Personal Injury

Baratta, Russell and Baratta handles all types of personal injury cases including Traumatic Brain Injuries, Dog Bites, Burn Injuries, Sexual Assaults and Wrongful Death cases.

The term ”personal injury” is often associated with car accident and slip and fall cases. In reality, personal injury is a very broad term that applies to any situation where one person’s conduct causes physical or psychological harm to another.

It could be an injury caused by a car crash, a fall on a foreign substance at a shopping mall, a bite from a neighbor’s vicious dog or an open manhole in the street. The focus is on whether an individual has been harmed in any way by words (defamation/slander) or by conduct (careless driving for example). The conduct may be intentional, such as when an intoxicated person punches someone in a bar and breaks their nose, or careless, which is another word for negligence. This may include the failure to act (a doctor who ignores signs and symptoms of a deadly disease), or an action that is done carelessly (running a red light) resulting in harm.

At the core of the personal injury area of the Law is the old legal concept of “tortuous,” or wrongful conduct. Auto accidents and slip and fall cases are common examples, but personal injury also includes motorcycle and truck accidents, construction accidents and defective conditions of property. Commercial Property owners have a higher level of responsibility to the public and may be held responsible for failing to provide adequate security, lighting and proper warnings about dangerous conditions. Medical malpractice, products liability and workers compensation are also sub-specialties of the personal injury area.

We are proud to make our community safer by ensuring that those who hurt others carelessly, in violation of the rules, pay for the harms and losses our clients suffer.

Society imposes rules of conduct to protect all of us. Whether one is a professional (physician, lawyer, accountant), a truck driver, a property owner, a dog owner or a major corporation, each must abide by certain safety rules. When a safety rule is violated and someone is caused suffering and loss, not only is the person hurt, we all are.

Ask yourself some questions:

  • If a safety rule is broken, how can we be assured that company or person won’t break  that safety rule again?
  • How do you know it won’t be you who is harmed next time?
  • If the one who causes the harm does not pay for the losses sustained, who does pay?

By protecting yourself, or your loved one, who has been harmed by the violation of a safety rule, you are helping to ensure that safety rules will be followed and that society does not pay as a whole for the harm caused by those careless few.