People who have been injured due to the fault or negligence of another have the right to seek legal recourse and compensation for their injuries. But did you know that there are different types of personal injury claims? Knowing the differences between these claims can help you determine if you are eligible for a personal injury claim. Let’s take a look at some of the most common types of personal injury claims.
Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents occur when someone slips, trips, or falls due to a hazardous condition on someone else’s property, such as wet floors, uneven surfaces, etc. Property owners have an obligation to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe condition. If they fail to do so and someone is injured as a result, they may be liable for damages. To successfully pursue a slip and fall claim, it must be proven that the property owner was aware or should have been aware of the dangerous condition but failed to take action to remedy it.
When someone is injured in an accident involving a motor vehicle, they may be able to file a personal injury claim against the at-fault driver’s insurance company. This type of case is among, if not the most, common that personal injury attorneys deal with. Vehicle accident claims can include car accidents; motorcycle accidents; trucking accidents; pedestrian and bicycle accidents; rideshare accidents; and more. These cases involve proving that one party was negligent in causing the accident that resulted in your injuries.
Medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare provider deviates from accepted professional standards during diagnosis or treatment, harming their patient. Doctors, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, surgeons, and other healthcare professionals are all subject to medical malpractice lawsuits if they fail to provide appropriate care resulting in harm or death. To establish medical malpractice, it must be proven that there was an act of negligence on behalf of the healthcare provider which caused harm or death to their patient.
These are just some examples of different types of personal injury claims, but there are many others, including product liability claims; intentional torts such as assault and battery; defamation; animal attacks; wrongful death cases; birth injuries, and much more. If you believe you may have grounds for any type of personal injury claim, then it is crucial that you speak with an experienced attorney who will be able to help determine if you have a valid case and provide guidance on how best to proceed with your claim. An experienced attorney can also ensure that all evidence is collected properly, so your case stands the best chance possible for success.
Author information: Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on Twitter: @RachelleWilber