Common Types of Personal Injury Cases
Personal injury law or tort law makes an injured person entitled to compensation when the injury is caused by someone’s intentional act or negligence, commonly referred to as wrongful action. A personal injury claim can result from a variety of reasons. However, a crucial point to keep in mind is occurrence of an injury does not automatically qualify for a compensation claim. In this blog, we’ll explore some of the commonest types of personal injury cases.
Car accidents have a fair share of annual personal injury cases across the United States. Such accidents happen because someone breached the traffic rule or wasn’t careful in times of driving the car. A careless driver is usually punished with a financial penalty for causing injuries to the victim. However, there are exceptions in “no fault” states that allow the drivers to collect compensation from their insurers, provided the injury is not serious.
If anyone has suffered injury due to wrong diagnosis or substandard treatment and care, the victim is entitled to bring a lawsuit against the medical practitioner or whoever was involved for what happened to him or her. However, it’s important to remember that not receiving expected outcomes or benefits does not mean you have a valid medical malpractice case for compensation claim. To know if you have valid reasons to file a medical malpractice case or not, visit Khan Law Firm to talk to a lawyer.
Slip and Fall
It’s another common type of personal injury cases. Property owners and in some cases, those who rent their property have a legal obligation to keep their property safe for those who are living on rent or visiting the premise. Failing to fulfill the legal duty will amount to liability for the injuries resulting from the accidents that happened within the premise.
Not all injuries taking place at the premise automatically make the property owners liable for the accidents. The exact nature of a property owner’s legal duties depends on the situations and the laws of the state where the accident happened.
Defamation: Libel and Slander
Defamation – libel and slander – actually refers to a blot on an individual’s reputation resulting from half-baked truth or blatant lies. What a defamation plaintiff is required to prove depends on two essential factors – the identity of the plaintiff and the platform where the statements were concocted.
Usually the plaintiff needs to prove that murky, manicured or morphed statements were made and those caused harm (either to reputation or financial condition) to him or her. Celebrities or other public figures are required to prove “actual malice”, implying that false statements were made either with wrong intentions in mind or with thoughtless disregard to the truth of the statement.
The dog owners, in most cases, are held financially responsible for the bites and other injuries resulting from the dog bites. However, the laws defining and describing the owner’s responsibilities vary from state to state. Some states make the dog owners liable for any bite-caused injuries even if the creature has shown no aggression or propensity to bite. “One Bite Rules” exists in other states, which makes the owners liable for personal injuries only if the owners were aware of their pets’ aggressive nature and propensity to bite.