Did you know that right here in the US, every single year, there are more than 700,000 personal injury cases? When it comes to personal injury, there are actually a lot more personal injury case examples out there than you may realize.
By law, personal injury law dictates that, in the event of an injured plaintiff being hurt due to another individual’s negligence, or due to an intentional act, the plaintiff could be entitled to compensation. Being injured or hurt by something that wasn’t your fault can be extremely frustrating. That’s why more and more individuals are seeking out the help of personal injury attorneys, in a bid to earn back the compensation they are entitled to. This financial compensation is awarded for a variety of different reasons, including:
- physical injury
- emotional injury
- emotional distress
- and for damages including loss of wages.
Individuals may also be able to claim reimbursements for medical treatment. Here’s a look at just five of the most common personal injury case examples. First up, negligence:
Public liability and negligence
Up first, we’ll begin by looking at one of the most common personal injury case examples: negligence and public liability. In the US, over 7 million recorded accidents are due to slips and falls. Many of these slips and falls were due to negligence on the part of others. Generally, you will find that negligence injuries commonly take place in public locations. This is especially interesting because it means that the fault lies at either government agencies, private corporations or businesses, or various organizations. One of the most common examples of this kind of claim is where water or other liquids cause a slippery surface, without the presence of a ‘wet floor’ sign. A business’ failure to comply with building regulations could be another example of negligence on a business’ part.
Medical malpractice claims are also commonplace here in the US. A medical malpractice claim could arise from a number of circumstances. Consider an individual undergoing medical treatment, and sustaining further injuries or complications due to fault on the medical practitioner’s part. Another typical example of medical malpractice could be where a doctor prescribes the wrong medication to treat a condition. This can lead to further, unintended complications which can reduce quality of life. Medical malpractice cases can be fairly complex, of course. So if you suspect you have suffered from medical malpractice, it’s vital that you speak to a personal injury attorney as soon as you can.
Next up in our list of personal injury case examples is dog bites. Yes, believe it or not, but dog bite cases are actually very common when it comes to personal injury claims. Generally speaking it is dog owners that are financially responsible for any damage or injury that their dog may have caused to others. The laws do vary a great deal from one state to the next. But generally you will find that if a dog were to bite or attack another individual, the owner of the dog would be liable. This is the case even if the dog has previously displayed no aggressive tendencies in the slightest.
In some states however, there are ‘one bite’ laws. These laws dictate that dog owners will only accept liability for damage or injury their dog causes if the animal has previously been prone to biting. Alternatively, they will be responsible if their dog has displayed aggressive tendencies in the past. Again, a quick conversation with a personal injury attorney will tell you everything you need to know about personal injury claims for dog bites.
Injuries in the workplace
If you suffer an injury in the workplace, you can file for workman’s compensation. It is the legal responsibility of the employer, to make sure that the working environment is safe, healthy and compliant. As an example, if you were at work and were asked to fetch something from the basement, only to find that the bulb had blown and you couldn’t see, and subsequently you were to trip over and injure yourself in the dark, you would almost certainly be entitled to make a claim. After sustaining any injury in the workplace, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible. This ensures that you have written documentation to help back up your claim.
No list of personal injury case examples would be complete without automobile accidents. In the United States, automobile accidents actually cause the most injuries across the country each year. Typically, in the event of an automobile accident, you will find that the accident was the fault of another road-user through carelessness or simply through failing to follow the rules of the road. These careless drivers are financially responsible they cause to another road-user or pedestrian. There are exceptions in some states, which again, your personal injury attorney will be able to help you out with. As an example, a typical automobile accident resulting in an injured party filing a personal injury claim could be something as basic as another road-user using their cell phone when driving. They glance down to read a text, and plough directly into the rear of the car in front. We call that ‘distracted driving’.
After an automobile accident- or any other personal injury- you should first contact a doctor, then an attorney. Your first concern should always be to make sure that a qualified doctor treats your injuries. But as soon as possible, you should contact an attorney like Doug Allen! Doug works on a no win, no fee basis. That means that if he can’t win your claim, you won’t have to pay him a penny. So get in touch today!