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Common Personal Injury Claims

If you’ve been injured in an accident, you could be compensated for injuries sustained in the accident. There are all types of accidents and injuries that could be a part of a personal injury claim and can cause people confusion. Here are a few common personal injury claims that could be filed, how liability will have to be proven, and how damages will be covered, such as medical costs.

Vehicular Accidents

The most common personal injury claims that are filed are car accident claims. Car accident claims can range from a pedestrian being hit on a sidewalk to a multicar accident on the freeway. Injuries can include concussions, burns, and catastrophic injuries like limb amputation. When filing a car accident claim, you’ll usually be expected to prove that the driver acted in a negligent manner. Compensation for injuries sustained in the accident are paid out as monetary value rather than jail time. Personal injury cases are considered civil cases rather than criminal, so jail time will not be given out in a personal injury claim.

Medical Malpractice

You can file a lawsuit against a medical practitioner for medical malpractice. These lawsuits usually involve misdiagnoses, botched medical procedures, and medication complications due to prescription drug use. Injuries caused by medical malpractice can be complicated, hard to diagnose, and sometimes symptoms don’t show up until months later. It can also be hard to pinpoint who exactly is responsible for the injuries, since multiple medical staff could have been involved in your treatment at the time. Damages are paid like any other personal injury case, but the amount paid could be quite large for severe injuries.

Slip and Fall

Slip and falls can happen in a variety of locations and a variety of injuries, such as sprained ankles or broken bones, can be a result of those falls. More severe accidents, such as an employee falling into the moving parts of machinery, could lead to horrific limb destruction, limb amputation, or even death. Slip and falls are common in places of employment such as construction sites or work that utilizes heavy machinery. Employers are required to minimize the risk of injury to their employees by installing guardrails or placing warning sides to indicate dangerous moving parts. Monetary value awarded in these cases can include worker’s compensation if the injury occurred at a place of employment. Usually the amount rewarded is used to cover medical costs.

If you’re going to be filing any of these common personal injury claims, it’s best to hire an experienced attorney who can help guide you through the claims process. The lawyers at the law offices of Lowthorp Richards can share their legal knowledge with you, offer advice on advancing your case, and work to get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Call us to schedule a consultation today.

NOTE: The information contained herein is not intended to be legal advice and the reader should know that no Attorney-Client relationship or privilege is formed by the posting or reading of this article which is also not intended to solicit business.

Cristian R. Arrieta, Lowthorp Richards McMillan Miller & Templeman, A Professional Corporation, 300 E. Esplanade Drive Suite 850, Oxnard, CA 93036