Common Types of Personal Injury CasesPosted:
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Are you suffering the physical and mental consequences of a car accident?
Perhaps you’re mourning the death of a loved one that was caused by someone else’s willful negligence.
Maybe you’ve even been injured by a faulty product that you purchased, want to sue for nursing home neglect, or were served food you’re allergic to in a restaurant.
All of these incidences represent different personal injury cases.
Would you like to know if you’re entitled to file a personal injury lawsuit?
Read on to learn more about some of the most common types of personal injury cases, and determine whether or not you may have a case of your own.
1. Medical Malpractice Cases
One of the most well-known types of personal injury cases is medical malpractice.
The phrase “malpractice” can refer to intentional harm caused by a doctor, an unintentional misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose a serious disease, harmful prescriptions, drinking before surgery, unskilled care, and much more.
Unbelievably, there are at least 4,500 cases per year that involve foreign objects being left inside of a patient after surgery.
Additionally, mistakes that doctors make during a procedure that result in injury to the patient also qualify as medical malpractice.
Bandages, scalpels, forceps, scopes, and even tweezers are just some of the
2. Car Accidents
There are roughly 6 million car accidents in the United States every year, making car accidents the most common personal injury cases.
Car accidents can have long-term medical consequences that result in hefty medical bills and, in some cases, an inability to work due to a permanent disability.
Additionally, these accidents often have quite serious psychological consequences. Those involved may have panic attacks, experience PTSD, and even be too afraid to get back on the road after the accident.
If the other driver was at fault for the accident, especially due to negligent driving, you should always hire a personal injury attorney.
Their expertise will help you get compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, time off from work, and even repairs to your car. Unfortunately, insurance companies will also do all they can to discredit you and claim that the injuries existed well before the car accident.
Lawyering up is your best defense.
3. Intentional Assualt
One of the most common questions legal professionals receive is whether or not intentional assault and battery fall under the umbrella of personal injury law.
In many cases, they do.
However, the main difference is that assault cases aren’t caused by negligence, but rather by a willful intent to do harm. Usually, criminal charges are pressed in addition to the personal injury charges.
Whether the perpetrator is known to you or a stranger, and no matter where they assault took place, report it immediately. Then contact an attorney.
4. Slip and Fall Injuries
Let’s say you were visiting your favorite restaurant, and on your way to your table, you slipped and fell in an unmarked puddle of water. You ended up breaking a bone or sustaining another injury as a result of this fall.
This incident absolutely entitles you to file a personal injury case.
Remember that those who own commercial or even private property in some cases are legally responsible for creating and maintaining a safe environment. If safety is compromised, the proper signage must be used, and the issue needs to be fixed immediately.
Usually, there’s a major connection between slip and fall cases and the concept of premises liability. Unfortunately, these premises liability laws can change drastically from state to state.
In some states, a landlord may be responsible for paying damages related to a slip and fall injury. In other cases, they may be completely exempt from paying anything at all.
The same thing goes for slip and fall accidents that happen at your workplace. Workplace injuries are especially complicated and can get nasty pretty quickly. If you’ve been injured in a slip and fall accident at work, your best bet is to meet with an attorney.
5. Dog Bites
A less common, but still important, reason for personal injury lawsuits is a dog bite incident.
In the vast majority of cases, unless it can be proved that you were willfully abusing the animal in some way, the dog’s owner is responsible for paying for your medical care from the bite injury.
However, this is a personal injury category that has quite different and specific regulations from state to state.
Sometimes, however, the case will depend on whether or not the animal has any sort of prior history with biting. In other states, even if the dog has never bitten another person before, the owner will still cover the cost of care — and the animal may need to be put down.
Ready to File One of These Types of Personal Injury Cases?
Have you experienced one or more of these types of personal injury cases?
Do you feel like you have enough evidence and reason to file a lawsuit against someone else?
If so, then you need to be certain you get the best possible attorney.
Our blog will help you to know exactly what to look for to make sure that’s exactly what you get. We also have lots of posts to help you understand typical court procedures, what kinds of documents and records you may need to file, and even what you should and shouldn’t post on social media during your case.
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