There are many, many different kinds of lawyers and fields of law in the United States and within these fields there are many more specialty and subspecialty areas. One of the bigger fields of law that has more lawyers than many other areas is personal injury law. Personal injury is a legal term used in reference to when someone is injured or becomes ill as the result of another party or parties’ negligence, malice, or recklessness. When this happens, the victim of a personal injury may be entitled to compensation for expenses that are a result of  their injury or illness, as well as for their pain and suffering. In the horrific event some dies because of a personal injury, their surviving family may be entitled to some similar compensation, as well as for their grief and loss. Personal injury claims are one of the more common kinds of legal claims. They typically involve a plaintiff, the victim, suing the party or parties that caused their injury, the defendant(s). In some situations, a group of plaintiffs may sue a defendant or defendants in one lawsuit. These kinds of cases are often referred to as class action lawsuits. 

Specialty and Niche Areas of Personal Injury

Below are two of the more common specialty and niche areas of law that fall under the umbrella of personal injury. 

Medical Malpractice

When a doctor or other healthcare provider or a healthcare facility’s negligence results in a patient’s injury, it is called medical malpractice. Common niche specialty areas of medical malpractice include but are not limited to:

  1. Misdiagnosis
  2. Failure to diagnose
  3. Surgery error or wrong surgery
  4. Medication error
  5. Treating a non-existent problem
  6. Birth injuries
  7. Anaesthesia error  
  8. Nursing home abuse and neglect

Auto Accidents

When someone is injured and/or property is damaged in an accident involving a negligent auto or other kind of moving vehicle operator, they may seek the help of an auto accident or moving vehicle accident (MVA) lawyer. Common niche
specialty areas involving moving vehicles and accidents include but are not limited to:

  1. Specific kinds of accidents such as t-bones, rear-end and multi-car collisions
  2. Trucking accidents
  3. Drunk driving 
  4. Pedestrian accidents
  5. Reckless driving
  6. Teenage drivers
  7. Wrongful death

There are many more different specialty areas of personal injury than the two mentioned above. Lawyers have niches within workplace injury law, premise liability law, slip and fall accident law, assault and battery, and defamation law, to name just a few. Be informed about legal information and news with Top Lawyer Services.