Five Common Types of Personal Injury Claims

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What is a personal injury? This is a legal term that defines cases where one person has been harmed by another. This type of claim is generally based on negligence, where the defendant was careless or had no regard for the safety of others. Common types of personal injury claims include motor vehicle accidents, wrongful death, premises liability. product liability and slip & fall accidents.

The goal of a personal injury claim is to compel the responsible party(ies) to compensate you, the victim, for expenses related to injuries caused by the accident, such as:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Pain & suffering
  • Loss of a normal life

Common Types of Personal Injury Claims

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Common types of personal injury claims include motor vehicle accidents.

Motor Vehicle Accidents are one of the most common type of personal injury claims. In fact, millions are injured every year in motor vehicle accidents.

  • Approximately 6.75 million car accidents occur every year in the U.S. alone. (B​TS)
  • On average, there are approximately 18,510 car crashes per day in the U.S. (B​TS)

Many accidents are the result of the negligence of another driver.

  • Nearly ​950,000 car crashes were caused by cell phone use while driving. So 1 out of every 6 motor vehicle accidents is caused by texting and driving. (NHTSA)
  • According to ​2021 Road Safety Facts data, 29 people die every day in automotive crashes caused by drunk drivers. (CDC)
  • The most common causes of accidents resulting in death are drunk driving (​28%) and speeding (​26%)​​. (CDC and ​​​NSC)*

Wrongful Death is when someone is killed as a result of another’s wrongful actions. Those actions may be intentional or accidental. Wrongful death is the basis for a lawsuit against those who caused your loved one’s death. And a wrongful death claim can arise out of almost any kind of personal injury. Many come from car and truck accidents, nursing home neglect, construction or industrial accidents, use of defective products and more.

Read: Wrongful Death FAQs.

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Premises Liability holds property owners legally responsible for accidents that occur on their property due to unsafe conditions. The kinds of incidents that result in premises liability range from a fall down unsafe stairs to dog bitesswimming pool accidents or the failure of a landlord to provide adequate building security. They often occur on commercial properties such as grocery stores, restaurants, retail stores, as well as public and private swimming pools, even at your neighbor’s home.

Read: Premises Liability

Product liability holds a manufacturer or seller liable for putting a defective product on the market. Product liability law provides a legal recourse for victims of defective products to be compensated for their injuries. Dangerous and defective products can cause serious injuries whether at home, in the workplace or in a public venue. Defective or dangerous products include things such as dangerous drugs, defective vehicle parts and/or medical devices, toxic materials and/or chemicals.

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Slip & Fall Accidents happen everywhere — as you’re walking on the sidewalk or through a parking lot, at a friend’s house, in the grocery store or at a restaurant. It is caused by unsafe conditions — spills on floors, old walkways, broken handrails, poor lighting and more.

Read: Proving Negligence in a Slip & Fall Accident


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Have you been seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident, a slip and fall or some other accident in which you suffered serious injuries due to another’s negligence? Call Nash & Franciskato at (877) 284-6600. We have a successful track record helping accident victims collect the compensation they deserve.

One of our experienced staff will speak with you personally and will provide you with a free, no-obligation review of your case.



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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published December 23, 2021. It was reviewed on January 10, 2024 and updated for content and accuracy.

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