What Types of Injuries Can I File a Personal Injury Claim For?
Personal injury law allows an injured person to be financially compensated when someone else’s negligent or intentional behavior caused them harm. There are many types of personal injury cases involving many types of injuries. Here are a few of the most common:
Car, truck, or motorcycle accidents are the most common personal injury case in the United States. This is because these accidents are often the result of an at fault driver who was not following the rules of the road or was driving recklessly. Careless drivers legally can be held financially responsible for injuries that result from an accident that their behavior caused.
Assault, battery, and other intentional harm is another area of personal injury claims. These claims involve serious injuries that occur as a result of deliberate harmful action rather than accidental negligence. Many of these cases also involve a criminal case component where the person who caused the injury is also facing criminal charges for their actions. The injured person can file a personal injury claim in civil court, even if a case is pending in criminal court.
Medical malpractice claims are personal injury claims involving a patient that experienced an injury as a result of a doctor or other health care professional failing to provide appropriate medical care. These cases are often complicated as they involve expert testimony and extensive research to prove that negligence caused the injury. Errors in anesthesia, mistakes during childbirth, undiagnosed heart disease or cancer, and failure to treat appendicitis are all examples of possible medical malpractice personal injury claims.
Slip and fall cases are another common type of personal injury claim. Property and business owners are responsible for keeping their premises safe and free of potential hazards that could allow tenants and customers to get hurt. Failure to repair damaged stairs, clean up spills, or clear hazardous walkways are all examples of premises liability personal injury claims.
Dog bites are personal injury claims that hold pet-owners responsible when their dog bites or injures someone. Even if a dog has never shown aggressive behavior, the owner is still responsible for any injury their dog may cause. Additionally, dogs who are under the care of a foster family are still the legal responsibility of their owner, even though the owner was away when the bite occurred.
Defamation of character is another type of personal injury claim where a person has suffered an injury to their reputation as a result of untrue statements made about them publicly. The injured person in this case must prove that they have suffered financially as a result of what was said about them. Who the plaintiff is and the forum where the statement was made are the factors considered in defamation of character personal injury claims.
If you or someone you love experienced wrongful death or serious injury as a result of the negligent or intentionally harmful behavior of another, the Law Office of Todd W. Burris, Lexington, KY personal injury lawyer can help. Our experienced legal team will work to get you the financial compensation you need to pay for damages, lost wages, and medical expenses. Contact the Law Office of Todd W. Burris today for a free, zero-obligation consultation of your claim.