What are the Types of Personal Injury Cases?

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More than once in our lives, we will find ourselves in undesirable situations. 

Many times, it’s due to our own choices.

However, sometimes we are in unfortunate situations due to the actions of someone else.

If you have been recently injured due to someone else’s negligent choices or willful intent, you likely have a personal injury case on your hands.

Many personal injury cases never make it to trial. In fact, 97 percent of cases settle outside of court.

There are several types of personal injury cases, all of which give you legitimate grounds to receiving compensation.

However, no two personal injury cases will ever be the same.

There will always be varying factors based on the event and the people involved.

But something common among all personal injury cases is the need to hire a personal injury lawyer to pursue financial compensation for your damages and injuries.

In the article below, we will discuss the most common types of personal injury cases to see if they apply to you.

Motor Vehicle Accident

One of the most common types of personal injury cases is vehicle accidents.

Regrettably, millions of people become injured each year, sometimes fatally, in motor vehicle accidents. 

On average, there are 6 million car accidents in the U.S. every year. That’s roughly 16,438 per day.

If injured in a motor vehicle accident due to someone else’s negligence as a driver, passenger, or pedestrian, you are entitled to monetary compensation for your personal injuries and other losses.

Experienced car and truck accident attorneys will protect your rights throughout the legal process and get you the money you deserve.

Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice claims arise from medical professionals who neglect their duty to treat each patient’s condition to the best of their ability.

This results in injuries.

Every doctor owes this duty to all of their patients.

That duty is laid out in detail in the Hippocratic Oath. 

If a doctor neglects this duty, if they are reckless or grossly negligent while treating a patient causing an injury, it can make them vulnerable to a medical malpractice suit.

Wrongful Death

The term ” wrongful death ” refers to a type of lawsuit against someone who killed someone else due to their carelessness.

Many wrongful death suits arising from car and truck crashes.

Wrongful death suits may also arise from nursing home neglect, medical malpractice, construction accidents, workplace accidents, airplane accidents, or the use of a defective or dangerous product. 

Wrongful death lawsuits allow the deceased’s family to recover damages similar to what the deceased would have recovered if they survived the injury. 

Slip and Fall Cases

Slip and fall claims are some of the most common types of personal injury cases. 

Property owners and those renting property have a legal duty to keep their premises reasonably safe and free of hazards so that people on the property do not suffer an injury. 

Numerous dangerous conditions like torn carpeting, flooring changes, low lighting, narrow stairs, or wet floors can cause someone to slip and become injured. 

The same rules apply if you trip on a broken or cracked public sidewalk or if you fall down a flight of stairs. 

Slip and fall cases can even arise if you slip or fall outdoors because of rain, ice, snow, or hidden hazards like a pothole.

In any event, you must sustain some injuries or injuries to collect compensation.

Workplace Accident

Personal injuries commonly occur in the workplace. 

Personal injuries at work can include trip and fall cases, hazardous work environment lawsuits, hazard material lawsuits, and more. 

If you’re injured while working for your employer, you usually aren’t allowed to bring a personal injury lawsuit against your employer.

Instead, you have to file a worker’s compensation claim to get compensation.

Compensation for your workplace accident can include medical treatment, lost wages, or a lump-sum payment, otherwise known as a permanent partial disability.

Workers’ compensation law varies from state to state, and they have many potential obstacles and pitfalls. 

An experienced personal injury attorney can help guide you through the process and ensure that your rights are protected. 

Product Liability/Product Defect

When you purchase a product and use it for its intended purpose, it should never cause harm.

But if you sustain any injuries due to a product’s malfunction or defect, you can pursue a personal injury case against the manufacturer.

Manufacturers package their products with documents discussing the product’s safe usage and what the company is and isn’t liable to avoid unnecessary lawsuits. 

If injured due to a malfunctioning product, be sure to consult with a legal specialist to see if you have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit.

Defamation

Defamation in the form of libel or slander refers to an injury of your reputation.

Untrue statements cause this injury. 

Therefore, what you must prove in a defamation lawsuit varies depending on the plaintiff and where the statement was made. 

Most people will need to prove that the untrue negative statement was made.

They also must prove that actual financial loss resulted from it. 

Premises Liability

Premises liability are personal injury accidents caused by a dangerous or defective condition on someone’s land. 

As a result, these can occur almost anywhere, from commercial properties like grocery stores, restaurants, gas stations, and retail stores, to your neighbor’s home or a public swimming pool. 

Countless defective or dangerous conditions can give rise to a “premises liability” claim.

Everything from falling down a staircase due to a missing handrail to tripping over an obstacle or slipping on a spill in a walkway or aisle could fall under premise liability. 

You need to document the dangerous or defective condition as soon as you can after the accident. 

Your personal injury attorney will help you document the accident and protect your rights throughout the legal process.

Dog Bites

Although the laws vary from state to state, dog owners are almost always financially responsible for bites and other injuries caused by their dog. 

In some cases, strict liability rules exist.

That means the dog owner is liable for dog bite and resulting damages even if the dog has never shown any aggression in the past.

Other states have the “one bite” rule.

According, to the one-bite rule, owners only become responsible for personal injury damages. 

They are responsible if there is a reason for them to know their dog is aggressive or prone to biting.

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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