Types of Personal Injuries: Lawsuits and Legal Options
The Law Firm of Roger "Rocky" Walton, P.C. is committed to helping injury victims and their loved ones. Helping clients in Burleson and throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, we have helped people receive just legal damages through personal injury lawsuits.
While many people have heard the term personal injury before, they often do not understand what these kinds of cases are and what they entail. We'd like to consider some of the basics of personal injury lawsuits right now, which will hopefully make the phrase more clear.
What Is a Personal Injury Lawsuit?
In the most basic of terms, a personal injury lawsuit is a civil suit that is filed against a person or party that has caused you harm. This harm may be the result of intentional actions, an avoidable action, and even a failure to act. This covers a wide array of incidents, a number of which we discuss briefly below.
Auto Accidents and Motor Vehicle Collisions
If you're involved in a motor vehicle crash, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit. This would be the case if the crash was the result of negligence on the part of another motorist, such as the driver of a large truck/commercial vehicle falling asleep behind the wheel. Drunk driving accidents, collisions on motorcycles, and instances in which pedestrians or bicyclists are struck by motor vehicles are also covered by this category.
Medical Malpractice and Doctor Negligence
Medical malpractice refers to cases in which a doctor, surgeon, or medical professional makes a mistake that results in harm to the patient. This could mean a doctor misdiagnosing or failing to diagnose a terminal illness even though the signs and symptoms were there. These kinds of cases also cover surgical mistakes, anesthesia problems, nurse/hospital staff mistakes, and prescription errors.
Premises Liability/Slip and Fall Cases
These sorts of cases cover injuries that occur on someone's property that could have been avoided. One example is slipping and falling on a wet floor at a grocery store because a spill was not cleaned in a timely manner. Another example might include a severe tumble down stairs because of a lack of handrails, or perhaps because the stairs themselves are in need of repair.
Dog Bites and Animal Attacks
Dog bite and animal attack cases hold pet owners or caretakers accountable when their animals cause injury to others. If a dog is not kept on a leash or is allowed to roam around outdoors unwatched, this can lead the dog attacking a pedestrian. Dog bites can lead to catastrophic injuries, particularly if the dog attacks a young child.
Assault, Battery, and Physical Altercations
If you are physically assaulted or involved in an intentional fight or altercation, it may be possible to file a personal injury case. This is important to consider if someone has intentionally caused you or a member of your family grievous bodily harm.
Legal Damages Sought in Personal Injury Cases
In all of the above instances, legal damages will be sought in a personal injury lawsuit in order to cover material losses and to punish the person or party responsible for your injuries. The damages will help with medical expenses, lost wages from work, the cost of physical rehabilitation, and other losses associated with the incident.
Learn More About Personal Injury Cases
For more information about your legal rights and options, be sure to contact an experienced personal injury attorney today. We at the Law Firm of Roger "Rocky" Walton, P.C. will work closely with you to obtain just damages for your injuries.