Personal injury law is a fairly vague industry, and although most people just think that personal injury lawyers handle all sorts of cases, in reality, most are specialized injury attorneys that handle specific types of personal injury liability.
Here are just a few of the most common areas of personal injury law:
- Wrongful death cases occur when a victim experiences a severe injury caused by another person’s negligence or intentional harmful acts, and that victim ends up dying because of the other’s actions. Wrongful death lawsuits are not considered criminal cases, although they often deal with murder cases; instead, these are civil lawsuits filed on behalf of the victim’s surviving relatives. Someone convicted in a wrongful death case won’t necessarily go to jail, but he or she will end up paying a large settlement to the victim’s family.
- Medical malpractice can be a subset of wrongful death cases, but the victim doesn’t have to experience fatal injuries in order to receive compensation under medical malpractice laws. These laws refer to a doctor or medical professional showing gross negligence to another person’s wellbeing, thus causing serious injuries that cannot be treated and which infringe on that person’s quality of life.
- Car accidents are another group of personal injury lawsuits which happen all the time, regardless of whether the victim(s) survive or not. These lawsuits are important because they help the victim pay for essential medical treatment, and they provide compensation for emotional and mental harm.
There aren’t any cases of personal injury where the victim is totally compensated for his/her pain and suffering through a certain amount of money — but these settlements can make the process of healing a little bit easier.