Despite most people thinking of a slip-and-fall accident when they hear the words ‘personal injury’, there are many different kinds of personal injuries. Many of these don’t involve slipping over and falling to the ground!
Personal injuries can happen anywhere, but most commonly, they occur in the workplace and public spaces. Although some of these personal injuries are accidental and no specific person is at fault, many of them are due to somebody’s or a group of people’s wrongdoing.
Determining whether your injuries can be classed as ‘personal injuries’ and are severe enough to take legal action can be difficult. Often, speaking to a personal injury lawyer is your best option if you’re unsure whether your injuries warrant legal action.
A personal injury lawyer can gather details about the incident that caused your injuries and advise you on the best course of action. If needed, they will work with you to file a claim in the hopes of gaining compensation for you.
Lamber Goodnow has some of the best personal injury lawyers in the field. They cover a range of personal injury types and have a high success rate for their clients. You can learn more about their services and contact them directly by visiting their home page.
What Are the Different Kinds of Personal Injuries?
Below, we’ve covered some of the many types of personal injuries, particularly those that often lead to personal injury claims and compensation payouts.
Slips and falls are extremely common. Most of the time, they result in nothing more than a bruise and a bit of embarrassment. However, if a person falls the wrong way, they could end up with a broken bone or worse.
Many slips, trips, and falls are complete accidents, and there isn’t a specific person to blame. However, some are caused by another person’s negligence, laziness, or error.
Slip-and-fall accidents may result from somebody failing to wipe up a spillage, ignoring loose cables on the floor, or refusing to fix wonky stairs. In these cases, somebody is to blame, and the person who falls and gets injured could be liable for these injuries.
Slips-and-fall personal injury claims vary from involving minor scratches to muscle strains to broken bones. The compensation settlement depends on the severity of the injuries.
Car accident injuries
Another very common cause of personal injuries is driving. Car accidents cause thousands of fatalities every year and even more injuries.
Car accident injuries can include whiplash, lacerations, muscle sprains, broken bones, and traumatic brain injuries. Some of these injuries can lead to long-term health issues and even permanent disabilities. Many people in car accidents also sustain some level of psychological trauma or even develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Truck accident injuries
Truck drivers are at an increased risk of road traffic incidents and associated injuries and fatalities due to the heaviness and bulkiness of trucks and lorries. Similarly, driving close to large trucks and heavy lorries can increase other drivers’ risks of collisions and injuries.
Again, injuries caused by truck accidents can lead to compensation claims if one of the drivers involved in the incident is to blame. Usually, the insurance provider of the person who caused the truck accident will provide the compensation payment for the innocent people affected.
Construction site injuries
Construction is a high-risk industry. Employees within this field often work with heavy materials, moving machinery, and potentially dangerous chemicals. They’re also expected to work at great heights when completing construction projects.
Factoring in each of these things, it’s clear to see why construction workers are at such a high risk of personal injuries. While they may not be able to take legal action and gain compensation if their injuries were accidental, thousands of employees file claims for construction site-related injuries every year.
Construction site injuries that may warrant compensation are those that result from the employer’s negligence, a lack of health and safety training, or faulty equipment.
Medical malpractice injuries
Medical negligence or errors can lead to serious consequences. If you sustain an injury during treatment or surgery due to a healthcare professional’s negligence or mistake, you may be in the position to make a personal injury claim.
Medical malpractice claims can involve some of the most serious injuries, meaning they are also associated with some of the highest compensation payouts.
On a similar note, birth injuries and defects to your newborn caused by the negligence or error of one of the healthcare professionals caring for you during labor are valid reasons for filing a personal injury claim. Compensation may cover the medical bills for your child’s treatment and your psychological trauma following the ordeal.
Traumatic brain injuries
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can result from more than one personal injury setting. Commonly, people sustain TBIs in auto accidents, construction site incidents, and medical malpractice situations.
Brain injuries can be mild, moderate, or severe, but they all warrant a personal injury claim if caused by negligence. Depending on the extent of the TBI and associated health problems, the compensation payout could range from hundreds to millions of dollars
Contacting a Lawyer if You’re Injured
Regardless of which type of personal injury you’ve sustained, you may be in a position to claim compensation if you believe somebody else (or a group of people) caused it. To file a legal claim against a person or group of people, you will need to hire a personal injury lawyer.
Working with an expert lawyer means you’ll have the best chance of gaining the compensation you deserve following your injuries, trauma, and any associated financial losses.
The final compensation settlement amount you receive will depend on the extent of your injuries, the amount of evidence you can provide to prove the other person’s liability and the amount of money you have lost as a result of your injuries. However, your personal injury lawyer will use their negotiation skills to maximise your payout.