4 Most Common Types of Personal Injury Cases

By Barry KantrowitzPersonal Injury Lawsuits

A personal injury case involves allegations that one party’s negligence caused another party harm.

Four of the most common types of personal injury cases include:

  1. Car and truck accidents
  2. Slip and fall accidents
  3. Medical malpractice
  4. Product liability

The personal injury lawyers in NJ & NY at Kantrowitz, Goldhamer, & Graifman, P.C. can hold the responsible party liable and help victims receive the compensation they deserve for their injuries.

1. Motor Vehicle Accidents

Unsurprisingly, motor vehicle accidents–whether involving autos, trucks, motorcycles, buses, or any other type of vehicle–cause the greatest number of personal injuries. Both New York and New Jersey are no-fault states when it comes to car insurance. That means a victim’s medical bills are paid by their insurance, no matter who is at fault for the collision. However, if a person is very seriously injured due to the negligence of another driver or entity, they may file a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault parties.  

2. Slip and Fall Accidents

Just because someone slipped and fell and hurt themselves does not necessarily mean there are grounds for a personal injury lawsuit. However, if the owner or manager of the premises failed to correct the dangerous condition causing the accident within a reasonable amount of time and a serious injury resulted, the victim may have grounds to file a premises liability lawsuit.

Slip and fall accidents, also known as trip and fall, can cause severe injuries, including:

  • Fractures
  • Lacerations
  • Paralysis
  • Traumatic brain injuries

Sites where slip and fall accidents happen most frequently include supermarkets, shopping malls, retail stores, restaurants, hotels, and parking lots.

Causes of slip and fall accidents run the gamut from wet floors, torn carpeting, debris in walkways, and poor lighting. While documentation is critical in all personal injury cases, it is especially crucial in premises liability cases. Without photo or video evidence, the property owner or manager can quickly correct the defect causing the slip and fall and allege it did not exist at the time of the incident.

3. Medical Malpractice

If a doctor, other healthcare professionals, or hospital injures a patient either through negligence or omission, that patient may have grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit. Because of the doctor’s or hospital’s error, the patient may suffer long-term pain and disability. If the patient died as a consequence of the injury, the family may file a wrongful death lawsuit.  

Examples of common medical malpractice issues include:

  • Misdiagnosis, including failure to diagnose cancer
  • Medication or surgical errors
  • Birth injuries

4. Product Liability

Manufacturers are responsible for the safety of products sold to consumers. If the design or manufacture of a product used according to instructions causes serious injury, the victim may file a personal injury lawsuit. Such design or manufacturing flaws may end up harming hundreds or even thousands of people.

Contact a New York and New Jersey Personal Injury Lawyer

If you or someone you know suffered a serious injury because of the negligence, recklessness, or deliberate actions of another party, you need the services of the experienced personal injury lawyers in NY and NJ at Kantrowitz, Goldhamer, & Graifman, P.C. Contact us today and schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. After reviewing your case, we will discuss all of your options for moving forward with legal action. Since we work on your behalf on a contingency basis, there is no fee unless you receive compensation.

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