Millions of people across the U.S. suffer personal injuries each year, whether they’ve been involved in a car crash, an on-the-job incident or an accident during a shopping trip.
Such injuries, many of them the avoidable result of negligence, can be serious enough to require lifetime care.
Here we take a look at some of the more common types of personal injury cases that often result in settlements, either with or without going to trial.
Personal injury cases:
- Vehicle accidents. Motor vehicle accidents involving cars, trucks, motorcycles, bike riders and pedestrians injure millions and kill thousands annually. Those who are injured as the result of someone else’s negligence – such as a cyclist who crashes after a driver using a cell phone runs them off the road, for example – are often entitled to compensation for not only medical bills, but also pain and suffering.
- Medical malpractice. When medical professionals, doctors, nurses or pharmacists among them, make mistakes, the injuries can be catastrophic, and particularly egregious because we expect those in charge of our health to protect us when we are in vulnerable situations. Birth injuries, failure to diagnose a serious illness or making a misdiagnosis, surgical errors and prescribing the wrong medications can result in a lifetime of pain and suffering. Unfortunately, medical malpractice suits are complex, and hospitals have teams of attorneys to protect them. An experienced medical malpractice attorney can help you navigate such hurdles if you have suffered injuries due to a medical professional’s negligence.
- Workplace injuries. Personal injuries that happen on the job can be the result of a lack of safety features or they can be an unfortunate accident. In most cases, however, personal injury lawsuits are often prohibited when workplace injuries occur, and settlements usually comes from workers’ compensation. After filing a claim, workers’ comp generally covers medical bills as well as lost wages, using a table that determines what the injury suffered is worth, although figures vary wildly from state to state. (For example, the payment for the loss of a limb is less than $50,000 in Alabama, and close to $1,000,000 in Washington, D.C.)
- Product liability. Whether a baby product such as Mattel’s recently recalled baby swing or the current problems associated with vaping products, dangerous products – supplements that don’t fall under the Food and Drug Administration’s inspection system, food, consumer goods, children’s toys, vehicle parts and other defective items – can lead to personal injury lawsuits. Product liability cases can be a single suit brought by an injured party or a class action suit if numerous people were injured by the product. Both individuals and corporations can be the defendant in product liability personal injury lawsuits.
- Premises liability. If someone is injured at a place of business or at someone’s home due to dangerous conditions – weakened planks on a neighbor’s porch or a slippery rug at a place of business, for example – a personal injury suit will cover the medical costs associated with that accident. A wide range of different injuries including dog bites fall under this type of personal injury case.
While these are the most common personal injury cases, there are many others. If you or a loved one has been injured due to the neglect of someone else, call an experienced personal injury with Adam Rosen, of Polsky, Shouldice and Rosen, today.