Types of Personal Injury Cases
Personal injury law is a broad field that covers many different topics. In most cases, personal injury law refers to cases involving bodily or psychological harm to a person. Most of these cases are the result of an accident wherein the victim/plaintiff is injured and sues another party (the defendant) for their direct actions or negligence which caused the accident. With so many types of personal injury cases, it can be difficult to determine if you have a case and how to proceed. The personal injury lawyers at Linley Welwood understand this challenge. That is why we have compiled a list of 4 of the most common types of personal injury cases to help you determine if you have grounds to seek compensation for your injury.
4 Common Types of Personal Injury Cases
Though there are many types of personal injury cases, the following 4 types are among the most common:
1. Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice refers to instances where an individual is injured as a result of the negligence of a doctor, nurse, or other medical professional. A misdiagnosis, improper treatment, surgical errors, pharmacy errors, or failure to diagnose a serious health condition are all examples of medical malpractice. These cases are often extremely complex, so it is important to choose a personal injury lawyer with substantial experience in medical malpractice claims.
2. Workplace Accidents
If an employee is injured while working, they may be entitled to compensation if certain criteria are met. For example, if the employee is injured due to poorly maintained equipment or an unsafe work environment, the employer may be held liable for the injuries sustained by the employee. This is especially true if the employer is proven to have been aware of these safety risks within their facility or office. It is important to note that employees often do not have a case if their injuries are caused by their own negligence, carelessness, or reckless behaviour.
3. Products Liability
Many types of products ranging from food and medication to children’s products and vehicle parts can cause significant injuries to users/consumers. For example, an electric vehicle may feature a defective battery that overheats easily, causing a fire or explosion hazard. If these products do not feature sufficient warnings or user manuals, the manufacturer or another involved party can be found liable for certain injuries caused by them.
4. Dog Bites
It is important for dog owners to always have control over their pets. If a dog bites or otherwise attacks an individual for no discernable reason, the owner of the dog may be held liable for any medical expenses, pain, and lost wages associated with the dog bite or other injury.
To learn more about the types of personal injury cases or to speak with one of our personal injury lawyers, get in touch with the team at Linley Welwood. We can be reached at 604-850-6640 and will be happy to answer any questions you may have.