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Different Types of Personal Injury Cases

Injuries occur in a variety of ways and under numerous circumstances. for this reason, there are a wide variety of personal injury cases. The following is a list of some personal injury cases, but please note that there are

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Personal Injury Cases in North Carolina…

numerous other possibilities that may lead to a claim. If you think you may have a claim, contact a qualified Personal Injury Attorney in Charlotte, NC.

Premises Liability

These types of cases arise when property owners fail to uphold their duty to maintain their property in a safe manner, free from conditions that could reasonably cause injury. For example, if a property owner invites a visitor onto his property and the visitor slips on a loose step, the property owner may be liable under the theory of premises liability. Common premises liability causes of action include:

  • Slip and fall cases;
  • Trip and fall incidents;
  • Falling merchandise in a store;
  • Security negligence;
  • Swimming pool accidents; and
  • Injuries related to rainy or icy surfaces.

Product Liability

When offering products to consumers, businesses must ensure that they are free from defects and safe for reasonable use. Failure to uphold this duty can result in liability if an injury occurs. There are three types of product liability:

  • Design defects – This is applicable when there are defects in the way that the product is designed, making it inherently unsafe. These exist before the product is even manufactured.
  • Manufacturing defects – These problems arise in the production or manufacturing of the product.
  • Marketing defects – This type of liability refers to the manner in which the product is marketed. These defects may include improper labeling, inadequate instructions or insufficient safety warnings.

Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice claims arise when medical professionals perform substandard medical practices on patients. These actions may include an action by a healthcare provider, as well as a failure to act. When injuries occur, the patient may have a claim for medical malpractice. In order to prove this assertion in the state of North Carolina, you must show that the doctor violated an industry standard of care in providing your treatment. You must also show that the doctor’s actions contributed to your injuries.

Types of medical malpractice cases include:

  • Misdiagnosis – This includes diagnosing the wrong condition, as well as missing a diagnosis that should have been identified.
  • Childbirth injuries – These are injuries that affect the mother or the child during childbirth.
  • Anesthesia errors – These are injuries resulting from actions of an anesthesiologist, including failure to review a patient’s medical history or administering an incorrect dosage.
  • Prescription errors – This is one of the most common types of medical malpractice claims. If a doctor prescribes an incorrect medication of misses a drug interaction, this claim may apply.
  • Surgical errors – These injuries happen during surgery. The physician may operate on the worn body part or puncture an organ during the operation. Leaving an instrument inside of a patient is also a common type of surgical error.

Auto Accidents

When a driver negligently operates his vehicle, injuries may occur to other drivers, passengers or pedestrians. Damages and injuries may be recoverable under an auto accident personal injury claim.

Types of accidents that fall under this category include:

  • Pedestrian accidents;
  • Passenger accidents;
  • Motorcycle accidents;
  • Bicycle accidents ;
  • Drunk driving accidents; and
  • Accidents with uninsured drivers.

Wrongful Death

If a person acts in a negligent manner and proximately causes the death of another, the estate and/or family of the victim may seek damages against the responsible party. This is called a wrongful death personal injury claim. This type of case may apply whether the death was caused by an automobile accident, a premises liability accident or medical malpractice.

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