Types of Personal Injury Claims

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Personal injuries can occur as a result of may types of circumstances and every case has its own unique characteristics.

In the broadest terms, personal injury refers to a claim being made by someone who has been harmed by another’s negligence.

Personal injury claims are generally organized into broad categories.


The most common personal injury claims are auto accident cases.

This is a very broad category of personal injury and includes trucking accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle vs car accidents, pedestrian vs car accidents, drunk driving accidents, and ATV accidents.

While these accidents may present unique challenges and evidence problems, they have many similar characteristics and the handling of these cases tend to be similar in nature.

Because of mandatory insurance laws, these are the easiest claims for which to obtain financial compensation. They are also some of the most likely to have serious and permanent injuries.


Premises liability claims are the second most common types of personal injury claims.

These cases involve injuries that were the result of the negligence of a property owner or operator.  The most common types of premises liability claims are slip and fall and trip and fall cases.

These most often occur in public buildings or spaces. They are more challenging than some cases because it can be difficult to prove liability.

The key to these cases usually involves demonstrating that the property owner or operator knew or should have known of a dangerous condition that caused the harm or injury and that they failed to do anything about the dangerous condition.

Other types of premises liability claims are fires, inadequate security, swimming pool accidents, elevator and escalator accidents, gym accidents, and trip and fall accidents.


Medical Malpractice claims are another special class of personal injury cases. There can be no doubt that injuries occur due to medical malpractice.

It is important to realize that most doctors do their best to keep patients safe and healthy and it is the exception and not the rule that they are negligent and their negligence causes harm to a patient. However, there are cases where doctors commit negligence with serious harm befalling the patient.

Medical malpractice may include failure to diagnose, surgical errors, medication errors, or anesthesia mistakes.


Irresponsible dog owners often keep dogs chained up, isolated, or even train their animals to attack. This can result in serious injury or even death. Dog bites are common occurrences and often involve scarring and infection.

They are also some of the most terrifying personal injury incidents because they involve an attack by an animal for an indefinite duration.

The attorneys at Whitener Law Firm handle each of these types of personal injury claims. Having a personal injury attorney will increase your chances of successfully settling your claim for the largest amount possible.

If you were injured due to someone else’s negligence, call Whitener Law Firm to find out what we can do to get you the money you deserve.

For a free consultation regarding a personal injury claim, contact us at 505-883-7877.

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