There are a wide variety of situations that might fall under the umbrella of personal injury law. If you or someone you know has been injured by a defective product, in a motor vehicle accident, or by medical malpractice, there are lots of options for obtaining damages from the responsible party. Many people see these sorts of suits as uphill battles, especially because they can often be against a large corporation or organization. Others might not be sure if their situation actually warrants a personal injury suit. Here are some of the most common types of personal injury suits:
Motor Vehicle Accidents
One of the most common types of personal injury cases is an injury related to a car or motorcycle accident. For example, if someone rear-ends your car and you break your arm in the collision, you probably have a strong case against that person who rear-ended your vehicle, as their actions directly caused you injury; which might preclude you from working and which will definitely result in large medical bills. If you were injured as a result of an automobile or motorcycle accident, a personal injury lawsuit could help pay for your treatment and even for the time you had to take off work to recover.
Slip and Fall
If you slip, fall, and are hurt on someone else’s property, you might be entitled to damages, especially if the cause of your fall was negligence on the part of the property owner or owners. A slip could be as harmless as a few bruises, or it could result in broken bones. This should not be taken lightly. Someone else may be responsible for the fall that caused your injury, which means that they should pay for your treatment.
Defective products do not always cause harm to their users, but they often can. There have been many cases in which companies shipped out products that they knew were defective which did eventually cause harm to their customers. If you encountered a defective product and were harmed as a result of that product, a personal injury lawsuit against the parties responsible could help to pay for your recovery from that injury. The defect can come in a huge variety of different forms, ranging from tampering in the production process, mistakes in manufacturing that have catastrophic results, the use of dangerous materials to make that product, and more.
There are a great variety of potential medical malpractice claims. These include misdiagnosis, improper treatment, not properly performing procedures, among others. Doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and all others in the medical field have a duty to provide you with reasonable care and, at the very least, to do no harm to their patients. When that duty is not fulfilled, it is a serious issue, one that often results in injury to those patients.
What Should You Do?
If you believe that you have been a victim of any of these situations, there are a few things that you should do. First, you should start gathering evidence. Second, you should contact a lawyer as soon as possible. Not only will a lawyer be able to look at your situation and tell you whether or not it warrants a personal injury lawsuit, they can also advise you how to proceed if a case is to be made.