The Most Common Types of Personal Injury

Post by: Eric Jones | Posted Date: August 31st, 2015 | Categories: Columbus Personal Injury Lawyer

We have all seen personal injury cases played out in courtroom dramas and referenced in literature, but do you really know what gives rise to a personal injury claim? Personal injury occurs when you are injured by someone else’s negligence, or someone had a responsibility to provide a safe product and they did not meet the standards set for safety.  When you sustain an injury and have medical expenses, you may be eligible to recover against the party that caused the injury.  To better understand what types of injuries allow for recovery, see below for common personal injury claims and what gives rise to each type of injury. 

Car Accidents

If someone operating a vehicle in a manner that is negligent or reckless injures you, you may be able to recover expenses incurred due to that injury.  This is common as damage from automobile accidents can be quite extensive.  Not only do you have cost of repairs or replacing a car, there are also hospital bills and other expenses due to the car accident.  Every situation is different, which is why it is important to gather as much information as possible regarding your car accident and bring that information to an experienced attorney.  Not only will a personal injury attorney review your file, they will also advise on the strength of the case and the advantages and disadvantages of proceeding with the case. 

Slip and Fall

Slip and fall actions are among the most common personal injury claims and can occur frequently during the winter months with the vast amounts of snow and ice.  Generally, a land possessor, like a business or landlord, has failed to keep the premises safe and the unsuspecting victim falls and sustains an injury.  This includes the inside and outside of buildings.  You could slip on a spill in a store, or slip on ice right outside the entrance to a store.  Many times these injuries lead to lengthy hospital stays and expensive medical bills.  Again, work with an attorney to review your case and learn if you have a strong claim. 

Defective Products

Manufacturers have a responsibility to all those who use their products to make them as safe as possible.  In tort law, there are two types of product liability causes of action: the product was designed poorly, and the product was manufactured improperly.  A design defect means that had the product been designed better and safer, the injury would not have occurred.  If a product was manufactured incorrectly, that means that the design was safe, however the injury would not have occurred but for the way in which it improperly assembled. 

Both types of claims can give rise to extensive medical bills and long hospital stays.  Work with an attorney who has experience in these matters and will be able to advocate for your rights.  Personal injury attorneys often focus on tort law and have the requisite knowledge and experience to review your products liability claims. 

Dog Bites

Animals can be wonderful companions, however some animals can cause damage that gives rise to a personal injury claim.  Dog bites are painful, and can lead to medical bills and additional visits to a doctor’s office.  Personal injury lawyers can review your case and examine whether or not you have a cause of action against the owners of the animal.  In Ohio, the owner of an animal is strictly liable for the injuries caused by that animal when that animal has a propensity for dangerous behavior.   An experienced personal injury attorney can review your case and the history of the animal to see if your specific situation would give rise to a strict liability claim. 

Personal injury claims are no laughing matter, especially when you suffer serious injuries and incur great medical expenses.  It is important to find a personal injury attorney who will advocate for your rights.  If you have been approached to sign a document that would release the other party from liability, contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible.  Each situation is different, so it’s crucial to find the right personal injury lawyer who can review your case and advise you of your legal rights.  At the Jones Law Group, our team of lawyers may be able to help.  Contact us to schedule a free consultation today.  Call 614-545-9998 or contact us online.

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