The Most Common Personal Injury Cases You Should Be Aware Of
Personal injuries can happen in several ways and often when you least expect it. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Justice, the most prevalent personal injury claims are motor vehicle accidents (52%), medical malpractice (15%), and product liability (5%). Here is a look at some of the most common personal injury cases.
1. Motor Vehicle Accidents
Motor vehicle accidents are some of the most common cases because these types of injuries can happen anywhere. Drunk drivers, negligent truck drivers, distracted motorists, street racing, and defective car parts can all contribute to a motor vehicle accident. These accidents result in injuries like broken bones, head trauma, back and neck damage, paralysis, and even wrongful death.
2. Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice usually involves a doctor or healthcare provider who fails to provide the proper standard of care. This, in turn, causes an injury due to medical negligence that leads to other complications for the victim. Many injuries could result from medical malpractice, including birth injuries, death during the surgery or a procedure, infections from contaminated medical equipment, and unnecessary surgeries.
3. Construction Site Accidents
Construction site accidents are often the result of a construction company that does not follow OSHA guidelines or other safety rules when working at a job site. If you are injured on a construction site due to an accident, the company’s owner may be liable for your injuries depending upon the circumstances. Some of the most common injuries sustained on construction sites are broken bones, head/brain injuries, burns, cuts and lacerations, and amputation.
4. Defective Products
When a consumer purchases a product, he/she expects the item to be safe. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Some products are defective due to design or mistakes made during production, which can cause personal injury to consumers who end up using the product as intended. Defective products can lead to injuries like burns, lacerations, head trauma, back and neck damage, amputation of limbs, and even wrongful death.
What to Do After a Personal Injury Accident?
If you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence, it is important that you create a list of all injuries and damages. It would also be helpful to document the scene by taking pictures of the accident location, any debris on the ground, and any other evidence at the scene. Additionally, it is a smart idea to seek medical attention immediately and talk to a personal injury lawyer about your case.
A personal injury attorney can help you prove that the defendant was liable for your injuries and claim damages for all related expenses (i.e., medical bills, lost wages, pain, suffering, etc.). If you are looking for an attorney to represent you in your personal injury case, contact our office today!