Types of Cases Personal Injury Lawyers Handle

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Accidents resulting in serious injury occur far more often than we would like. That is why we have personal injury law: to protect us if we are injured or harmed because of someone else’s negligence. A personal injury lawyer will help you hold those responsible accountable.

Accidents happen across all industries. Some law firms specialize in the types of cases they handle, while others handle a broader range. While not comprehensive, this overview covers many of the more common types of cases a personal injury lawyer might handle.

Motor Vehicle Accidents

Rollover car accident accidents protect us negligence personal injury lawyerMotor vehicle accidents are one of the most common personal injury cases. Each year thousands are killed, and millions injured in these types of accidents. In 2020, almost 41,000 people died in motor vehicle accidents with more than 2 million visits to the emergency room for injuries.

Other types of motor vehicle accidents include:

  • Large Commercial & Delivery Trucks
  • Motorcycles & Bicycles
  • Uber/Lyft
  • Pedestrian accidents

Motor vehicle accidents tend to occur because someone isn’t following the rules of the road or they are driving carelessly.

Premises Liability

Accidents caused by a dangerous or defective condition on someone’s property is referred to as “premises liability.” These accidents can happen on commercial properties, private property (i.e., neighbor’s home) or a public place such as a swimming pool.

Premises Liability holds property owners legally responsible for accidents that occur on their property due to unsafe conditions.

Slip and fall accidents are common premises liability cases.

According to the CDC,

  • Each year, 3 million senior adults are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries.
  • Over 800,000 patients a year are hospitalized because of a fall injury and at least 300,000 senior adults are hospitalized for hip fractures.

Other types of premises liability cases could include:

  • Swimming pool
  • Broken railings
  • Tripping over an obstacle
  • Slipping on a spill
  • Inadequate lighting and/or security
  • Wet floors

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Any type of personal injury can become a wrongful death if the victim dies from the injury. Wrongful death is the basis for a lawsuit against those who caused your loved one’s death due to carelessness and/or negligence. Many come from car and truck accidents, nursing home neglect, construction or industrial accidents, defective products and more.

Product Liability

While less common, product liability claims arise when someone suffers injury from a dangerous product due to:

  • Design defect
  • Manufacturing defect
  • Inadequate warnings about the danger of the product

Dangerous and defective products can cause serious injuries at home, in the workplace or in a public venue and includes things such as: dangerous drugs, defective vehicle parts, defective medical devices, and toxic materials. Product liability law provides a legal recourse for victims of defective products to be compensated for their injuries.

Responsible parties can be individuals, businesses or government entities who sold, designed, manufactured, or marketed a dangerous or defective product.

Workplace Accidents

According to the National Safety Council, a worker is injured on the job every seven seconds. While workplace accidents are typically covered by Workman’s Compensation, there are instances when a personal injury claim may be pursued, such as when the injury is caused by a third party’s negligence.

Unfortunately, businesses can be negligent when it comes to the safety of workers. Accidents involving heavy equipment can be devastating and a victim’s opportunity to earn a living can be severely impacted.

Other types of Personal Injury Cases

Dog Bites & Attacks

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Dog bites can cause serious injuries, especially for children. Because of their height, children typically suffer facial and neck injuries from a dog attack, which often require reconstructive or cosmetic surgery and long-term medical treatment.

In most cases, the owner of a dog is financially responsible; however, the laws can vary from state to state. Missouri uses what is called the “strict liability” rule vs. the “one bite” rule. Learn more about “strict” liability versus “one bite” liability.

Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect

Our population is aging. Data from the US Census Bureau projects that 95 million Americans will be aged 65 or older by 2060; with an expectation that by 2030, 1.9 million seniors will need nursing home care.

According to the National Council on Aging, elder abuse is a silent problem in which one in 10 Americans aged 60+ have experienced in some form: physical, mental/emotional, sexual and basic neglect.

  • Medical malpractice
  • Brain, birth, burn and spinal cord injuries
  • Dram shop
  • Aviation or boating accidents
  • Highway defects & accidents
  • Industrial & construction
  • Insurance disputes
  • Railroad crossing accidents
  • And more …



Personal injury law lets an injured person obtain compensation when someone else’s wrongful conduct (negligence or intentional) causes harm.

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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