Although most people have heard of personal injury claims, many are unaware that these cases actually include more than one type of accident.
Let’s take a closer look at five accidents that qualify as personal injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured in the following circumstances, contact a qualified Lawyer to find out if you have a case.
1. Vehicular Accidents
While a car accident may be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a vehicular accident, it applies when someone’s negligence with any kind of vehicle has resulted in an injury to you.
The term ‘vehicle’ includes trailers, boats, airplanes, busses, motorcycles, trains, mopeds, and scooters.
Pedestrians injured by any vehicle above also may have a personal injury case. Speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer to find out more.
2. Slip-and-Fall Cases
Another common personal injury case is a slip-and-fall claim – which involves injuries due to a fall. For instance, falling in a grocery store or mall because the floor is wet may give rise to a personal injury claim.
The owner of a property has a legal obligation to ensure that their premises are safe and hazard-free to avoid injuries.
However, because the exact extent of a landowner’s legal obligation varies according to state laws and the situation, the landowner is not always fully liable.
3. Animal Bites
In the United States, there are approximately 898 emergency room visits per day because of dog bites.
In most cases, a dog’s owner is financially responsible for bites or other injuries caused by the dog. It’s important to note, however, that these laws vary from state to state.
In some states, there is a “one bite” rule, which means that the owner is only responsible for damages caused by bites once they know that the dog has an aggression issue or has bitten someone before. In other states, the owner of the dog is liable for damages – even if the dog has no previous history of aggression.
Although the most common personal injury cases involve dog bites, other animal bites can also lead to personal injury claims.
4. Medical Malpractice
Many types of medical malpractices arise from negligence. They include medication mistakes, misdiagnosis, surgical errors, improper treatment, and other accidents on a physician’s part.
In the United States, approximately 250,000 people lose their lives due to medical accidents every year. However, surprisingly few people pursue personal injury claims.
Medical malpractice cases are notoriously complex and require the expertise of an experienced medical malpractice attorney.
5. Workplace Accidents
When an employee is injured while on the job, they are usually unable to file a personal injury lawsuit against their employer – but they may be entitled to compensation benefits.
However, if the employee does not have employee status or there are no benefits available, they will not be able to receive compensation. The laws vary from state to state.
Some states have compensation laws for workers that require employers to provide benefits if their employees are injured, such as medical treatment, disability wages, and a lump-sum payment. Contact a workers’ compensation attorney for more information.