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When someone is injured, or their private property is damaged, it is considered by lawyers to be an “injury” matter. The laws covering personal injury allow the injured party to receive compensation for damages caused by someone else’s carelessness, negligence, recklessness, or intentional actions.

Strict liability is an area of law related to injury law, and that term generally means that there is liability whether or not negligence was involved. Strict liability is usually applied to situations which are abnormally or inherently dangerous, and also to manufactured products. Manufacturers must ensure that their products are safe when used as directed. Therefore, if someone is injured by a product when using it as directed, under a theory of strict liability they do not have to prove intent or negligence; they must only prove that the product was defective through no fault of their own and that harm was done.

Once an injury has occurred, the defendant generally has the obligation to fix the damage done or to compensate the injured person for such damage. The amount of damages can be agreed upon by you and the other party through insurance settlements, or by other means. However, the compensation for “damages” offered to you by the other party or their insurance company may not fully compensate you for your loss. The attorneys at Shumway Van & Hansen work diligently to determine who is liable for the damage and what the liable person should have to pay to compensate our client.

If you are an injury victim you should call us as soon as it is possible to do so and avoid discussing the matter without your attorney present. Most cases are governed by a Statute of Limitations, which means that you only have a certain period of time in which you can file a lawsuit or you will lose the right to do so. If you have an injury case that you would like us to review please call Shumway Van & Hansen at 1 (800) 868-1341 for a free consultation, or submit your free online case evaluation form.