The area of personal injury law covers many different types of cases, most of which deal with some type of tort liability. A tort, simply put, is a wrong that is committed by one party — usually the defendant in a personal injury action — against another, usually the plaintiff in the same claim.
Types of personal injury claims include intentional torts, such as assault or battery, and fault liability, such as claims for negligence, like those following a car accident. In any personal injury claim, it will be important to prove both liability, which deals with another party’s responsibility for the accident and injuries—and damages, which are the financial costs you have incurred as a result.
What Are Some Common Types of Personal Injury Claims and Cases?
Common types of personal injury claims include the following:
- Motor vehicle accidents. Whether involving a car, truck, bicycle, motorcycle, or even pedestrian injuries, motor vehicle accidents are one of the most common types of personal injury matters. They can result in serious injuries, including traumatic brain or head injuries, back or spinal injuries, internal injuries, and more. While at first blush, a motor vehicle accident case can seem like a run-of-the-mill tort claim, it can quickly turn complex, involving various areas of the law and sometimes multiple parties, including insurance companies.
- Recreational accidents. Whether it involves recreational vehicles, snowmobiles, dirt bikes, boats or jet skis, or skiing or snowboarding, a recreational accident can leave its victim sidelined for a long time, causing serious injuries. Personal injury claims are possible against the parties responsible for the recreational accident, whether that be another driver, a property owner who failed to maintain the premises properly, or even the owner of a recreational space.
- Premises liability. These types of injuries take place on another party’s property, usually as a result of improper maintenance or the existence of a dangerous condition on the premises. They can include slip-and-fall cases, dog bites, swimming pool injuries, and other types of personal injuries that result from dangers on the property. A premises liability claim may exist if you’re injured while visiting another person’s home, or if you’re injured while frequenting a business, such as a restaurant, store, or entertainment venue.
- Wrongful death. Simply put, a wrongful death occurs when a loved one dies as a result of another party’s negligent or reckless conduct. After a wrongful death, the family may be able to recover compensation, including the costs of losing the loved one’s companionship and care. Wrongful death cases require a showing of liability and damages, like other negligence cases, but they can be extremely complex and difficult, underscoring the necessity of obtaining the help of an experienced lawyer.
There are various types of damages in personal injury cases, as well, and it’s important to understand them, as you seek to recover compensation for your injuries. First, you may be able to recover damages for your out-of-pocket costs, including your medical bills, hospital stays, prescription medication, specialists’ visits, and nursing or home rehabilitation care.
You may also be able to recover compensation for your general damages, such as pain and suffering, mental anguish and psychological trauma, lost wages if you cannot work as a result of your injuries, and the overall decline in the quality of your life. A personal injury lawyer will help you properly assess the full value of your damages so that they can negotiate with the other party and their insurance company towards a fair and reasonable settlement offer.
How Can Derek Wilson Personal Injury Law Help With Your Personal Injury Claim?
An experienced and knowledgeable personal injury lawyer can make a big difference in your claim. At Derek Wilson Personal Injury Law, we have decades of experience working on all types of personal injury claims, and we pride ourselves on doing our best for our clients.
We work with our clients to ascertain and value the damages in each unique case.
Derek Wilson Personal Injury Law will negotiate with the other party and their insurance company towards a fair and reasonable resolution, and we will file a strong case on your behalf in court if needed. We offer a free initial consultation, and no payments are required until I have successfully recovered money on your behalf. For a free consultation with Ontario personal injury lawyer Derek Wilson, call us at 855-769-0418 or fill out an online request form.