What Cases Do Personal Injury Lawyers Cover?

Personal injury attorneys serve as advocates for individuals who have been injured, usually as a result of some other party's negligence. Here are just a few examples of the types of cases a personal injury attorney typically covers:

Car Accidents

Vehicle collisions are one of the most common causes of personal injury in the United States. As such, they provide personal injury attorneys with quite a bit of business, allowing many to build small firms that focus primarily on this particular type of case.

Medical Malpractice

Medical professionals are by no means infallible. Far from it, actually. They sometimes make mistakes in a professional capacity that cause personal injury or even death, and are subject to legal liability for harm stemming from such mistakes. These professional errors can range from something as minor as leaving a pin in a patient after surgery to something as major as amputating the wrong limb.

Wrongful Death

Negligence is sometimes fatal. Most states have enacted statutes defining the term "wrongful death" within their particular jurisdictions. Wrongful death could occur at the hands of virtually any party—a physician performing surgery, an individual driving a car or other vehicle, an employee operating a piece of machinery on a construction site or in a factory and countless others.

Animal Bites and Premises Liability

Animals can be dangerous if not properly socialized and monitored. The law imposes on animal owners a duty to prevent their pets or livestock from causing damage to another individual's person, property or any combination thereof. Animals are usually allowed one free bite—that is, they can bite once before they must be contained. If containment does not solve the problem, the animal may have to be euthanized. Premises liability refers to a party's legal responsibility to maintain any premises of which it is in possession or control. This applies to homeowners but is most often litigated when an individual suffers an injury while on a retail outlet's premises. The "slip-and-fall" case, in which a retail patron slips on some sort of hazard the retailer had a legal duty to eliminate and is injured as a result, is the archetypal example of this.

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