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Need to File a Claim? Common Kinds of Personal Injury Cases

Over 29.2 million people in the United States go to the emergency room every year for unintentional injuries.

There are times when you will need to employ the services of a personal injury lawyer for unintentional injuries you have suffered. You may be aware of this but you may still be wondering if your case requires one of these lawyers. The fact is that there are many different types of cases that personal injury lawyers deal with.

If you want to be sure that your case warrants the time of such a lawyer, read on you are about to learn the types of personal injury cases that warrant legal action.

What Do Personal Injury Lawyers Do?

Before looking at the cases that merit the attention of a personal injury lawyer it is worth taking the time to look into what exactly it is that a personal injury lawyer does.

Most personal injury cases require that your personal injury lawyer proves negligence. Personal Injury lawyers do not go after jail sentences for those who are negligent. That is the job of a criminal lawyer. 

Instead, your personal injury lawyer will attempt to get monetary compensation for your injury. They will also seek compensation in order to offset the costs of seeking medical help or being out of work.

Car Accidents

This by far one of the most popular types of cases that a personal injury lawyer deals with. It may involve an accident that occurs between two cars that have collided. It may also involve motor vehicle accidents that injure pedestrians and others.

If a driver causes an accident they can be held financially responsible for any injury that others sustain bodily or to their property. If you have been injured in an accident by another driver, you can seek the help of a personal injury lawyer to get compensation for your injury.

Slip and Fall Cases

If you get injured while on the premises of someone you may be eligible for compensation. The most common types of premises liability cases come from slip and fall injuries.

When someone owns a property for business or for housing. They are legally responsible to make it safe for the people who use it. If there is a potential hazard people entering the premises should be warned about it.

If the owner of the premises did not do that and you somehow slipped and fell then you can sue them for your personal injuries. However, you will have to prove that they knew or should have foreseen that there was a danger.

This type of case is perfect for a personal injury lawyer to handle so that you can receive monetary compensation for your injuries. In fact, this is arguably the second most popular type of personal injury lawsuit.

Dog Bites Injury

Dogs are popular pets in the United States and when a dog owner does not control their dog and it results in injury they may be held liable in a court of law.

However, dog bite cases and the legislation against them vary by state and some of the statutes can get very complex. In New Mexico, a dog owner can be held liable if you are injured once they knew or should have known that the dog was vicious or had vicious tendencies.

If you had gone out of your way to excite the dog or put yourself voluntarily in the dog’s way to incite an injury then the owner may not be held liable. In all other situations you are likely to have a case, so speak to a lawyer.

Medical Malpractice

When you visit a hospital, clinic or doctor for treatment it is reasonable to expect that you will receive good care. However, there are times when the opposite is true.

If you receive treatment that falls so far below the required medical standard that it makes you worse than you were before, then you may have a personal injury case. If your doctor performed a procedure without thoroughly informing you of the risks involved and you end up worse than you were before you may also have a medical malpractice case. 

There are many different types of medical malpractice cases. Some of the most popular ones are:

  • Misdiagnosis of illness
  • Improper treatment
  • Birth injury errors
  • Surgical error
  • Failure to diagnose appropriately

Due to the technicality of these cases and the fact that your health can continue deteriorating rapidly, it is always best to secure the services of a lawyer promptly. In some cases, you may need to get a second opinion from another doctor and secure further medical treatment, so it is best to act quickly.

Truck Accidents

Truck accidents are different from car accident cases. This is because there are usually several parties that will be involved in the case. 

There is usually the truck driver, the company they work for and even the loading company. In some truck accident cases, the truck parts manufacturer can be held liable if a part that was used in the vehicle was defectively made or installed and it leads to an accident.

You will need a lawyer in a case like this because it is likely that one or all parties will not want to be held liable because each will blame the other. While they are blaming each other they will be trying to avoid paying you. A good lawyer will sort out the matter between all parties involved and get you compensation.

A Final Look at The Different Types of Personal Injury Cases

As you are now aware there are several different types of personal injury cases. If you feel that you have been a victim of any of the situations discussed it is important that you secure the services of a personal injury lawyer swiftly.

Personal injury can cause you to spend on hospital fees and it may also make you lose employment all of which can result in hardship. The sooner you get your case settled the better it will be for you financially.

If you would like a free consultation with a personal injury lawyer, please contact us

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