When people think of “personal injury cases” their minds often
go straight to car accidents. While many personal injury claims involve
auto accidents, they certainly don’t stop there. The following is
a list of the top nine types of personal injury cases in the United States.
1. Car Accidents
With millions of
car accidents each year, it’s no surprise that car accidents are on the list.
Some of the leading causes of car crashes include: driver negligence,
driver distraction, speeding, driver inexperience (teen drivers), and
drunk or drugged driving.
2. Motorcycle Accidents
motorcycle accidents involving another vehicle are caused by the driver of the car or truck
“simply not seeing the motorcyclist.” The motorcycle rider
can be the best rider in the world, but he or she can be seriously injured
or killed by a driver who doesn’t see him or her on the road.
3. Slip and Fall Accidents
types of accidents can occur at a private residence, at a business, or even on government
property. Essentially, property owners and lessees have a duty to keep
their premises safe. If a visitor is lawfully on the property and he or
she slips or falls, the property owner can be held legally liable for
any injuries sustained due to negligence.
4. Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare professional delivers substandard care and a
patient is harmed as a result. Believe it or not, medical malpractice
happens every day and it’s grossly underreported. It can happen
in the ER, in the operating room, or while under a doctor’s care.
It can happen whenever a patient is being treated by a healthcare professional.
5. Dog Bites & Animal Attacks
Dog bites and animal attacks are common events in South Carolina and throughout
the country. If a person’s dog or other pet bites or attacks someone,
the animal’s owner can be held legally liable for all damages incurred.
6. Pedestrian Accidents
Pedestrian accidents occur all the time, especially on busy city streets and at intersections.
When a pedestrian is struck by a vehicle, the driver can be held liable
for the pedestrian’s damages, especially if the driver broke a traffic
law during the incident.
7. Drowning Accidents
A drowning accident can occur in a backyard pool, at a school, a community
center, a hotel, apartment building, or even a water park. Typically,
when someone drowns or nearly drowns in a pool, the property owner’s
insurance company pays for the damages.
8. Workplace Accidents
Most people who work at a for-profit company are covered by
workers’ compensation insurance. Unless the injured employee was under the influence of drugs
or alcohol or intentionally trying to hurt someone else or themselves,
their accident should be covered under their employer’s workers’
9. Wrongful Death
When someone dies due to the negligent actions of another person or a
business entity, the victim’s surviving family members may have
grounds to file a wrongful death claim against the at-fault party. Often,
damages cover medical bills, pain and suffering, lost income, loss of
companionship, and funeral expenses among others.
The above is merely a list of the “top personal injury claims,”
but there are many others, such as
product liability (defective products), premises liability, dental malpractice, dangerous
drugs, and impaired boater accidents. If you were recently injured in
an accident, don’t hesitate to
contact our firm to meet with a
Columbia, SC personal injury lawyer for free!