If someone is injured due to the actions of another party, they may be able to pursue a personal injury settlement. There are different types of personal injury cases, and some of the most common are automobile accidents, wrongful death, medical malpractice, workplace negligence and product liability.
1. Automobile Accident
Being in an automobile accident can cause people to be seriously hurt. If the other party is at fault, then they may be liable to pay for any and all damages. The settlement amounts vary depending on the individuals involved, the extent of the damage and other factors, but can cover existing medical bills and provide for ongoing costs.
2. Wrongful Death
No one wants their loved ones to die, and it can be even harder to bear if the death results from the careless actions of someone else. If someone dies due to the negligence of another person, then their grieving family may be able to seek compensation. Wrongful death suits can involve people who were killed due to medical malpractice, car accidents, a workplace incident or a faulty product.
3. Medical Malpractice
Doctors, nurses and other medical personnel make decisions regarding the health of their patients all day long. Occasionally, they may make mistakes, and those errors can seriously harm the people they are supposed to be helping. Mistakes can occur at any time, so there is a broad range of situations that may occur, including surgical errors, misdiagnosis and prescribing the wrong medication. Any negligence on the part of medical staff may result in the patient receiving money to cover all medical costs and compensation for any ensuing psychological trauma or lost wages.
4. Slip and Fall Incident
Dangerous situations can crop up anywhere, from the workplace to the grocery store. Spilled liquid can cause people to fall, as can uneven walkways and items placed in people’s paths. While people who fall at work may need to file a Workers Compensation claim, in places outside the workplace a personal injury claim would be the correct way to seek compensation.
5. Product Liability
When a company sells defective or dangerous products to the public, people may become seriously hurt. People may be harmed due to toxic chemicals in the product, unlisted ingredients or the lack of warning labels regarding any known issues. This can result in the injury or death of people of all ages and can result in a lawsuit. Anyone who was harmed by a product should speak to an experienced attorney and have the item evaluated by a professional. Prompt action on the part of the injured party can result in a quicker resolution, and the removal of the product from other people’s homes or workplaces, protecting others from the same fate.
The above items are some of the most common scenarios for a personal injury case. However, there are other circumstances in which filing a personal injury suit would also be the appropriate thing to do. Regardless of the circumstances, if someone has been hurt and believes another party is at fault, the should contact a lawyer to discuss the details and determine the correct course of action.