Understanding the Different Types of Personal Injury Cases: A Comprehensive Guide

By Peter DePaolis

There are many different kinds of personal injury cases. This blog will discuss a wide range of these cases to help you understand the different types of personal injury cases and serve as a comprehensive guide. A Virginia personal injury attorney could help you seek financial compensation from the at-fault party who caused your losses.

Motor Vehicle Accidents

When a motor vehicle is involved in an accident that injures someone, the wounded person might be able to file a personal injury insurance claim or a lawsuit against the liable party. Motor vehicle collisions can include accidents that have a car, truck, tractor-trailer, bus, motorcycle, or another motorized passenger or commercial vehicle in the crash.

Pedestrian accidents

When a person on foot gets struck by a motor vehicle, devastating injuries can happen. The walker does not have the protection of an automobile frame, so the pedestrian’s body takes the full impact of the collision.

Bicycle Accidents

Bicycle accidents can be between bicycles and pedestrians, bicycles and motor vehicles, and between two bicyclists.

Slip and Fall Accidents and Other Premises Liability Cases

If you got hurt on someone else’s property because of a hazard on the premises, you might be able to take legal action against the landowner. The property owner must have known about the defect (or should have known) and failed to correct the dangerous condition within a reasonable time. 

An example of a premises liability case is when a grocery store manager knew about overspray by the misters in the produce section and failed to place absorbent, anti-slip mats on the floor. If a person slips and falls on the slick surface, through no fault of their own, and gets injured, they might have a slip and fall accident injury case against the owner.

Workplace Accidents

If you got hurt at work while doing your job, you might have a worker’s compensation claim against your employer, even if your boss was not negligent and did not cause the accident that injured you. If a third party injured you through negligence, you might be able to sue that person in a personal injury lawsuit.

Medical Malpractice

When a doctor, hospital, pharmacist, or another healthcare provider causes harm through substandard medical care, they might face a medical malpractice lawsuit. Some of the common forms of medical negligence that lead to malpractice claims include surgical errors, misdiagnosis, failure to diagnose, neglect, incompetence, and prescription drug mistakes.

Product Liability

If a person gets hurt by a dangerous or defective product, they might be able to hold the manufacturer or seller of the consumer good in a product liability claim. Defects in the design, manufacture, or marketing of products are some of the leading grounds for these cases.

Wrongful Death

If a person gets injured because of the negligent or intentional wrongful act of someone else, and the injured person does not survive their wounds, they might have a case for wrongful death against the at-fault party. Wrongful death cases can arise out of an everyday event, like a motor vehicle crash, or from a crime, like an assault. Wrongful death cases can provide additional monetary compensation to the family of the deceased person. You do not have to fight this battle for compensation alone. We will be happy to talk to you about your accident and provide a case review at no charge. There is no obligation. Contact our office today.

About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.