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The Most Common Personal Injuries in America

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According to the Centers for Disease Control, 29.4 million people seek treatment at emergency rooms for unintentional injuries annually.

Many of these injuries are caused by the negligent actions of other people. It is also a fact that injured people too often fail to pursue the compensation they may deserve. Often people don’t know they can or how to seek compensation for their injuries.

This article is intended to help our readers become aware of common injuries that can be compensated and how to go about making your claim.

Navigating the legal process can be difficult. You need an experienced personal accident attorney to get the best possible outcome. In most cases, the first consultation and case evaluation are free.

Most cases involving personal injury are settled with no formal lawsuit. But, there are times when they go to court. The case could also be sent to arbitration or mediation, an intermediate stage between trial and a settlement.

There are many kinds of personal injury cases. These include auto accidents, medical malpractice, and others. Some cases are simple, and there are few damages, so the money involved is minimal. Some cases are worth millions and include hundreds of people.

Remember that the state laws determine the statutes of limitations for personal injury claims. These laws vary depending on the specific injury.

Here are some of the most common personal injuries in America:

Auto Accident Injury

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were more than 67,000 motor vehicle accidents in America in 2018. The number of annual accidents is why auto accidents are the most popular type of personal injury claim.

You should contact a lawyer immediately after being injured in an auto accident. It doesn’t matter if the accident involved drunk driving or speeding. If the negligence of another party has hurt you, you will need to be able to prove it, and this can be difficult.

Auto accident claims often devolve into he-said, she-said scenarios. A personal injury attorney with experience can leverage their trial and negotiation skills, find evidence, and utilize other relationships to help you get the best outcome.

The top personal injury attorneys cover all types of auto-related accidents.

  • Car accidents
  • Pedestrian Accidents
  • Motorbike Accidents
  • Bicycle accidents

 

Slip-and-Fall Accidents

Slip and falls are another widespread personal injury claim, especially among the elderly. According to the Centers For Disease Control, 3,000,000 people over 65 receive treatment in an emergency department for fall injuries.

Many of those slip and fall accidents were caused by the negligence or carelessness of another party. Wet floors, broken railings: If someone else’s negligence injured you, you should be compensated.

Medical Malpractice

Medical Malpractice is more common than most people believe. While doctors are required to take an oath of goodwill, sometimes they fail to live up to that duty.

According to data compiled by the National Practitioners Data Bank (NPDB), there is an estimated 60,000 Adverse Action Reports or Medical Malpractice Payment Reports.

Medical malpractice can cause life-threatening injuries. Victims must be reimbursed for any physical, emotional, or financial damages.

These are some of the most common forms of medical malpractice.

  • Misdiagnosis
  • Diagnostic delay
  • Childbirth injuries
  • Medication errors
  • Refusal to Treat
  • Anesthesia errors
  • Surgical errors

 

Workplace injuries

According to the National Safety Council, a worker gets injured on the job every seven seconds, and many of those workers will file a personal injuries claim.

Many businesses fail to protect their workers’ safety. This can result in horrific injuries that will forever affect the victim’s ability and opportunity to make a living.

If you have been hurt on the job, get medical attention immediately and inform your supervisor. Take photos of the incident, collect names and get a copy of your supervisor’s written report.

If you’re not able to do these things, ask a friend or colleague for help. The more information you have, it will be better for your case. Next, contact a personal attorney to help you get the maximum compensation for your injury.

Wrongful death

A Wrongful Death suit is an option if negligence leads to a loved person’s death. Wrongful death claims resulting from negligence are more common than you might think.

According to the Association for Safe International Road Travel, more than 38,000 people per year are killed in accidents on US roads. Many of these deaths can lead to wrongful death claims.

Families shouldn’t have to pay for medical and funeral costs after a wrongful death. If someone close to you has died due to neglect or carelessness, you must find an experienced attorney to help you with your case.

Product Liability

Product liability is when a seller of products injures a buyer because of a manufacturing defect.

Although product liability claims may not be as common as other cases on the list, they are often a significant source of large settlements. Even worse, a single event can result in thousands of victims.

Let’s take the case of Monsanto’s lawsuits over Roundup weed killer and the potential for cancer. Monsanto ended up paying nearly $300 million to victims.

Johnson & Johnson was also forced to fight 20,000 lawsuits over their Toxic talc Baby Powder. The company lost the case and was forced to pay millions to victims, and these included incredible amounts of $325 million to defendants who had mesothelioma due to the product.

Assault

Personal injury cases are not always triggered by an accident. Victims of physical assaults often file civil personal injury suits to seek compensation for the injuries and damages they sustained.

According to data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, there were six million assaults across the US in 2018. Don’t be intimidated by anyone if you have been a victim of assault.

Find the proper representation to stand beside you and help you get the best possible outcome.

How Experienced Attorneys Can Help With Personal Injury Cases

Do not deal with insurance companies if your injuries are severe. A skilled personal injury lawyer can help you get the money you need to heal your injuries.

Gloria Seidule, a personal injury lawyer, has deep knowledge and negotiating skills and decades of trial experience. Together, they will use their combined 35+ years of experience to get you what you deserve.

Call for your Free Case Evaluation at 772-287-1220.

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