The U.S. Department of Justice recently found that there are 400,000 personal injury claims made each year across the country. The huge majority of those (96%) are settled and never see a courtroom.
When you consider that the average settlement for these cases is between $3,000 and $75,000, the actual number varies among the types of personal injury cases. You see that if you sustain an injury, you don’t have to suffer the burden alone.
So what types of injuries might qualify as something you may pursue a lawsuit for? This list outline 6 of the most common case types.
1. Motor Vehicle Accidents
According to the attorneys at Sweetlaw.com, car accidents lead the pack in personal injury cases. In fact, roughly 52% of all personal injury cases stem from such an accident.
If you’ve been the victim of a car accident and are suffering as a result, you should consider taking legal action to help ease that suffering.
2. Workplace Accidents
Workplace injuries and fatalities are more common than you might think. The worker’s compensation laws in place in all 50 states mean that if you can prove that your personal injuries happened at work or as a result of your employment, you may have a case.
3. Slip and Fall Accidents
With more than a million fall-related accidents hitting emergency rooms each year, it is safe to say they are common. To make a case against a property owner, you’ll have to prove negligence.
If they failed to either prevent or warn you of a potential slip or fall, they can be held liable. This can be difficult to prove.
4. Dog Bites
Depending on where you live, a dog’s owner may be automatically liable for any injury sustained from a dog bite or attack. In some states, you have to prove a history of aggression to overcome the “one bite” rules in place.
A personal injury lawyer can help you better understand how the laws work where you live.
5. Medical Malpractice
When a doctor or healthcare worker fails to meet an appropriate standard of care, they may be liable for a medical malpractice case. It is important to note that if medical care fails to solve your issues, that does not mean malpractice took place.
Instead, malpractice typically means improper treatment, a failure to diagnose, or a failure to disclose potential risks of treatment.
6. Product Liability
When a company produces a product, it is expected to design and manufacture it without harmful defects and adequately warn users of any potentially harmful issues.
When they fail to do one or more of these things and that failure results in injury or illness, they are open to legal action.
Know the Types of Personal Injury Cases
While this list represents some of the most common types of personal injury cases, there are as many varieties as there are ways to get injured in the first place. If you think you may have a case to make regarding a personal injury to yourself or a family member, contact an attorney today.
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