What Are The Most Common Types of Personal injury Cases?
Just as there are many different kinds of accidents and many different injuries the body can suffer, there are several types of personal injury lawsuits. But regardless of the specific circumstances surrounding an accident or injury, every kind of personal injury case shares a common goal: to hold negligent individuals or companies accountable for the damages and losses they cause by making them pay compensation to the people they hurt.
While I won’t know the nature of your case until you contact our Lake County personal injury lawyer for your free initial consultation, there is a good chance that it involves one of the following common types of personal injury lawsuits:
Motor Vehicle Accident Lawsuits
Americans spend a lot of time on the road, driving machines that weigh thousands of pounds at high speeds surrounded by others doing the same. A recent study conducted by OnePoll revealed that the average American spends almost 18 days behind the wheel every year. Cars share the road with large trucks, motorcycles, bicyclists, and pedestrians, all of whom we expect will act safely and responsibly.
But with so many people driving so much so often, accidents are inevitable. While some crashes are fender-benders that leave behind little more than scratches or dents, many others result in severe injuries and fatalities. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 36,096 Americans died in vehicle accidents in 2019, while an estimated 2.7 million more suffered injuries in crashes.
It is, therefore, no surprise that motor vehicle accidents are perhaps the most common basis for personal injury lawsuits. Working with a Lake county auto accident lawyer can help you get the compensation you need.
Medical Malpractice Cases
Doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals receive extensive education and undergo years of training to prepare them for proper medical treatment and heal patients. But these people are also human, which means that they are not immune from making mistakes. When that happens, and a physician or other healthcare provider makes an error in judgment or fails to follow the appropriate standard of care in treating a patient, the results are frequently catastrophic.
Medical malpractice cases are so common because medical errors are so tragically common. Preventable medical mistakes kill 250,000 Americans each year, according to a 2016 study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University. That makes medical malpractice the third-largest cause of death in the U.S, trailing only heart disease and cancer. That means 700 patients die from a medical error every day. That also means 700 grieving families wondering how and why things went so wrong, leaving them with high medical expenses.
By filing a medical malpractice lawsuit, victims of medical mistakes and their families can get the answers they deserve and the compensation that can help them recover and move forward from their personal injury claim.
What stands up can fall down. Every day, people of all ages slip or trip and fall. Sometimes, a fall results in little more than a few scrapes and momentary embarrassment. But many more end with catastrophic injuries or fatalities. In fact, falls are the leading cause of accidental death for Americans over age 65.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 800,000 patients a year wind up in the hospital due to a fall injury, most often because of a head injury or hip fracture, and falls are also the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBI).
While not every fall is someone else’s fault, many slip-and-fall accidents happen because negligent property owners or others allow hazardous conditions to persist on their land, in their homes, or at their businesses. When a property owner fails to take reasonable steps to protect guests and visitors from such dangers on their property, those hurt as a result of such negligence can hold the owner accountable in a premises liability lawsuit.
“Premises liability” is the legal principle behind holding property owners responsible for injuries that happen because they failed to maintain their property in a reasonably safe manner.
Dog Bite Cases
Dogs bite an estimated 4.5 million Americans each year, leading to thousands of hospital stays and hundreds of thousands of emergency room visits. Dogs also killed 433 Americans between 2005 and 2017.
In Illinois, dog owners can be held responsible for injuries their pets cause in a dog bite lawsuit. The Illinois Animal Control Act (510 ILCS 5/1, et seq.) provides that:
“If a dog or other animal, without provocation, attacks, attempts to attack, or injures any person who is peaceably conducting himself or herself in any place where he or she may lawfully be, the owner of such dog or other animal is liable in civil damages to such person for the full amount of the injury proximately caused thereby.”
Simply put, you can recover damages in an Illinois dog bite lawsuit if you can prove that:
- A dog attacked, attempted to attack, or injured you;
- You were not trespassing and had a lawful right to be where you were at the time the dog attacked you; and
- You did not provoke the dog.
A Lake County Personal Injury Lawyer Near You Can Help
Lake County personal injury attorney Kirk Moyer works closely with personal injury victims to get them every dollar to which they are entitled and has earned a reputation for service and success representing and recovering substantial damages for injury victims in Waukegan and throughout Lake County, IL. Please contact Kirk to see if you have a personal injury claim today.