Put simply, personal injury refers to harm that resulted from someone else’s actions or negligence. Such cases are never easy. The injured person often has trouble getting back to work, which in turn affects their income, their ability to pay the medical bills that resulted from the injury, and their family.
If you’re unsure whether your injury qualifies to be a personal injury case, take a look at the list below, which outlines some of the most common types of personal injuries. If, after browsing this list, you’re still unsure, don’t hesitate to call our office and ask questions about this area of law.
Slip and Fall Accidents
The term “slip and fall” refers to a person being injured after falling on someone else’s property. Often, the cause of the initial slip is an unsafe environment, like an icy parking lot, a poorly maintained sidewalk, or an unmarked wet floor.
Car, Truck, and Motorcycle Accidents
Usually, auto accidents involve two separate vehicles colliding and one party being held responsible for the other’s injuries. However, there are also pedestrian accidents, meaning an accident in which a pedestrian is hit by a vehicle. In either scenario, the driver who is deemed responsible can be forced to compensate for the injuries of the person or people they’ve hurt.
Products Liability Claims
In products liability cases, clients who have been harmed or could have been harmed by a defective product have the right to sue the party responsible for selling or making it. For instance, the offended party might sue the manufacturer of the product, the product wholesaler, or the store from which they bought the product.
A dog cannot be held legally responsible for harming a person, but the owner of that dog certainly can. If an owner does not take the necessary precautions to prevent their animal from harming others — for instance, hanging a “beware of dog” sign and keeping the dog leashed appropriately — they may be required to compensate for their negligence.
Assault and Battery
The specific definitions of “assault” and “battery” vary from state to state, but generally, you can think of assault as a person being threatened by someone else, and battery as an actual infliction of harm. A person who deliberately tries to harm someone else can be charged for the criminal offense of assault and/or battery in addition to being held responsible for personal injury.
Wrongful death refers to a person’s death being caused by the actions or negligence of someone else. There are many possible causes of a wrongful death — negligent care, medical malpractice, vehicle accidents, work-related accidents, acts of violence — the list goes on. In most wrongful death cases, the person who files the claim is a relative or other loved one of the person who passed away.
YOUR LOUISVILLE PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY
At Fernandez, Haynes & Moloney PLLC, you’ll find an intelligent, understanding, and hardworking personal injury attorney in our own Ben Wyman. Ben’s tough approach to law, coupled with his compassionate approach to people, makes him more than your average lawyer. So, if you need personal injury representation or simply have questions about your case, please reach out.