Personal Injury is defined as an injury to the body, mind or emotions, as opposed to an injury or damage to property. In legal terms it is referred to as a tort and is a specialized area of law. The most common types of personal injury are:
- Car Accidents – Perhaps the most common type of personal injury occurs when a car accident happens. Car accidents can range from minor fender benders to catastrophic damages. Car Accidents while appearing simple can be incredibly complex and the smallest things can determine the outcome of your case.
- Medical Malpractice – Medical malpractice happens more often than most people would like to believe. Medical malpractice means that a health-care provider (doctor or nurse) did not give you the standard of care that an average medical professional would give in the same or similar situation. Medical Malpractice lawyers rarely take cases with minimal damages and often do a lot of research into a potential case before taking it on.
- Slip and Fall – Another common personal injury case is slip and fall. These kinds of cases are very nuanced and are never really pursued because most people are embarrassed when they slip and fall. However, there have been cases where slip and falls cause serious and permanent damage to a person. And I have seen instances where someone who was seriously hurt not recover because they failed to report it to the store manager or get an accident report.
- Dog Bites/Animal Attacks – In Florida, a dog bite or animal attack case is strict liability which means that the owner of the animal will be held liable for the damages caused by their animal even if they had no prior knowledge or warning that the dog might bite. An injured person does not need to prove a lack of reasonable care that caused the bite.
As you can see most of these kinds of personal injury cases can be mundane to very serious. If you or a loved one is injuried by the negligence of others please give me a call.
Houson R. Lafrance