Common Types of Personal Injury Cases and How to Handle Them
You might have seen commercials for personal injury lawyers talking about fighting for your rights if you’re the victim in an accident with a semi-truck or if you have gotten sick as a result of using specific products. Although vehicular accidents and product liability are common types of personal injury cases, there is a range of issues that can fall under the umbrella of “personal injury.”
What constitutes personal injury according to the law? Any time you sustain an injury as a direct result of the actions or negligence of another person or entity (such as your place of employment, a government agency, a business, etc.), you might have a personal injury case. As in other states, Oregon personal injury law has a statute of limitations deadline for filing this type of case. In Oregon, you must file your claim within two years of sustaining the injury.
How can a personal injury lawyer help? Usually, personal injury lawyers work to get financial compensation from the responsible party to help you with medical bills, lost wages, repairs, pain and suffering, and loss of quality of life.
Below are descriptions of the most common types of personal injury cases and how personal injury lawyers, like the Warren Allen LLP team, handle them.
Types Of Personal Injury Cases
It’s important to remember that the term “personal injury” does not exclusively mean “bodily injury.” In some cases, you can suffer mental or emotional damage as the result of someone else’s actions or inaction, and the law recognizes these issues as personal injury.
Accidents involving vehicles are prevalent. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, road traffic crashes are the leading cause of death in the United States for people between the ages of 1 and 54. Vehicular accidents can occur with any type of vehicle, including bicycles, boats, airplanes, and mass transportation like buses or trains. If you are a pedestrian or cyclist struck by a vehicle, you may also have a valid personal injury claim.
Oregon adheres to a traditional “fault-based” system, meaning the person at fault is held responsible for any resulting damages or harm. Personal injury lawyers often help clients navigate the insurance claims process, analyze insurance policies and negotiate with the insurance company, gather evidence like police reports or eyewitness accounts, and represent you in court if needed.
Slip And Fall Accidents
As the name suggests, slip-and-fall accidents are when an individual slips or trips, falls and sustains an injury on another person’s property. A more formal name for this type of personal injury case is a premises liability claim. If you slipped and fell due to negligence, the property owner or the person responsible for the property at the time of the incident might be required to compensate you financially for your injuries.
Some common causes of slip and fall accidents are snow and ice accumulation on a sidewalk, missing handrails, poor lighting, liquid spills, uneven surfaces or poorly maintained stairs, flooring, etc. If the property did not take proper precautions, like posting warning signs or ensuring appropriate maintenance, they could be held liable.
Premises liability cases are not restricted to businesses. Individual homeowners can also be liable if you can prove you were injured on their property due to negligence.
Hiring a personal injury lawyer for a slip and fall case is a good idea because they understand what is necessary to establish negligence in the eyes of the law. They can arrange for an assessment of the premises, gather appropriate evidence to prove negligence, negotiate with property owners or insurance companies as needed, and represent your case in court if you cannot reach a fair settlement.
When you purchase and use a product, you put a certain amount of faith in whoever designed, manufactured, and sold you that product. They have a legal and moral obligation to ensure that the products they provide are safe for consumers. If you use the product as intended, but it damages you or your property because of a product defect, you might have an avenue open to pursue a product liability claim and recoup money for the resulting damages.
Working with a personal injury lawyer who understands Oregon’s product liability laws is usually best. The total damages for which you may be eligible might be reduced because of the “comparative” fault of you as the user.
Try to keep as much of the defective product together as possible so that your attorney can work with experts to investigate and gather evidence. Experienced attorneys can also negotiate with manufacturers and insurance companies on your behalf. If proper compensation is not provided, your personal injury lawyer can help you file a lawsuit and represent your interests in court.
Unfortunately, over 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs in the United States annually. Dog or other domesticated animal bites can cause physical injury that requires medical care but can also result in psychological damage.
As with other types of personal injury cases, your lawyer will help assess the liability of the animal’s owner and negotiate with them, their insurance company, or their attorney, if necessary. Depending on the case, your attorney might seek compensation for medical expenses, therapy, counseling, lost wages, or other damages related to pain, suffering, or loss of quality of life, especially if injuries were severe or had long-term consequences.
Healthcare providers always strive to diagnose and treat our illnesses and injuries correctly. However, they are human, and there might be times that you experience substandard medical care. A missed diagnosis, a wrong diagnosis, or an error during surgery can result in significant physical and emotional injury.
Working with a personal injury lawyer is especially important in medical malpractice cases because expert medical evidence and testimony will most likely be required for a successful case. Your attorney will work with experts to review medical records and assess the standard of care. Your attorney can also negotiate with insurance companies and work with you to file a lawsuit.
While a workers’ compensation insurance claim might be the first and most appropriate route for accidents at work, in some cases, you may also be eligible to make a personal injury claim. If a third party (like the manufacturer of a defective product) was involved in the incident, you could file a personal injury claim against them. Consulting with legal experts is the best way to ensure you receive everything you are due from everyone who might be at fault.
No matter what type of personal injury case you might have, working with experienced attorneys who understand Oregon personal injury law is essential to getting the help you need. Don’t let the medical bills pile up while you try to deal with insurance companies alone.
Call our personal injury team at Warren Allen, LLP. They will offer sound legal advice and representation as they work to get you the appropriate compensation and the best resolution to your situation.