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What Are the Common Types of Personal Injury Cases?

What Are the Common Types of Personal Injury Cases?

Personal injury events affect hundreds of thousands of people in the U.S. annually. In Illinois alone, there were 52,090 injury vehicle crashes and 106,900 non-fatal workplace injuries in 2020.

Auto accidents and workplace injuries are two types of personal injury cases. However, several other personal injury incidents happen to Illinois residents and may require the help of a personal injury attorney to gain compensation.

Explore common types of personal injury cases and learn how an experienced personal injury attorney from Nessler & Associates can help you seek a settlement for your case.

Vehicle Accidents

Vehicle accidents are some of the most common personal injury cases in Illinois. Illinois uses an at-fault approach to car accidents, which means that those harmed in motor vehicle accidents can seek damages from the negligent party’s insurance after the collision.

Many car crash victims suffer serious injuries such as broken bones, disfigurement, spinal cord injuries, and traumatic brain injuries. Those injured in vehicle accidents often seek compensation through a personal injury claim to help pay for medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses related to the crash.

The personal injury attorneys from Nessler & Associates handle various types of lawsuits regarding vehicle accidents, including:

Car collisions

Drunk driving accidents

Bus or commercial vehicle crashes

Motorcycle accidents

Truck crashes

Boat or recreational vehicle accidents


Workplace Injuries

Workplace injuries represent a significant number of personal injury cases in Illinois. There were 2.7 workplace injuries per 100 full-time workers in the state in 2020, with 74,100 cases requiring days of missed work and job restriction or transfer. Most workplace accidents happen in the construction, mining, and manufacturing sectors.

Injured workers in Illinois have several choices for compensation. The personal injury lawyers at Nessler & Associates help workplace injury victims:

File for workers’ compensation benefits

Obtain disability, long-term disability, and Social Security Disability benefits

Some employers break the law by not carrying workers’ compensation insurance. In these cases, along with workplace injuries due to faulty equipment or third-party contractors, our law firm can help you file a personal injury lawsuit.


Slip-and-fall and trip-and-fall claims account for many personal injury cases. They are the leading cause of injury and accidental death for older adults in Illinois. These accidents fall under Illinois premises liability laws, which make property owners responsible for accidents that happen on their premises due to negligence.

A property owner’s or manager’s failure to keep that property safe and clear of hazards such as ice or spills can lead to broken bones, concussions, and other serious injuries.

A personal injury attorney from Nessler & Associates understands the complex nature of proving negligence in a slip-and-fall incident and can help you seek compensation for the damage you sustained in a fall due to a property owner’s negligence.

Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice cases occur when a doctor, nurse, or other medical professional provides negligent care, resulting in injury or death to a patient. In Illinois, victims of medical malpractice can seek damages for their injuries, including compensation for additional medical bills, loss of future earnings, and loss of enjoyment of life.

In the case of the wrongful death of a loved one, the family may also sue for damages such as funeral expenses and loss of consortium. The experienced attorneys at Nessler & Associates navigate a wide range of personal injury laws related to medical malpractice, including:

Birth injuries

Dental malpractice

Hospital negligence

Pharmacy negligence

Wrongful death

Additional Personal Injury Cases

Although not as common as other types of personal injury claims, dog bites, product liability, and civil sexual abuse cases occur. At Nessler & Associates, we help victims of these events recover compensation through insurance claims or personal injury lawsuits.

Dog Bites

Illinois uses a strict liability law regarding dog bites, meaning that owners are responsible for injuries their dog causes unless the victim explicitly provoked the animal. Dog bites can result in various types of injuries, including nerve damage, tissue damage to the face, neck, and cheek, lacerations, puncture wounds, and disfiguration.

In 2016, Illinois ranked 2nd in the country on State Farm’s list of most dog bite claim payouts, with over $14 million paid in damages.

Product Liability

Dangerous or defective products can cause injury or death when manufacturers don’t protect consumers. Medicines, both prescription and OTC, are common culprits in product liability. Other goods whose defects may cause harm include tools, machinery, automotive parts, medical devices, and PPE.

Illinois uses strict liability regarding product liability, allowing injured citizens to file for damages against negligent companies, whether they knew of the danger. Nessler & Associates product liability lawyers handle cases involving the following product liabilities:


Hernia mesh

Roundup exposure

Talcum (baby powder)

Asbestos and mesothelioma

Sexual Abuse

While sexual abuse is an illegal act with consequences in the criminal justice system, it is also grounds for a civil, personal injury lawsuit. Sexual abuse remains seriously underreported, with an estimated 80% of cases not disclosed until adulthood.

If you have suffered institutional or childhood sexual abuse, our attorneys can advise you on your rights and help you hold the perpetrator accountable in civil court. We will always treat you with sensitivity, compassion, and respect.

We deal with cases involving:

Childhood sexual abuse and assault

Nursing home sexual abuse

Clergy abuse

Institutional sexual abuse


Contact the Personal Injury Attorneys at Nessler & Associates

The attorneys at Nessler & Associates have years of experience in personal injury practice and are here to help you navigate the steps in your journey toward the settlement you deserve. We can offer legal advice regarding your personal injury case and help you pursue compensation for your injuries.

We have a proven track record of successful results for our clients. Contact our legal team 24/7 at (800) 727-8010 to schedule a free consultation.


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