Personal injury cases are commonly associated with car accidents. According to the New Jersey Department of Transportation, there were more than 61,000 injury crashes in 2018 in New Jersey alone. And while car accidents are the most common type of personal injury case, there are many other types of personal injury claims and cases. If you or a loved one has sustained an injury that was caused by another’s negligence, you likely have good cause to speak with a personal injury attorney.
Most accidents are caused by another person’s careless acts, which are termed negligence in the practice of law. Some of the common personal injury claims in this category include:
Slip and Fall Cases: When property owners do not keep the premises reasonably safe, dangerous conditions can cause serious injuries. The legal term is premises liability, but they are often referred to as “slip and fall” because this is a frequent scenario.
Medical Malpractice: Health care practitioners must provide care in accordance with medically accepted standards, meaning they need to treat patients in the same way a responsible physician would. If a doctor deviates from this standard, a patient can suffer severe bodily harm.
Nursing Home Neglect: These facilities are entrusted with caring for elderly and vulnerable individuals. If they do not provide quality services, they can be held liable for any injuries that result from negligent misconduct.
Other Types of Personal Injury Claims
There are some personal injury claims that are not based upon negligence, but you may still have rights if you suffer injuries. Examples include:
Intentional Conduct: If you are attacked and injured, the perpetrator can be arrested and convicted of a crime. However, you may also have a claim in civil court to recover for your losses.
Nursing Home Abuse: This type of misconduct goes above and beyond nursing home neglect. Abuse is intentional conduct toward a resident that leads to injuries, and it is also a crime. Unfortunately, nursing home abuse is often tied to understaffing, as an overwhelmed employee may snap under pressure and cause harm to the resident.
Products Liability: Defective products can cause serious injuries, so the law places a duty upon manufacturers and other companies to make sure items are safe for use. These claims are based upon strict liability, so you do not have to prove fault when seeking compensation for your losses.
Workplace Accidents: Most workplace injuries and illnesses are covered by the workers’ compensation system. You do not have to show that your employer was at fault to recover benefits, but a works’ compensation claim may be in order.
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