There are many different types of cases and claims that fall under injury law. Some of the most common injury cases are medical malpractice, auto and vehicle accidents, and birth injuries. If you have been injured due to another person’s negligence or fault, you may have a personal injury claim.
Medical malpractice most often refers to mistakes made by doctors or other medical professions over the course of treatment. Additionally, malpractice can be considered if a diagnosis is made incorrectly or not made at all. If there is a significant delay in treatment as a result, there may be a claim for medical malpractice. Treatment issues can occur during surgery, if the surgeon causes damage to any part of the body. Another common source of malpractice is treatment for the wrong injury, disease, or illness. Malpractice may even extend to prescription mistakes. For example, if your doctor prescribes a medication in a dangerous dosage, or prescribes medication that can react harmfully with other medicines you are taking, there may be malpractice. These issues may also be caused by a pharmacy.
Auto & Vehicle Accidents
Auto accidents are the most common type of personal injury case – in 2012 it was estimated that over 2,300,000 people nationwide were injured in car accidents. That’s 6,300 accidents per day. Although they are the most common injury matter, they can also be very complicated. For example, liability is often disputed by the involved insurance companies, and it can be difficult to prove who was really at fault. The most important thing to know about vehicle accidents is that the type of soft tissue injuries they cause may not be noticed immediately after the accident, due to shock. If you’ve been involved in a car, truck, boat, or bicycle accident, get treatment immediately, especially if you are feeling pain. Drunk driving accidents, hit and run accidents, and rear end collisions are some of the most common auto accidents. If you drive as part of your job and are in an accident, you may be entitled to Worker’s Compensation in addition to the personal injury claim.
Birth injuries can be considered medical malpractice, but are categorized separately because they can be more severe, and cause lasting damage that may not be observed for years after the baby’s birth. Birth injuries can come from mistakes made during pre-natal care or during the delivery of the infant. Birth injuries commonly happen when mothers are not properly monitored and certain conditions, such as infections, go unnoticed during pregnancy. They are also often caused when delivery does not go as planned and the doctor fails to react properly. Common birth injuries include Erb’s Palsy and Cerebral Palsy, which both cause muscle weakness and a lack of control over muscles.