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A Quick Guide to the Types of Personal Injury Claims
If you have suffered injuries, whether they are caused by the actions or the negligence of another, you may have grounds for a personal injury claim and possible compensation. This type of claim is covered by tort laws, which are designed to present remedies to individuals harmed by the unreasonable actions of others. Tort claims usually involve state law and are based on the legal premise that individuals are liable for the consequences of their conduct if it results in injury to others.
Types Of Personal Injury Claims
Before a personal injury claim can be filed, it is important to determine the exact type of claim that is appropriate. Personal injury claims can be broken down into three distinct types:
- Intentional wrongs
- Strict liability
It’s important to remember that in order for compensation to be awarded, both the extent of damages caused, and the liability of the defendant must be proven.
Intentional wrongs, as the name implies, are actions that have purposely caused harm to another person. The determining factor is that the defendant knew, or should have known, that injury or damage would occur through their actions or lack of action.
Assault and battery are both examples of this type of tort. A fist fight at a bar, an argument that turns into a physical altercation, or any other instance in which omeone is struck, hit, or punched are included in this category.
False imprisonment, or being held against your will with no justification is also considered an intentional wrong. Likewise, a store security guard who wrongly accuses you of shoplifting and detains you is also an example.
Negligence claims arise when an individual fails to exercise reasonable care, resulting in injury to another. One of the most common forms of negligence stems from injuries sustained in automobile accidents.
For instance, you could file a claim if someone runs a stop light, is driving too fast for conditions, loses control of his vehicle, and crashes into you, and injures you.
Medical malpractice also falls under the negligence umbrella. In this case, the negligence is committed by a health-care professional who departs from an accepted standard of practice, resulting in harm to a patient under his care.
Strict liability is generally applied to manufacturers and designers of consumer products. In essence, it holds the manufacturers liable for injuries that are caused by defective products they have produced.
Unlike other personal liability claims, strict-liability claimants do not have to establish negligence of the manufacturer. What is required is that the claimants present evidence that the product was designed or manufactured in a way that makes it unsafe, even when used as intended. In other words, proof of a defect in the manufacturing or designing process is required.
Compensation For Personal Injuries
In a personal injury case, monetary damages may be awarded to an injured person. The person or company who is found to be legally responsible for the accident is then required to remit the payment as ordered. Damage awards are sometimes agreed upon in an out-of-court, negotiated settlement. The legally responsible party may also be ordered by the court system, either by a judge or a jury, after a trial. The following are the eight types of compensations that may be awarded.
1. Medical Treatment
3. Property Loss
4. Pain And Suffering
5. Emotional Distress
6. Loss Of Enjoyment
7. Loss Of Consortium
8. Punitive Damages
Of course, this guide is just a quick and easy rundown of personal injury claims, which can be quite complicated. If you would like a detailed examination of your personal injury claim, contact an experienced attorney to discuss your legal options.
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