Not All Personal Injury Cases in Alaska are Car Accidents

There is no question that motor vehicle collisions are among the most common types of injury-causing accidents in Alaska and throughout the US. However, people sometimes forget that there are many other risks from countless sources that you may encounter every day. These safety threats are just as dangerous as car accidents, yet they do not get the same amount of attention because they do not occur quite as frequently. An Alaska personal injury attorney is a valuable asset to help you get the compensation you deserve in other types of accident claims, such as:


Cases Based Upon Negligence

Like auto collisions, many personal injury accidents occur because of someone’s negligence. To recover monetary damages, you must show that the responsible party failed to exercise reasonable care, and this misconduct was the direct cause of the accident. Aside from car crashes, negligence cases may include: 

  • Pedestrian and Bicycle Accidents: Some of the most serious accidents involve vulnerable victims struck by vehicles much larger and heavier. Your rights as a victim are similar, but the claims process is not easier just because you were not operating a motorized vehicle.
  • Airplane Crashes: Alaskans rely on air travel to get around the mountainous areas that are not accessible through other transportation. When an airplane crashes occur, another person’s carelessness is usually to blame.
  • Premises Liability Incidents: Property owners are required to keep their spaces safe for others, but many fail in their duty to maintain the premises. You could be hurt in a slip and fall accident or other incident resulting from dangerous conditions on property.
  • Medical Malpractice: We trust health care practitioners to provide top quality care, but physicians can sometimes make mistakes. When they do, you may suffer serious injuries accompanied by significant losses.


Claims Related to Other Theories of Liability

Some personal injury accidents are not the result of negligence, but you may still be entitled to recover compensation. For example, you may be entitled to monetary benefits or damages if you are the victim of:

  • Sexual Abuse and Assault: Even if the offender is prosecuted in criminal court, jail time does not always alleviate a victim’s suffering. Fortunately, you can seek compensation through a civil lawsuit.
  • Workplace Accidents: Many job-related injuries are covered by Alaska’s workers’ compensation system, where you do not have to prove fault to obtain monetary benefits. The caveat is that you cannot file a lawsuit in civil court to obtain amounts for pain and suffering. However, there are exceptions where you can pursue your employer for negligence. Through a workplace accident civil lawsuit or maritime claim, you may have access to additional damages that would otherwise be prohibited under state workers’ comp laws.


Rely on an Alaska Injury Attorney for Legal Help

At Power & Power Law in Anchorage, Alaska, our personal injury team handles many different accident claims in addition to motor vehicle collisions. These are just a few examples of our practice areas, so please contact our office to learn more about how we help injured victims. We can set up a free consultation to review your circumstances and advise you on your legal options.