What Are the Most Common Types of Personal Injury Claims Filed in the U.S.?

Personal injury law is what allows a victim (the plaintiff) to collect compensation after an individual causes injury due to negligence. There is a vast number of situations that may lead to an injury, but not all of these situations will lead to a personal injury lawsuit.

In the United States, there are some types of injury claims that are more common than others, as well.

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This is by far the most common type of injury claim in the United States. Car accidents occur daily in the country, and when an accident happens, it usually occurs due to someone’s negligence. A careless driver is financially responsible for injuries and property damage that are caused by an accident.

However, there are some states that use the no-fault rule – in those states, each party would file a claim with their own insurer.

Medical Malpractice Claims

Another common type of claim filed in the country is that of medical malpractice claims. Unfortunately, these are on the rise in the U.S. Some practices are at higher risk for lawsuit, especially those that deal with complex cases and high-risk patients. In a National Institutes of Health (NIH) study, it was concluded that 7.4 percent of physicians had a malpractice claim filed against them from 1991 to 2005. Also, 1.6 percent had to pay in those instances, while 78 percent did not lead to a payment toward the claimant.

Slip and Fall Cases

Slip and fall injury claims are also common. These are claims that are filed against property owners who owe the plaintiff a legal duty to provide them with a safe premise. That means clearing all hazards, and anticipating the risk of a slip and fall injury. When the property owner fails to maintain his or her property and someone slips and falls, the owner is liable for injuries and damages associated with that incident. Slip and fall injuries are categorized under premises liability.

Dog Bites

Dog bites are also common in the United States. According to DogsBite.org, 42 dog bite-related fatalities occurred in 2014. Dog bites are especially traumatic, and often the victims are small children. In these cases, the dog’s owner or keeper is liable for any injuries that may arise from an attack.

The dog’s propensity for violence is considered in this type of claim. Also, the claimant’s actions that led to the injury are considered before automatically faulting the dog’s owner.

Product Liability Claims

Another common type of personal injury claim filed in the U.S. is that of product liability claims. These involve product defects, defective manufacturing, or defective warning labels. Defective products can range from pharmaceutical products to vehicles and appliances. Product liability claims often turn into class action lawsuits against the manufacturer or retailer. In some cases, they may qualify for punitive damages and often see higher case payouts – especially when the manufacturer exhibits gross negligence.

Injured? Contact an Indianapolis Personal Injury Attorney

If you have been injured in an accident, you need an advocate who will aggressively protect your right to compensation. To explore your options and ensure that your injuries are compensated properly, contact Jacobs Law, LLC for a free consultation. You can contact our offices or complete our online contact form for more information.