Unlike criminal prosecutions, personal injury law is decided in civil courts. You may end up involved in a personal injury case if someone commits a wrongful act against you. In these cases, the injured party may receive compensation from the person or organization that injured them. If you think you may have a personal injury case, the following may help.
Types of Personal Injury Cases
Some personal injury cases relate to individuals who have had rights taken away from them, but the majority focus on injuries caused by the negligence of others. In these cases, the at-fault party has failed in a duty, such as the duty to drive safely, and injured another person. The following are some of the most common personal injury law cases.
Automobile collisions are one of the most prominent causes of personal injury. In fact, 2015 saw the largest percentage increase in American traffic deaths in 50 years.
Trucking injuries:Although trucking accidents are less frequent than auto crashes, they typically prove more injurious and fatal.
Slip and fall:
Slip and fall incidents can be caused by wet floors in retail shops, items left in unsafe places, faulty sidewalks and a host of other issues.
Motorcycle injuries:Motorcycles are harder to see than traditional automobiles, so reckless drivers may not even notice when they’re approaching.
Dog bites/animal attacks:
Pet owners have a responsibility to ensure their pet doesn’t harm others. Unfortunately, there are 4.5 million dog bites in America every year.
Although this list features the most common reasons for personal injury lawsuits, it is far from exhaustive. Dunn Law Firm can help you figure out if you are eligible to receive compensation for your injury.
After Suffering a Personal Injury
If you’ve been injured, the first thing to do is seek medical attention. Even if you think the injury is minor, failing to seek treatment means you may not have proof of your injury. If your condition worsens, which is often the case after seemingly minor accidents, you may find it more difficult to be compensated without medical documentation.
If your injury doesn’t require immediate medical attention, though, you should contact police and file a report when they arrive. You’ll also want to keep records of everything. This will make it easier to prove your case later. After this, make sure to contact a personal injury lawyer. Their experience can make the process of receiving compensation go much smoother, and you’ll be able to focus on recovery rather than dealing with legal issues.
If you’ve been injured due to the negligence of others, contact Dunn Law Firm today for a free consultation. (615) 373-3055.