarding the safety of motor vehicles to ensure that defective vehicles do not hit the mass market, but unfortunately mistakes occur leading to accidents, injuries and wrongful death. 

Bad Drugs & Medical Devices

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires an extensive process for introducing new products to the market, but this process does not fully prevent bad drugs and medical devices from being sold.

Dangerous Products

When a product does not function in the way it was intended due to a defective part or design error, an unexpected accident can lead to injuries, physical damages or even wrongful death. Consumers who have suffered from injuries due to dangerous products may be entitled to compensation.

Workplace Injuries

Employers have a responsibility to ensure that employees are free from dangerous conditions or hazards.When you are involved in an accident at work due to faulty equipment, machinery or products, hiring an attorney who specializes in product liability can help you understand your rights.

 

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