When a person is injured due to another person or entity’s negligence, the victim can file a personal injury claim or lawsuit. Personal injury law allows a plaintiff to get compensation when the negligence or intentional act by someone else caused the plaintiff harm. There are different situations, however, that cause rise to a personal injury case. However, not every situation in which a person is injured is going to lead to liability. Here are some of the most common types of personal injury cases:
Wrongful Death Lawsuits
This occurs because of someone else’s negligence or intentional act. A lawsuit in this situation can be filed on behalf of the decedent’s estate – this often includes surviving spouses, children (biological and adopted), and other beneficiaries of the estate. However, friends (regardless of the closeness) are not given the right to bring a wrongful death lawsuit. Wrongful death lawsuits result from vehicular accidents, medical malpractice, accidents in the workplace, defective products as well as nursing home neglect and abuse.
Daycare & School Injuries
This type of personal injury poses a unique challenge as public schools are government entities and you’ll have to go through some forms of tort claim processes to recover compensation. Private schools, however, have their own insurance coverage so the claim process can be dealt with more easily. Examples of this injury are: gym class injuries, school fights and liabilities, sports injury claims, playground injury claims, defective playground equipment and daycare liability, among others.
Assault and Abuse
Criminal acts such as assault, abuse or robbery fall under this type of personal injury. You have the right to apply for compensation if you suffered losses (also referred to as damages) from a crime. It’s important to document your financial losses such as medical receipts and counselling bills. While receiving treatment for injuries from a violent crime, you might miss some days of work. In that case, you have to obtain a letter from your employer with the dates of your absences and the amount of wages you lost. There are other important factors with this process so it’s best you get professional legal help as soon as the criminal act is done. Other examples of this personal injury are: felony assault and battery, domestic violence, child abuse and restitution, elder abuse and neglect, bar fights and more.
Other Case Types
There are other cases that don’t really fit under other existing categories, but they are still considered to be personal injury cases. Samples of this type are: defamation of character, alcohol-related injuries, employment discrimination lawsuits, wrongful termination cases, and more. It is important to get a free consultation with a trusted attorney before pursuing any case on your own.
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