What Are the Main Types of Personal Injury Cases?

December 23, 2022

Did you know that there are an average of 6 million car accidents in the United States annually?

Consider, as well, that 3 million people in the U.S. are injured in car accidents each year — and two million drivers involved in car accidents face permanent injuries annually.

You need to consult with a personal injury lawyer if you are ever in an accident, suffer a slip and fall incident, or get injured when seeking medical care.

Continue reading to look at the types of personal injury cases that warrant seeking legal counsel.

Motor Vehicle Accident

It probably won’t surprise you to learn that an injury sustained after a car accident is a main reason to hire a personal injury lawyer in Boston.

Car accidents occur for many reasons — and most relate to distractedness and negligence. They can be caused by driving too fast, texting, improper lane changes, telephone use, mechanical failure, fatigue, drunk driving, and more.

Whatever the reason, you’ll want to contact a personal injury lawyer if you’re injured after an accident. Yes, you should go see your doctor. But it’s also essential to consult with a legal professional.

You may require months or years of medical attention, so getting compensation to cover treatment, lost wages, and pain and suffering is essential.

Medical Malpractice

What is medical malpractice? It occurs when a health care provider causes, due to omission or negligence, injury to a patient by failing to provide a proper standard of care. It happens more than you might think.

A healthcare provider who doesn’t warn you of known risks fails to diagnose a condition properly or doesn’t provide the proper treatment could warrant legal action. You’ll want to consult with a personal injury lawyer.

When choosing one, ensure the legal professional has applicable experience handling cases just like yours. The personal injury lawyer should also have a network of medical professionals and experts to help build a strong case.

There are different types of attorneys. If you select the right law firm, you’ll have access to legal professionals with various specialties.

Workplace Accidents

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says that 4,764 workers died in the workplace in 2020. That amounts to 3.4 per 100,000 full-time equivalent employees.

Some of the most frequently cited OSHA standards violated include a lack of fall protection in the construction space, a lack of respiratory protection in general, and a lack of machinery and machine guarding in general.

But workplace accidents can also include overexertion, exposure to toxic agents, fire and explosions, violence due to other employees or management, and more.

If you suffer an injury due to a workplace accident, you must prove that the injury you claim was indeed due to a workplace incident. Finding an attorney experienced in these types of personal injury cases is critical.

Slip and Fall Accidents

Slip and fall accidents can lead to severe injuries. You should consult a personal injury lawyer if you’re in a supermarket and take a tumble due to a wet floor. Businesses are supposed to take measures to protect their customers.

So, it’s essential to consult with a personal injury lawyer to determine if a property owner failed to take appropriate measures to protect the public.

If you’re lucky, a slip and fall accident won’t hurt anything but your pride. But sometimes such incidents lead to severe issues that require time off work and medical treatment. So, you’ll want to seek counsel from an attorney.

Product Liability

Another reason to contact a personal injury lawyer is if you suffer an injury while using a defective product.

Pursuant to U.S. product liability regulations, manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, and retailers who make products available to consumers can be found liable for injuries caused by defective products.

If someone using a so-called unavoidably dangerous product gets injured, product liability law won’t usually cover such a scenario.
You’ll want to find a reputable lawyer to see what options are available to you.

If it’s determined that you have a case, an attorney can launch a personal injury lawsuit or negotiate a settlement on your behalf.

Wrongful Death

One of the more troubling types of personal injury cases is a wrongful death situation. As the title suggests, it involves situations where someone dies on account of another person’s negligence.

If a loved one is in town and accidentally falls into an unmarked pit dug by the city, then your family will want to contact a personal injury lawyer.

Depending on the facts of the case, your family may be able to launch a wrongful death lawsuit to seek compensation.

Bonus: Find the Right Lawyer

Find a personal injury lawyer who specializes in the area of personal injury law that directly relates to the injury you’re facing.

A personal injury lawyer who helps car accident victims might not have courtroom experience handling medical malpractice cases. Before you choose a lawyer to represent you, ensure the professional has the right expertise.

Want to Learn More About Types of Personal Injury Cases?

Have you experienced any of the abovementioned situations? Were you injured in an accident? Are you uncertain as to what to do or whom to contact? Give us a call.

Our law firm offers legal services for personal injury cases in Boston, MA. Get in touch to set up an initial consultation.

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