Accidents can happen in many ways.
It is a sad reality that serious injuries leave lasting effects—sometimes physical, sometimes emotional, sometimes both—and can completely upend one’s life.
When one person’s negligence has caused serious injury to another, it is only fair that the wrongdoer bears the financial consequences of his/her careless behavior.
The focus of any personal injury lawsuit is to compensate injured victims for the financial, physical, and emotional damage they must endure as a direct result of the accident or incident.
However, because a personal injury claim depends on the type of injury received, and this can occur in any number of ways, there are many different types of personal injury claims.
Here are the 3 most common types of personal injury lawsuits.
- Car accidents
No surprise here, one of the most common personal injury lawsuits involves car crashes.
Car crashes occur frequently and can involve other passenger cars, commercial trucks and passenger cars, motorcycles, or pedestrians.
Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report that in 2018 alone, there were an estimated 6,734,000 police-reported car accidents nationwide in which 2,710,000 people were injured and 36,560 died.
- Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice is also a common personal injury lawsuit.
Medical malpractice can be any act or omission by a medical professional that falls below the standard of care for the profession, that causes injury to the patient.
The types of medical errors or omissions that can make up a medical malpractice lawsuit can be (are not limited to) such things as:
- Delayed diagnosis
- Surgical errors
According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, medical errors are currently the third leading cause of death in the United States.
One of the most challenging aspects of proving a medical malpractice case is proving that the medical professional fell below the “standard of care.” While this concept differs according to what state you live in, essentially it means proving that the doctor or other medical professional fell below the standard of care generally exercised by other medical professionals in that community. In most cases, establishing both the standard of care in that community and that the defendant fell below that standard, will require expert testimony.
- Slips and Falls
Another very common personal injury lawsuit involves slips and falls.
These personal injury cases can be very complex and difficult to prove. Further, in Florida, property owners may have additional legal defenses available to them depending on whether the fall occurred on private property or commercial business premises. In a case like this, you should always consult with an experienced slip and fall attorney like Accident Lawyer John Fagan.
Falls can be especially dangerous for older adults. The Center for Disease Control reports that every year millions of older adults (those over 65) fall. They also report that 1 out of 5 falls will cause a serious injury.
Falls are responsible for broken hips and other broken bones and traumatic brain injuries (TBI). And the medical costs associated with falls run into the millions.
Injuries—no matter how they happen—can be devastating. Getting compensation can be a difficult, frustrating, and confusing process. Accident Lawyer John Fagan and his team have been dedicated to helping personal injury victims for over 38 years.
North Central Florida Personal Injury Attorneys
Florida Accident Lawyer John Fagan and his experienced team are dedicated to helping accident victims. If you have been injured due to negligence, contact us now for your free consultation or simply call our firm at 777-JOHN. We serve clients throughout Florida. Our main office is in Orange Park. We have consulting offices in Palatka, Middleburg, Keystone, Starke, Gainesville, and Ocala.