A Look Into the Various Types of Personal Injury Claims & Suits
Every day, people get injured as a result of other people, products, animals, or other factors. And when someone else—whether another person or entity—is responsible, a personal injury claim can be made. Here is an almost-conclusive list of the different types of personal injury claims and cases.
Vehicle Accident Injuries
Vehicle accidents are among the most common types of personal injury cases. If you suffered injuries—no matter how minor—from a car accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be able to be financially compensated for your medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and more.
Slip and Fall Injuries
If you were to slip and fall on an object or slippery surface in a public place and hurt yourself, you may be able to sue that establishment for their negligence. Businesses have a responsibility to their customers to create a safe environment, and if they fail to do so, you may be able to seek compensation from them.
Product Liability Injuries
Product manufacturers in the U.S. are held to certain safety standards and regulations. Whether it’s drugs, toys, clothing, or cars, if a product you own is unsafe and causes you harm, you may be able to seek compensation from the manufacturer.
Dog Bite or Attack Injuries
Pet owners are responsible for the actions of their pets—whether they’re at home or in a public place. If you were bitten or attacked by someone’s dog, you may be able to file a case against them. This may depend on whether it’s the first bite or attack and how severe your injuries are.
From the loss of a limb to repetitive stress injuries, people get hurt on the job all the time. Employees who suffer from workplace injuries may be able to seek compensation from their employer.
Medical Malpractice Injuries
Medical malpractice injuries are some of the most common types of personal injury cases. Whether it’s a problem during an operation or an improperly prescribed medication, your physician may be held financially responsible for your injuries.
Assault, Abuse, or Negligence Injuries
While personal injury cases are often brought on after accidents, it’s not always the case. If you were injured as the result of another person’s actions (intentional behavior or negligence), you may be able to sue them in civil court. This trial would be held separate from a criminal trial—should they be arrested for their actions.
Defamation, Libel, or Slander Injuries
Personal injury law cases don’t always involve physical harm. You may be able to make a case if someone causes harm to your reputation instead—known as defamation. Libel and slander are both types of defamation, with the difference being whether claims are written (libel) or spoken (slander). In these cases, your personal injury lawyer will have to prove 1) that the statement was false and 2) that the statement caused you harm. An example would be if you lost a job, were evicted from your home, or had to attend counseling because of someone else’s words.
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