Types of Personal Injury Accidents

Personal injury accidents are caused when someone is injured due to the negligence of another person or entity. These are among the most common legal actions taken in the United States every year. Why most of them only reach the settlement stage, if that cannot be reached between the two parties, a personal injury lawsuit can be filed with the state or county court.

There are several different incidents that can be defined as personal injury accidents. The article below explains the different types of personal injury cases.

Personal injury cases

Assault or abuse
Injuries suffered from a criminal act that included assault or abuse fall under the personal injury category. Other injuries that fall under this category include felony assault and battery, child abuse, elder abuse and neglect, and domestic violence. In these cases, you’ll have to work with the prosecutor to make sure you receive a judgement against the perpetrator.

School and daycare injuries
While school and daycare injuries can fall under personal injury accident, they pose a unique challenge. This is because public schools are government entities and you’ll have to go through a form of tort claim process to recover compensation. Private schools are a little more straightforward as they have their own insurance coverage. These types of injuries can include: gym class injuries, school fights, sports injuries and any playground injuries.

Wrongful death
Wrongful death cases hold medical professionals accountable. These cases are much more tragic and the compensation for damages are usually much higher than other personal injury cases. In these cases, it is necessary to get a lawyer with specialized knowledge in wrongful death. Wrongful death cases are usually caused by medical malpractice, car accidents and nursing home negligence.

Other personal injury accidents
woman getting her personal injury xrayThere are other accidents that can fall under personal injury. In these cases, negligence just has to be proven. Other personal injury accidents include:

  • Alcohol related injuries
  • Gun accidents
  • Defamation of character
  • Wrongful termination
  • Employee discrimination

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