It’s important for you to know that you are entitled to a safe work environment. Most take that for granted, but according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were almost three million cases of nonfatal illnesses and injuries related to the victim’s work reported to private insurance. You also entitled to safe practices when you put yourself in the hands of trained medical professionals and yet, The National Safety Council estimates that in 2016, almost 45 million injuries and more than 160,000 preventable deaths were attributed to causes like medical malpractice. Collectively along with slip and fall and motor vehicle accidents, these injuries fall under an area of the law known as personal injury law.
Common Personal Injury Cases
While personal injury cases can cover an incredibly varied number of incidents, there are a few broad categories under which many of them can be placed. Motor vehicle accidents (PDF), for example, are perhaps the most common type of personal injury case in the United States. These accidents can be smaller accidents that end with a dented vehicle and small medical issues, and then they can be huge, multi-vehicle crashes that lead to catastrophic injury and even death. Some of the other most common types of personal injury cases include:
- Medical Malpractice
- Wrongful Death
- Product Liability
- Workplace Accidents
Common Personal Injury Settlements
Personal injury victims might wonder exactly how they can expect their compensation to be structured. In general, there are two categories of damages in personal injury claims – punitive and compensatory. Compensatory damages, as the name implies, are generally intended to compensate the victim for the damages that they have suffered. These damages can include things like loss of earnings, medical bills, the projected loss of future earning power, the projected cost of future medical help, household expenses. They might also cover things like mental anguish, pain and suffering, and a loss of companionship or consortium. Compensatory damages are the most common kind of settlement awarded in personal injury cases. Punitive damages are awarded specifically to punish the at-fault individual for specific kinds of behavior such as sexual assault, aggravated battery, or fraudulent behavior.
Every Case is Different
In general, the severity and type of injuries you have suffered will determine your payout, however, no two cases are the same. Due to the incredibly nuanced nature of personal injury claims, it is impossible to offer a guaranteed payout of any specific amount. With that said, experienced attorneys are able to determine whether they believe a particular personal injury claim is viable and would stand up in court.
At The Law Office of Nicholas E. Tzanetas, we’ve had years of experience in gathering evidence, researching and trying cases involving personal injury for our clients. We understand personal injury law. We’re dedicated to our clients and work hard to ensure they receive the compensation they deserve. As a result, we’ve secured millions of dollars in compensation for our clients in monetary awards that have ranged from$300,000 to $6,894,123. We have the experience you need. Contact us today at 833.689.3476 for more information.