If someone’s negligence or deliberate act causes you harm, you are entitled to seek compensation from the at-fault party. Personal injuries may result from different situations. Not all personal injury cases allow the victims to make a compensation claim for whatever has happened to them, as liability is not involved in each situation. Here are some of the commonest types of personal injury cases.
It is the most common type of incidents leading to personal injury and/or property damages. A car accident takes place because someone is not following the traffic laws. Rash driving is one of the commonest causes for car accidents. In such cases, a careless driver is held liable for the accident and he/she is required to compensate the victim. There are exceptions in few states where drivers are allowed to collect compensation from their insurance companies (it does not apply to severe cases) to pay the plaintiff who has filed a compensation claim.
Slip & Fall Cases
Slip and fall often causes personal injuries. Property owners or landlords are legally obliged to keep their premises safe so that the visitors and tenants do not pick up any injury. The point to be noted here is not all injuries resulting from ‘slip and fall’ lead to liability. The landowner’s duty is situation-sensitive and varies from one state to another. The claims in injuries caused by ‘slip and fall’ are usually guided by premise liability laws.
Not very common but medical malpractice also accounts for personal injuries. The medical malpractice cases involve several complications and the lawyers have to struggle hard to establish that medical malpractice actually caused harm to the patient. Medical malpractice refers to a situation where a medical professional’s (doctor, nurse or others) failure to provide accepted standard of treatment and care causes injury to a patient.
Of course, a dog won’t be held responsible if its bite leaves someone injured but the owner will surely have to pay a price for it. The laws regarding the dog owner’s responsibility are not uniform across the states in the USA. In some states, the pet owners have to follow stringent rules. In such cases, the dog owner is held liable for the dog’s bites even if the dog is not aggressive by nature and did not bite anyone before the incident.
Other states follow ‘one bite’ rule that clearly mentions the owner will be held liable for the injury if only the person is familiar with the dog’s aggressive nature and knows well that it has a history of biting.
Intentional torts are unlike other personal injury cases, as these are not related to accidents caused by someone else’s carelessness or negligence. Instead, such things refer to the incidents where one person intentionally injures or harms another. Such cases have a shade of criminal intention and a criminal case is filed against the perpetrator of the crime. In addition, the plaintiff can also lodge a personal injury lawsuit with a view to seek compensation for his/her injuries.
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