The most common personal injury case types

Personal injury law, also known as “tort” law, allows an individual who has been injured due to the negligence or intentional actions of another to seek compensation for the damages that they have suffered. Examples of personal injury cases would include the malfunctioning of a seat belt that resulted in the death of the driver involved in a car accident or injuries sustained to a couple when another vehicle ran a red light and collided with their car.

While there are a wide range of different situations that can lead to a personal injury case, not every one of these situations is going to result in a case of liability.

Some of the most common personal injury cases include:

  • Car accidents
  • Medical malpractice
  • Slip and fall
  • Dog bites
  • Defamation ( libel and/or slander)
  • Product liability
  • Assault, battery, and other intentional acts

The basis for personal injury lawsuits is to prove that negligence or intent on the part of the defendant resulted in an injury to the victim or plaintiff, and as such, the defendant is liable for damages such as medical and hospital bills incurred due to the injury, lost wages, pain and suffering, and property damage, if applicable.

Questions about PI cases

If you’ve been injured in an accident and are wondering if you have a personal injury claim, you’re bound to have questions about the process, in general, and your case, in particular.

Some common questions about personal injury cases include:

  • Do you have a good case?
  • Should you hire an attorney?
  • Who will pay your medical bills?
  • If you have a good case, how much is it worth?
  • What is a “contingent fee”?
  • Is yours a personal injury claim or do you need to file for workers’ comp?
  • What is the personal injury recovery process?
  • Should you accept an insurance company’s settlement offer?

Scheduling a consultation with an experienced PI attorney is essential if you want to get answers to these and other questions about your specific case. The legal process involved in personal injury cases is complicated and can be overwhelming. Insurance companies are going to try to minimize payouts, therefore, filing a claim without the advice and legal assistance of a qualified PI attorney can drastically reduce your chances of getting fair compensation for your damages.

Get answers about your future

Most personal injury attorneys offer a free consultation for your personal injury case. So, if you’re wondering whether or not you have a PI case, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain by scheduling a consultation.

Scott S. Harris, San Diego personal injury attorney, has more than 30 years of experience when it comes to handling personal injury cases and understands the tactics that insurance companies use to avoid having to pay claims to victims of negligence or intentional acts of others.

Contact Scott S. Harris to schedule your free consultation.