If you’re curious about personal injury, you’ve probably recently been in an accident. You might be curious if a personal injury attorney is the right type of lawyer to help you. In this article, we will attempt to clarify this issue for you.
Most generally, personal injury applies to anything that results in harm to a person’s body or mind and not their property. A lawsuit in these cases would be filed against the person who the injured party believes is liable. It’s then the hurt party’s lawyer’s job to show that that person acted through negligence, recklessness, or intentional cruelty.
Types of Work A Personal Injury Attorney Does
We admit, words like “negligence” and “liability” might not be all that helpful to you. So, we’re going to share some examples of personal injury. Continue reading to learn some of the most common kinds of personal injury cases.
Per the American Bar Association, motor vehicle accidents are the area in which most personal injury actions arise. Millions of people are injured or killed each year because of the negligence of an unsafe driver. A personal injury lawsuit related to an automobile accident should cover more than damages to vehicles and persons; it should also include potential future losses, medical bills, and even loss of earning income.
These also don’t necessarily have to involve a car; they can be because of busses, motorcycles, trucks, bikes, anything on the road. Furthermore, car accident personal injuries can impact more than drivers. Passengers, pedestrians, and other people affected by the accident can potentially have a personal injury claim.
Getting hurt because of a dangerous or defective area of somebody’s property can spur a personal injury suit. This is known as premises liability and the property owner is likely at fault. Rules vary by state and locality, but, most simply, these owners have a legal obligation to keep their properties safe and free of hazards. A very common type of premises liability is slip and fall accidents.
It’s important to discuss workplace injuries here briefly. A workplace injury could have a lot of overlap with a premises liability suit. For example, if you slip and fall while working but it’s the fault of the building owner, then there can be multiple liabilities.
However, there is usually a different course of action for people injured on the job. They typically have to first go through the process of workers’ compensation (it may turn into a lawsuit later). Regardless, personal injury lawyers can usually (though not always) help you through this process.
Other Types of Personal Injury Cases
Specialties of personal injury can also include cases based on the severity of the injury. These include wrongful death and catastrophic injuries (ex. paralysis, amputations, brain damage, deformities, and more). These are incredibly important to litigate because it may be your only chance for compensation.
Finally, most personal injury cases deal with a person’s neglect, but they can also involve deliberate harm. There may already be a criminal case for this injury, but keep in mind that a civil personal injury suit can be filed alongside it to help the victim.
Any Further Questions?
If you’re still unclear about whether your accident entitles you to a personal injury claim, it may be time to speak to a personal injury attorney. Belal Hamideh Law ensures that learning whether or not you have a case does not cost you any money. The firm provides a free consultation on your case and will typically work on a contingency fee, meaning you don’t pay them unless you win. Call (562) 526-1224 to learn more.