Being the victim of an accident or event that wasn’t your fault, that left you injured, unable to work and has ultimately turned your life upside down should never be disregarded. It is your right to be able to seek financial return for the pain, trauma, and inconvenience that the negligent actions of someone else have caused you. The personal accident industry sees millions of cases each year and while many of these cases are settled out of court and successful, filing a claim when you’ve been injured is a daunting prospect.
Wondering if what happened to you is regarded as a personal injury case? Read on for your guide to personal injury.
Medical malpractice: Birth injuries
Cerebral Palsy, Erb’s Palsy, brain damage and even death of mother and child, birth injuries are utterly devastating for everyone involved. When the birth of your child has been devastatingly mishandled then parents have the right to take legal action and pursue compensation that will help towards medical bills, recovery and possibly the ongoing, lifelong treatment of their disabled child. In addition to brain damage, other birthing injuries include shoulder dystocia, hypoxia, anoxia, physical trauma, nerve damage, and broken bones.
Medical malpractice: Surgery
If you had an operation, whether routine or something more serious and the care and treatment you received was below the acceptable standard, then you probably have a medical malpractice case. We trust healthcare professionals to improve our quality of life and essentially save our lives. However, when negligence occurs their actions can have the exact opposite effect and you could be entitled to compensation. Surgery malpractice cases can include operations on the wrong limb, tissue and organ damage, leaving medical tools inside the patient, using dirty and unsterilized equipment, misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis and severe failings in post-op care.
When you’re driving along and someone who isn’t adhering to the rules of the road and driving with the due care and attention causes an accident in which you’re injured, then you’ll have a personal injury claim. You’ll have to work quickly to file your claim and gather as much evidence as you can to prove that they were in the wrong, this includes photographs of the damage to the vehicles, dashcam footage, police accident reports and medical reports from your doctor.
Slip and fall cases
If you visited a public place such as a shopping mall, store, restaurant, gas station, etc and you fell and hurt yourself then you could be entitled to compensation. Property owners have a responsibility to remove and reduce all hazards and to ensure that everyone is safe and not likely to hurt themselves. Common causes include: Tripping in low light, tripping on the torn carpet, slipping on wet floors that weren’t correctly cautioned, trip hazards and even burning yourself on hot water taps that you weren’t properly advised about.
There are many more personal injuries case examples. Including slander and defamation, dog bites, assault and many more. If you believe you have been the victim of any of these then speak to a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.