What Exactly Is A Personal Injury Case?
Have you been injured in an accident or incident that wasn’t your fault?
Did you receive medical care after a car crash or because you fell at a store or you were bitten by a dog? If you suffered bodily harm that wasn’t your fault, you could be eligible for compensation through a personal injury lawsuit.How do you know whether or not you have a personal injury case?
Knowing when to contact a personal injury attorney can be a difficult decision. After all, injuries can occur for a variety of reasons and sometimes there is nothing that could’ve been done to prevent them. Sometimes you’re injured because you’ve made a mistake.
However, if you were injured and it wasn’t your fault, you should not be held responsible for your medical bills or forced to deal with the situation without compensation.
What Qualifies as a Personal Injury Case?
In order to file a personal injury lawsuit, you’ll need to show you suffered harm because of negligent or wrongful action on the part of another person or entity. This is a formal way of saying you got hurt and it was somebody else’s fault.
In order to “win” a personal injury lawsuit, you’ll need to show liability (that it was the other party’s fault) and that there were damages (your injuries).
What are Some Common Personal Injury Lawsuits?
There are many different causes of personal injury lawsuits.
Some of the most common involve vehicle accidents, including cars, trucks, bikes, motor vehicles, ATVs, and boats. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, car and truck accidents account for more than 3 million injuries every year.
In addition to personal injury lawsuits related to motor vehicles, there are also several types of premises liability personal injury lawsuits, including slip and fall accidents, dog bites, swimming pool accidents, fires, inadequate security, elevator and escalator accidents, construction site accidents, and exposure to toxic chemicals.
It’s also possible to be injured while under the care of a doctor or other healthcare provider, which is a specific type of personal injury lawsuit known as medical malpractice. And if you are injured while at work, you’d be placing a workplace accident claim.
Finally, if you are injured by a defective or mislabeled product, you could file a product liability lawsuit that would compensate you for the injuries caused by a consumer product that cause you harm.
What Types of Injuries Can You Receive Compensation for in a Personal Injury Lawsuit
All types of physical injuries can be included in a personal injury claim.
Some of the most common include whiplash, scarring, broken bones, neck and back injuries, amputations, spinal cord injuries, and concussions or traumatic brain injuries. It also possible to include in a claim the emotional damage caused by the incident, which might include anxiety, PTSD, or depression.
While it’s difficult to put a value on the damage done when you’re injured, aside from the cost of your medical care, the legal system makes an effort to compensate those whose lives are changed forever because of the negligence of someone else.