Types of Personal Injury Claims

If you’ve suffered an injury due to the wrong doing of another party, you may have grounds for a  claim for damages.  In Ontario courts, damages is usually a claim for money. Succumbing to a personal injury affects you both physically and financially and often emotionally. If this has happened to you or you feel that the compensation offered through insurance is insufficient, you need to hire a personal injury lawyer to fight for the compensation that you deserve. There are a wide variety of types of personal injury claims and it is important to be aware of the most common:

Car Accidents

Car accidents are a common cause for personal injury compensation claims. Though all drivers in Ontario are required to carry auto insurance for their vehicle, this insurance may only initially cover damage to your vehicle. If you’re badly injured and another driver was at fault, you may require a personal injury lawyer to sue additional compensation. There are many different types of wrongful acts that can lead to a car accident, including: speeding, distracted driving, failure to stop and driving under the influence. If you feel you have not been adequately compensated, talk to a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.

Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice claims result from an injury suffered while under the care of a health professional, such as a doctor or nurse. These claims can be complex and you should speak with a lawyer with experience in medical malpractice claims if you believe you have suffered an injury during medical treatment. Some examples of medical malpractice are: mistakes in treatment; improper diagnosis; treatment against a patient’s wishes.

Slip and Fall

A slip and fall can result in long-term or serious injury. In Ontario, property owners must maintain property that is accessible to the public. If they do not, they are liable to a personal injury compensation claim. Slip and fall accidents can result from: snow or ice buildup on sidewalks, poor lighting, uneven or cracked pavement, broken handrails and sinkholes. No matter whether the property owner is a homeowner, business owner or the local government, they’re liable for injuries caused by failing to properly maintain and safeguard their property.

Dog Bite

Dog owners are responsible for injuries inflicted by their dogs. These injuries can be physical, mental or psychological. It is important for you to identify the dog’s owner and to seek medical attention as soon as possible following a dog bite. The dog owner may be subject to criminal or by-law violations, but they are also liable for your personal injury compensation. If you believe you’ve suffered a personal injury due to the wrongful acts of another party, contact the experienced injury law team at Chown Cairns. Their local Niagara lawyers have a wide array of experience and expertise when it comes to personal injury compensation claims.