Types of Injury Cases Handled
Simmons and Fletcher, P.C., are personal injury lawyers. We represent people who have suffered physical, emotional and/or psychological injuries due to the negligence of another person, company or other legal entity. When you get injured, you need a lawyer who understands what you are going through and knows how to fight for your rights. Keith M. Fletcher and Paul H. Cannon are both Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. The firm has been in practice for over 40 years helping injury victims nationwide. Call us now for a free no obligation consultation about your case: 1-800-298-0111.
Types of Injury Cases
You may not realize it, but the field of personal injury is a very broad field. Meaning just because a lawyer handles injury cases as a part of his practice, does not mean he has experience in all areas of personal injury law. A list of common injury cases are listed below.
- Truck accidents
- Auto accidents
- Work accidents
- Defective products
- Industrial accidents
- Dog bites
- Slip and fall accidents
- Drunk driving accidents
- Dram Shop cases
- Serious accidents
- Bus accidents
- Offshore accidents
- Medical malpractice
Most injury lawyers will handle truck accident and other serious injury cases nation wide and most other injury cases anywhere in the State they practice Some will help you with medical malpractice cases, but they are likely to be referred with your approval to a firm that focuses on medical malpractice law due to their highly-specialized nature.
What Is Personal Injury Law?
Personal injury law is the body of law that allows an injured person to recover when his/her injury was suffered due to the negligent actions or omissions of another person or corporation. It may be as simple as a car accident where someone runs a red light or as complex as damages caused by an oil spill in the gulf or a plant explosion. Modern personal injury law developed from the old English “tort” law. “Tort” is derived from the Latin word “tortus” meaning “wrong.”
Personal injury law stems from the basic principle that every person has a duty to conduct themselves in a way that does not cause injury to other people. Or said another way, every person has a duty to exercise reasonable care. “Reasonable care” is that degree of care that an ordinary prudent person would exercise under the same or similar circumstances. If a person breaches that duty and causes another injury he may be held liable to the person for the damage done. Thus, the basis elements of a tort case are:
- Breach of Duty
- Proximate Cause
Our legal system holds people and corporations liable for their negligence by ordering that they pay an amount of money that a jury determines fairly makes up for or “compensates” them for the harms and losses that their negligent conduct proximately caused. “Proximate cause” means a cause that was a substantial factor in bringing about an event, and without which cause such event would not have occurred. In order to be a proximate cause, the act or omission complained of must be such that a person using ordinary care would have foreseen that the event, or some similar event, might reasonably result therefrom. There may be more than one proximate cause of an event.
Not every injury case must go to trial or even have a lawsuit filed. In fact, about 70% of the cases are resolved before it comes to filing a lawsuit. Ultimately, if the case must go to trial, the plaintiff, or person aggrieved, bears the burden of proof. Once each of the elements has been proven, then a verdict may be rendered in favor of the injured party against the defendant.
For more information on this, read: What happens when I file a personal injury lawsuit?
Personal Injury Damages
The law recognizes certain elements of damages that can be claimed as compensation for the injuries done. Those damages may include:
- Medical expenses
- Property damage & diminution in value
- Pain suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of earning capacity
- Loss of household services
- Loss of consortium
Additionally, wrongful death cases often involve survival claims which allow for additional damages such as funeral expenses and loss of inheritance–the money the person would have earned had he not been killed.
Please feel free to call us if you have any questions about your right to file a personal injury claim and the types of damages that you can seek a recovery for. The initial case evaluation is always free at Simmons and Fletcher.
Types of Personal Injuries
There are many different types of personal injuries covered by personal injury law. In our practice we commonly see the following types of personal injuries:
- Spinal injuries
- Burn injuries
- Chemical exposure
- Electrocution injuries
- Loss of limbs
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Ruptured & herniated discs
- Fractured vertebrae
All of the above injuries can have life-long effects. Whether you believe your injury is minor or a serious injury, you should contact a Board Certified injury Attorney
Other Frequently Asked Questions
- Why shouldn’t I just call the insurance company and handle my own case?
- What if I can’t afford the medical care I need?
- What is a Letter of Protection?
- What if I don’t want to sue a person over a car wreck?
- Do I have to pay my health insurance carrier back out of my settlement?
- Does making a claim for mental anguish mean that the insurance company gets to see all of my prior medical records regarding psychological and/or psychiatric counseling?
- Does automobile liability insurance cover intentional acts?
- What is a hospital lien?
- What should I do after being attacked by a dog?
- What is the Statute of Limitations in a personal injury case?
- Can I sue the government for a personal injury?