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Different Types of Personal Injury Cases in Montana

In Montana, a personal injury lawsuit may revolve around an issue between two parties in which one of those parties caused injuries or damage to another through negligence. Personal injury covers a wide breadth of possible case types, and everyone should know the various possible types of personal injury cases.

Motor Vehicle Accidents

Car accidents remain one of the leading causes of personal injury claims in the United States. Most states follow fault-based rules for handling vehicle accidents, and a negligent driver who causes an accident with another driver is liable for the other driver’s damages. In no-fault states, all drivers must use their own personal auto insurance coverage unless their damages meet their states’ thresholds for taking legal action.

Workplace Accidents

When employees suffer injuries in the workplace, they often have the opportunity to file for workers’ compensation. Most states require all employers to carry workers’ compensation insurance, and the benefits available from a successful claim can help cover an injured worker’s immediate medical costs and lost income during recovery. However, some states do not require all employers to carry workers’ compensation insurance, and some employees suffer injuries due to workplace negligence or a supervisor’s failure to address a known safety issue in a timely and effective manner.

An injured worker may have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit if workers’ compensation would not be enough to fully cover the workers’ damages or if he or she works for an employer that does not carry workers’ compensation insurance.

Medical Malpractice

Medical professionals like doctors, nurses, and anesthesiologists have a duty to prevent harm to their patients and to meet the standard of care for every patient. When a medical professional harms a patient through negligence, this is medical malpractice. These cases can revolve around various issues.

These are just a few examples; any time a medical professional causes an injury due to a failure to meet the patient’s standard of care, the patient likely has grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit.

Premises Liability

Property owners have a duty of care to the lawful visitors on their properties to ensure they do not encounter any foreseeable safety issues. Property owners owe this duty of care to people they invite onto their properties for their own purposes or those with permission to enter their properties for their own purposes, like salespeople and mail carriers. If a property owner knew or reasonably should have known about a safety issue that injures a lawful visitor, the property owner could face liability for the visitor’s damages. Property owners do not owe a duty of care to trespassers, however.

Product Liability

Product manufacturers have a responsibility to ensure the safety of their products and to advertise them accurately. Product liability cases revolve around defective or unreasonably dangerous products that harm end users, and the manufacturers of those products are liable for end users’ damages.

Catastrophic Injuries

Some injuries can have life-changing consequences for victims. Compound bone fractures, severe burns, traumatic brain injuries, and spinal cord injuries are a step beyond a typical injury, and the potential recovery available from such injury claims is substantial. Plaintiffs can potentially secure compensation for their immediate and future medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost earning capacity, and compensation for permanent disabilities resulting from these severe injuries.

Many different scenarios can lead to personal injury lawsuits. Ultimately, anyone who suffers measurable damages or injuries from the actions of another party may have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit. It is crucial to act quickly; every state upholds a statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits beginning on the date of an incident, typically two years. An injured party should secure legal representation as soon as possible following a personal injury to determine liability for his or her damages and start building a lawsuit.