In the United States, 95-96% of personal injury cases settle without going to trial. The key reason for cases settling before trial is the time a personal injury case is in litigation.
There is a good possibility that you may at some time suffer personal injury due to the negligent acts of another. Read on to learn the most common types of personal injury cases.
Common Types of Personal Injury Cases
There is a good possibility that you may at some time suffer personal injury due to the negligent acts of another.
Personal injury cases fall under the term “tort” law. This is a way for a person who suffers injuries as a result of someone else’s negligent or wrongful conduct to receive compensation. There are numerous situations that cause injury.
Automobile accidents are a common cause of personal injury claims in the United States. Negligence can usually be proven by one driver’s failure to adhere to safe driving practices, resulting in injury. Injuries from an auto accident can be anything from minor to life-altering, and sometimes fatal.
Following cancer and heart disease, mistakes in medical treatment are the third leading cause of death. More than 250,000 people in the United States die every year due to mistakes in medical treatment.
Medical malpractice includes mistakes made during surgery, misdiagnosis, dispensing improper medication, failure to diagnose, injury during childbirth, pharmacy errors, and more. The injuries can be the fault of a physician, nurse, medical assistant, paramedic, dentist, or any other person who participates in the medical treatment of the patient.
When a person suffers an injury or death while performing their job, they must file a workers’ compensation claim. Employees are sometimes able to obtain payment for their injuries, but often what they receive or accept is not the full amount they are legally entitled to. If you are injured at work you should speak to an attorney who can make sure you receive appropriate compensation.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that in the United States 4.5 million people suffer from dog bites every year. That means a dog bites 1 out of every 73 people each year. Of those bitten, 800,000 require medical treatment.
Injuries from a dog can be severe and the owner of the animal is often found liable and required to financially compensate the victim.
Other Types of Personal Injuries
The number of personal injuries that a person may suffer due to the actions of another is all-inclusive. Here are other common personal injury claims:
- Wrongful Death — When a person is killed or dies due to the misconduct of another
- Premises Liability — When a person suffers injury because of dangerous conditions on another person's property
- Product Liability — When a person suffers injury due to defective or dangerous products
- Slip and Fall — This can occur on the job or in a poorly marked public area
- Defamation — can cause the destruction of a person’s reputation
The possibilities for suffering an injury due to the negligence or intentional misconduct of another are endless. That is why it is important to contact personal injury attorneys to have your case reviewed as soon after an injury as possible.
Seek the Compensation You Deserve
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries due to the negligent or intentional acts of another, keep detailed records of the accident, injuries suffered, medical treatment, and all expenses you incur. These are important in all types of personal injury cases when filing a lawsuit.
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