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Know Your Legal Options: Types of Personal Injury Claims


Know Your Legal Options: Types of Personal Injury Claims

personal injury claims reports that in 2020, 55.4 million people experienced personal injuries. Even worse, there were more than 200,000 preventable deaths that year.

Unfortunately, the human body is more fragile than we often think. It doesn’t take much to damage our bodies. Several personal injury claims can damage them enough to temporarily or permanently change your quality of life.

Maybe you’ve experienced one of these injuries. Or, perhaps you want to prepare in case this happens. In either case, you may wonder what you can do if you receive an injury like this. 

One option is to file personal injury claims in court. There are many types of personal injury claims that exist. 

These claims vary widely in their scope and the financial settlements they achieve. Below, we discuss some of the leading types.

Slip and Fall Accidents

In most cases, slipping and falling are more embarrassing than damaging. However, some circumstances can turn this mundane accident into a devastating injury. 

Falling can cause several types of injuries. Some of these include:

  • soft tissue injuries
  • head injuries
  • cuts and abrasions
  • spinal cord injuries
  • broken bones

These injuries can become problematic, especially head and spinal cord injuries. Treat all head injuries as medical emergencies, no matter how seemingly mild. Spinal cord injuries can also develop into long-lasting, painful problems.

Can you receive restitution for these injuries? The answer is generally yes. The most significant factor affecting this is how the injury occurred and where. 

For example, did you fall at a grocery store because of someone’s spill? Did you trip over exposed cords at work? 

If so, you have a case that these places should help you pay your medical bills. These companies could have prevented your injuries if they’d taken better care of their facilities. 

Medical Malpractice Injuries

Doctors are among the most trusted professionals in America. Each day, people place their lives in a doctor’s hands. Unfortunately, sometimes doctors don’t deserve this trust. 

Each year, thousands of people take medical malpractice cases to court. Medical malpractice includes several doctoral mistakes, such as:

  • a misdiagnosis that worsens your health
  • surgical errors
  • pharmaceutical errors
  • birth injuries
  • nursing home negligence
  • anesthesia errors
  • emergency errors
  • medication errors

As you can imagine, medical malpractice errors are some of the most costly. Medical malpractice cases consistently settle at $500,000 or more. 

Have you suffered a medical malpractice injury? If so, you may have a high-earning case on your hands. 

However, also understand that many medical malpractice cases go unsettled in court. Doctors and hospitals often have excellent representatives that protect their finances. 

If you have a medical malpractice injury, find a lawyer who’s worked several of these cases. Experience is essential for a medical malpractice lawyer. So, find your best representative today before you take on a medical professional in court. 

Intentional Assault Injuries

Most American legal codes define “assault” as an intentional act that puts another person in danger. Alternatively, it could be an action that makes the other person believe they are in danger. For example, a person could face assault charges for pulling a knife on another person and threatening them.

What about “intentional?” This part of the legal question can cause some confusion. 

Generally, intention means the action was not accidental. The motive behind this action does not matter. 

Once again, let’s say somebody draws a knife on you. However, they only meant to do so as a prank. 

Legally, this harmless intention does not matter. If you feel endangered by this act, it constitutes intentional assault. Exceptions may apply if you and the other person have special knowledge of each other. 

What does all of this mean for your intentional assault case? First, you can press charges against your assailant to receive compensation for medical bills. Usually, assaults provide clear evidence that the injuries you suffered came directly from the other person.

However, you can also sue the assailant for psychological damages. Assault cases often leave the victim with significant emotional trauma, even if the assailant never managed to harm them physically. 

Product Liability Injuries

Have you ever wondered why restaurants have signs on products that say, “Caution! Hot?” If so, product liability injuries are often the answer. 

For example, let’s say your to-go coffee cup has a tear. When the barista hands you the cup, boiling coffee spills onto your arm and burns it. 

This incident could constitute a product liability charge. Several other examples also exist. 

Online shopping can also be a minefield for such incidents. Since you cannot see the product before it arrives, you may purchase a faulty product without knowing it. Without knowing better, you may sustain injuries after using this item. 

Fortunately, you can seek compensation for these injuries in a court of law. You can receive adequate compensation if your side can demonstrate that the business sold a faulty product that caused harm.

Most businesses have product liability insurance for precisely these scenarios. Their insurance providers become responsible for paying your settlement if you win the case. 

However, these insurance providers also have top-notch resources to argue down your settlement total. Once again, find a lawyer with experience litigating these cases. 

Get the Legal Team You Need for Your Personal Injury Claims

As you can see, several types of personal injury claims exist. However, all can personally affect your finances and quality of life. 

Because of this, it’s best to look for lawyers with experience in these types of cases. If you’re looking for a legal representative, look no further! We offer our legal expertise for several injuries, ranging from severe medical malpractice to workplace incidents. 

Check out our practice areas to find the case that best suits yours. Then, contact our legal team today for a consultation! We’ll be happy to hear your case and give our thoughts.

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