Personal injury refers to an injury inflicted on the body, mind, or emotion of someone by a third party. To claim compensation for personal injury, the plaintiff (the person injured) seeks legal action (lawsuit) against the causer or causative agent of the damage.
There are diverse situations that you can claim compensation for personal injuries.
Below are some common types of personal injury that you may able to claim compensation for
1. Vehicle and Transportation Accidents
This is the most common type of accident that leads to personal injury. Sometimes, this type of accident leads to not just injury but even death.
In the case of vehicle and transportation injury, the plaintiff can file personal injury claims against the vehicle manufacturer, other transporters (drivers), or even the road that caused the accident.
If the plaintiff filed the lawsuit against other transporters, then the plaintiff believes that the accident was triggered by the carelessness or misconduct of the fellow driver. In the case of a lawsuit against the road, the government would bear the brunt of the case.
If you are a victim of a vehicle and transportation accident, accident law firms, like Solnick and Associates, can help you file and win a lawsuit against the guilty party.
2. Negligence and Public/Private Liability Accidents
Personal injuries that fall under this category occur in public or private areas due to negligence, carelessness, or misconduct. Most times, the defendant claims that the accident wouldn’t have happened if the needed precautions were put in place.
Examples of these include falls and slips due to wet floors, poorly labeled hazard areas, weak railings, and the likes. The accident could also be a dog bite, food poisoning at a hotel or restaurant, among others.
However, you should note that not all accidents that occur due to negligence and public liability can be claimed as personal injury causative. Laying a claim for this type of personal injury depends on various factors, like the prevailing circumstances surrounding the incidence. If you win your lawsuit based on this kind of accident, you’ll be compensated for the harm done.
3. Work-Related Accidents
Work-related accidents occur while the plaintiff is at work or carrying out their work duties. Take note that not all companies provide compensation for their workers who experience personal injuries while at work.
In cases where the company does not offer compensation, and neither is the injured party on work insurance, the injured person can file a lawsuit against the workplace.
At times, some work-related accidents lead to death. In cases like that, the family and friends of the person(s) involved can take it upon themselves to fight for the person.
4. Defamation: Libel and Slander
Libel and slander are false statements made against a person’s name, character, and reputation. Even though libel and slander are not a physical injury to a person, it can harm a person’s name and reputation, which could lead to mind and emotional damage. For this reason, it’s also considered a personal injury.
Public figures, like political officer holders and celebrities, experience this more than regular people. Regardless, libel and slander usually have devastating effects. This is why lawsuits are generally filed against the defamation platform.
5. Medical Malpractice
Medical practice lawsuit is usually filed as a personal injury claim by the plaintiff against hospitals or doctors. If the patient or the patient’s family feels that the standard of medical attention given to the patient falls below par, they have a right to file a personal injury lawsuit.
A medical malpractice case can be hard to win. This is because negative medical care results (physical harm or death) doesn’t mean there was malpractice in the medical care given.
If the case is won, the claimant will gain a lot because medical malpractice is a massive case. The amount of compensation that the claimant/plaintiff can get depends on the extent of the harm done and the solidity of the case.
6. Product Liability Accidents
Even though companies and factories are expected to follow strict testing measures before releasing their products to the market, mishaps can still occur. Asides that, some factories don’t adhere to the testing procedures. They sometimes release defective and harmful products to the market for consumers’ use.
If an individual experienced harm or injury due to using any particular product, the individual could file a case against the manufacturer or distributor of the said product.
If the case is won, the defendants will have to provide settlement to the injured individual. This could come in the form of compensation for medical expenses as well as additional provisions.
7. Assault and Battery
Assault and battery are not always based on accidents, but this physical attack usually leads to physical harm or injury on the victim. Sometimes, the incidence can leave the person permanently injured or even lead to the victim’s death.
If the injured individual files a lawsuit against the perpetrator of the act, there’s a high chance of the case being won. This is especially true if the suit is handled by a well-experienced and knowledgeable team.
If the case is won, the injured party will get compensation for the harm caused. Even more, the attacker can be sent to jail for this.
Personal injuries are a lot to deal with, which is why you need to claim the compensation attached to the bitter experience. Yes, the compensation can’t erase the painful experience, but it can ease things for you a bit.
By familiarizing yourself with the common types of personal injuries, you can know the claims you can make if you were to experience such.