It is unfortunate that few will step forward to take full responsibility when their actions or neglect directly result in injury to another who was in no way at fault. This includes drivers who cause car accidents, business and property owners who fail to correct dangerous conditions, product manufacturers who sell defective or dangerous merchandise, and even pet owners whose dogs bite or cause injury to others. Though few people who have been harmed want to seek the time and effort consuming requirements of taking legal action against someone who caused them injury, it often necessary. Medical expenses and lost wages must be paid for by someone and the law says that someone is the one who caused the injury.
If you have been injured due to the actions or neglect of another person or company it is important to take your time and fully understand your rights before agreeing to anything. Often, the responsible party will have an attorney offer you a quick settlement if you agree to sign a release waiver absolving them of any future claims. Though the settlement may seem generous at first, it may not be even close to adequate to fully cover future medical bills, physical rehabilitation, lost wages, and more expenses that may be incurred due to the injury. This is why they demand the waiver. Do not accept any type of settlement until you have talked to a personal injury attorney who can advise you and represent your best interests.
In the case of an injury where responsibility isn’t clear, for instance, a slip and fall injury in a grocery store after someone broke a jar of pickles you may or may not have a case. The best thing to do is keep complete and accurate records and consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as you can to see if your case has merits to pursue compensation.