Common Types of Personal Injury Cases
Personal injury claims make up a significant portion of civil litigation cases in the United States. For a case to be considered a personal injury claim, it must have been caused by another person’s negligent actions. Reports published by the National Ambulatory Medical Care show that over 39.5 million people visited the physician’s office in 2016 for unintentional injuries.
In this article, we highlight the most common types of personal injury cases as well as how an attorney can help protect your rights in each case.
If you have been injured in an accident through no fault of your own, contact an expert North Bergen Personal Injury Attorney to learn about your legal rights.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Motor vehicle accidents are, by far, the most common personal injury claims recorded in the state. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that over 5.5 million car accidents are recorded every year, along with over 3 million injuries and 40,000 deaths. In 2009 alone, 2.2 million people were injured and 33,000 killed in traffic accidents — including trucks, cars, bicycles, and motorcycles. Common injuries recorded in such accidents include:
- Neck and shoulder injuries
- Back injuries
- Head and brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries or paralysis
- Broken or fractured bones
- Internal organ damage
Premises Liability Claims
Premises liability laws describe the relationship between a property owner and a visitor on their property. In New Jersey, property owners are required, by law, to maintain safe conditions in order to prevent injuries to unsuspecting visitors. You can file a premises liability claim if you sustained an injury on a private, public, or government property and the owner:
- Was or should have been aware of the dangerous condition that cause your injury
- Failed to correct the dangerous condition
- Failed to sufficiently warn you of the danger
Product Liability Claims
Consumers in New Jersey have the right to take legal action against an individual or business if they are injured due to a defective product. A defective product can be anything from food, drugs, and toys to defective medical devices and vehicle parts.
Depending on the case, there are three classifications of these claims, including:
- Design defects
- Manufacturing defects
- Warning defects
Medical Malpractice Claims
Medical malpractice claims involve injuries caused by the negligent actions of medical professionals — including doctors, nurses, and pharmacists. They are several different types of medical malpractice, including:
- Failure to diagnose serious conditions
- Medication errors
- Improper treatment
- Surgical errors
- Birth injuries
Wrongful Death Accidents
A wrongful death claim is a case that is filed when a victim is killed due to the negligent actions of another person. If is often filed by or on behalf of the deceased person’s dependents, loved ones, or family members.
Talk to a North Bergen Personal Injury Attorney
The most common types of personal injury cases include traffic accidents, defective products, medical malpractice, slip and falls, and dog bites. A knowledgeable North Bergen Personal Injury Attorney can help you handle any of these cases and get you the compensation you deserve for your losses.
Attorney Anthony Carbone has been fighting for the rights of injury victims in North Bergen and the rest of New Jersey for over 30 years. Contact the Law Offices of Anthony Carbone at 201-733-2230 to schedule a consultation.