Are you trying to figure out what your legal rights are for filing a lawsuit? Do you want to know what you can do? If so, you’ve come to the right place.
The legal world can be tricky to navigate if you’re not familiar with it, especially as there are so many lawsuit types out there. In order to know what kind of lawyer to contact, and what you can get out of your lawsuit it’s important to know at least the common types of lawsuits out there.
Keep reading below to know more about 8 common types of lawsuits to figure out which applies to your situation.
1. Product Liability
Did you purchase an item like a toy for your kids, a home appliance, or even a car that’s resulted in you or a family member getting injured? If the answer is yes, then a product liability lawsuit is one of the eight lawsuit types you will want to do.
This practice of law involves suing the manufacturing company who produced the good you bought that injured you. Your injury can be a mild, moderate, or severe but warrants compensation for your injuries.
This type of lawsuit will help cover medical expenses and hospital bills that resulted because of your injury. You are likely entitled to a refund of your purchase and extra compensation. For example, it can be for the time you had to take off work, additional expenses you had because of it, and even mental/emotional damage.
Did someone launch a smear campaign against you? Was there anything published in a newspaper or website that was untrue about you? Maybe it was about a business you run? If the answer is yes, then a defamation (or libel) lawsuit is the one you will want to use.
A defamation lawsuit, also known as a libel suit, is used when a false claim is published and negatively impacts you and/or your business. In these instances, you can claim the loss of income from your business because of the slander, or emotional damage caused by it.
3. Dog Bite
Did you have a dog bite you? Did it require medical attention? If yes, then this the lawsuit type for you.
Approximately 4.7 million people get bit by a dog each year. What can you do about it? You are able to make a lawsuit against the dog owner for the injury you got from their dog’s bite.
This can include suing for medical bills and hospital visits for the bite, as well as emotional trauma you’ve gotten from the accident.
4. Medical Malpractice
Did you have a medical procedure done and it was botched? Maybe you had a doctor misdiagnose you or perform the wrong procedure? If so, you are entitled to make a medical malpractice suit.
With this type of lawsuit, you will be entitled to compensation for damages because of the medical malpractice that a doctor did.
In these instances, doctors will typically either receive a suspension from practicing medicine for a certain time or have their license pulled. It’s dependent on the severity of the malpractice they did.
5. Slip and Fall
Where you in a place of business where there was a wet floor that you slipped on and got injured? Maybe it was on someone’s sidewalk or driveway? If yes, then you should pursue a slip and fall suit.
These lawsuit types involved getting compensation for your injuries where you’ve slipped and fallen on private or business property.
The compensation will typically cover medical and hospital bills as well as awarding damages for your accident.
6. Vehicle Accident
Have you recently been in a car accident? Was your vehicle damaged? Did you also sustain injuries? If yes, you will want to make a vehicle accident lawsuit.
In this lawsuit, you will be able to sue the other party for the damage they did to your vehicle as well as payment for medical and hospital bills from your injury. They may also be obligated to cover your medical care depending on how serious your injuries are.
This lawsuit type will also help cover the gap that your insurance wasn’t able to cover by suing the other driver.
Additionally, this is also the lawsuit for going after drunk drivers who causes your accident.
7. Workers’ Compensation
Have you gotten injured at work? Are you worried you won’t get the maximum support and benefits you need to get better? If yes, then you need a workers’ compensation lawsuit.
This type of lawsuit will be a fight for you to be able to get the maximum amount of benefits, time off, and payments for your injury. It’s important in these instances to have a well-seasoned lawyer in your corner to fight the battle for you.
There are many times where injured employees get the bare minimum or just barely enough compensation to get them through their injury recovery. This is obviously problematic in more ways than one especially when it comes to paying bills while you’re off work recovering.
Have you been treated differently by a business because of the color of your skin? Or maybe because of your gender or sexual preference? Maybe you were passed up on a job because of any of those things? If yes, the lawsuits you’re looking to pursue are discriminations suits.
Discrimination lawsuits involve compensation for being treated unfairly because of your skin color, race, religion, age, gender, sexual preference, or even a disability. You can be an employee of a company or anyone that is involved in interacting with the business from vendors to customers.
Everyone has a right to fair and equal treatment. This lawsuit is for seeking justice against the instances when actions by a business aren’t in the name of fairness and equality.
Which Of These Lawsuit Types Is For You?
Armed with these 8 common lawsuit types, you should prepare you to search for the right lawyer and be able to discuss the types of compensation you can expect to see from the suit. Be sure to contact a lawyer for more information and advice around these lawsuits.
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