The Most Common Types of Personal Injury That Occur in Daily Life
Aug 12, 2016 09:03
Injuries can and do happen every day. Whether they are worthy of a personal injury suit or not is another matter entirely. Some personal injuries are self-inflicted –unintentionally of course-, while others are inflicted by other parties.
Self-inflicted injuries usually don’t qualify for personal injury claims. If they did, people would do all sorts to themselves to get compensation if they need money or are in a bind. But, if you were injured because of someone’s carelessness or intentionally injured by said party, you can file a personal injury claim against the offending party.
Your payouts will often be commensurate with the severity of the injury and the at fault party’s insurance coverage. The following are the types of injuries that could lead to liability:
Slip and Fall
One of the most common causes of injuries, it is very easy for people to slip and fall during the course of their day owing to the ease with which even the smallest objects can cause it.
This can be caused by wet floors, ice/snow, banana peels, wet rubber gloves and burst balloons on the floor, small sized stones on the floor, circular objects and so much more.
The point is that if it happens, the injuries can be anything from mild to severe. And if the property, home or business owner is found liable, the victim can be entitled to some form of compensation.
Trip and Fall
Similar to slip and fall, the only difference is that instead of slipping, the victim trips over something. Some examples of what can cause anyone to trip include upturned carpet edges, wires carelessly laid out, wires around the base of chairs, broken/chipped steps, steps with incorrect or inconsistent measurements, and toys or objects left lying around the floor.
Victims can sue if it’s determined that the objects/cause of the trip was deliberately or unintentionally placed. Property owners who were notified of the defects or possible issues can be sued too.
For instance, if someone trips and falls down the stairs because of a chipped staircase that the owner refused to repair even after being notified of the problem, the victim can sue for damages, injury, pain, discomfort, lost wages, and medical bills.
Harm Caused by Defective Product
Defective products whether released to the public with conscious intent or not, can do considerable damage and harm to the user. For instance, Toyota recently recalled millions of cars because of defective brake pads.
If anyone was involved in a head-on collision and it was determined that they could have avoided the collision if their brake pad worked, the victim could have sued Toyota and filed for compensation.
The same applies to products without clear warnings of side effects. If people use these products and reacted badly to them, they could sue the product manufacturer.
When we say vehicle accidents here, we mean vehicle to vehicle collisions, vehicle collisions with stationary objects –like car ramming into a pole or tree-, vehicle hitting pedestrians, and car collisions with pets and animals. Depending on the circumstances, vehicle accidents can be grounds for a significant compensation. For instance, if you are involved in a vehicle accident and you were at fault, you may not be able to claim any compensation for repairs or medical treatment.
But if the other party was at fault, you could file for compensation with their insurance company and yours –depending on your insurance coverage. The same goes for accidents involving stationary objects.
If you rammed into a culvert or tree to avoid an inattentive pedestrian, you can claim compensation from their and your insurance company too. The same goes for a defective brake, steering or in the case of pre-2006 Hondas, a popped out tire. In these instances, you just might have a case.
It would be best to consult with an auto accident attorney on this though as it can be a tricky issue. But if caused an accident because you were driving under the influence or your vehicle had faulty parts that you ought to have replaced, then you would be held liable.
Harm Caused by Dangerous Conditions on Premises
Dangerous conditions on a premises can be anything from a caved in roof to non-childproofed swimming pool to an unchained dogs. These are all dangerous situations.
Homeowners or property owners are often advised to keep their homes and properties as safe as possible so that people don’t get injured while on their property.
For instance, if a guest is bitten by your dog/snake on your premises, the victim can file a compensation claim with your insurance company to take care of the medical bills, discomfort, pain and injuries sustained.
Some other popular personal injuries you could sustain during the course of your day include back injuries and whiplash, medical malpractice, wrong drug prescription, accidents on construction sites, food poisoning, and harm to children.
The truth is personal injury cases can be hard to establish as the situations can be tricky. If you feel that you might have a personal injury case, consult with one of the seasoned personal injury attorneys at Heil Law to get the care you deserve.
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