At the Law Office of Nelson C. Barry, we handle a broad range of personal injury cases. Most of our work centers around the laws of negligence, which is a body of law attaching certain legal “duties” to defendants to act with care and caution around others. A breach of that duty, resulting in physical or financial injury, is known as a negligent act and may be compensable depending upon the facts of the situation. If you were recently injured and are curious as to whether a negligence action is best for you, consider some of the following categories of cases we’ve handled. Chances are, if you’ve been injured, we can help.
Our Most Common Personal Injury Actions
We handle a number of cases involving motor vehicles, including cars, trucks, motorcycles and tractor trailers. Automobile injury cases may involve single-vehicle accidents or multi-care pileups. These accidents also potentially invoke a number of areas of law, including product liability. This means that some cases present facts to suggest the cause of the action was actually a malfunction in the vehicle caused by a faulty design or negligent manufacture. You may have heard of recent cases involving Toyota and other car makers where many plaintiffs have joined together to collect compensation from the negligent manufacturer. This is known as a class action and may be available for you if your situation mirrors that of several other plaintiffs.
In addition to motor vehicle accidents, we also handle those involving boating and other recreational activities. Boaters and other watercraft operators are under the same duty to act reasonably cautious as drivers of automobiles, motorcycles and trucks. If you were injured in a boating accident, you may be able to recover the costs of your injuries as well as property damage incurred during the incident.
Under California laws, wrongful death actions are available for surviving immediate family members of a person who was killed as a result of the negligence of another. This cause of action is generally limited to spouses, domestic partners, children and parents. If your loved one was recently killed and you believe another person or entity may be to blame, you may wish to consider meeting with us to discuss your options.
As we mentioned earlier, consumer product makers are under a duty to protect customers from unreasonably dangerous products. Aside from cars, this includes household appliances, prescription medications and any other items available for purchase in the general consumer marketplace. If you were injured while using an item for its common, intended purpose, you may be able to recover against the manufacturer for damages to your home or physical injuries sustained as a result of the defect.
Doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals must perform their duties as a reasonable professional under the same or similar circumstances. While not every surgeon performs a procedure in precisely the same manner, your surgeon is bound by commonly accepted practices. Any deviation from this standard could result in liability if you can prove that, but for your doctor’s mistake, you would not have suffered the additional complications or injuries you endured.
Contact Nelson C. Barry Today
If you are interested in speaking to a personal injury attorney about any of the above-listed causes of action, Nelson C. Barry can help you better understand your options. Contact the office today.