7 Common Types of Personal Injury Cases

Personal injury that results from an accident can cause physical and emotional trauma besides financial losses. Personal injury lawsuits are filed to claim compensation for these aspects.

Here’s a list of common causes of personal injury:

  • Negligence:

    An individual may suffer an injury due to the negligence or irresponsible act of another person. For instance, a car accident may be caused due to the irresponsible behavior of the driver. When an accident results due to the negligence of another, a personal injury lawsuit may be filed to claim compensation.

  • Slip and Fall:

    Public places are supposed to be maintained such that they do not pose any kind of risk to people who visit them. However, if individual slips and falls and suffers an injury, he can file a personal injury case against the owners of the place to claim compensation.

  • Intentional Behavior:

    Sometimes an injury may be caused because of an action that was intended to injure. In such cases also, you can file a personal injury case to claim compensation.

  • Medical Malpractice:

    If an injury or a health condition is caused to the negligence of a doctor, it is considered medical malpractice. The patient can claim compensation from the doctor for such injuries.
    A patient can also claim compensation if his illness is diagnosed incorrectly by a doctor. This is known as “misdiagnosis” and the doctor who misdiagnoses can face a personal injury lawsuit.

  • Dog Bites:

    If you are bitten by someone else’s dog, you have a right to file a personal injury case to claim compensation from the owner of the dog.

  • Hazardous Conditions:

    If a private home or a public place has unsafe conditions that can harm visitors, the owner of the place can face a personal injury lawsuit if someone gets injured due to unsafe conditions.

  • Product Liability:

    A product liability lawsuit may be filed against the manufacturer of defective products.

These are some common reasons why an individual can file a personal injury lawsuit.

In a personal injury lawsuit, 4 things need to be established:

  1. The type of injury
  2. Cause for the injury
  3. The extent of the injury
  4. The impact of the injury in terms of medical expenses, loss of job, etc.

Establishing the reason for the injury is important because it helps decide against whom the compensation claim must be filed.

A personal injury lawyer investigates the cause of the accident. He establishes who the individual/enterprise case must be filed against. He collects the supporting evidence and witnesses to represent his client. A personal injury lawyer estimates the extent of the injury and the financial and other losses his client suffers. He also identifies who exactly is responsible for the injury and files the lawsuit against the person/party responsible for the injury.

Many times the injured individual may decide not to hire an attorney and file the case himself. Proving the other party responsible for the injury and claiming the right amount as compensation can prove to be quite difficult. Hence, the person should hire a personal injury lawyer to represent him.

Autrey Law Firm is one of the best law firms in North Dakota that has experienced personal injury lawyers who can represent clients for any type of personal injury they may face.