There are dozens of situations that could land you in the middle of a personal injury lawsuit, though there are some that are more common than others. Does your situation warrant a personal injury claim? The following are just a few examples, though you can learn more by contacting an attorney.
Some of the most common types of personal injury lawsuits are related to automobile accidents. Millions of people are injured every year after being in car accidents, with thousands of deaths added to that. Personal injuries from auto accidents will result in financial loss for the victim, so it’s important you seek compensation for these common accidents.
Because of workers’ compensation, many employees who are injured on the job are unable to seek further compensation. There are some exceptions to the rule, however, as well as some ways individuals may be able to receive what they feel they are owed. If you were injured at work, even if you’ve received workers’ compensation, you could sue a third party who was partially responsible for the injury.
For example, perhaps you were injured while operating a piece of machinery at work. The manufacturer of that machine could be liable if inspections failed or if the manufacturer knew of a faulty part. You may be able to sue that manufacturer in a personal injury lawsuit.
There is a lot that can go wrong when someone is receiving medical care. A surgeon could make a mistake while a patient is on the operating table. A doctor could diagnose an illness incorrectly. A pharmacist could mix up two different prescriptions. All of these things could result in serious injury, and sometimes death. If you are the victim of medical malpractice, you could seek compensation through a personal injury lawsuit.
Premises liability is when someone has a duty to keep their property in good shape, fails to do so and someone is injured as a result. For example, the owner of a restaurant has the responsibility to keep his or her parking lot maintained. If there has been a pothole for months and someone tripped and broke a leg on it, that individual may be able to sue the restaurant owner.
Getting Started With Your Claim
If you were injured in an accident, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit. There are a lot of situations that could lead to a lawsuit, and speaking with a lawyer will help you determine if your situation might warrant a claim.