What Are 5 Types of Personal Injury Accidents?

When you’re in an accident, dealing with the aftermath can be overwhelming. You may have physical injuries, damaged property, and emotional instability following a traumatic event. Even seemingly minor incidents can have unexpected ramifications down the road. 

With so much to focus on, you may not realize you have suffered a personal injury accident and may qualify to claim compensation. A personal injury lawyer can help you understand the difference between various personal injuries and guide you through the claims process to get you the help you need after an accident. 

woman injured signing personal injury contract with attorney

How Common Are Personal Injury Accidents?

Over 39 million people1 report a personal injury every year in the U.S. Unexpected injures can cause debilitating financial and emotional hardship in more ways than one. Knowing what you can receive in compensation if you ever find yourself in a situation where you’re injured can help you get your life back on track with the necessary financial assistance.

Here are five common types of personal injury accidents. 

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1. Motor Vehicle Accidents 

If you’re involved in a motor vehicle accident, including a car accident, truck accident, or motorcycle accident, and you were not the cause of it, you may be able to receive compensation for:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Vehicle damage
  • Damaged personal items

It’s crucial to gather important information regarding the accident at the scene. If you can, take photos of the damage, collect insurance information, personal information, and license plate numbers from all drivers involved.

If you have witnesses, be sure to get their information and statements regarding the incident, too. These details will help your personal injury lawyer build a strong case and maximize your compensation.

man accessing the damage of the car

2. Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice refers to a situation where an injury has occurred due to a medical professional’s negligence or failure to take reasonable care such as:

  • Failure to treat
  • Incorrect treatment
  • Misdiagnosis
  • Delayed diagnosis
  • Surgical errors
  • Prescription errors
  • Birth injury
  • Referral/Follow up errors

You will need to gather any medical bills, medical records, correspondence with medical professionals, out-of-pocket expenses, proof of income loss, and, if possible, photos of injuries to make a legal claim for compensation.

RELATED: Understanding the Difference Between Personal Injury and Bodily Injury

3. Slip and Fall Accidents

You may be able to receive compensation for injuries in slip and fall accidents on both private and public properties such as:

  • Stairs
  • Sidewalks
  • Parking lots
  • Job sites
  • Restaurants, grocery stores, malls
  • Escalators and elevators

Slip and fall cases focus on the lack of safety of the environment and hazardous situations that were preventable. If inadequate upkeep or inattention to dangerous situations can be prooved, you may be able to receive compensation after suffering an injury due to:

  • Slippery floors or stairs due to water or debris
  • Loose floorboards
  • Unmarked leaks or wet spots
  • Icy conditions
  • Poorly maintained or constructed properties
  • Lack of handrails

Take pictures or notes of your injuries and the scene of the incident to help build your case and keep details fresh in your mind. Be sure to make claims in a timely manner to avoid missing your window of opportunity. In Nevada, victims must make personal injury claims within two years2 of the incident. 

man on the floor after falling down stairs

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4. Workplace Accidents

Employees have the right to work in a safe environment and feel protected if they do happen to be hurt at work. In order to do this, employers must provide the proper training, personal protective equipment (PPE), and workplace processes for their employees.

Unfortunately, work accidents happen. When you’re injured on the job, it’s important to remember that you have the right to claim compensation for your damages without fear of retaliation.

Even if you make a claim through the workers’ compensation system, you can still bring a personal injury claim to fully recover for your injuries and suffering if an employer’s negligence caused the accident.

5. Product Liability

If you are injured due to defective products or improper warnings or instructions, you may be awarded for a company’s negligence. Some personal injury cases for product liability include:

  • Defective design or manufacturing
  • Missing safeguard
  • Hidden defects
  • Inadequate instructions
  • Lack of safety warnings
  • Malfunctions
  • Food contamination
  • Dangerous side effects

If you feel you have a product liability claim, make sure you document the product and injuries sustained and seek prompt medical attention. Then, speak to an experienced product liability attorney to see if you qualify to bring a claim.

What Personal Injury Accident Is Most Common in Las Vegas?

Las Vegas follows the trends of the rest of the country, with car accidents as the leading cause of personal injuries. Car accidents have increased by 31% over the last year3 in Las Vegas alone, and nationally over 350,000 lives are lost4 every year. 

It appears that reckless and distracted driving is on the rise, with speeding being the number one cause of accidents. Driving under the influence and road rage also cause an increasing number of accidents every year. Slowing down and following all the rules of the road will help reduce the likelihood of an accident. 

car accident

Our Las Vegas Personal Injury Attorneys Are Here to Help

Of course, there are other types of personal injury accidents that can result in a legal claim for compensation, including wrongful death, nursing home abuse, pedestrian accidents, bicycle accidents, dog bites, and more.

No matter how you’ve been injured, be sure to gather the details, take photos, and collect witness information to give yourself the best chance at receiving fair compensation for the negligence of others. 

Being injured in a sudden accident can have lasting and catastrophic consequences. Receiving monetary payment will help you receive justice for your suffering and get back on your feet.

Contact our experienced lawyers today for a free consultation and see how we can help you build a strong personal injury case.

Sources:

1Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (24 January 2022). All Injuries. Retrieved 16 February 2022.

2NRS 11.190. 

3Akers, M. (16 August 2021). First 7 Months of 2021 the Deadliest in 10 Years on Nevada Roads. Las Vegas Review-Journal.  Retrieved 16 February 2022.

4FOX 5. (31 January 2022). As traffic fatalities rise in Nevada, what can be done to prevent deadly crashes? YouTube. Retrieved 16 February 2022.