Personal Injury Law Aspects: The Different Types of Cases

scales of justiceFar too often, we hear about innocent individuals suffering harm due to one form of negligence or another. Reckless driving, acts of violence, preventable mistakes; whenever any of these happen, individuals can suffer significant harm and life-changing injuries.

Unfortunately, many people are unaware of the rights they have following any kind of injury when that injury is caused by someone else’s actions. Typically, these fall under a category of personal injury law. However, there are many types of cases that can fall under this practice area.

Understanding your rights is imperative to moving forward and pursuing the compensation you deserve. This also means recognizing the type of case you’ll be filing and recognizing how an attorney can help you with the complex legal process.

Motor Vehicle Accidents

Motor vehicle accidents are most often the common cases held under personal injury statute. They involve a wide array of vehicles and situations as they can cause significant injuries to all parties involved. Here are just a few of the most common accidents involving motor vehicles:

  • Multi-car collisions: These typically involve two or more vehicles and are the result of reckless driving, distracted driving, drunk driving, and many other acts of negligence. There is legal action available for the injured party to hold the negligent party liable for damages sustained.
  • Truck accidents: These involve large commercial vehicles we see on the roads and highways on a daily basis. When a crash involves these massive trucks, it can easily be considered catastrophic and it’s most often those in the passenger vehicle who suffer the most harm.
  • Motorcycle accidents: When a motorcyclist is involved in an accident, they unfortunately do not have the same amount of protection as a driver in a passenger vehicle. There’s no metal frame to guard them. This makes them susceptible to ejection from the motorcycle, increasing the potential for disabling injuries to occur.
  • Bicycle accidents: Just because bicyclists are off on the side of the road doesn’t mean they’re not vulnerable to harm. Similar to motorcyclists, bicyclists do not have the protection of a motor vehicle and any accident involving these parties can result in long-term damage.
  • Pedestrian accidents: One of the worst accidents that can occur, pedestrian accidents typically occur at crosswalks when drivers are not paying attention or obeying traffic laws. Pedestrian accidents often lead to traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord damage, and more.

Construction Site Accidents

While countless construction workers wake up everyday and go to a job where they expect to be safe, there are far too many instances in which safety protocols are violated. This puts construction workers at significant risk of injury—as well as pedestrians around the work site.

Construction workers are supposed to have specific safety equipment, functioning tools, and other protocols to keep them out of harm’s way. But there are numerous situations in which their well-being is put aside for the focus of profit and time.

For instance, if a worker is supposed to be working at a high point in the construction site, they should be provided a harness to strap to a surface to keep them from falling. Similarly, those on the ground should have hard hats to protect themselves from falling objects.

Even heavy machinery can be considered defective at put construction workers at risk.

Premises Liability

Property owners are responsible for keeping their grounds free of harm to visitors and guests. When they have a danger that could potentially cause harm and they either ignore the problem or refuse to fix it, any persons injured because of that hazard may take action against the premise owner.

Some of the most common cases brought forth under premises liability law are slip and falls. These typically occur in grocery stores or other businesses where floors are often wet due to spills or cleaning. If there are no warning signs or the owner of the property refuses to keep individuals safe, they are considered negligent.

Catastrophic Injuries

Some of the most serious injuries that can occur are considered catastrophic under personal injury law because of the long-term effects they can have on the victim. These often have a life-changing impact on the person who suffers harm and it is imperative to pursue legal action against a negligent party.

Catastrophic injuries can include:

  • Traumatic brain injuries ranging from mild to severe with the worst-case scenario resulting in coma or death
  • Spinal cord injuries in which individuals may suffer from slipped discs, damaged nerves, or in some situations, paralysis
  • Burn injuries typically categorized between first, second, and third-degree burns; the worst of which can cause serious nerve damage, as well as damage to the muscles, bones, and tissue beneath the site of the burn
  • Amputations in which a limb is severed due to the accident or because of a medical mishap
  • Internal organ damage, which is often more common in highly traumatic events such as a large motor vehicle collision—this can cause significant internal bleeding or organ shutdown

Workers’ Compensation

Workers’ compensation is a type of insurance available to employees in various industries and companies to protect them should they suffer an injury while working. Typically, this occurs in a number of ways such as slip and falls, stress pain, machinery malfunction, or safety hazards.

Workers’ compensation is available in lieu of filing a lawsuit as the employer provides the insurance coverage to workers. It can be used for long or short-term injuries, depending on the situation, the severity of the injury, and how long the employee will be out of work.

It’s designed to help compensate the worker for the lost income he or she will be unable to earn while injured.

Medical Malpractice

It’s hard to think that a medical professional you are supposed to trust can be responsible for causing you significant harm, but it does happen. This is referred to as medical malpractice and it’s important for patients to recognize what it is and their rights to pursue legal action.

Medical malpractice can refer to anything from surgical errors, prescription errors, and more. When the doctor is negligent in their actions, they can be held accountable for the damages they have caused and the hospital may be partially liable.

At Fieger Law, our legal team has significant experience in all matters of personal injury law. We recognize that individuals can deal with the long-term financial, emotional, and physical problems stemming from someone else’s negligence. As such, we’re dedicated to pursuing compensation to help our clients move forward in their lives.

Count on our Michigan personal injury lawyers to guide you throughout the process. Our goal is to pursue justice on your behalf and hold negligent people fully accountable for their actions. Your rights and voice matter—let us protect them from start to finish.

Call our firm today at (800) 294-6637 and speak with our legal team about your potential case. We’re ready to put your best interests first and help you every step of the way.

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