Personal Injury Explained By A Vermont Personal Injury Lawyer
Have you been harmed by another person’s negligence?
A Vermont personal injury lawyer can handle many different types of harm that can occur because of negligence, intentional (tortious), or reckless actions. The cause of the harm may be a person, business, or government entity, and there are numerous laws in place to hold the offender responsible for their actions. Joe Galanes has been practicing personal injury law in Vermont for over 17 years and has represented clients with many different injuries.
Personal injury law is often referred to as “tort” law and is a type of civil litigation. Essentially a tort is an infringement of your legal rights that is separate from a criminal act. In some cases a tortious act such as assault, battery, or false imprisonment may also be a crime.
- Example: a patron at a bar is unreasonably attacked by a bouncer and suffers harm. The bar owner may be responsible for the actions of the bouncer and subject to damages. At the same time, the bouncer may face criminal prosecution for the attack if it was unnecessary or outside the scope of the bouncer’s duties to provide security for the bar.
However, in most situations, tort law and criminal law are distinct and discreet areas of the law. Even where there are not overlapping legal issues, personal injury cases can be quite complicated. There is a three-year statute of limitations in Vermont, and failure to file a lawsuit in time can bar you from recovering any damages. We can make sure you don’t miss any important legal deadlines and, if necessary, bring a lawsuit against the responsible party.
Common Personal Injury Causes Handled by a Vermont Personal Injury Lawyer
The most common type of cases that personal injury lawyers deal with are traffic accidents. There are thousands of car and truck accidents in Vermont and neighboring states every year. Usually car crashes are caused by the negligence of another driver or intoxicated drivers. Whether you suffered injuries because of a rear-end crash, a failure to yield, or a road rage incident, our office can help.
We also have experience in many other areas of personal injury, including:
- Product liability cases: damaged or defective consumer products that harm the customer or user.
- Medical negligence or other malpractice: these cases may include nursing home abuse, failure to treat or misdiagnosis.
- Slip and fall accidents
- Dog bite, mauling or other harm caused by pets or other domestic animals
Contact Our Vermont Personal Injury Lawyer
If you have suffered a physical injury or emotional or psychological distress because of another person’s actions, you may have a valid claim for damages. Call the experienced Vermont personal injury lawyer at Galanes Law for a free consultation today. We may be reached at (802) 698-8356.