In which cases should I make a personal injury claim?

Personal injury claims are a very common procedure that we will most certainly have to face sooner or later in our lives. The reason is that this concept encompasses so many possible causes of injury that it is very relatively likely that we will come across one of them at some point.

Whatever the cause of our incident, the important thing is to always have the help of a personal injury lawyer who can advise us throughout the procedure and who can prevent, among other things, our process from being excessively prolonged, going to trial or not obtaining the expected results.

Among the most frequent reasons for personal injury claims are the following options:

  1. Traffic accident:

These are the most common causes of claim. A person may seek compensation for injuries caused to both their vehicle and their physical integrity in the event of a car or truck accident. In these cases, it is usually the insurance companies that pay the compensation. Similarly, a person can claim compensation in the event of an accident on public transport, such as buses, trains or cabs. In the latter case, the compensation, if not covered by the vehicle’s insurance for damages to third parties, must be paid by the driver’s liability insurance. Traffic accident claims have a maximum period of three years to be made, counting from the time the accident occurred. Compensations, on the other hand, if everything goes well, would be available within one or two months.

  1. Dog bite.

If you have been unjustifiably attacked by a dog, you should know that it is possible to make a claim against the owner of the dog. He will be liable for the attack or, in his place, the animal’s insurance, in case he owns it. As in the case of car accidents, the period for making a claim in this type of case is three years from the time of the incident. The amount of compensation will vary depending on the seriousness of the injuries and the dangerousness of the dog’s breed, as well as whether the dog is a repeat offender in this type of attack.

  1. Medical malpractice.

In cases of medical malpractice the claim is directed against the health professional involved and not against the institution where he/she works. It will be the professional’s civil liability insurance that will be responsible for the expenses derived from the compensation. In these cases, the claim period begins to run from the moment the negligence was discovered, i.e. diagnosed in the patient, and not from the moment it occurred. The period is also equivalent to three years. The amount of compensation will vary depending on the severity of the injuries, the length of time off work, whether or not it is subject to compensation for pain and suffering and whether the consequences of the negligence have affected the victim’s personal and family life in any way.