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Being at risk of an injury is unfortunately part of our lives every single day. Yet, when does a sustained injury become a “personal injury”, and what should you do about it? 

A serious injury can lead to expensive medical bills, job loss, or even the inability to function within your normal routine. When the accident is the result of someone’s negligence, you are not expected to undergo these unfortunate events without compensation. 

Yet, before you can receive anything, it is important to know what exactly qualifies as a personal injury. Here are a few key distinctions from the experienced personal injury lawyers at Braswell Murphy in Mobile, Alabama. 

What is Personal Injury?

Personal injury can include accidents, illnesses, or trauma that affect your physical or psychological status due to the negligence of another person. With injuries causing so many variable expenses, the seriousness of your case will not only be determined by the type of injury but the extent of it.

Common Types of Personal Injury Claims

Most personal injury claims come from car accidents, truck wrecks, or motorcycle crashes. However, the term can also be used for medical malpractice, slip-and-fall cases, workplace accidents, defective products, and even criminal injuries. 

Vehicle Accidents

Despite the increasing safety measures taken by car manufacturers, there are thousands of car wrecks a year. In Alabama alone, a traffic crash was reported every 3 minutes and 55 seconds in 2020. Of these wrecks, Drive Safe Alabama reported that a person was injured in a traffic crash every 13 minutes and 50 seconds. 

If you were injured in a car accident, truck wreck, or motorcycle crash, you can file a personal injury lawsuit. As you work closely with an experienced personal injury lawyer, they will help determine the appropriate compensation amount, investigate the crash, and, if necessary, even argue the case in court.

Medical Negligence and Medical Malpractice

Medical negligence ultimately refers to an act of carelessness, not an intention to harm. Much like anyone, doctors can make mistakes, but if it is in good faith that he or she was fulfilling the medical standards of care and doing the right thing by the patient, then it is known as medical negligence. 

Medical malpractice adds a layer of intent to the act of carelessness that is negligence. Ultimately, an injury is identified as medical malpractice if it is caused by a doctor’s inappropriate treatment. These personal injury cases typically require the doctor to have broken a rule or taken incorrect, negligent, or inappropriate actions while treating a patient. 

Wrongful Death

For a wrongful death case to exist, you and your personal injury lawyer must first determine that a loved one’s death was caused by negligence or wrongdoing from a responsible party. Wrongful death can be caused by:

  • Medical Malpractice
  • Vehicle Accidents
  • Criminal Activity
  • Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

Contact an Alabama Personal Injury Lawyer

If you are a Mobile, Alabama resident that has sustained a personal injury, your first course of action is to find an experienced lawyer. Together, you can obtain the financial compensation you deserve for the extent of the injuries or trauma you have sustained. 

The Mobile, Alabama personal injury lawyers at Braswell Murphy represent injured people and family members of people killed by the negligence of another person or entity, no matter the circumstances. For more information contact Braswell Murphy today!

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