Did you know that approximately 700,000 personal injury claims are filed each year in the United States alone?
If you were injured because of the negligence of someone else, you deserve fair compensation. Understanding the common types of personal injury and how to find a Florida personal injury attorney are the first steps in learning about your rights and the issue of liability.
- Auto Accidents
A reported 2.3 million individuals suffer injuries or disabilities related to car accidents each year in the United States. It is by far the number one reason for personal injury cases in the country.
Unlike other types of personal injury cases, proving liability in automobile accidents is sometimes very clear. For example, when a driver A deliberately runs a red light and it leads to an accident for driver B, negligence on the part of driver A is usually fairly easy to prove, especially with other witnesses.
Careless or reckless drivers should be held financially responsible for their actions if it leads to personal injuries. If you were injured in a car accident, the first step is to find out if it occurred in a “no fault” state. These states expect drivers to collect damages from their own insurers aside from cases of “serious” injury.
- Medical Malpractice
Whenever a medical expert or health care professional fails to provide competent and/or reasonably skilled care, and the patient is injured as a result, the patient is entitled to fair compensation.
You do not hear a ton about medical malpractice as it’s not as common as other types of accidents on the list, as well as very hard to prove liability in a court of law. However, if you were severely injured you should still pursue justice.
- Product Liability Cases
Were you injured because of a defective product? How about something that was dangerous and not properly labeled?
Product liability cases lead to thousands of injuries each year. According to the law, manufacturers and retailers must meet the ordinary expectations of the consumer concerning function and safety.
Court cases may include claims for product defects (i.e. product overheats and causes a burn) to marketing defects (i.e. inadequate warning labels). Unlike other types of personal injury claims, product liability is unique in that the defendant, not the plaintiff, must prove that they were not negligent.
- Slip and Fall Accidents
One of the most common types of personal injury accidents in the world, slip and fall accidents lead to approximately 8 million trips to the E.R. each year in the United States.
Property owners are legally responsible for keeping their premises safe and free of hazards. When they fail to act accordingly, the property owner is acting negligent and is liable for any accident that takes place on their land.
Slip and fall accidents are not just related to workplace injuries, but also in public and private buildings (interior and exterior). Claims are often filed yet the key to receiving damages is often related not only to a strong legal team, but also the premises liability laws of the state in which the accident took place.
- Wrongful Deaths
Though not as common as many on this list, wrongful death lawsuits do occur because of negligence or intentional acts by another party. Wrongful death lawsuits are serious matters and usually require strong legal representation to win a case that could involve millions of dollars in damages.
However, if you have a loved one that you believe died in an accident that could have been prevented, and another party acted negligently, you should pursue legal action first through an initial consultation.
There are other common types of personal injury not on this list, such as dog bites and physical assault. If you believe you were injured and the liability falls on another party, please contact a Florida personal injury attorney at Balkan & Patterson. For more information about how we can help you with your personal injury case, give us a call at 561-750-9191 or visit our website.