Personal injury lawsuits are those that are filed by people who have suffered as a result of another’s negligence. Though these lawsuits cannot reverse the clock or erase the harm that has been done, they can provide victims with significant compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages or earning capacity, and pain and suffering. When punitive damages are levied against defendants, personal injury lawsuits can also send a powerful message warning against similar negligent actions in the future.
There are many different types of personal injuries that can be suffered, and many types of claims that can be filed. In the United States, the most common personal injury lawsuits fall into the following categories:
- Slip and Fall Claims – Though the term “slip and fall” may give the impression that an incident is insignificant, this type of injury can lead to serious damage and even death. When a person falls and is injured as a result of a slippery floor, debris left in a walkway, a poorly lit stairwell or similar type of negligence, they can suffer injuries ranging from bumps and bruises to broken bones, from spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries to death.
- Product Liability Claims – When consumers purchase or use a product, they trust that they will be safe from injury while using them. When a product is defective, either as a result of its design or manufacturing process or because of a failure to provide appropriate instructions or safety warnings, those who are involved in putting it in the hands of the public can all be held liable for any damages that it causes.
- Vehicle Accident Claims – Whether it’s a fender bender or a multi-vehicle accident involving massive tractor-trailers, drivers, passengers and pedestrians are all at risk for injury. When negligence, recklessness or carelessness are involved, the party deemed responsible can be held liable for damages.
- Medical Malpractice – We rely upon physicians, health care practitioners and facilities where they work, pharmacists and others are all relied upon for their expertise. When they fail to deliver care at the standard that is considered normal and appropriate for a given situation and harm follows, they can be held financially responsible for the injuries that they caused.
There are many other ways that negligence can lead to injury, including premises liability, dog bites, workplace injuries and more. If you’ve been injured and need information on your rights, contact us today to set up a time for us to discuss your case.