Wrongful injury is a broad field that encompasses numerous kinds of injuries; however, there are a few types of cases that are common in the U.S.
Continue reading to learn about four of the most common examples of personal injury claims that are pursued with the help of an attorney.
One of the most common examples of wrongful injuries is car accidents. Most accidents happen because one of the drivers involved is driving carelessly. The motorist who is at fault can be held liable for any injury sustained in the accident.
Utah is considered a no-fault state. This means that drivers will receive compensation from their own insurance company instead of from the driver who was at fault. Under no-fault laws, motorists may sue for severe injuries only if the case meets certain conditions.
Slip and Fall Cases
Property owners have a legal responsibility to keep their location free of potential hazards. Not all injuries that happen on a property will lead to liability; this is determined on a case-by-case basis.
If you are wounded on some else’s property, make sure you report the injury to the owner first. Next, if there are any witnesses, get their name and contact information. If possible, take pictures of the damage and what caused it. Seek medical treatment, if needed. While you are receiving care, make sure you explain the nature of your injuries to your healthcare provider.
Medical malpractice is another major example of a wrongful injury. According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, medical negligence is the third leading cause of death in the United States, and there are between 80,000 and 100,000 deaths every year.
Medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare professional fails to treat their patients at the minimum standard of care. When the lack of proficient medical care leads to injury, the health care professional and the facility could be held liable.
Dog bites are an additional example of wrongful injuries. In most cases, the owner of the dog will be held responsible. There are two different types of dog bite laws that most states have adopted: strict liability and “one bite” laws.
Strict liability means that even if a dog has shown no aggression in the past, the owner will be held accountable if their dog bites someone. Utah, among 35 other states, is a strict liability state.
A few states carry “one bite” laws. This allows dogs that have a history of being calm “one bite” before the owner is held financially responsible.
Contact Flickinger Sutterfield & Boulton for Personal Injury Cases
If you have incurred a wrongful injury due to the actions of others, Flickinger Sutterfield & Boulton can help. Our personal injury attorneys handle cases involving a wide range of injuries, and will help you build a case against those responsible for your injury.
We have offices in Orem, Provo, Saratoga Springs, and West Jordan, Utah. Reach out for your free case evaluation today.