Real-Life Examples: Personal Injury AccidentsTrusted Content
Legally reviewed by:Erik Abrahamson, J.D. December 20, 2022
There are many ways that personal injury incidents can happen. The foundation of every case is that another person is responsible for someone’s injury, either due to committing negligence or recklessness. A few examples of personal injury accidents, that may warrant seeking compensation from those at-fault, include car accidents, slip and falls, and medical malpractice. However, personal injury accidents are not just limited to these examples, as any accident that caused injury to an innocent person may warrant filing a personal injury lawsuit against the offender.
Most people will be in a car accident at some point in their lives. What differentiates an unintentional accident from others is whether a driver did something unsafe to cause the collision to happen in the first place. Usually, there is just one driver who is found at-fault for the crash, but there may be more than one party responsible. For instance, perhaps the car accident occurred due to a road defect that should have been handled by the city’s public works department. If they failed to fix it within a reasonable timeframe this department may share in the liability for the car accident.
Slip and Falls
Slip and fall accidents are serious and should not be treated like a laughing matter. Falls can cause life-altering injuries like broken bones, sprains, spinal cord damage, head injuries, knee fractures, and more. Slip and fall accidents can happen virtually anywhere – from apartment complex sidewalks in winter to a leaky freezer in a grocery store. A real-life example of a slip and fall would be if someone fell in a puddle of water at a gas station after a damaged roof was neglected. It is the duty of the staff and property owner to ensure that spills and leaks are attended to promptly to prevent customers from getting hurt. In a scenario like this, the injured person should report their fall to the manager on duty and ask for a copy of their report so that they may pursue compensation later on.
Doctors cannot treat patients however they please as they are bound by laws and expectations set forth by the medical community. A medical professional that makes a mistake that leads to a patient’s harm or death may be liable for their negligence. Medical malpractice cases are complex. The more proof that is provided, the better the chances are that the victim receives fair restitution. Medical malpractice cases can be related to surgical errors, incorrect medication prescription (dosage or brand), delayed diagnosis, misdiagnosis, anesthesia mistakes, and more. If you suspect that your situation could qualify as medical malpractice, then now is the time to come forward and learn about whether you have a strong claim against a medical doctor or facility.
As a personal injury lawyer from Cohen & Cohen, P.C. has seen too many times before, personal injury accidents can happen anywhere, at any time. The more that the public understands what personal injury accidents are and what their rights entail, the more confidently they can seek restitution for how they have suffered.