What are the Different Types of Personal Injury Cases
Our firm has successfully represented all types of personal injury cases in DuPage County. Often times, clients aren’t sure what type of case they should file.
If you are injured and believe that another person or party’s negligence was the cause, you may be able to file a personal injury claim or lawsuit, depending on the circumstances. There are several types of personal injury cases that you can file based on the type of injury you sustained and the parties responsible. As experienced personal injury lawyers in DuPage we’ve compiled a list to help you determine where your claim may fit best. Remember though, consulting with an experienced personal injury attorney, such as Mark Sutter, in a timely manner will be essential to determine the best course of action. Arrange for a free consultation and case evaluation, today!
Every year, millions of people sustain injuries in motor vehicle accidents, oftentimes resulting in death. According to the National Safety Council, 2019 alone saw an estimated 38,800 deaths resulting from car crashes, with around 4.4 million seriously injured and requiring medical treatment.
If you are injured as a driver, passenger, or pedestrian in any kind of auto accident, you may be able to seek compensation for any damages and losses resulting from the accident, along with pain and suffering. With the help of a DuPage car accident attorney, you can benefit from guidance throughout the process.
In most cases, if an employee is injured or killed on the job, a workers’ compensation claim will begin instead of a personal injury claim or lawsuit. In turn, the employer’s insurance company will provide benefits to injured employees or their families in the event of wrongful death in many cases. Workers’ comp benefits could include temporary total disability and permanent partial disability in the form of lump-sum payments, all of which help compensate injury victims for injuries, lost wages, and other damages.
Workers’ compensation will vary depending on the state where the accident takes place, but a local workers’ comp lawyer will be able to provide guidance throughout the process, from filing a claim to recovering benefits.
Doctors and other medical professionals have a duty to provide reliable care to patients. Any negligence on the part of care professionals could result in serious injury or wrongful death.
There are several different types of medical malpractice, including surgical errors, misdiagnoses, medication mistakes, birth injuries that occur during the delivery of a child, pharmacy errors, improper treatment, and any failure to properly identify and diagnose certain serious health conditions.
Due to the complexity of many medical malpractice cases, it’s important to work with a medical malpractice attorney to seek compensation in the event of a serious injury or death at the hands of one or more negligent medical professionals.
Any dangerous and defective products could cause serious injuries for users. Even if a product isn’t defective, inadequate labeling with warnings or instructions for proper use could result in misuse and injuries.
Some potentially dangerous or defective products involved in product liability cases could include prescription drugs, foods, children’s toys, or other consumer products. Vehicle parts and toxic chemicals or materials could also cause harm if they’re defective or otherwise dangerous to use.
Many parties could be responsible in cases involving dangerous or defective products, from retailers carrying the products to the manufacturers. In any case, working with a reliable attorney can help identify the party or parties responsible for the unsafe product and any injuries it caused.
Premises liability cases involve accidents resulting from dangerous conditions on a person’s property that the property owner could have prevented. Accidents resulting in premises liability cases could take place in commercial properties such as retail stores, restaurants, and grocery stores, or on other public or private property such as a neighbor’s home or a public park.
Some conditions that can lead to a premises liability claim may include slip and fall incidents due to unmarked or poorly maintained areas, falling down staircases because of a lack of handrails, sustaining a dog bite injury, or another type of injury that the property owner could have prevented.
Our personal injury attorneys can help determine who was at fault in a premises liability case and help protect your rights during the claims process.
Wrongful death cases involve the death of someone as a result of another party’s negligence. A majority of wrongful death cases involve auto accidents, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse and neglect, airplane crashes, the use of dangerous or defective products, and construction accidents.
Oftentimes, the damages in wrongful death cases are different from the ones recoverable in cases involving non-fatal injuries. An experienced wrongful death attorney in DuPage can help you understand your rights and the compensation recoverable in these types of cases.
Other Kinds of Personal Injury Cases
In addition to all of the above types of personal injury cases, you may be able to file a personal injury claim or lawsuit for:
- Animal and dog bite injuries
- Nursing home neglect and abuse
- Boating and airplane accidents
- Burn, birth, brain, and spinal cord injuries,
- Food poisoning
- Exposure to harmful chemicals such as asbestos resulting in mesothelioma or another condition
- Legal malpractice
Consultation with a lawyer should be included as a priority in any personal injury case. Personal Injury cases are sometimes complex. Evidence must be gathered, depositions are generally conducted and experts frequently have to be consulted and retained. Representation by an experienced personal injury attorney in DuPage County (such as Sutter Law Group) can help ensure an effective case is prepared while you and your family focus on the immediate needs to move forward with your lives. Mark has successfully represented clients from Downer’s Grove, Oak Brook, Westmont and other surrounding Chicago suburbs in all types of personal injury cases.
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