What Are Common Personal Injury Claims?
There are many kinds of personal injury cases. We’ll explain some of the most common claims that involve negligence.
More than 6.5 million auto accidents are reported every year in the U.S. Many of these crashes cause severe or fatal injuries.
Distracted driving is a leading cause of car accidents. Distracted driving includes:
- Texting or otherwise using a cell phone while driving
- Adjusting climate control, radio, or other car systems
- Eating and drinking
- Focusing on other car occupants
- Anything else that takes a driver’s attention from the road
Regardless of the kind of construction, workers often use heavy equipment and power tools. Some construction sites involve great heights that present a falling risk; workers can fall, and equipment or materials can fall onto passersby. Road construction can cause injuries to crews and vehicles that drive past.
Construction accidents may involve more than one responsible party, so assigning liability is often challenging. Judd Shaw Injury Law™ knows how to navigate these cases successfully.
Slip and Fall
People slip and fall every day; falls are a leading cause of emergency room visits in the U.S. Not every fall is grounds for a personal injury case, however. For your slip and fall to qualify for a personal injury claim, someone else’s negligence must cause the accident that leads to your injury.
Most slip and fall accidents occur on commercial property, although accidents on residential rental properties may qualify. Business and property owners must maintain safe spaces for visitors and employees.
If a hazard develops that can’t be fixed immediately, the party responsible for the property should place signs warning of the danger and cordon the area off, if possible. They must also make necessary repairs as soon as possible.
Motor vehicle accidents involving semi-trucks can produce catastrophic injuries. These injuries can cause astronomical medical bills, months away from work during recovery, pain and suffering, permanent disability, and more.
In accidents caused by trucks, more than one party can be responsible. The driver, the trucking company, truck maintenance provider, cargo loader, and truck parts manufacturers may all play a role. Although these cases are often complicated, Judd Shaw Injury Law™ has years of experience handling them. We know what to look for and how to obtain maximum compensation for your damages from any guilty party.
How Can You Be Sure That You Have a Personal Injury Claim?
Most personal injury claims involve injuries caused by someone else’s negligence. If you suffer injuries in an accident, you’ll most likely have to prove that negligence to have a valid personal injury case.
From a legal point of view, negligence means that someone didn’t act in a way that most people would in the same situation to avoid harming others. Let’s break that down:
- Someone owed you a duty of care.
- That person negligently failed to provide that duty of care.
- You suffered injuries in an accident.
- The negligence caused the accident and your injuries.
Examples may make that definition clearer. Anyone who drives a motor vehicle should operate it safely, focusing on the road and driving laws. Property and business owners need to fix or warn others of safety hazards. Physicians should treat patients carefully and competently. If injuries occur because those people failed to live up to the stated expectations, a personal injury claim is probably well-founded.
Laws governing personal injury claims, including statutes of limitation, vary by state. Contacting a personal injury attorney in your area will confirm your claim’s validity.
At Judd Shaw Injury Law™, we know how to determine if you have grounds for a personal injury claim. The faster you contact a personal injury lawyer, the sooner you can focus on recovering from your injuries and their effect on your life.
How Does a Personal Injury Lawyer Help?
Personal injury claims usually involve many kinds of expenses for victims, including potentially high medical bills and lost wages because you’re unable to work due to your accident. You face these things through no fault of your own, but because someone else caused your accident and injuries.
The majority of personal injury claims involve liability-type insurance policies, including vehicle insurance, property insurance, and business liability coverage. These policies are supposed to pay damages if the policyholder is responsible for causing injuries to others.
Unfortunately, insurance companies usually try to pay only minimal dollar amounts to accident victims. They have a whole arsenal full of strategies and tactics designed to keep as much money for themselves as possible. That’s why so many people turn to personal injury attorneys for help.
A competent personal injury lawyer has the knowledge gained through experience to successfully overcome an insurance company’s reluctance to pay timely, fair damages to injured accident victims. We can usually avoid a trial by reaching a fair settlement through negotiations.
Proving negligence in personal injury claims can be challenging. Judd Shaw Injury Law™ knows what evidence to gather, how to find it, and how to use it to obtain maximum compensation.
What Should You Do After an Accident?
If you are involved in an injury-causing accident, you should:
- Try to assist others involved
- Report the accident to authorities
- Record evidence using your smartphone, including photos, videos, and witness statements
- Consult an experienced personal injury attorney
Do You Need a Personal Injury Attorney?
If you think you have a personal injury claim, Judd Shaw Injury Law™ is here to help. We’ll begin with a free consultation so we can listen to the details of your accident and injury and determine if you have grounds for a personal injury claim. If you do and choose to hire us, we will be by your side throughout the entire process.
Your Judd Shaw Injury Law™ Attorney will:
- Be your spokesperson with insurance companies
- Assist you with all paperwork related to your accident, injury, and claim
- Use all of our resources to investigate your claim and gather evidence to use in your case
- Aggressively negotiate a favorable settlement for you
- Promptly return phone calls and address your concerns
- Treat you respectfully
- Keep your best interests at the forefront when working on your case
All of our clients benefit from our No Fee Guarantee ®: if we don’t get compensation for you, you don’t pay us. We provide competent legal representation with no risk to you.
You can reach Judd Shaw Injury Law™ 24/7 at (866) 909-6894. You can also contact us using our online form or live chat if you’d prefer. Let us show you why so many injured accident victims rely on us.