Most Common Personal Injury Claims 

 July 11, 2013

By  LMW Attorneys

Accidents can happen just about anywhere you go. If you are at work, traveling, walking, or using any sort of product you can be injured through no fault of your own. If the accident was due to negligence, some compensation could be warranted. Here are the top five most common personal injury claims, and how they happen.

Car Accidents

The most common personal injury claim is due to an automobile accident. This includes not only vehicle collisions, but also injuries caused to cyclists and pedestrians. Not all collisions are the fault of the driver, however. Bad weather conditions such as snow, icy or wet roads, can lower visibility and cause an accident.

Over six million accidents happen every year. Unfortunately, the number of auto accidents is on the rise due to an increased number of distractions that drivers face. Mobile phones, talking with passengers, eating, grooming, and radios have all contributed to accidents.

Work-Related Injury

At least three million work-related injuries happen yearly. Work related accidents can be caused by the use of heavy machinery or can be repetitive stress injuries from common workplace actions. A back injury or carpal tunnel often occurs due to repetitive actions while at work.

Premises Liability

Unsafe conditions cause seven million injuries every year. If an area is unsafe due to negligence, the individual who slipped, fell or was injured can be due compensation. This is one of the most common personal injuries because it can happen anywhere and to anyone.

However, slips and falls happen more often to elderly people, as they don’t have as good of balance. Unfortunately for those who are injured, proving negligence on the part of the property owner is difficult.

Product Liability

If a product is being used in its intended manner and causes an injury to the user, they may be entitled to some compensation. The second highest median damage awards go to victims of product malfunctions, perhaps because companies tend to have more cash on hand than other entities.

Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice is the last of the most common personal injuries, and is one of the most controversial. The victim must prove malpractice caused injuries and that the doctors did not provide reasonably competent care.

While frivolous personal injury lawsuits do occur, valid lawsuits may be more common than you believe. If you have suffered from any of these situations, you should seek legal recourse for your injuries within the bounds of the law.

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