Accidents can be scary and disastrous. They can cause physical, emotional, and mental trauma. While an individual is trying to balance all the things after the accident, he forgets that he can also claim personal injury compensation. Suppose you are prone to accidents due to someone’s negligence or intentionally causing you harm. You are eligible to file a personal injury claim.

Understanding the different types of personal injury cases that could result in compensation is vital so that you can file your case and claim your reward.

Around 400,000 personal injury cases are filed annually in the US, and the number is increasing daily due to numerous factors. Motor vehicle accidents are the most common cause of personal injury, accounting for 53% of total cases. However, 4% of the total number of cases go to trial for compensation. 

Let’s find out the eligibility criteria for the personal injury claim-

Car accidents are the most common cause of accidents and personal injuries in California. If you are harmed or injured by the negligence of others, you are likely to claim compensation. Such accidents can happen at times, as risks are associated with them. Factors of auto accidents include rear-end collisions, head-on collisions, and pile-ups involving commercial trucks, multiple cars, other vehicles, and pedestrians. These can often lead to death with severe injuries such as broken bones and injuries to the brain and spinal cord.

Slip and Fall Accidents– Slips and falls can bring devastating experiences; although they sound less tragic or profound, they are impactful. The owners and maintenance department are responsible for the incident if it is open to the public. The cause of the injury or accident is due to the failure to undertake proper care of the property. Uneven ground, improper lighting, lack of railings, slippery floors, broken stairwells, or other dangerous conditions are caused by such accidents. The liability is on the shoulders of the owners as they fail to take proper precautions to prevent accidents. The happenings of the cases should be at legal premises such as apartments, restaurants, hotels, pools, or other properties.

Medical malpractice– Healthcare professionals are under the oath of providing diligent and quality care and services to their patients, as their health & safety is in the hands of medical practitioners. Medical negligence is more common than expected, killing and injuring hundreds of thousands of people annually. Medical malpractices or negligence reflect the behavior of healthcare professionals, which leads to patient injury and death. Majorly it includes negligent surgeries, birth injuries, failure to diagnose, incorrect diagnoses, pharmacy negligence, or unnecessary surgeries. If you have suffered from the negligent behavior of the healthcare providers, you are entitled to seek compensation for your pain, suffering, and losses.

Workplace accidents– An employer must provide employees with healthy and safe workplace conditions. For any injuries or harm faced by the employees at the workplace, the employer is responsible for such accidents. A negligent third party will be liable for the personal injury claim of employees. Two common causes for the accidents are poorly maintained construction sites or defective tools and types of machinery used by employees. Personal injury claims can be filed against the third party for the failure to provide a safe working environment to employees at the workplace.

Product liability- When you buy a product, you expect it to work in the desired manner. Manufacturing or designing errors in the products causing injury to people are liable for personal injury claims. If the manufacturer of the products fails to provide safety instructions, they are also responsible for the injuries or harm to the consumers. The claim depends on the severity of injuries and compensation that needs to be paid to the people. The claims are made against the manufacturer or distributor as they are responsible for providing safe and no defective products.

Dog bites or animal attacks—the dog’s owner is responsible for the dog’s behavior under strict liability, even if they do not know about the dog’s viciousness. Some injuries are not severe enough for a personal injury claim, but serious injuries could affect you mentally and emotionally. If you want to know more about dog bite accidents, please visit our blog: What information should I gather after a dog bite to claim compensation?

Construction accidents– Construction accidents are the most occurring accidents considered dangerous places to work on. The place is unsafe for the employees who work there and for the non-employees who live nearby. The lawsuit can be filed against a third party, such as the property owner, equipment holder, and negligent subcontractor. The claim can be covered under workers’ compensation coverage. Moreover, the construction equipment and machinery can cause severe injuries to employees and non-employees. This can be filed under personal injury claims. For more information, visit our blog: All you need to know about construction site accidents.

Sunset West Legal Group: Your Personal Injury Advocate

We understand the conditions and situations you are dealing with. Being injured due to the negligence of others is depressing, and it worsens when you have to go here and there to claim your insurance and medical bills. To file your personal injury claims, you need to have an experienced personal injury attorney by your side for maximum damage control. We provide you with individual attention and want you to get the compensation you deserve at Sunset West Legal Group. Assuring you to get the possible coverage for the harm done to you. Contact Sunset West Legal Group for a free consultation regarding a Personal injury claim.