Personal Injury Case Types
There are many different types of personal injury cases, with a wide range of injuries and circumstances to consider. The following are some examples of different personal injury case types, though there are many more reasons to file a claim.
Premises Liability Claims
Premises liability claims occur when someone is injured because the owner of the property where the accident occurred failed to keep it well maintained and safe from injury-causing hazards. If you are invited onto someone’s property or are in a public setting (like a store) and injure yourself by slipping and falling, getting hit by falling merchandise in a store, negligent security, specific accidents (like swimming pool accidents), or other injuries related to icy, rainy, or poorly maintained surfaces, then you likely have a premises liability claim.
Product Liability Claims
Businesses that sell products to consumers have a responsibility to make sure that the products are not defective or unsafe with normal use. If an injury occurs where the company was not diligent in these responsibilities, then the injured consumer has a product liability claim.
There are product liability claims for design defects when the product’s design is inherently unsafe, before manufacturing; claims for manufacturing defects, where problems arise during production; and claims for marketing defects, where the product was marketed in an unsafe manner, such as with improper labeling or inadequate instructions or safety warnings.
Medical Malpractice Claims
Whenever a medical professional causes an injury through providing substandard medical treatment, the injured patient has a medical malpractice claim. You may take action against a healthcare provider who acted in an irresponsible manner or who failed to act when necessary, resulting in injury or death.
To prove a medical malpractice case in North Carolina, you must prove that the doctor violated the medical industry’s standard of care and that injuries resulted from this violation. There are many types of medical malpractice cases, such as misdiagnoses, childbirth injuries, anesthesia errors, prescription errors, and surgical errors.
Prescription errors are the most common medical malpractice claims with doctors prescribing incorrect medications or failing to discuss drug interactions. Surgical errors typically occur when the wrong body part is operated on, when an organ is punctured, or when a surgical instrument is left inside the patient. Anesthesia errors most often occur when the anesthesiologist fails to review a patient’s medical history or fails to administer the appropriate dose.
Auto Accident Claims
Auto accident claims occur when a driver is negligent on the road, causing accidents and injuries. There are pedestrian accidents, passenger accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, drunk driving accidents, and uninsured driver accidents that lead to auto accident claims
Wrongful Death Claims
Wrongful death claims occur when someone loses their life to the careless, negligent, or willful act of another person. In wrongful death cases, the survivors of the deceased can file a claim to seek damages from the person responsible for the death. Wrongful death claims can apply to premises liability accidents, auto accidents, and medical malpractice accidents as well.