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What Are Some Common Types of Personal Injuries?

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As a personal injury lawyer can explain, the types of personal injuries you can sustain in an accident or other catastrophic event are almost limitless. Having said that, however, here is a list of some of the most common personal injuries:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Burns
  • Birth injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Whiplash and other soft tissue injuries
  • Internal organ injuries
  • Freezing, sunstroke, heatstroke and other exposure injuries
  • Dog and other animal bites
  • Cuts and lacerations
  • Crush injuries

Personal Injury Causes

The causes of personal injuries are almost as numerous as the injuries themselves. Common causes include the following:

  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Boating, swimming and other water accidents
  • Medical malpractice
  • Workplace accidents
  • Premises liability accidents
  • Products liability accidents
  • Nursing home abuse or neglect
  • Slips, trips and falls
  • Asbestos exposure
  • Hazardous drug injuries

Injury Costs

Except for the most minor injuries, your medical bills after being injured likely will skyrocket. Not only may your injuries require a long stay in the hospital, possibly including one or more surgeries, but you may also require ongoing physical, occupational and recreational therapy once you’re discharged. If your injuries result in a temporary or permanent partial or total disability, your costs will also include your loss of income.

Establishing Fault

The most common way of covering these costs is to sue the person whose negligence or wrongdoing caused the accident that caused your injuries. This means, of course, that you need to establish fault. What you may not realize, however, is that this can be tricky, at best. It’s not always immediately apparent who was negligent in what way. Other times, more than one person or entity may be at fault.

Getting Legal Help

Your best strategy is to seek the advice, counsel and representation of a local personal injury attorney, one experienced in your type of injury and your type of accident. He or she can conduct his or her own independent investigation to determine fault, and therefore who you can sue. He or she can also talk with any witnesses who observed what happened.

Your lawyer likewise can probably establish a reasonable ballpark figure of how much your case is worth based on his or her past experience. Keep in mind that all personal injury lawsuits begin with negotiations with the insurance company representing the defendant. Also keep in mind that the vast majority of personal injury lawsuits settle, rather than going to trial. This is where your attorney’s prior experience can really help: He or she can get you a far better settlement than you could obtain on your own.

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