Personal injury claims extend far beyond slipping on a wet floor at work or being involved in a car accident that wasn’t your fault. Thousands of people miss out on compensation owed to them simply by being unaware of the kinds of things that are classed as a personal injury claim. So here are the six key categories of personal injury that you should be aware of.
#1: Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice cases cover any injuries caused by a licensed medical professional that causes actual damages. This could be anything from a mishap in the operating theatre, to a case of poor judgment, or in extreme cases an error that causes the death of a patient. Most medical malpractice cases are settled outside of court, however, some do also go to trial. If you are successful in a medical malpractice case then you may be reimbursed for your medical treatment and could receive compensation for lost wages and your suffering.
#2: Automobile Accidents
Car accidents are one of the most common forms of personal injury claim, allowing the victim of a car accident to claim for their medical expenses, as well as to receive compensation for any damage to their vehicle, any lost wages, and their emotional suffering. As well as covering car accidents, personal injury claims can extend to accidents caused by any vehicle, including trucks, tractors, and trailers. Some firms such as Golden Law Office offer specialist services for those involved in a large-vehicle collision.
#3: Product Liability
Product liability covers any personal injury caused by a defective product. A product could be defective as a result of a manufacturing error or a design fault, but can also be defective if it fails to warn against something that could cause harm. If you’ve been injured by a product that you used correctly, it’s always worth contacting a personal injury firm for a free consultation.
#4: Defective Medicines
Defective medicine cases usually cover instances where a medication has caused injury or harmful side effects that were not cautioned by the manufacturer. Defective medicine cases usually affect hundreds of people at a time, and so often end up as class action suits.
Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that is mainly caused by exposure to asbestos. Workers who have been knowingly exposed to asbestos by their employer, without the necessary protective equipment, can file for a personal injury claim if they are diagnosed with mesothelioma, even many years down the line. Most mesothelioma cases are solved with settlements and in cases where the plaintiff has died, the family is able to sue for damages on their behalf.
#6: Workplace Injury
Employers have a responsibility to ensure the safety and welfare of their employees, which means that if you have been injured at work, then you could be eligible to claim for a personal workplace injury. Workplace injuries can be both physical and psychological but for the case to be successful the plaintiff must be able to prove that the employer did not take precautions to ensure their welfare.
So there you have it – six key types of a personal injury claim to be aware of. Have you been affected by any of the above?