What Are the Most Common Types of Personal Injury Cases?
Logically, we all know that accidents happen. Sometimes, that's simply part of life. But there may also be situations in which accidents can be prevented. If another person's negligence results in physical injury, it may be appropriate for the injured party to file a personal injury claim against the responsible individual(s).
But what kinds of situations tend to result in these legal claims? There are all sorts of circumstances that can lead to filing this sort of suit with help from a law firm, but the following scenarios tend to be more likely to culminate in personal injury cases.
- Car Accidents: Although most of us believe we're safe drivers, collisions happen all the time on U.S. roads. While some may be minor, others can be catastrophic. And if another driver's reckless behavior caused the accident or resulted in your injuries, it may be wholly appropriate to file a legal claim against them. A motorist who drives while under the influence of alcohol, who uses a cell phone behind the wheel, or who ignores speed limits can be held legally and financially responsible for subsequent injuries and property damage of others.
- Workplace Injuries: You might assume that any on-the-job accident will be addressed by a workers' compensation claim. However, that's not always the case. Because workers' comp claims don't entitle an employee to benefits related to pain and suffering, it may not be within an individual's best interests to file a workers' comp claim. In addition, a personal injury lawsuit would be an appropriate course of action only if negligence can be proven. Unfortunately, that could apply in your situation if your employer has failed to protect workers and maintain a safe environment.
- Medical Malpractice: By and large, we view doctors and other medical personnel as trustworthy. Tragically, these individuals are not immune to making mistakes -- and some will even willfully disregard their obligation to keeping their patients safe. When a medical staff member fails to provide the standard level of healthcare and a patient is injured in some way as a result, your lawyer may recommend that you file a claim against the person(s) responsible. There are many examples of medical malpractice, ranging from improper diagnosis and prescription errors to surgical mistakes and birth defects.
- Product Liability: Defective products can result in major public harm. You'd think that would be enough for businesses to do everything they can to adhere to strict manufacturing guidelines. But in many cases, these defective products can still end up on the market and cause consumer injuries. If an individual is hurt by an unsafe or defective product and it can be proved that the manufacturer fell below the burden of safety standards, it may be possible to file a claim against them and hold them responsible in a court of law.
What Should You Do If You've Been Injured Due to Another's Negligence?
It's important to remember that at least 95% of personal injury claims are settled pre-trial. But you'll still need experienced legal representation if you've been injured and want to pursue filing a claim. Even if you aren't sure whether a filing is warranted, an attorney can provide you with the guidance you need. For more information, please contact our firm today.