What Makes Up a Personal Injury?

Different Types of Personal Injuries and Recovery of Compensation

Different Types of Personal Injuries and Recovery of Compensation

Personal injury encompasses many types of trauma, including physical, emotional and financial harm. Personal injuries may be caused by the negligence or intentional act of another person, business or government agency. Common types of injury claims include the following:

  • Slips and falls: These types of injuries occur when a property owner fails to maintain adequate safety standards on their premises, resulting in an accident causing injury.
  • Traffic accidents: Motor vehicle accidents may result in personal injury claims for those injured if another driver or entity was negligent.
  • Medical malpractice: When doctors or other medical professionals fail to provide a reasonable standard of care, resulting in an injury or death, this can constitute medical malpractice.
  • Product liability: This type of injury involves injuries caused by defective products where a claim may be placed against the manufacturer or others.
  • Dog bites: When a dog owner fails to control their animal, which injures another person, this may constitute a personal injury claim.
  • Wrongful death: When an individual dies due to the negligence or intentional act of another, the family may be able to file a wrongful death claim.
  • Workplace injuries: An injury sustained while on the job due to an employer’s negligence can result in a claim.

Negligence or an Intentional Act Is Key to a Personal Injury Claim

Each of these cases involves the negligence or wrongful act of another, resulting in physical, emotional or financial damages to an individual. It is important for individuals who have suffered an injury to consult with an experienced attorney promptly to protect their rights and maximize their recovery. An experienced lawyer can help you determine your legal options and provide guidance on how best to proceed after suffering an injury.

Proof of Negligence in a Personal Injury Case

To prevail in an injury claim, the injured party must prove that the negligent or intentional act of another caused their injury. Depending on the type of claim, this may involve establishing that a dangerous condition was present, that the other party failed to exercise reasonable care, or that the other party acted recklessly. Negligence claims typically require proof of four elements: duty, breach of duty, causation and damages. 

If you have suffered an injury due to someone else’s negligence or intentional act, it is important to speak with an experienced attorney who can help you determine your legal rights and properly evaluate your claim.

In addition to proving fault to recover compensation for damages caused by another’s negligence or wrongful act, victims may need to prove that their injuries were substantial enough to warrant compensation. Depending on the facts of the case and applicable state laws, damages may include medical expenses, lost wages and loss of future income, pain and suffering, disfigurement, emotional distress, property damage and more. A personal injury lawyer can help them calculate their damages and give them a rough estimate of how much they may recover by filing a claim against the at-fault party’s insurance company or taking the case to civil court. 

The Diaz Law Firm

During our free case review, the Diaz Law Firm provides clients who have been injured by someone else’s negligence information about their options to recover compensation. Schedule a consultation with us today if you suffered an injury that wasn’t your fault. We can be reached at (601) 607-3456 or (800) 459-2222 if you need any assistance. Online contact is also an option.