In the United States, people cannot go around “accidentally”
hurting other people and get away with it. After all, “intentionally”
hurting someone else is a criminal offense and can land the perpetrator
in jail or prison. While criminal cases and civil lawsuits (personal injury claims) differ, on some occasions the at-fault party can face criminal charges
and a civil lawsuit.
For example, suppose someone kills another driver in a
drunk driving accident. Not only would the drunk driver face driving under the influence (DUI)
charges, but the decedent’s surviving family members could sue the
drunk driver in a
wrongful death claim. Sometimes, the lines are blurred – it often comes down to whether
the at-fault party crossed over into criminal behavior when they injured
the innocent party.
In light of the above, let’s take a look at the top personal injury
1.Car Accidents: The vast majority of car accidents are caused by negligence. These days,
speeding, drunk driving, and
texting while driving are all major contributors to car accidents.
2.Slip and Fall Accidents: These can occur in the private or commercial setting. Torn carpeting, slippery
surfaces, and obstructions can all lead to slip and fall accidents.
3.Dog Bites and Attacks: When a
dangerous dog bites a visitor, or someone who is lawfully present in a specific place, the
dog’s owner can be held liable for any injuries his or her dog caused.
4.Medical Malpractice: Medical malpractice is not only common, it’s grossly underreported. A doctor or healthcare
provider can be liable for malpractice when he or she delivers substandard
care and it directly causes harm to a patient.
5.Dangerous & Defective Products: When a dangerous or
defective product, such as a toy, tire, automobile, tool, or other product injures a consumer
who used it properly, the manufacturer or distributor of the dangerous
product may be held liable for any damages suffered by the consumer.
6.Nursing Home Abuse: When an elderly resident is abused at the hands of a caregiver at a nursing
home, the senior is entitled to file a personal injury claim. Common types of
nursing home abuse, include: physical abuse, sexual abuse, psychological abuse, and financial
exploitation. Nursing homes can also be held liable for resident-on-resident
abuse that occurs in their facilities.
Need a Columbia personal injury attorney to file a claim on your behalf?
Contact the Law Offices of James R. Snell, Jr., LLC for a free consultation!