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What Is a Personal Injury Case?

What is a personal injury case? Although most people have familiarity with what is meant by a personal injury case, clients sometimes are confused about whether their particular situation provides the basis for one. At Dempsey & Kingsland, P.C., we limit our practice to serious personal injury cases. If you have been injured because of the actions (or lack of action) of another, you may have grounds to pursue a case.

Some of those who call us want to know if the circumstances surrounding their injuries provide the grounds for a case. We understand and respect that many of those who call us may not be aware if they were injured due to a negligent act. For example, in cases involving medical treatment, an individual who experienced a poor outcome may not know whether it resulted from an unavoidable circumstance or, instead, from negligent care. If we accept your case, we can give you answers about the quality of care that you received and whether there exists a basis for a medical malpractice claim arising out of negligence.

What Is a Personal Injury Case?

Nearly every personal injury case involves a person who has sustained a bodily injury.Some personal injury cases encompass situations involving emotional injury or injuries that have been sustained by a love one. The death of a loved one can provide the basis for a type of personal injury case known as a wrongful death case. A wrongful death case arises when an individual is injured or killed due the negligence or other wrongdoing of another. Family members as designated by law have standing to bring cases for the wrongful death of loved ones.

A personal injury case can provide compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, disability, inability to work, emotional distress, pain and loss of enjoyment of life as well as future medical and care expenses. Some individuals hire attorneys to represent them not for the primary purpose of obtaining compensation but rather for the purpose of holding a negligent party accountable for their misdeeds.

Most personal injury lawsuits are governed by the law of the state where the injury occurred. Sometimes federal law will provide the basis for a personal injury case. For example, railroad employees who are injured on the job invoke the Federal Employment Liability Act to recover damages.

Common Personal Injury Lawsuits

Below are some examples of personal injury cases. This list it is not exhaustive. If you have sustained an injury due to the fault of another, we encourage you to call our office to discuss the details of your particular case.

Examples of Personal Injury Claims

  • Motor vehicle accidents, including cars, trains, trucks, planes, and recreational vehicles
  • Slip and falls
  • Injuries arising out of a defective product, including medical devices
  • Injuries sustained during, after, or as a result of pregnancy
  • Injuries incurred on another person’s property (premises liability)
  • Medical malpractice
  • Government liability
  • Construction accidents
  • Workplace injuries
  • Childcare injuries

Although we have many years of experience trying cases in court, most personal injury cases do not proceed to trial. The great majority of cases are negotiated and settled out of court.

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Dempsey and Kingsland has provided outstanding legal representation in personal injury cases since 1986. Our office at Dempsey & Kingsland, P.C. has the legal and medical expertise to carefully and skillfully resolve your case. If you or a loved one has suffered a personal injury, please call us at (816) 484-3776 or contact us online to discuss your case. We offer free consultation, and we do not charge a fee unless we recover for you.