Injuries occur every minute in the United States, whether due to a car accident, defective product, or because of someone else’s carelessness. In many instances, if a person is injured and another person is responsible, they may be entitled to personal injury damages. In the U.S., personal injury cases are among the most common. Personal injury claims arise out of incidents such as car accidents, medical malpractice, pedestrian accidents, and workplace accidents, to name a few. Considered one of the most common types of legal actions that our court system sees each year, personal injury claims are typically the result of someone getting injured – or worse – because of reckless acts or the negligence of another party. When someone is injured as the result of these negligent actions, he or she may be entitled to sue the person who is at fault for damages. In many cases, personal injury claims help victims receive compensation for physical, emotional, and financial damages. If you or a loved one has been injured because of another person’s actions, contact Atkins & Markoff today. Our Oklahoma personal injury lawyers will fight for your rights and make sure you receive the justice and compensation you deserve for your injuries.
Now, here is a look at some of the most common types of personal injury cases:
- Vehicle Accidents
Accidents that involve cars, trucks, and motorcycles are among the most common types of personal injury cases in Oklahoma and throughout the U.S. In fact, the U.S. Department of Transportation reports that more than 2.5 million people are injured in vehicle accidents every single year. Unfortunately, these types of accidents oftentimes result in very serious injuries, or even death.
- Medical Malpractice
Whenever a doctor, nurse, or other healthcare provider fails to provide adequate patient care, resulting in the patient becoming injured, medical malpractice may have occurred. This is an unfortunately common type of personal injury claim. In the medical industry, there is a standard of care that is expected. In the event this standard is not met, a patient may be able to sue the person – or hospital – for damages. It is important to note that medical malpractice is among the most difficult and complex types of personal injury cases, in large part because they often require expert witnesses.
- Slip and Fall Accidents
When a property owner fails to provide a safe environment for visitors and customers who are using their property and the visitor gets injured as a result, they may be able to file a personal injury claim. Property owners – both residential and commercial – have a legal obligation to make sure their property is free of hazards or dangers. When they are negligent and someone is injured because of their negligence, the injured party may be able to file a premises liability claim.
- Dangerous Drug Cases
For legal purposes, drugs are considered products and held to specific safety standards. However, sometimes unsafe drugs are released or manufacturer’s fail to include proper warnings about their potential side effects. When this happens and people are injured, or worse, as a result, those affected may be able to file a class action lawsuit against the drug companies.
There are many different types of personal injury cases, all of which are extremely serious and require the expertise of an attorney from Atkins & Markoff. To learn more about our legal services, please contact our law firm today.