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Top Personal Injury Accidents

Top Personal Injury Accidents

In the United States, people cannot go around “accidentally” hurting other people and get away with it. After all, “intentionally” hurting someone else is a criminal offense and can land the perpetrator in jail or prison. While criminal cases and civil lawsuits (personal injury claims) differ, on some occasions the at-fault party can face criminal charges and a civil lawsuit.

For example, suppose someone kills another driver in a drunk driving accident. Not only would the drunk driver face driving under the influence (DUI) charges, but the decedent’s surviving family members could sue the drunk driver in a wrongful death claim. Sometimes, the lines are blurred – it often comes down to whether the at-fault party crossed over into criminal behavior when they injured the innocent party.

In light of the above, let’s take a look at the top personal injury accidents:

  1. Car Accidents: The vast majority of car accidents are caused by negligence. These days, speeding, drunk driving, and texting while driving are all major contributors to car accidents.
  2. Slip and Fall Accidents: These can occur in the private or commercial setting. Torn carpeting, slippery surfaces, and obstructions can all lead to slip and fall accidents.
  3. Dog Bites and Attacks: When a dangerous dog bites a visitor, or someone who is lawfully present in a specific place, the dog’s owner can be held liable for any injuries his or her dog caused.
  4. Medical Malpractice: Medical malpractice is not only common, it’s grossly underreported. A doctor or healthcare provider can be liable for malpractice when he or she delivers substandard care and it directly causes harm to a patient.
  5. Dangerous & Defective Products: When a dangerous or defective product, such as a toy, tire, automobile, tool, or other product injures a consumer who used it properly, the manufacturer or distributor of the dangerous product may be held liable for any damages suffered by the consumer.
  6. Nursing Home Abuse: When an elderly resident is abused at the hands of a caregiver at a nursing home, the senior is entitled to file a personal injury claim. Common types of nursing home abuse, include: physical abuse, sexual abuse, psychological abuse, and financial exploitation. Nursing homes can also be held liable for resident-on-resident abuse that occurs in their facilities.

Need a Columbia personal injury attorney to file a claim on your behalf? Contact the Law Offices of James R. Snell, Jr., LLC for a free consultation!


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