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The 4 Types Of Personal Injury Cases

Personal injury cases refer to cases in which the plaintiff has been injured by another party’s negligence, and a personal injury lawsuit occurs when that same plaintiff presents a negligent party with a lawsuit in an effort to recoup their losses. In the state of Florida, PIP insurance and no-fault laws mean that in cases of auto or motorcycle accidents, a personal injury case is most often not against a “negligent” driver, but the insurance company responsible for compensating their injury costs. However, in slip and fall cases or faulty product cases, it will typically be the injured party against the party responsible for causing those injuries.

There’s many different types of personal injury cases, or cases that fall under the personal injury umbrella. The main 4 types of personal injury cases include:

• Car accident cases – In the state of Florida, and around the country, one of the most common types of personal injury cases is car accident cases. While car accidents are typically caused by a negligent driver not following the rules of the road, Florida is one of a handful of states that doesn’t recognize fault in personal injury cases. Instead of approaching the “at fault” driver with your need for compensation, you’ll be working with your own insurance company to ensure a proper settlement.

In car accident cases, big insurance companies will have law teams whose sole job is to ensure the lowest settlement amounts are paid to injured clients. Regardless of premiums paid, insurance companies want to make sure payouts affect their bottom lines as little as possible, which means lowball attempted payouts that don’t often cover enough. With the help of an experienced St. Petersburg personal injury attorney, an injured person is best able to get the proper settlement they really deserve.

• Slip and fall cases – Slip and fall cases are another very common form of personal injury lawsuits. In slip and fall cases, a person will have been injured on another party’s property, and seeks out a lawsuit in order to recoup from the injuries they’ve suffered. Slip and fall cases will often cause soft tissue injuries and broken bones, but may also result in long-term traumatic brain injuries as well.

In traumatic brain injury cases, it’s even more pertinent that injured parties retain a skilled St. Petersburg attorney to assist them in their case. These types of injuries can be long-term and even lifelong, and require many years of continued care. It’s not rare for the medical costs associated with a traumatic brain injury of the moderate type to exceed $100,000 or more.

• Dog bites – While dogs are man’s best friend, not all dogs will approach all humans as so. Dog bite injuries can be severe with plenty of psychological trauma associated, costing those who are injured days, weeks, months, or years of injury, lost work, and the need for psychological care. Your St. Petersburg personal injury attorney can ensure the costs of your dog bite accident are paid by the negligent owners of the dog.

• Assault and battery – While these types of personal injuries are thankfully not as common as car accidents, slip and falls, or dog bites, they do still occur within the St. Petersburg region. These types of personal injury lawsuits aren’t against a person who was negligent or careless, but those who have intentionally caused bodily harm. A criminal case for assault and battery may provide the at-fault party with charges for the crime, but not compensation for your injuries. A civil lawsuit with the help of your St. Petersburg personal injury attorney can help you to get compensation for your injury damages..