5 Most Common Personal Injury Accidents
Personal injury accidents are those in which the victim is injured due to the negligence of another party or parties. Personal injury accidents can lead to traumatic injuries that prevent the victim from going to work. These accidents can cause victims to suffer paralyzation, disability, and even death. A personal injury accident in California can lead to lawsuits as victims seek compensation for their medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of consortium, loss wages and loss of future earnings. Today, let’s take a look at the five most common personal injury accidents.
1. Medical Malpractice
Even though this type of personal injury has its own category it is still an important one to discuss. Medical malpractice occurs when a nurse, doctor, pharmacist or other medical professional fails to provide a patient with the proper standard of care required. Medical malpractice often leads to the misdiagnosis of a condition, wrong-site surgery, errors with medication and many other problems.
2. Car Accidents
Car accidents, along with motorcycle and truck accidents, are some of the most common types of personal injury accidents. The leading cause of a car accident is the mere fact that the other driver was not following the rules of the road. Car accidents are also caused by distracted driving, impaired driving, reckless driving, aggressive driving, drowsy driving and inexperienced driving. Inclement weather, road conditions, debris, animals and other hazards can lead to accidents.
3. Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents are another leading cause of personal injury accidents. Property owners have a duty of care that they owe to visitors of their property. If a hazard is present and the owner knows about it yet fails to fix it, he or she can be held liable for any personal injuries suffered by a visitor to their property in a slip and fall. Slip and fall accidents can occur in commercial properties, residential properties, schools, churches and other properties.
4. Dog Bites
Dog bites are another common type of personal injury accident in California. In almost all cases involving dog bites the owner of the dog is the party held responsible for the actions of the dog, which means they will be financially responsible for any damages incurred by the victim. In California, the owner of a dog is liable for injuries if the damages to the victim were caused by a dog bite and if the victim was in a public place or lawfully allowed in a private place. California is a strict liability state when it comes to dog bites, which means the owner cannot escape liability for the bite by claiming they had no idea the dog would be aggressive.
5. Assault and Battery (Intentional Torts)
Another common personal injury accident is the intentional type, which can be assault, battery, and other intentional torts. These injuries occur when one person intentionally injures another and most often come with a criminal aspect. The victim of this type of personal injury accident can file a personal injury lawsuit against the offender, who will also face criminal punishment in the California court system.
Contact an Attorney Today
Have you been involved in a personal injury accident? Are you struggling to return to work, pay your medical bills, and pay your monthly expenses? It’s time to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney in Upland, California about your case. Contact the office of Donald S. Fair today to schedule an appointment. Call the office at 1-909-949-0317.