Most Common Types of Personal Injury Cases
Personal injuries are among the most common types of litigation cases in the United States. More than 20% of adults sustain injuries every year and a significant percentage of these will result in personal injury lawsuits.
This post will briefly summarize five different types of personal injury cases, including those resulting from automobile accidents, slip-and-fall accidents, medical malpractice, product liability, and dog bite cases. The information provided outlines some general guidelines for personal injury cases and how they can be beneficial to you if you are considering filing a personal injury lawsuit.
1. Automobile Accidents
Civil suits caused by automobile accidents are among the most common types of personal injury lawsuits. The highest percentage of personal injury lawsuits due to car accidents is caused by rear-end collisions at intersections. A rear-end collision case that has been filed falls under the umbrella of a negligence suit, which is a special type of personal injury lawsuit that is filed on behalf of a plaintiff who suffered an injury as a result of another’s wrongful conduct. An individual who is injured in an automobile accident may choose to sue the driver that was behind the wheel at fault for negligence, which is defined as failing to act with due care. If the plaintiff can successfully prove negligence on the part of the driver, they will be entitled to receive compensation.
2. Slip-and-Fall Accidents
For a slip-and-fall accident case to be successful, the plaintiff will have to prove that the slip and fall occurred on another person’s property and as a result of their lack of due care. If a slip and fall case is successful, the plaintiff will be entitled to receive compensation for their injuries.
3. Medical Malpractice
A medical malpractice lawsuit may be filed against a doctor, hospital, or other healthcare providers by an individual that has been injured or disfigured by the negligence of one of the above parties. For a person to prevail in such a case, they must prove that the doctor’s negligence caused their injuries.
4. Product Liability
Product liability lawsuits are typically brought against manufacturers because their defective product has resulted in an individual’s injury or harm. Many products have a long shelf life and can be manufactured for years before they are finally recalled by the manufacturer. If a defective product has been used in a way that results in an individual’s injuries, then they may be able to recover compensation by suing the manufacturer.
5. Dog Bite Cases
A dog bite case usually arises when a negligent or reckless owner allows their dog to attack someone, resulting in injuries that are not solely from the bites of the dog. A dog bite case is negligence case.