Being hurt—whether at work, in a car accident, as a pedestrian, or during some other scenario—can be a life-altering event. If you have suffered a personal injury due to the negligence of someone else, you may be confused, frustrated and worried that life will never be the same again. At SMT Legal, we’ve helped thousands of accident victims just like you recoup their losses following personal injury accidents, so that they can get their lives back on track and move forward. No matter the cause of your accident, the aftermath is always a struggle, and filing a personal injury claim can help you to recover financially and hold the person or persons responsible for your accident accountable. Our Westmoreland County personal injury attorney is ready to help.
Types of Personal Injury Cases
A wide berth of injuries falls under the personal injury title in the U.S. The most common types of personal injury claims are as follows:
- Car accident cases – This type of personal injury case is the most common one filed in the U.S. Car accidents are typically the result of a driver failing to follow the rules of the road; negligent drivers can be held liable for injuries resulting from the collision they caused.
- Slip and fall cases – This is a very common type of personal injury case. Property owners are required by law to keep their premises safe (within reason) and hazard-free, so injuries do not befall anyone who has permission to be on the property.
- Dog bites – Dog owners are usually found liable for the injuries their dogs caused.
- Medical malpractice – This claim may be filed when a patient was injured due to a doctor or other healthcare professional’s failure to provide adequate care.
- Defamation – Libel and slander – This type of personal injury case refers to an individual suffering an injury to their reputation as the result of false rumors being spread. The plaintiff will also have to prove that the negative statement caused them financial harm. This type of case usually involves celebrities or other wealthy, well-known individuals.
- Assault, battery, and other intentional torts – These types of cases almost always are accompanied by a criminal case against the perpetrator.
Getting Compensation in Your Case
In most situations, if you win your personal injury case you’ll be awarded damages for your injury, which will cover the cost of your medical bills and lost wages. You may also receive compensation for any physical and emotional trauma you’ve experienced as a result of your injury.