So, what exactly is a personal injury lawsuit and what sets it apart from any other type of injury? When an accident happens to you or someone you love due to someone else’s negligence, you have the opportunity to pursue legal action in an attempt to recover damages.

Since you suffered due to someone else’s actions, you may be able to hold them legally responsible. If the other party is found guilty, they will be required to pay the sum determined by the court.

Here are some of the most common types of personal injury cases. 

Car Accidents

Getting in a car accident can result in serious physical injury. Not only can you find yourself with considerably high medical bills, but your personal life can be affected too.

Many people hire an attorney to help with insurance disputes and fighting for a fair settlement. If the verdict is in your favor, you may be compensated for more than just your injuries. It’s not uncommon to obtain covered lost wages, and even compensation for emotional suffering. 

Dog Bites

When a dog bites someone resulting in injury, the owner is usually held financially responsible. If the injured person and the dog’s owner can’t seem to settle the matter themselves, then they take it to small claims court.  

However, it’s rare that dog bite cases make it to court since most people tend to negotiate amongst themselves before it gets to that point. 

Medical Malpractice

When a doctor provides care for a patient that ends in injury, they may be sued for medical malpractice. It’s important to note that not all procedures which end unfavorably are considered malpractice.

There must be clear evidence that a doctor fell short in their expertise and acted negligently. Examples fall under misdiagnosis or a blatant error during surgery like leaving an instrument inside the patient. 


When a person feels that someone has affected their public reputation due to untrue statements, they may pursue a defamation lawsuit. They must prove that the person intentionally spread untrue information about them which resulting in emotional and financial loss.

Slip and Fall Injuries

Lastly one of the most common types of cases are slip and fall lawsuits. These occur when someone falls on another person’s property resulting in injury. When you press charges, you’ll need to prove to the courts that the property owners neglect resulted in your injury. 
Unlike criminal law cases, which are handled by the government, a personal injury case usually begins when a plaintiff files a formal complaint. Once the case goes to court, they and their lawyer will be expected to prove that the other party (the defendant) acted irresponsibly in a way that led to the accident or personal injury.