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Personal injury cases cover a broad range of situations where an individual suffers harm or injury due to someone else’s negligence or intentional actions. The harm caused can include physical injury or harm inflicted upon both mind and emotions. Compensation for personal injury cases will not take away from the personal injury event, but the goal is to assist in boosting quality of life moving forward. Some common types of personal injury cases we frequently handle include:

  • Auto accidents
  • Big truck/18 Wheeler accidents
  • Wrongful Death
  • Rideshare accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Slip and falls 
  • Dog bite accidents

This is by no means an exhaustive list of what falls within personal injury law. Some other injuries that would fall under personal injury law include but are not limited to workers compensation, medical malpractice, assault and battery, product liability, defamation, and nursing home abuse. If you or a loved one believes you have a personal injury case, do not hesitate to contact Carmen at Liriano for a free consultation. We welcome all personal injury cases. Let’s explore these more common cases in more detail.

Types of Personal Injury Cases

Auto Accidents

An auto accident in regards to personal injury law includes injuries resulting from automobile collisions, including accidents involving cars, motorcycles, trucks, and pedestrians. In personal injury law related to auto accidents, various injuries can be considered, ranging from minor to severe. Some common injuries include: whiplash, fractures and broken bones, head injuries, back injuries, knee injuries, internal injuries such as damage to internal organs, soft tissue injuries, cuts and lacerations, psychological injuries, seat belt injuries and even death. It is essential to seek medical attention promptly after an auto accident, even if injuries seem minor, as some injuries (especially with added adrenaline from the event itself) may not manifest immediately.

Big Truck/18-Wheeler Accidents

Accidents involving 18-wheelers can result in severe and often life-threatening injuries due to the size and weight disparity between commercial trucks and smaller vehicles. Common injuries include but are not limited to: spinal cord injuries, amputations, internal injuries, multiple fractures, crush injuries, burn injuries, severe internal injuries, facial and dental injuries, post traumatic stress disorder, and wrongful death. 

Wrongful Death

Wrongful death in personal injury law refers to a legal claim or lawsuit that arises when an individual’s death is caused by the wrongful or negligent actions of another party. This legal concept allows the surviving family members or the estate of the deceased person to seek compensation for the damages resulting from the wrongful death. Damages in wrongful death cases may include compensation for medical expenses, funeral costs, lost income and financial support, and emotional pain and suffering. The party being sued can be an individual, company, or another entity legally responsible for the death. This can include car accidents, healthcare providers in medical malpractice, or even a manufacturer in a product liability case. There are restrictions on both who can file claim and time restraints on when this claim must take place which varies by jurisdiction. 

Rideshare Accidents

Accidents involving rideshare services, such as Uber and Lyft, fall under personal injury law, and individuals who sustain injuries in these accidents may be entitled to compensation. There are many elements to consider in a rideshare accident that increase the complexity of these cases, making it important to consult a personal injury attorney as early on as possible. For example, rideshare drivers are required to carry their own insurance, but while actively transporting passengers or on route, the rideshare company’s coverage typically becomes the primary. 

Motorcycle Accidents

While motorcycle accidents would fall under the auto accident category, motorcycle riders are more vulnerable to injuries due to the lack of protective barriers. Common motorcycle-specific injuries include head injuries, road rash, fractures, spinal cord injuries, and soft tissue injuries. Motorcycle accident cases may involve unique challenges, and legal advice can be instrumental in ensuring that the injured party’s rights are protected and that they have the best chance of receiving fair compensation for injuries and damages. 

Slip And Fall

Slip and fall injuries fall under personal injury law, and individuals who suffer injuries due to hazardous conditions on someone else’s property may have grounds to pursue a personal injury claim. Property owners have a legal duty to maintain their premises in a reasonable safe condition which includes addressing potential hazards such as wet floors, uneven surfaces, inadequate lighting, or other dangers that could lead to a slip and fall accident. Comparative negligence can play a large role in some jurisdictions in which the property owners seek to prove the injured party is found partially responsible for the accident (for example, by not paying attention to warning signs, or intoxication, etc). Property owners have a duty to warn of potential hazards and are expected to conduct regular inspections to identify and address hazards. Slip and fall cases are very common and it is highly recommended to seek legal counsel from a personal injury attorney in assistance with making such claims. 

Dog Bite Accidents

Dog bite accidents fall under personal injury law and owners are typically held strictly liable for injuries caused by their dogs. This means that the owner can be held responsible for damages even if they were not aware of their dog’s aggressive tendencies or if their dog has not bitten anyone before. Dog bite cases are often fact-specific cases and the laws governing them can vary. Some factors involved include but are not limited to proving you were bitten by the defendant’s dog, that you were lawfully on the property where the bite occurred, that the dog’s owner was negligent or the dog was dangerous, inadequate warning on the property of a dog’s aggressive tendencies and more. Seeking legal advice promptly after a dog bite incident can help individuals understand their rights and options for pursuing a personal injury claim. 

Every personal injury case is different, and everyone should be treated as such. At Liriano Law you will be met with the compassion and respect you desire, and the knowledge and expertise needed to achieve the settlement you deserve. Contact Carmen at Liriano Law today for your free consultation.