Many circumstances could qualify as a personal injury, from illnesses that result from exposure to a harmful substance to injuries stemming from a car crash. There are countless ways the trauma you experience could result in a personal injury case.
If your injury occurred due to negligence, you might be entitled to financial compensation. While you might have the opportunity to hold the negligent party accountable for their actions, doing so could be difficult without the guidance of your attorney.
Defining Personal Injuries
There is no formal definition for a personal injury under the law. Personal injury cases can take many different forms and result from countless circumstances. A personal injury claim could result from a single traumatic injury or long-term damage to your body that accrues over multiple years. These cases could also relate to illnesses.
What personal injuries have in common is that they occur as the result of negligence. This negligence could be at the other driver’s hands in a motor vehicle collision or the property owner where your fall accident occurred. To recover financial compensation for an injury, you must meet four elements:
- Duty of care
- Breach of duty
Our firm is prepared to help you investigate the cause of your injury and advise you on your chances for fair monetary compensation. We could help you secure the financial compensation you deserve by making a strong case for negligence.
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Common Examples of Personal Injury Cases
One of the best ways to understand what qualifies as a personal injury is to review the different examples of personal injury lawsuits. While any injury could lead to litigation if it occurs due to negligence, certain situations are more likely than others to result in a personal injury case.
Some examples include:
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Motor vehicle accidents make up the largest portion of personal injury cases. According to the Insurance Information Institute (III), more than 38,000 people died in traffic collisions in 2020 alone. These accidents could involve collisions between passenger vehicles, motorcycles, bicycles, commercial trucks, and even pedestrians.
Many workplace injuries are not eligible for personal injury lawsuits due to the rules that govern workers’ compensation claims. However, there are certain exceptions. You could pursue a lawsuit for an injury caused by a third party or by an exempted individual not covered by state workers’ compensation laws.
Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents are another common cause of personal injury cases. According to the National Fall Safety Institute (NFSI), more than 8 million people visit emergency rooms due to fall injuries each year.
When fall accidents occur on the property of another person or entity, they could face liability for the injuries that follow. These personal injury lawsuits could target businesses, the owners of private residences, or even government agencies.
Medical errors can result in debilitating injuries and illnesses. These mistakes can occur throughout a person’s treatment. Many medical errors involve the misdiagnosis of an injury or illness. Serious injuries can occur when a diagnosis is delayed or incorrect. Surgical errors also routinely result in debilitating physical injuries. You could pursue fair compensation for injuries the surgeon, physician, nurse, or administrative staff caused you.
Premises Liability That Leads to Violent Crime
The injuries that result from a violent assault could also lead to a viable claim for financial compensation. You could pursue a lawsuit against the owner of the property where the assault occurred.
These are negligent security cases. If a property owner is aware of a high risk of violent crime and fails to take the steps needed to prevent it, they could be on the hook for any damages that occur.
Our Legal Representatives Can Guide You Through Your Personal Injury Case
Our team can take on your case. We can do any of the following to secure a fair award for you and your family:
- Speak to eyewitnesses
- Secure the accident report
- Search for videos of the incident on social media and nearby security cameras
- Take down your statement of how you sustained injury
- Speak to your medical team to understand your healing plan
- Assign a value to your losses
- Investigate your accident to prove fault in your accident
We can also help if you lost a loved one. You could recover damages in a wrongful death case. Your loss of a family member can result in accident-related losses.
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Speak to an Attorney to Understand Your Personal Injury Case
An attorney could advise you if your injury has the potential to result in a claim for monetary damages. Working with an attorney could help you recoup your losses resulting from an injury.
Still unsure about what qualifies for a personal injury? If you were hurt, Kaine Law is here to help. Our team of attorneys could investigate the circumstances surrounding your case and help you pursue fair compensation for your injuries. For a free consultation, call (404) 214-2001 as soon as possible.