Common Types of Personal Injury
Our personal injury lawyers offer free legal guidance, and would be happy to answer any questions about your injury. Depending on the nature of a personal injury, recovery can vary in both time and compensation amount. If you think you have a good personal injury case and want to learn more about your next steps, contact the Scranton Law Firm.
If you or a family member has been injured in an accident, we highly recommend seeking medical attention to figure out the best path to recovery. Injuries like bruising and soft tissue damage might seem like something that will heal over time, but it is best to get the recommendation of a doctor before making that conclusion. The Scranton Law Firm has seen many types of accident injuries over our 40+ years in practice, and the following are some common examples:
Animal Caused Injuries
If you have been injured by a dog, particularly by a dog bite, you should immediately seek medical attention. Dogs may carry diseases that can infect humans. It is important to identify the dog that caused the injury and report the matter to the police or animal control authorities right away.
Back & Spinal Cord Injuries
The vertebrae of the spine are cushioned by spongy disks which act like little shock absorbers and keep the spine flexible. If one of these disks becomes damaged, either through wear and tear or some type of accident, it can bulge or break through its hard outer layer, which is called a herniated disk.
Brain Trauma and Head Injuries
Broken Bones / Fractures
Broken bones and fractures are serious injuries. They can cause severe discomfort in mild cases and chronic pain or permanent disability in more extreme cases. Fractured or broken ribs can cause potential lung damage. Elderly people are more likely to experience serious medical consequences as a result of broken bones and fractures.
Burn and Fire Injuries
Burn injuries are often extremely painful and can require extensive medical and surgical treatment. Burn injuries are normally classified by degree, i.e. first, second and third-degree burns. A first-degree burn can be very painful but only affects the outer skin and generally requires little or no medical treatment.
Construction Site Injuries
Injuries that take place on a construction site frequently involve workers’ compensation claims. However, there are a number of potential claims that may be pursued in a construction accident case and workers’ compensation insurance is often not the only available remedy.
Eye injuries can have devastating life-long effects and should always be taken seriously. These injuries can have substantial economic effects in addition to pain and suffering, and loss of sight. Any time an injury to the eye happens an eye specialist should be seen immediately, even if you received emergency care.
Food poisoning is an illness that is typically caused by food that has been improperly processed, stored, prepared or otherwise has come into contact with harmful germs, bacteria, parasites or viruses. While most incidents of food poisoning are fairly mild, it also has the potential to be extremely serious or even fatal.
Heart & Lungs Injury
Internal bleeding’s symptoms can be hard to detect because they don’t usually have exterior signs. Internal bleeding is dangerous because you may not even realize it is happening until it becomes serious in the future. Blood is critical to how internal organs and the body work so when this bleeding begins to disrupt circulation it will eventually cause severe symptoms throughout the body.
Muscular injuries are often caused by trauma resulting in the release of blood inside the muscle. In mild cases, this simply results in slight soft tissue injuries and will generally heal itself over time. In more serious cases, the muscle can be permanently damaged leading to reduced flexibility and other symptoms.
If a person loses consciousness during an accident or other injury, time is of the essence. An accident victim who loses consciousness and stops breathing is at risk of death or serious brain damage. Therefore, CPR or other breathing assistance should be given immediately and they should receive urgent medical attention.
An on-the-job or workplace injury is one suffered by an employee while working. Workplace injuries can occur by Accident or as a result of an occupational disease or exposure. Depending on the situation, workplace injuries may be covered by Workers’ Compensation laws, tort law or both.