Personal injury law (also known as tort law), exists to make sure that people are held accountable for harm they cause to others. Here are a few of the most common types of claims:
Car accidents are the most common cause for personal injury claims. Approximately 3 million people in the U.S. are injured in car accidents each year with 27% of these accidents resulting in a non-fatal injury. To win proper compensation, you need to prove that the other driver caused the accident and that your injuries were caused by the accident. You'll also need to provide evidence of your medical care costs and pain/suffering you've experienced as a result of the accident.
2. Truck Accidents
It's important to note that truck accidents are a separate case from car accidents, as they involve more parties and require different levels of proof. The driver, trucking company, shipping company, maintenance crew, etc. may each hold some level of responsibility for the accident. With this type of claim, you'll need to prove that the truck driver was negligent. You'll want to find out information such as whether their license was active or suspended, how many traffic tickets they've received, how many other accidents the driver was involved in, etc.
3. Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice happens when a medical professional fails to provide proper care to a patient, resulting in pain, lost work, a decline in mental health, or additional medical bills. Many of these claims can be put into the following categories: failure to diagnose, improper treatment, or failure to warn a patient of risks. In order to prove that medical malpractice occurred, you'll need to show that a doctor-patient relationship existed, the doctor was negligent, your injury was a result of your doctor's negligence, and the injury resulted in specific damages.
4. Wrongful Death
A wrongful death claim can occur following a person's death if their death was a result of someone else's negligence or intentional action. This type of personal injury case is usually filed by a representative of the victim such as a spouse or parent/guardian. The plaintiff needs to prove that the defendant owed a duty of care to the victim, the defendant breached their duty of care, and that the defendant's action directly caused the victim's death.
There are also many other less common types of situations that can be categorized under personal injury. These can include things like animal bites, nursing home abuse, food poisoning, asbestos exposure, etc.
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