Common Types of Personal Injury Cases

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What Are Some Common Types of Personal Injury Cases?

Personal injury cases involve injuries caused by someone’s negligence or misconduct. Common personal injury claims include:

Most personal injury claims are based on state law.
 
Since state personal injuries laws vary dramatically, make sure you understand your state’s legal standards and procedural rules. You should pay particularly close attention to the statute of limitations that applies in your claim. If you file your personal injury lawsuit after the statute of limitations expires, your claim will be dismissed.

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How Are Personal Injury Cases Remedied?

Personal injury compensation is based on the severity of your injuries. You may be eligible for both economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages are meant to reimburse your financial losses, including:

It is important to keep detailed records of your monetary losses after a personal injury. Keep copies of your medical bills, receipts, and other information that documentation.
 
Non-economic damages compensate you for your pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment, and loss of consortium. In many states, there are caps on non-economic damages.  If you need help calculating your non-economic damages (or understanding your state’s damage caps), contact a personal injury lawyer.
 
In rare cases, you may also be entitled to punitive damages. Punitive damages punish a defendant for intentional misconduct or gross negligence. Most states also cap punitive damages in personal injury claims.

What Are Some Defenses in Personal Injury Cases?

If you are the defendant in a personal injury claim, you may have a series of defenses. Common personal injury defenses include:

Do I Need a Lawyer for Help With a Personal Injury Case?

If you were injured in an accident, consider hiring a personal injury lawyer. Most personal injury cases involve a detailed legal, medical, and factual analysis. A lawyer can help you file a claim, develop your evidence, and maximize the value of your claim. And, a defense attorney can help you protect yourself from liability if you are sued.

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Last Modified: 07-21-2017 02:48 PM PDT

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