A personal injury claim can refer to any lawsuit involving personal injury. But some types of injuries are more common than others. If you have been injured, your business and your income have likely suffered. Moreover, if someone else somehow caused your injury, you might deserve compensation.
Learn which types of personal injuries are the most frequent and how you can get compensation by way of a personal injury claim.
1. Car Accident
In Orange County, there were 23,103 people injured or killed in car accidents during 2016. What’s more, many of those accidents could have been prevented by drivers being more cautious and less negligent.
For this reason, car accident claims are one of the most common personal injury claims. That’s because a reckless or negligent driver can cause a collision, which could result in serious injuries. Fortunately, victims can seek compensation. In California, you can file a lawsuit against an at-fault driver even if you are partially responsible for the incident.
2. Medical Malpractice
When a person becomes a doctor, they take an oath to provide the best possible care to their patients. However, they don’t always stay true to their word. In fact, some doctors don’t provide the skilled care needed to keep a patient healthy.
Medical malpractice can occur for several reasons. For instance, a doctor could fail to diagnose you with a disease. Therefore, instead of receiving much-needed treatment, your health could suffer. Another example of malpractice is a botched surgery. If the doctor didn’t perform up to standards, they could be liable for resulting complications.
3. Slip-and-Fall Personal Injury Claim
Slip-and-fall accidents are also quite common. These can happen in several ways. At times, they happen in a retail environment. A store owner could fail to maintain safe premises. For example, they might have a leaky roof that causes a puddle in the store. Then, if you slip on the water, you could seek damages for your injuries.
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Another type of slip-and-fall personal injury claim can happen on a homeowner’s property. Unless you are trespassing on their property, you have a right to safety. Any hazards put you at risk. Therefore, if a hazard causes you to trip, you could file a lawsuit against the property owner.
4. Assault and Battery Personal Injury Claim
Not every personal injury claim is an accident. In some cases, they are intentional actions. These cases usually involve assault and battery.
Typically, someone will face criminal charges for an assault. However, they can also have other consequences. According to personal injury law, you can file a personal injury claim against someone who physically harms you. Moreover, the success of your claim does not depend on the criminal case.
5. Dog Bites
If someone owns a dog, they have the responsibility of keeping everyone else safe from the animal. Every state has its own laws regarding dog bites. In California, the law is particularly strict. A dog owner is responsible for the damages resulting from a dog bite incident, regardless of the dog’s bite history.
Therefore, the dog does not need to have a history of aggression for a bite victim to file a personal injury claim. If you were bitten and it occurred in a public place, you could seek compensation. You could also file a personal injury claim if you were legally allowed on private property when the incident happened. This means the owner invited you or you were carrying out your legal duty.
What to Do If You Have a Personal Injury Claim
If you find yourself a victim and believe you should file a personal injury claim, contact Timothy Ryan and Associates. They can discuss your options and take you through the legal process. You could receive money for medical bills, missed wages, and more. Then you can get back to running your business.