No one expects to be involved in an accident, especially one that causes serious injuries. But accidents can happen to anyone. Residents of Sydney who have sustained injuries in an accident may be unsure what steps to take next or where to turn for accountability.
In Sydney, common causes of unintentional injuries include motor vehicle collisions, slip and fall accidents, boating accidents, off-highway vehicle accidents, and more. Oftentimes, environmental factors like inclement winter weather can contribute to the circumstances leading to serious accidents. However, in many cases, these injury-causing accidents are the result of another party’s negligence.
Negligence occurs when one party or entity, through a number of different actions, inactions, errors, omissions, or other wrongful behaviour, fails to fulfill the duty of care they owe someone else. People do not need to have a personal or professional relationship in order to owe one another a duty of care. For example, drivers operating motor vehicles anywhere in the province owe a duty of care to other road-users around them.
If a driver fails to provide this duty of care to other road users by engaging in negligent behaviour behind the wheel, they may be considered negligent. Common examples of traffic law violations that may constitute driver negligence include:
- Texting while driving
- Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs
- Speeding excessively
- Driving recklessly
- Distracted driving
- Ignoring traffic signals/signs
- And more
When the negligent behaviour of a driver in or around Sydney leads to a car crash in which injuries are sustained, the at-fault driver may be liable for injuries that occur as a result of their actions. Depending on the nature of the injuries sustained, the impact they have on an accident victim’s life and livelihood can be devastating.
In Sydney, injuries sustained in car accidents caused by driver negligence can range in severity from mild to catastrophic. Examples of injuries frequently sustained in local car accidents include:
- Broken or fractured bones
- Cuts and lacerations
- Strains and sprains
- Musculoskeletal injuries
- Facial and dental injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Neck and back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- And more
Similarly, property owners and managers have a legal responsibility to maintain their premises and keep their visitors safe from harm. Failure to meet these reasonable standards of care could be considered negligence. If this negligence resulted in injury-causing accidents, the parties responsible should be held accountable for their actions.
If the property’s owner, managers, or other person responsible for its upkeep is unable to repair or remove an on-site hazard, they should adequately warn visitors about it. By doing so, they may prevent injurious accidents from occurring. A failure to address maintenance issues on a commercial or residential property could lead an unsuspecting visitor to sustain serious injuries.
Common maintenance issues that could lead to serious, injury-causing accidents on someone else’s property include:
- Uncleared ice and snow
- Spilled liquids
- Broken or missing handrails
- Poor lighting
- Wet floors
- Uneven surfaces
- Loose carpeting
- Cracked sidewalks
- Cluttered walkways
- Broken tiles
- And more
In Sydney, preventable accidents are a leading cause of injuries requiring hospitalization. Injuries sustained in accidents can have a profound impact on an accident victim’s physical, psychological, and financial well-being for years and even decades to come.
If your accident was caused by the negligence or wrongful conduct of another person or entity, our injury lawyers serving Sydney may be able to help you pursue financial compensation for damages you incurred as a result of your injuries. These damages may be related to newly acquired costs of medical care and treatments, lost income because of an inability to work, loss of future earning capacity, and other costs you have incurred or will incur in the future as a result of your injuries. Often, these damages include:
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Mobility aids, assistive medical equipment
- Home modifications to accommodate newly acquired disabilities
- Ambulance services
- Mileage expenses to and from medical appointments
- Housekeeping services
- Psychological counselling
- And possibly more
Additionally, depending on the severity of injuries sustained, accident victims may be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering, mental anguish, and other non-pecuniary damages.
Depending on the circumstances of the accident, it may be difficult to determine that any injuries sustained were the result of another party’s negligence. By working with our Sydney injury lawyers, you may be able to prove that the at-fault party owed you a reasonable duty of care, but failed to fulfil that duty, which caused you to sustain injuries.
Injured accident victims may find the prospect of filing an injury claim overwhelming. Additionally, after incurring new, expensive costs of medical treatment, injured accident survivors may assume that the cost of pursuing financial compensation from the person responsible for their injuries will be out of their price range. However, our injury lawyers serving Sydney may be able to make the claims process as simple and straightforward as possible. Plus, we offer free, initial consultations to prospective clients inquiring about our services.
Free Consultation for Sydney Residents – We Don’t Get Paid Unless We Win
To learn if you are eligible to pursue legal action against the person or entity whose negligence caused your injuries, book a free consultation with Preszler Injury Lawyers today. There is no cost for the initial meeting about your case.
In order to best suit the needs of our community, our injury lawyers serving Sydney offer a free initial consultation to all prospective clients. That means you can receive the benefit of professional legal advice at absolutely no cost. During a no-obligation, cost-free first meeting, you will have the opportunity to discuss your situation and receive legal advice tailored to the specific details of your case.
Best of all, our Sydney injury lawyers work on a contingency-fee basis, which means you do not pay any fees unless we win. If you are eligible to pursue a civil claim to recover damages you have incurred as a result of your injuries, you will not pay a cent unless we win your case.
Book a free, initial consultation with Preszler Injury Lawyers to learn about legal options that may be available to you. Contact our injury lawyers serving Sydney today.