According to the BJS (Bureau of Justice Statistics), there are four main types of personal injury lawsuits. These include issues involving automobile accidents, medical malpractice, faulty products, and slip and fall.
There are also a few common but not statistically relevant types of personal injury cases. These include intentional tort cases (like assault), cases involving dog bites, and defamation. Wrongful death suits may also fall into this category but aren’t necessarily personal injury lawsuits. Workplace accidents are also not included in these categories because of worker’s compensation and other laws preventing them from being made.
Automobile Accidents Personal Injury Lawsuits
More than half of all car crashes are the result of an impaired driver. In cases like these, personal injury lawyers have a relatively easy job. There is usually a definitive way to prove that a given driver was distracted or impaired. This could have to do with drugs, alcohol, phone calls, and texts, or a medical condition that would have prohibited safe driving.
Personal injuries are most likely to arise from this type of accident. Due to this, the procedures surrounding automobile accident-related injury lawsuits are relatively clean-cut in most cases.
Medical Malpractice Personal Injury Lawsuits
In contrast to automobile incidents, medical malpractice cases are often comparatively complex. Not only are they nearly as familiar as automobile-related personal injury lawsuits, but they may come with a handful of pre-suit requirements to help keep as many of these complaints from becoming actual cases as possible.
Personal injury malpractice cases can be for a wide range of medical-related issues and trauma. There could have been a medication mistake, a misdiagnosis, mistreatment, a surgical error, or an error made during the birth of a child.
Faulty Product Personal Injury Lawsuits
Improper warnings or instructions can lead to defective product lawsuits as quickly as an intentionally misleading product, improperly made, or harmful.
Slip and Fall Personal Injury Lawsuits
“Reasonably safe and free of hazards”- that’s how any surface under your care should remain if you want to avoid a personal injury lawsuit. Failure to do so could lead to injury. Even if the event is unintentional or an accident, this can lead to a possible legal and liability issue.
Intentional Tort Personal Injury Lawsuits
Assault and battery both fall under the umbrella of intentional torts when one person intentionally harms another in any way.
Dog Bite Personal Injury Lawsuits
The law surrounding dog bites varies widely from state to state. However, in most cases, the owner of the dog is responsible for all costs associated with any injury the dog has caused. In some states or territories, this is not always true as there must be a past history of aggressive behavior from the dog for the owners to be liable. This is often referred to as the “One Bite” rule.
Defamation Personal Injury Lawsuits
In cases like these, a person needs to prove that harm resulted from the untrue statements made about them. In many cases, this harm is financial in nature.