A personal injury lawyer may be required for a variety of events and circumstances. Some situations are unique, while others are more typical, but the majority of them fit into the main categories of personal injury that attorneys handle. As an ordinary citizen, you must be aware of the most prevalent sorts of personal injury lawsuits and how you can seek compensation if you are hurt as a result of someone else’s negligence. To increase your legal understanding so that you can approach a personal injury lawyer, some of the most typical forms of personal injury lawsuits are addressed below.
What is a Personal Injury Case?
When one individual is injured as a result of someone else’s negligence or intentional behavior, a personal injury case arises. Personal injury cases are usually handled without the need for a formal lawsuit, but they do occasionally go to trial. Or, even more likely, the lawsuit will be resolved by mediation or arbitration, which is a middle ground between trial and settlement in which the parties can reach an agreement.
1. Road Claims
Road accidents account for a significant portion of personal injury lawyer claims. Motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, passenger injury claims, pedestrian accident claims, and even horseback riding accidents are all covered by road accidents. Car accidents, on the other hand, account for over 80% of all road accident claims.
When a road accident occurs, it is almost always due to someone breaking the rules of the road or driving recklessly. A negligent motorist who causes an accident may be held financially liable for any injuries sustained as a result of the accident. Public entities may be responsible for faulty road design, construction, and/or repair.
2. Slip and Fall Claims
We do a lot of personal injury litigation from slip and fall incidents. Property owners (or, in some situations, individuals who rent property) have a legal duty to keep their premises safe and free of risks so that visitors are not injured. Of course, not all injuries on the premises will result in liability. The extent of a landowner’s legal obligation varies based on the circumstances and the law in effect in the state where the injury happened.
3. Workplace Accidents
According to the National Safety Council, a worker is injured on the job every seven seconds. If you are hurt at work, you have a Workers’ Compensation Claim. We do Workers’ Compensation law in addition to personal injury litigation. You MUST file a Claim Form with your employer, ask your employer/supervisor/HR representative for this form. Your employer MUST provide you with medical attention. Do not wait until problems arise with these claims. Call us for guidance.
4. Claims for Product Responsibility
Personal injury claims might be filed if you are injured as a result of utilizing a defective product. Manufacturing flaws aren’t the only thing that might cause injuries. If a person does not utilize a product as intended due to a lack of clear warnings, labels, or instructions, they may suffer injury. Food, children’s products, pharmaceuticals, electrical gadgets, mechanical devices, medical equipment, and other consumer products are all examples of things that, if defective, might cause injury to people.
An experienced attorney can assist you in filing a personal injury lawyer claim against individuals, businesses, government organizations, or any other entity responsible for the design, manufacture, marketing, or sale of the defective item or product. They’ll assess the severity of your injuries as well as the defective product to make sure you get the most money possible.
5. Injury Caused by Someone’s Intentional Behaviour
You have the right to sue someone who knowingly harms you. Even if they didn’t want to hurt you explicitly, this is still true. If your neighbor tosses a rock at his brother and the rock hits and injures you, you may be able to sue and receive compensation in civil court.
The world is becoming increasingly violent, and gun-related assault injuries are at the top of the list of assault personal injury claims. Assaults, unlike other of the most common types of personal injury lawsuits, are rarely caused by negligence.
When someone decides to hurt another individual, they are committing an assault. In most cases, an assault personal injury claim will be accompanied by a criminal proceeding against the culprit.
7. Dog Bites
According to data gathered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, roughly 4.5 million dog bite injuries are recorded each year in the United States. One out of every five dog bite cases necessitates medical care to treat bite wounds and prevent the victim from contracting deadly illnesses. There can be residual scarring and psychological consequences as well. In most dog bite injury instances, the victim’s damages are covered by the pet owner’s homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policy. In California, there is NO FREE BITE. This is called Strict Liability and the dog owner is responsible for all damages caused by the dog.
What kind of compensation do you hope to receive if you have a personal injury case?
Compensatory and punitive damages are the two primary categories of personal injury compensation damages. These losses are then divided into other groups.
Compensatory damages pay you for the losses suffered as a result of the injury.
Special Compensatory Damages
This sort of personal injury compensation, sometimes known as “economic damages,” are out-of-pocket expenses, past and future medical expenses, wage loss and future wage loss, and any impairment of credit status and/or the amount of debt incurred due to injury. In other words, when you receive special compensatory damages, you are compensated for the expenses you incurred and the income you lost as a result of your injury.
General Compensatory Damages
What happened in your life as a result of your injury? There is no chart, there is no formula. Non-lawyers call these damages “pain and suffering”. It’s more than that. Inconvenience, having to be medicated, not being able to enjoy your hobbies, your work, your family.
Punitive damages are awarded against the party who has caused you injury. These are “punishing damages” and are not covered by insurance. Punitive damages may be awarded if the conduct is intentional, done with malice/conscious disregard. Our list of the top 7 most common types of personal injury cases is only a small sample of the injuries that a victim may face. Contact our Ventura injury lawyer as soon as possible after an accident or injury so that we can determine what legal action if any, should be done. Don’t jeopardize your rights by waiting. Witnesses leave, evidence fades and YOU HAVE THE BURDEN OF PROOF. Let us help you sort through all this. Click here for more info.