September 15, 2021

Types of Personal Injury Claims

If you have been injured due to another person's negligence, you have the right to file a personal injury claim. A personal injury claim is a civil case in which the injured party seeks compensation from the at-fault party.

Personal injury is a broad term that can apply to many different situations. In this article, we will discuss common types of personal injury cases handled by veteran Tampa injury lawyer John C. Murrow. Effective legal representation is essential to a successful personal injury claim.

1. Auto Accident

Auto accidents commonly result from the driver being drunk, distracted, or simply failing to follow the rules of the road.

If you or a loved one gets injured in an auto accident due to another person's negligence, you have the right to file a personal injury claim. If you opt to file a claim, then there are several things that you must do right after the auto accident:

  • Call the police.
  • Don't apologize or say "sorry".
  • Gather evidence, such as photos of the scene and witnesses' statements.
  • Seek medical attention immediately, even if you're not showing any physical wounds.
  • Never speak to anyone else, except your lawyer, about your accident. The other party's insurer might start calling you, but don't talk to them.
  • Don't post about the accident on social media.
  • Hire a personal injury lawyer from the start.
Types of Personal Injury Claims

2. Slip and Fall

When people mention "slip and fall," you might think that the injuries sustained are only simple cuts and bruises. But a slip and fall accident can also cause major damages such as broken bones, head trauma, or spinal injuries.

When an area is accessible to the public, the owner of the property is responsible for maintaining the property in a safe condition. So if you get injured in a slip and fall, then there's a possibility that the owner was negligent in their duty.

If you're not sure that you have a claim, contact attorney John C. Murrow for a free consultation.

 

3. Medical Malpractice

As a patient, if you can prove that your doctor or a healthcare professional failed to provide you with the proper medical care, then you might have a medical malpractice claim. Medical malpractice happens if your healthcare provider's actions or inactions cause you harm or worsen your condition.

Examples of medical malpractice include:

  • Misdiagnosis
  • Delayed diagnosis
  • Surgical errors
  • Medication errors
  • Unnecessary surgery
  • Birth injuries

4. Boating Accidents

Just like in an auto accident, if a boat operator's negligence caused you damages, then you have the right to file a personal injury claim.

Boating accident claims can apply to commercial or recreational, motorized or non-motorized watercraft. Here are some examples of the causes of boating accidents:

  • Equipment malfunction
  • Reckless driving
  • Operator's inexperience
  • Overloaded vessel
  • Failure to follow the navigational rules

Keep in mind that just being injured in a boating accident does not automatically mean that you have grounds for a personal injury claim. You have to show evidence that the accident was the result of someone’s negligence.

 

5. Pedestrian Accident

Pedestrians might be the most vulnerable when it comes to road accidents. Some might receive minor bruises, but others can suffer from traumatic brain injuries, bone fractures, loss of limbs, and even death. Moreover, the accident can also cause pedestrians to experience emotional and mental trauma. So if you or a loved one got injured in a road accident due to another person's recklessness, you have legal rights to seek compensation.

6. Motorcycle Accident

Since motorcycles are a smaller, open vehicle, motorcyclists are more likely to be seriously injured than car drivers. That's why it's important to wear protective gear when riding a motorcycle.

If you are injured in a motorcycle accident due to another person's negligence, you will need excellent legal representation to ensure you get the treatment and compensation you deserve.

 

7. Trucking Accident

A commercial truck accident can raise different issues than an auto accident. In a car accident, the at-fault party may only be the other driver. But in an accident involving a commercial truck, there can be multiple at-fault parties and complicated liability issues, even if only two vehicles were involved.

When it comes to trucking accidents, working with a personal injury attorney becomes more critical. This is because commercial trucks follow different federal and state regulations. A qualified personal injury lawyer like John C. Murrow will help you understand your rights in a trucking accident claim and work hard so that you receive the compensation you deserve.

8. Product Liability

Under the Product Liability Law, the manufacturer or seller of a product can be held liable if their product has a defect that causes injuries to a consumer. These injuries can range from burns and cuts to broken bones and amputations.

A product is supposed to meet the consumers' ordinary expectations. This means that if used correctly, the product is generally safe. So, a defective product that causes danger does not meet these expectations.

Here are some types of defects that can lead to a product liability claim:

  • Defective designs
  • Manufacturing defects
  • A malfunctioning product such as a faulty elevator door
  • Hidden defects such as lead in paints
  • Failure to provide adequate instructions or safety warnings

In a product liability lawsuit, you need to prove your injuries and identify the exact defect that caused those injuries. However, it can still become complicated because creating a product can include many different parties, from design to manufacture and sale.

 

9. Wrongful Death

As the name implies, a "wrongful death" claim happens if a person dies due to another person's carelessness.

Although there's a fatality involved, wrongful death is a civil rather than criminal case. Civil cases involve different laws, processes, and burdens of proof than criminal cases. So this means that even if the negligent person is not charged with a crime, they might still be held liable for the victim's wrongful death.

A wrongful death claim can only be filed by designated beneficiaries of the deceased. These beneficiaries can include the spouse, children, parents, siblings, or any other financial dependents of the victim. The compensation received can be used to cover the funeral and burial expenses, loss of a companion, and mental and emotional pain and suffering.

Why Work With A Personal Injury Lawyer in Tampa Bay

After an accident, you or your loved ones might be suffering from your injuries and anxiety. Adding to that, filing for a personal injury claim can be complex and stressful.

Working with an experienced personal injury lawyer such as John C. Murrow can help ease the pain and suffering. John will help you understand your rights, gather the evidence, and file the claim on your behalf.

John has been serving the greater Tampa Bay Area since 2005. He's committed to helping those who have suffered injuries due to the negligence of others. Through his experience and knowledge, he will help you get the compensation you deserve.

Let John help you. Call (813) 999-4950 today to schedule a FREE consultation.

Disclaimer

The blog published by John C. Murrow Law is available for informational purposes only and is not considered legal advice on any subject matter. By viewing blog posts, the reader understands there is no attorney-client relationship between the reader and the blog publisher. The blog should not be used as a substitute for legal advice from a licensed professional attorney, and readers are urged to consult their own legal counsel on any specific legal questions concerning a specific situation.

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Medical Malpractice

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