Personal Injury Claims & Lawsuits for Different Case Types

Personal injury cases are among the most common legal actions in the United States each year. When someone is injured due to the negligence of another person or entity, it’s cause for the victim to file a personal injury claim or lawsuit.

Most claims are resolved with an out-of-court settlement. Settlement documents include clauses stating the plaintiff forgoes future legal actions related to the injury or incident in question.

If a settlement can’t be reached, a personal injury lawsuit is filed in the state or county courts where the injury occurred. Injury cases with small damage amounts, from about $2,000 to $15,000, are typically filed in small claims court.

A personal injury claim is normally resolved through negotiations between counsel for the injured party, counsel for the defendant, and/or agents of the relevant insurance carrier (claims adjusters). Oftentimes it resembles nothing more than arguing over the settlement amount, with the defendant trying to reduce their payout.

Read through the some case types to get a handle on the specifics of injury claims.

Case Types:

Assault, Abuse & Other Crimes

If you suffered injuries due to a criminal act such as robbery, assault, or abuse, you may be entitled to compensation from a variety of sources. Learn more about crime victims' rights. You'll have to work with the prosecutor on the case to make sure you receive a judgement against the perpetrator, and to connect you to the victims' compensation fund.

School & Daycare Injuries

School accidents and injuries pose a unique challenge. Public schools are government entities and you'll have to go through a form of tort claim process to recover compensation. Private schools have their own insurance coverage, so the claim process is a little more straightforward.

Wrongful Death

Wrongful death lawsuits work a lot like personal injury cases. The difference is they're more tragic and the jury awards for damages are much higher. In these cases it's absolutely necessary to get a lawyer with specialized knowledge in wrongful death law.

Other Case Types

Here is a collection of other personal injury case types that don't fit under other categories. Be sure to get a free consultation with an attorney before pursuing any case on your own.

For more about class actions, read this case example.

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