Common Greensboro Personal Injury Cases

The Most Common Greensboro Personal Injury Cases

In Personal Injury by GWAO

Common Types Of Greensboro Personal Injury Claims

A Greensboro Car Crash or Greensboro Personal Injury claim is one of the hardest claims to deal with. Going through the motions of a legal fight is the last thing you want to do when you’re trying to recover. The burden of medical bills and lost wages can pile up quickly, however, so you may not have a choice. Fortunately, the process is much easier with the help of an experienced Greensboro personal injury lawyer.

If you want to make the most out of your case, you need to be familiar with the different types of personal injury claims. Quite a few different things can lead to a personal injury in which someone else is responsible due to negligent behavior. Knowing if  your issue qualifies for a personal injury claim is the first step into getting the money you’re owed. Learn more about the most common types of injury claims, and figure out how a personal injury lawyer can help.

Car Crashes

The most common type of personal injury case involves car accidents. This covers a wide variety of accidents from cars to trucks, buses, motorcycles and even bicycles. The primary purpose of a car accident claim is to collect money from the liable party’s insurance company. It’s not always easy to determine liability, however, so you’re going to want a personal injury lawyer on your side.

In order to win a car crash case, you’ll need to do a few things. First, you have to show that the at fault driver was negligent by disobeying the rules of the road or not obeying a reasonable expectation of care. Next, you’ll have to draw the link between their negligence, the crash and your injury. Negligence itself can take on quite a few shapes. They could have been driving crazy, they could have been distracted by a phone or another device or they could have been acting angrily towards you, or other things.

It’s often important to keep in mind that some states are considered no-fault states in which damages are simply collected from your own insurance company unless really bad injury occurs. North Carolina, however, is a fault state, meaning you can collect damages from the other driver and their insurer if you can show liability and carelessness on their part.

Slips and Falls

Slip and fall claims are the result of accidents in which you fall down and have injuries in a place that shouldn’t have had a dangerous condition. Having a dangerous condition is an important distinction to make, as you can’t file a slip and fall claim if you tripped over your own feet. Like car crashes and any other kind of personal injury, you’ll have to prove that there was a negligent person involved who created the dangerous condition.

There is no one reason for determining whether or not something qualifies as a slip and fall case. In general, the cause needs to be the result of someone’s bad behavior. If you slip in a grocery store on a puddle, for example, the grocery store may be held at fault, since they’re reasonably expected to clean up messes or at least put up danger signs.

The most common kind of slip and fall case is one in which the property owner knew or should have known about the dangerous condition, but it’s also the most hard one to argue. Defining what dangers any property owner should have known about through the course of regular business is primarily determined by your own common sense. The lack of specific rules can give rise to defenses that could cut you off from the money you’re owed.

Dog Bites  (Arf!)

A dog bite claim is exactly what it sounds to be. These personal injuries occur when someone’s dog takes a bite out of you. Liability for dog bites like this usually go upon their owner, but other states have different rules. For North Carolina, dog bite cases work under strict liability, meaning you don’t even have to establish fault on the part of the owner for the dog bite, but only if the dog is a known dangerous breed.  Otherwise, North Carolina goes under the “one bite” rule which states that if you know that your dog has bitten or threatened to bite someone before, then you are on notice.