If you’ve suffered an accident or injury, you may wonder if you have a legal case. In many incidents, an individual or corporation is to blame for your accident or injury. This means you have a right to bring a lawsuit against them. In such cases, you deserve fair compensation covering all your expenses. These include your medical expenses, economic losses, and pain and suffering. The legal team at De Castroverde can help determine the strength of your case. Our team will fight for you in a personal injury lawsuit to ensure you get the compensation you’re owed.
What Is a Personal Injury Case?
Personal injury cases happen when you suffer accidents or injuries from another’s actions. Many types of misconduct can be responsible for your injury. These also come with varying degrees of severity. You can suffer an injury due to negligence, which legally means someone’s carelessness was to blame. There’s also recklessness, a more severe form of negligence. An example is if your injury resulted from someone driving while intoxicated. The most severe level is a personal injury sustained by someone’s intentional misconduct. Examples are if you incur a bodily assault or a road rage incident.
A small injury claim might result in only a few hundred dollars of compensation. Large personal injury claims can result in compensation of hundreds, thousands, or millions of dollars. The largest claims may involve many victims and pay the largest sums. On average, most personal injury cases fall somewhere between these extremes. Our lawyers at De Castroverde can estimate the average likely payout for your personal injury case. They’ll review the specific details of your case and compare it to similar cases they have fought and won.
What Are the Most Common Personal Injury Cases?
Common personal injury cases include motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, workplace accidents, premises liability, slip and fall accidents, animal attacks and bites, and more. Let’s take a closer look at these personal injury cases:
Motor Vehicle Accidents
One of the most common types of personal injury cases is motor vehicle accidents. These include the following types:
- Auto accidents. Automobile accidents are one of the most common causes of personal injury.
- Motorcycle accidents. Motorcycles render a notable lack of protection to their riders. This means that such accidents often cause severe injuries to the rider.
- Truck accidents. Accidents caused by trucks are often more severe than those caused by cars due to the weight and size of trucks.
- Pedestrian accidents. These can occur anywhere but have a higher incidence in urban areas.
- Uber/Lyft accidents. As more and more people take rideshares, these accidents are on the rise.
Medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare provider makes a mistake in the care or treatment of a patient. These usually involve a physician or surgeon and result in a personal injury. Incidents include:
- Failure to properly diagnose a dangerous condition.
- Misdiagnosing a medical condition.
- Committing a surgical error.
- Improper prescription(s).
- Other medical errors.
Accidents at the workplace cover all claims resulting from personal injuries sustained on the job. In most cases, worker’s compensation insurance will cover workplace accidents and injuries. Finding your employer at fault isn’t necessary for you to receive worker’s compensation. However, you may not be able to sue for noneconomic damages, such as pain and suffering.
In some cases, you may have grounds to file a lawsuit outside worker’s compensation. This is particularly the case in situations involving employer negligence or machinery failure. You might have a claim against your employer if they were responsible for unsafe work conditions. Or one against a machinery manufacturer if there was a mechanical defect or malfunction. Maybe even one against another individual or company that may have liability for your injuries.
Premises Liability/Slip and Fall Accidents
The owner or operator may be at fault if you sustain an injury in a public establishment or even a private home. They’re responsible for maintaining the safety of their premises for their guests. Premises liability includes injuries to people on the premises for legal duties. These include mail carriers and others with a valid reason for being on the property, such as contractors, construction workers, cleaning services, or plumbers hired by a business or homeowner. In most premises liability cases, claim filings are against a place of business.
Of these premises liability cases against businesses, a slip and fall personal injury claim is the most common type. Suppose a property has hazardous conditions that an owner is aware of or may have discovered through proper inspection. In that case, the owners or operators are responsible for warning visitors of dangerous conditions or repairing any hazardous ones. Finding an owner or operator negligent in those circumstances means they’re liable. You then have valid grounds for filing a lawsuit against them.
Animal Bites and Attacks
Most personal injury cases involving animal attacks are from dog bites. In some states, there’s a one-bite rule. It states that the owner can avoid liability if it’s found that their dog was not aggressive before the attack on you. However, the severity of your injury may allow this rule to be set aside. The dog owner is liable for any of your injuries if the dog has bitten anyone in the past.
Other personal injury cases involving animal attacks can be from wild animals that an owner has domesticated. In those cases, the animal owner must have a permit to keep the wild animal. Keeping a pet without a license may make them liable for any injury you suffer at their animal’s hands. This can help your personal injury claim.
Miscellaneous Personal Injury Cases
Many other types of personal injury can occur, including:
- Food poisoning.
- Boating accidents.
- Plane accidents.
- Head injuries.
- Burn injuries.
- Spinal cord injuries.
- Civil battery.
- Child injury cases.
- Asbestos or other chemical exposure.
- Wrongful death.
- Bar or nightclub liability if they serve an already intoxicated person who later causes you an injury.
If you or someone you love has a potential personal injury case, contact the experts at De Castroverde. Our team will review your information in a free case consultation. We’ll help you to determine whether you have grounds for a personal injury case and to discuss potential settlements. Call us at 702-803-3849 or complete our secure online form to get started.