Personal injury claims can arise out of any number of situations where someone is negligent, deliberately careless, or acts intentionally, and this action – or in some cases, inaction – results in someone being hurt.
Examples of Types of Personal Injury Claims
Below are some examples of the most common types of personal injury claims.
Almost every car accident attorney will tell you that car accident are the most common source of personal injury claims. If someone is a passenger in a car and they are injured, they almost always have a personal injury claim. Whether the injury is attributable to the driver of the car they were in, the driver of the other vehicle, or the conduct of a third party, if injuries were sustained, there may be a valid claim for compensation based on the injury.
Similarly, if the driver of a car is injured due to someone else’s conduct, whether that person is the driver of another car or a third party, the injured person may have a claim for personal injury.
And if someone is a pedestrian and hit by a car or truck, there may be the basis to file a personal injury claim. Of course, the facts and circumstances of each specific case dictate whether or not someone has a valid claim.
Other Types of Vehicle Accidents
Personal injury claims aren’t just limited to cars and pedestrians. If someone is injured in a boating accident, a bicycle accident, or a motorcycle accident, they may also have a claim for personal injury. Similarly, if someone is injured in a bus or tractor-trailer crash, a personal injury claim may exist.
Medical malpractice claims are less common, but no less serious a personal injury claim than car accidents. Common medical malpractice cases include:
- Leaving a sponge or instrument inside a person’s body during surgery
- Failure to consider how different prescriptions can interact negatively
- Misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose
Medical malpractice errors are typically accidental, but the consequences of such carelessness can be severe. An accident attorney in Daytona Beach will be invaluable to your case if you feel you may have a medical malpractice claim.
Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents, also known as premise liability, involve cases where someone slips, trips, and/or falls on someone else’s property. If the owner was aware (or should have been aware) of the danger presented, perhaps by a loose rug or uneven pavement, and did nothing to rectify the situation or sufficiently caution people about the danger, they may be liable for the injury.
Personal Injury Claims Hold People Responsible
When someone is injured, a personal injury lawsuit holds the person who caused the injury responsible. Additionally, a personal injury claim provides compensation for past and future medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Time Limits Apply
In the state of Florida, there is a limit on how long an injured party has to file a personal injury claim. Failure to file the claim within the statutorily prescribed timeframe will result in an inability to pursue it. Because personal injury law can be complicated, it’s a good idea to consult with an attorney. An accident attorney in Daytona Beach can review the facts and circumstances of your particular case to determine whether you have a personal injury claim.