The 7 Most Common Types of Personal Injury Cases
If you have been recently injured due to someone else’s negligent choices or willful intent, you have the right to seek compensation. But how much compensation should one seek? The amount a person will pursue for a personal injury claim usually includes medical treatment costs, reduced or loss of income, property damage and an amount for physical and emotional pain and suffering.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, roughly 97% of personal injury cases never make it to trial and are settled out of court. Therefore, it is imperative that all personal injury cases require a personal injury lawyer to pursue financial compensation for damages and injuries.
Here are the 7 Most Common Personal Types of Personal Injury Cases
- Road Accidents
Motor vehicle accidents are by far one of the most common types of personal injury cases. The United States has over 270 million registered vehicles and in 2019 the National Safety Council estimated that approximately 4.4 million people sought medical attention for injuries from crashes and that 38,800 people lost their lives on the road. Common causes of car accidents are distraction, driving under the influence, excessive speed, and reckless driving.
Whether you are the driver, passenger, or a pedestrian, you are entitled to monetary compensation for any personal injuries and other losses sustained in a motor vehicle accident due to someone else’s negligence.
- Medical Malpractice
The Hippocratic Oath is sworn by all physicians to treat the ill to the best of one’s ability. If a doctor neglects this duty, if they are reckless or grossly negligent while treating a patient causing an injury, they are vulnerable to a medical malpractice suit.
- Wrongful Death
A “Wrongful Death” claim refers to a type of lawsuit in which someone was killed due to someone else’s carelessness. The most common wrongful death suits involve motor vehicle accidents but can also include medical malpractice, nursing home neglect, construction accidents, workplace accidents, airplane accidents, or the use of a defective or dangerous product. Wrongful death lawsuits award damages to the deceased’s family in an amount similar to what the victim would have recovered if they had survived the injury.
- Slip and Fall Cases
Property owners and those renting properties have a legal duty to keep their premises reasonably safe and free of hazards to prevent people on their property from suffering an injury. Dangerous conditions like torn carpeting, flooring changes, low lighting, narrow stairs, or wet floors can cause someone to slip and become injured.
Slip and fall cases can also arise if you slip or fall outdoors because of rain, ice, snow, or hidden hazards like a pothole or a broken sidewalk. In any event, to have a Slip and Fall case, you must sustain provable injuries to collect compensation.
- Workplace Accidents
Personal injuries at work are usually sustained during transit, however they may involve trip and fall cases, hazardous work environment claims, hazard material cases, and more.
Although you usually aren’t allowed to bring a personal injury lawsuit against your employer if you’re injured while working, you can file a worker’s compensation claim to cover medical treatment, lost wages, or a lump-sum payment, otherwise known as a permanent partial disability. It is important to have an experienced personal injury attorney to help guide you through the process and ensure that your rights are protected as every situation – and employer – is different.
- Dog Bites
Dog owners are financially responsible for bites and other damages, such as medical bills, lost wages, and emotional trauma, caused by their dogs – even if the dog has never shown any aggression in the past. Florida does not have a “one bite rule,” meaning the dog owner can be held to strict liability statutes.
Defamation in the form of libel or slander refers to untrue statements that cause actual harm in the form of financial loss. As long as you can prove it, you have personal injury claim on your hands.