The term “personal injury” seems relatively self-explanatory, however when it comes to the law it is important to understand its meaning. A personal injury does not need to be a drastic injury, in order to receive compensation. Any time that a person is injured due to someone else’s actions, damages can, and should, be awarded to the injured party. Personal injury can occur in a variety of ways, from injuries sustained in a car accident, to a slip and fall, or even to injuries that occur as a result of a physical altercation. These types of injuries will obviously require medical attention, and therefore result in medical expenses that otherwise wouldn’t have been incurred. This is where it becomes crucial to hire an experienced personal injury attorney who knows how to fight for you, to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve to cover these costs. So, what is considered personal injury? We’ve highlighted a few of the most common types of personal injury claims.
The most common type of personal injury cases in the United States are injuries from a car accident. When a car accident occurs, it is typically the fault of one of the drivers involved. The driver could be intentionally ignoring traffic laws, driving under the influence, or driving while distracted, just as a few examples. Regardless of the reason, the negligent or reckless driver should be held financially responsible for personal injuries, as well as property damage, that result from the accident. These injuries can range from simple broken bones and cuts, to major surgeries due to internal injuries. No matter how severe the injuries, these are considered personal injury claims and the injured party should not be held financially responsible.
Slip and Fall
Slip and fall personal injury claims are another very common type of personal injury claim. The responsibility owed to a person that is injured as a result of a slip and fall will vary depending on the circumstances. Slip and fall accidents where recovery is possible are accidents that occur when a person neglects to take the necessary precautions to prevent a slip and fall from happening. If a slip and fall occurs at the workplace, it could be the responsibility of the employer. Likewise, a slip and fall that happens in a public area could also be the fault of the caretakers responsible for the upkeep of the area. Either way, slip and fall injuries qualify as personal injuries and may require damages if the slip and fall could have been avoided.
The majority of dog bite personal injury cases will require that the owner of the dog be held financially responsible for the injuries sustained. Some cases may hold other additional parties responsible as well, such as parents or spouses that should have been responsible. Dog owners have a responsibility to know the behavior of their dog and to ensure that it is appropriately restrained or muzzled when in public according to that behavior. The law surrounding dog bites and attacks involving dogs does vary from state to state, however the injuries that occur deserve to be compensated.
Assault, Battery, and Intentional Personal Injuries
Different from all of the other personal injury cases listed above, these types of cases do not result out of an accident or negligence, but are instead intentional in nature. These personal injury cases can be criminal cases depending on the circumstances. If a person intentionally injures another, that person may face criminal charges in addition to being held financially responsible for the injuries.
All personal injury cases deserve to be fairly compensated, and no one should have to experience debt, or other financial hardship, as a result of injuries they did not cause. At Lorona | Mead we possess the experience necessary to truly fight for you and the compensation you deserve.