If you are injured by no fault of your own, you may have a personal injury case. There are many types of personal injury cases that are worth fighting for in court. In these cases, the injured party can receive compensation to cover both monetary and non-monetary damages caused by the injury.
If you or a loved one have recently been injured and are wondering if you have a viable lawsuit, consider if your situation matches one of these types of personal injury cases.
What Constitutes a Personal Injury Case?
A personal injury case is a legal matter wherein a person is injured as the result of someone else’s negligence or maliciousness. The injured party experiences losses due to their injury and can prove that the other party caused the injury.
Personal injury cases are handled in civil court and are categorized in three ways.
- Intentional Tort: An intentional tort relates to an act that caused injury and was intentionally committed. An at-fault party intended to injure someone.
- Neglect Tort: A neglect tort relates to a situation wherein someone was injured due to the negligence of another party. A negligent at-fault party caused someone to get injured.
- Strict Liability Tort: A strict liability tort relates to a situation wherein someone is injured, but there is no clear maliciousness or negligence. Someone was injured by a party who did not intend to cause harm and was not negligent in their action or inaction.
The most common types of personal injury cases fit within one of these three tort categories.
9 Types of Personal Injury Cases
Let’s look at how these torts are relevant in specific types of personal injury cases.
Auto accidents are one of the most common types of personal injury cases. These neglect tort cases relate to accidents that occur on the road. An injured party was acting in a safe manner, and an at-fault party was negligent and caused an accident. Auto accident cases may also include:
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Boating Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Trucking Accidents
Medical negligence is another type of neglect tort case. In this case, a medical professional did not treat a patient in accordance with the Hippocratic Oath. They provided extremely inadequate or poor care that resulted in a negative outcome for a patient.
Slip and Fall
A slip and fall is a type of personal injury case classified as a neglect tort. In this case, an at-fault party created a situation that was dangerous. The negligence of the at-fault party caused a person to fall and sustain an injury that would not have happened if conditions were safe.
A premises liability case is also the result of neglect. In this case, a person is injured on a property that was not in a safe condition. Slip and falls are common premises liability cases, but they can also include any injuries caused by hazardous conditions created as a result of neglect.
Workplace accidents are incidents when someone is injured while they are at work. In these personal injury cases, a worker is injured as a result of unsafe working conditions. The owner or manager of the workplace did not keep the premises safe for their employees.
Product Liability / Product Defect
Product liability and product defect claims fall under strict liability torts. In these cases, a party is injured when a product failed to work properly or did not include proper warning labels. The injured party used a product as it was intended but still suffered harm.
If an animal attacks a person, the owner is liable for damages. Dog bites are the most common type of animal attack personal injury cases. Pet owners are responsible for their pet’s actions even if they occur away from the owner.
Assault and Battery
While assault and battery cases are heard in criminal court, the injuries and damages caused by the incident can be litigated in civil court as a type of personal injury claim. Assault and battery is an intentional tort case that requires the party who committed violence to provide relief to the injured party.
A wrongful death case can also be classified as a type of personal injury claim. If the negligence of a person or business led to someone’s death, their loved ones can seek personal injury compensation for both monetary and non-monetary damages.
Get Representation for All Types of Personal Injury Cases
If you or a loved one has been injured in any of the situations described above, it’s time to reach out to a personal injury attorney. You are not responsible for the financial and personal burdens caused by an accident that was not your fault.
Seek relief and support today. Schedule your free consultation with TJ Grimaldi to see how he can use his experience litigating a variety of types of personal injury cases to help you get what is legally due to you.
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