As personal injury attorneys, we tend to deal with people when they are at their most vulnerable – typically, following an accident or an injury. We strive to help those people recover compensation from any parties that negligently caused their injuries.
Hurricane Harvey has released epic damage to the Houston area. There are countless stories of people who have been seriously injured or killed, lost all of their possessions, or faced the loss of loved ones. Following such a serious weather event, you may be wondering where to turn for help.
In some cases, a personal injury lawsuit may be the answer. Normally, you may sue a person or a business in a personal injury case when the individual or business behaved in a negligent way, and those actions caused you to become injured. In order to sue the wrongdoer, you must prove that he or she owed a duty to you, breached that duty, and that the breach was the cause of your injuries. If you are able to prove your case, you may be entitled to compensation. Hopefully, the person or the business who behaved negligently has an insurance policy that can cover your damages, or has sufficient assets to pay your claim directly.
Although hurricanes unfortunately are not preventable, there are a number of actions that some businesses or entities may choose to take in connection with the hurricane that cause additional harm. Some examples of wrongful conduct surrounding Hurricane Harvey that could result in a personal injury lawsuit include:
An insurance company denying legitimate claims in bad faith;
A nursing home that had advance warning of the storm but did not take measures to protect its residents;
A driver who negligently drove through storm waters, injuring another person.