What Are the Most Common Personal Injury Cases

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Personal injury cases can take many shapes and forms. Ultimately, any case where a victim is harmed due to another party’s negligence might be deemed a personal injury case. Such negligence may manifest in a claim/lawsuit against another individual, a group, or even a huge entity like a corporation and, occasionally, the government. 

However, while personal injury cases can cover a wide spectrum, some are more common than others. We’ll break down some of the more common personal injury cases. 

Car Accidents 

By far the most common personal injury case is a car accident. Millions of Americans are injured in car accidents every year. These range from minor fender-benders to accidents leaving victims impaired for the rest of their life. 

Although overall car safety has gone up, accidents can still happen. In the case of personal injury cases, elements like distracted driving, violating the rules of the road, or even driving while under the influence are typical suspects. 

Medical Malpractice 

Medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare practitioner makes a mistake(s) that could have otherwise been avoided. Although all surgeries carry certain risks, in the case of medical malpractice, the injuries or lasting impacts on the patient are caused by negligence. 

Slip and Falls Accidents

Just about everyone has fallen in their life. Often the result is typically a bruise or some soreness for a day or two. However, some trips, slips, or falls can be deadly. 

In personal injury cases, lawsuits surrounding slip and falls accidents are typically charged against a public or private entity that created such hazardous conditions. For example, a grocery store inadequately mopping a wet floor and/or not placing a wet floor sign alerting customers. 

Workplace Accidents 

An employee can be injured due to:

  • Inadequate training 
  • Doing work outside their job role/scope 
  • Malfunctioning equipment 
  • Overall unsafe working conditions 

When this happens, a worker may file a personal injury lawsuit against their employer. Even in the case of high-risk jobs–such as construction or oil rigging–there may be grounds to show that the company or organization had unfavorable conditions and/or fostered negligence. 

Dog Bites 

Dogs have been accepted as common furry companions to humans for hundreds if not thousands of years. However, dogs can attack, especially when it comes to strangers or when they feel threatened. Ultimately, it’s the dog’s owner’s responsibility to ensure they don’t attack without a just cause. Someone who gets bitten/attacked by a dog for no justified reason is entitled to file a lawsuit against the owner. 

Wrongful Death

Wrongful death happens when a victim is slain due to another person’s negligence. Whether from a car accident, slipping down wet stairs, being slain on the job site, etc., if there’s reason to believe that the cause was due to the other party’s negligence, the family of the victim can file a personal injury case involving wrongful death. 

While these are some of the most common personal injury cases, the truth is that when another party is harmed due to another party’s negligence, then they’re entitled to file a lawsuit. Having a personal injury lawyer on your side can make a huge difference. Our friends at Greenspan & Greenspan P.C. can help!