Under the personal injury laws in Vermont, you may receive compensation from anyone who was legally negligent. This term means that the person failed to use reasonable care, thereby causing your injury. You must prove that the other person's negligence was the cause of your injury and that you sustained damages due to the injury.
When a group of people injured you through careless behavior, they are considered to be liable for your injury. However, each person is required to cover only the amount of damage that matches up to his or her level of fault.
|Vermont Personal Injury Laws|
Statute of Limitations
|Damages Recoverable||Medical expenses, lost wages, future earning ability, property damage, pain and suffering, cost of household help|
|Strict Liability||Product manufacturer may be liable for injuries caused by a consumer product|
|Joint Liability||Defendants are proportionately liable for damages|
|Contributory Negligence||Modified contributed negligence: you may not be awarded damages if you are found to be 51% or more at fault, if you are found to be 50% or less at fault you may recover damages based on proportion of fault.|
If your own carelessness caused the injury and you are over 50 per cent responsible, you cannot collect any money to recover your costs. For people who bear less than half the responsibility for their injury, the costs recovered will depend on the level of fault.
A seller of a consumer product can be held liable for injuries as long as the product is proven to be defective and was being used in the way that the manufacturer intended. You must also provide proof that the defect caused your injury and that you received damages.
Under Vermont's personal liability laws, you can receive payment to cover the cost of hiring housekeeping during a time in which you were unable to work. You can also recover the costs associated with medical treatments, whether these treatments took place in the past, are taking place currently, or are expected to take place in the future. State law provides for you to recover the money lost during the time in which you were not able to work. If you were permanently disabled or disfigured, you can receive compensation. Mental problems and emotional problems, such as anxiety issues, can be compensated. Damaged relationships between family members are also considered grounds for compensation. Any other costs associated with your injury are covered, as well.
You must tell the liable person that you are in the process of filing against them.
Do not speak with your insurance adjuster before you get the advice of a Vermont personal injury lawyer.
Keep all the evidence you have; it may be necessary to fulfill some of the requirements of personal injury law. Evidence includes the clothing that was worn when the injury occurred, photographic evidence of the injury, and damaged property.