When someone suffers a sudden medical emergency and causes an accident that results in devastating injuries for you or a loved one, you may wonder what legal options are available to you.
If you hope to recover the compensation you will need to get through these tough times, your attorney must prove that someone else’s negligence or misconduct caused your injuries. Your Georgia personal injury lawyer at Bader Scott Injury Lawyers can help you establish liability so you can pick up the pieces and get back to living your life.
Types of Accidents Caused by Sudden Medical Emergencies
Sudden medical emergencies can happen virtually anywhere. If someone suffers a medical emergency while driving or performing other tasks, injuries may result. Some of the types of accidents that sudden medical emergencies may cause include:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Trampoline accidents
- Swimming pool accidents
- Construction accidents
- Work accidents
These are just a few of the types of accidents that could be caused by heart attacks, seizures, strokes, sudden drops in blood pressure, and other medical emergencies.
If you have been involved in any type of accident caused by someone who suffered a severe medical emergency, you may have the right to financial compensation. Our office can help you explore your legal options further during your free consultation.
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How To Prove Liability in a Personal Injury Claim
Proving liability is essential if you hope to recover compensation for your injuries. Personal injury claims are complex, as the burden of proof is based on a preponderance of the evidence. According to the American Bar Association (ABA), the evidence must show that someone else’s negligence or misconduct caused your injuries. The four following elements must be met to prove negligence:
- Duty of care
- Breach of duty
Essentially, your lawyer must prove the defendant owed you a duty of care, breached that duty of care, and caused you to suffer damages that have significantly impacted your life.
As you can imagine, it may be difficult to establish negligence in accidents involving medical emergencies. If someone else was suddenly severely ill or injured, can they be responsible for the fallout of a medical emergency?
You might be surprised to find that the person who suffered a medical emergency was negligent. For example, perhaps their doctor warned them not to drive because they were at high risk for a medical emergency, but they chose to drive anyway. If this happens, you may be able to bring them to justice and secure the compensation that is rightfully yours.
Evidence Needed to Support Your Case
To prove liability, your lawyer will need to present compelling evidence to support your case. The type of accident that caused your injuries will give your attorney a better idea of the types of evidence needed. With that in mind, some of the types of evidence used to prove culpability in sudden medical emergency injury claims may include:
- Blood alcohol concentration test results
- Cell phone records
- Photos of your injuries
- Your medical records
- The defendant’s medical records
- Witness statements
- Expert testimony
- Photos of the accident scene
- Photos of property damages
- Financial records
- Video of the accident
- CCTV footage
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Potential At-Fault Parties to Sue
You might be quick to assume the person who suffered a medical emergency is responsible for causing your injuries. While this may be the case in many instances, other parties could share liability as well. Generally, if the person who caused the accident had a medical condition that they knew could have serious side effects that put themselves or others at risk, they may be responsible for your damages.
However, you might also have a claim against their healthcare provider. According to StatPearls, informed consent is “both an ethical and legal obligation of medical practitioners.” This means if a healthcare provider fails to inform their patient of the extent of their condition, how to treat it, the risks of not treating it, etc., the healthcare professional may be held liable for accidents caused by the patient’s medical condition.
Your attorney will need to conduct an in-depth investigation into the cause of your accident to reveal all culpable parties. Your lawyer will work to ensure all parties who share liability for your injuries are held accountable to the fullest extent of the law so you can recover the compensation you deserve.
Get Help from an Atlanta Personal Injury Attorney
If you suffered critical injuries caused by someone else’s sudden medical emergency, an Atlanta personal injury lawyer at Bader Scott Injury Lawyers can help you.
Our firm proudly offers no-cost, risk-free consultations to injury victims across Atlanta and surrounding cities. Claim yours when you complete our quick contact form or call our office to get started on your case.