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4 Common Types of Personal Injury Cases

Personal injury cases arise when a person is injured due to willful or negligent misconduct of another. Both physical and non-physical injuries can be a basis of a personal injury case. Moreover, the compensation will cover both monetary and nonmonetary damages.

Monetary damages include lost wages, medical fees, and court fees. On the other hand, non-monetary damages include stress, disability, physical pain, and degraded quality of life. There are many different types of personal injury cases that we will briefly discuss in this article.

1. Car Accident

The most common personal injury case in the US arises due to car accidents. If a car accident occurs due to negligent behavior or willful disregard of road safety rules of a person, an injured person can sue the guilty party to receive compensation for the damages.
However, exception do exist in 12 ‘no-fault’ states, where drivers can file a personal injury case only if the accident resulted in serious injuries. California is one of those states where a person can file a personal injury case regardless of whether the injuries were serious or minor.

2. Truck Accidents

The Inland Empire is a transportation hub for California and the United States. Our freeways and streets are packed with big rigs and commercial trucks transporting goods from the numerous warehouses and distribution centers in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. This creates a higher probability that motorists will be involved with a semi truck. Due to the sheer size and weight of an 18 wheeler, people in cars, SUVs and on motorcycles don’t have adequate protection against a vehicle weighing up to 80,000 pounds. We often see catastrophic injuries associated with these cases.

3. Slip and Fall Injuries

Another common type of personal injury case relates to slip and fall injuries. House and store owners should ensure that their premises don’t have any slip and fall hazard. If they purposefully allowed the danger to be created, they will be held liable for the injuries.

4. Dog Bites

Pet owners will be held responsible when their pet attacks or bites another person. In most states in the US including California, the ‘strict liability’ rule applies where a pet owner will be responsible for injuries even if the pet has not shown aggressive behavior in the past. However, there are some states where ‘one-bite’ rule exists, allowing pet owners to get off scot free if there was no previous history of aggressive behavior by their pet.

The above are just some of the common types of personal injury cases. For expert guidance and advice regarding a personal injury case, you should contact Matthew Taylor in Rancho Cucamonga. We have highly skilled and experienced personal injury attorneys with a track record of success. Contact us today by dialing (909) 989-7774.

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Matthew Taylor
Matthew Taylor

Matthew Taylor has been licensed as an attorney in California since 1995 and has significant experience in receivership, partition referee actions and personal injury litigation.