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5 Common Personal Injury Claims

Personal injury refers to physical, mental or emotional pain as a result of an injury or illness. If you’ve been injured due to someone else’s negligent or intentional behavior, then you may be owed compensation. Types of losses include, but are not limited to, lost wages, medical bills, loss of the use of a body part, scarring, disability and the cost of having someone do things you can no longer do. Here are four of the most common types of personal injury claims and how they happen.

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1. Car Accidents

Most personal injuries occur during automobile accidents and result in painful recovery periods from internal or external trauma. In most cases, an act of driver negligence like speeding, texting or driving under the influence is the reason for the collision. Law enforcement officers are usually able to determine the at-fault party of a car crash by investigating the scene and speaking with the involved parties.

However, hit-and-run cases are more difficult to prove and can leave an injured victim feeling hopeless to recover damages. With support from knowledgeable experts in auto accident investigation, the person responsible for causing the crash and leaving you with a painful injury can be located, held accountable and found liable for your personal injury claims.  If you have uninsured motorist coverage insurance, you may be able to recover directly from your own insurance company.

2. Workplace Accidents

The standard for safe working conditions in the U.S. is set and regulated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). When private-sector employers abide by OSHA directives, employees are at a reduced risk of injury at work. Unfortunately, not all professional environments maintain compliance. A few of the most common types of workplace accidents that result in personal injury include:

A severe workplace injury can leave you unable to return to work for months, years or indefinitely. You need skilled representation that can work to prove employer negligence and get you the compensation you deserve.

3. Medical Malpractice

When you see medical professionals for your health concerns, you place tremendous trust in them to diagnose and treat your ailments while prioritizing your overall well-being. When healthcare workers fail to provide proper care leading to illness, injury or death, there may be a case for medical malpractice. Common malpractice claims include misdiagnosis, prescription errors, birth injuries, improper administration of anesthesia and surgical errors. If you or a loved one has been harmed by a medical mistake, an experienced personal injury attorney can help you get the justice you deserve.

4.  Product Liability

Injury can also be caused by defective products. When this happens you may have a claim against the seller or the manufacturer of the product.

5. Premises Liability

Sometimes people are injured due to some type of defect or hazard on property owned by another person.  An example is a person tripping on a hazard that is not obvious and was either created by the owner or allowed to remain longer than reasonable prudence calls for.

If you are the victim of a personal injury due to one of the events on this list, and the responsible party refuses to compensate you for your lost wages, medical bills or other needs, you have a right to seek legal recourse. 

To discuss your options, speak to a personal injury lawyer at GMFM, P.A..  Call our team at (919) 683-2135 today!