Accidents are fairly commonplace. You could easily get injured while shopping at your local grocery store or get into a fender bender while driving to work. However, this does not mean that accidents cannot be devastating. They often are. This article highlights common types of personal injury lawsuits and what you can do to protect your rights in each case.
Have you been injured due to the unlawful or negligent acts of another party? The Huntington Beach Personal Injury Lawyers at El Dabe Ritter can help you seek damages for your losses.
What is a Personal Injury Lawsuit?
A personal injury refers to any physical, psychological, or emotional harm sustained by someone due to an accident. If someone acts negligently and in doing so causes you to incur a personal injury, you can file a personal injury lawsuit against them.
Your personal injury lawsuit will depend on the nature of your injury. Common cases we handle at our firm include:
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Motor vehicle accidents are responsible for many injuries and fatalities in the United States. In 2009, they accounted for over 2.2 million injuries and 33,000 deaths. The accidents involved trucks, cars, motorcycles, cyclists, and pedestrians.
A motorcycle accident becomes a personal injury case if you sustain bodily harm. Common auto accident injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Back injury
- Neck and shoulder injury
Property owners are required to maintain their property in a safe condition. They should fix any dangerous conditions on their property or provide sufficient warning to visitors. In California, this responsibility is defined under premises liability law. If a property owner is negligent, and in doing so, causes someone to get injured, they can be held liable for damages.
Healthcare providers are required to maintain a standard of care that a prudent professional would observe in similar circumstances. If they are negligent, they could cause a patient to sustain an injury. Common types of medical malpractice include surgical errors, misdiagnosis, birth errors, and prescription errors.
If you are injured due to medical negligence, you can seek compensation from the at-fault institution or healthcare provider.
Typically, workers are not allowed to file a personal injury lawsuit for workplace injuries. Such cases are brought under workers’ compensation law. This is where employers carry an insurance cover for their employees’ work-related injuries. That said, you can bring a personal injury claim against your employer if you are denied workers’ compensation insurance.
Defective products can cause serious, life-altering injuries. Products, such as cell phones, motor vehicles, and medical devices, can be defective because of a design or manufacturing flaw. When this happens, you can hold the manufacturer or retailer for damages suffered due to using the product.
Discuss Your Case with a Huntington Beach Personal Injury Lawyer
As you can see, there are numerous types of personal injury lawsuits. If you are unsure of which claim best suits your injuries, you should consult an expert attorney. We can help you understand your legal rights and obligations in seeking compensation.