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Written by: J. Todd Tenge

Different Examples of Personal Injury Cases: Do You Qualify?

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Personal injury cases arise when one person suffers an injury or damage due to the negligent, careless, or intentional act of another person or entity.

There are many types of personal injury cases, most of which center around the presence of negligence. 

When one party owes a duty of care to another party and breaches that duty, they are considered negligent. If the negligence causes injury to another party, they may be legally liable for damages. 

If you have questions about a possible claim, contact the personal injury team at Tenge Law Firm today.

Personal Injury Case Examples 

Though there are many types of personal injury cases, there are a handful that come up repeatedly. Here are some of the most common personal injury case examples. 

Vehicle Accidents 

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) reports that there were 33,244 fatal motor vehicle crashes in the United States in 2019 in which 36,096 deaths occurred.

Colorado had 544 fatal crashes.

If you have been injured in an auto accident that was not your fault, it is important to contact a personal injury attorney to learn more about your options.

Insurance coverage and fault play a big part in your ability to receive a fair settlement in Colorado. Auto accidents also include those involving pedestrians, motorcycles, and bicycles.

Medical Malpractice

You should always feel like you can trust your healthcare provider, but not every provider adheres to the same standards. Medical malpractice is more common than anyone would like to believe.

Common types of medical malpractice include:

  • Surgical errors,
  • Misdiagnosis,
  • Delayed diagnosis,
  • Medication errors,
  • Childbirth injuries,
  • Failure to treat, and
  • Anesthesia errors.

Never take medical malpractice personal injury cases lightly. Medical errors can be life-altering. 

Slip and Fall Accidents

Slipping and falling on a banana peel is only funny in cartoons. Actual slip and fall injuries can cause serious harm. You may be able to pursue a premises liability claim after a slip and fall accident.

The National Floor Safety Institute states that falls account for over 8 million hospital emergency room visits, representing the leading cause of visits (21.3%).

Falling can be especially detrimental to people over 65 years of age. Many people fall because of someone else’s failure to create a safe environment for walking.

Examples include wet floors, broken railing, or poorly maintained walkways. 

Wrongful Death

When a negligent action leads to the death of a loved one, you may have a wrongful death claim. Family members can file a lawsuit for wrongful death to help with medical and funeral expenses along with other financial burdens such as loss of income or employment benefits. Non-economic damages are also available to compensate for the loss of enjoyment of life. 

Product Liability

A consumer who is injured by a defective product may have a claim for product liability. Personal injury case examples for product liability vary depending on what was wrong.

This cause of action arises from one or more of the following defects:

  • A manufacturing defect resulting from an error on the assembly line at the factory;
  • A design defect that makes the entire line of products unreasonably dangerous: or
  • A marketing defect, which can include a failure to warn consumers about inherent risks or lack of appropriate use instructions. 

These types of personal injury cases are generally brought against the company that produced the product. 

Workplace Injury

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports 2.7 million nonfatal private industry workplace injuries and illnesses in 2020. This statistic excludes fatalities and injuries to government employees.

Many personal injury case examples stem from injuries that occur during the course of employment. Filing a workers’ compensation claim is often the first step, but it may take a lawsuit to get you the compensation you are entitled to. 

Personal Injury Settlement Amount Examples

The amount of compensation received for personal injury cases depends on the circumstances of the accident and the severity of the injuries.

These can vary from thousands to millions. Here are some personal injury settlement examples from Tenge Law Firm:

  • Product liability defective roof – $3,250,000.00
  • Auto accident with head and neck injuries – $1,475,000.00
  • Wrongful death automobile accident – $525,000.00
  • Construction accident workplace injury – $460,000.00
  • Retail store slip and fall – $375,000.00

While your claim won’t necessarily be worth the same as these examples, this can give you an idea of the results we are capable of.

Contact Us Today

Tenge Law Firm has nearly 30 years of experience representing victims in all types of personal injury cases. We invite you to check out more of our personal injury case examples and settlements so that you can be confident in our ability to fight for the compensation you deserve.

Contact us today for your free case consultation, and learn more about how we can help you.

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