Most Common Personal Injury Lawsuits

Personal injury is the area of law that allows people to seek compensation for harm that they’ve suffered at the hands of a negligent person. Injuries can result from many different causes, with each one involving a different set of laws and statutes. Here are some of the most common personal injury lawsuits right now:

Medical malpractice. This type of lawsuit is brought when a patient suffers harm at the hands of a doctor, or other medical practitioner, who acted recklessly or failed to provide a reasonable standard of care. Common mistakes that can trigger a malpractice lawsuit include:

  • Failing to diagnose or giving the wrong diagnosis.
  • Giving treatments that are unnecessary, ineffective, or not suitable for the patient.
  • Not properly informing the patient about a treatment or condition.
  • Improper use of medical equipment.

Proving medical malpractice is difficult, as patients may not have the knowledge needed to recognize when a mistake has been made. Conversely, some patients might blame a doctor when their condition worsens, even if the doctor is not at fault.

Premises liability. When property owners fail to keep the area free of hazards, they may be liable for injuries incurred by visitors and other people on the property. This area of the law can be complex, and not every accident is the fault of the owner. These are some common injuries that are related to premises liability law:

  • Slip and fall injuries.
  • Electric shocks.
  • Exposure to hazardous materials.

Car accidents. While Florida and other “no-fault” states prohibit most lawsuits resulting from car accidents, these are still the number one cause of personal injury cases nationwide. And even in no-fault states, a lawsuit can be brought if severe injuries resulted from a car accident.

Assault and battery. Not all personal injury lawsuits are related to accidents. When a person is injured intentionally, the attacker may face civil liability as well as criminal charges.

Personal injury is a very complex area of the law. If you have questions regarding a case of your own, contact our offices by phone, email, or text message for a free consultation. Katherine is an experienced personal injury attorney and we will be glad to review your case.