Accidents are an unfortunate but inevitable part of life. While some accidents are minor, others can result in serious injuries or even death. When accidents are severe, injured individuals may have a personal injury claim and could potentially receive compensation. Below are the five most common personal injury claims.
The Florida Department of Motor Vehicles reported that there were more than 280,000 auto accidents in 2012 alone, so it’s no surprise that the most common personal injury claim is due to automobile accidents. These accidents aren’t only limited to car collisions, but include injuries to pedestrians and cyclists too. While inclement weather can be a catalyst in a collision, automobile accidents are on the rise large in part due to driver distractions such as texting.
Work-related injuries also top the list for the most common personal injury claims. Even in the lagging economy, around 3 million work-related injuries occur annually in the United States. Work-related injuries involve any injuries one may have sustained while performing their job. For example, jobs involving heavy lifting can result in back or neck injuries and excessive typing can cause carpal tunnel.
Slips and Falls
A slip and fall accident can result in serious, lasting injuries. If an unsafe environment is a factor in a slip and fall accident, a personal injury claim can be made, although proving the claim may be difficult. Despite sustaining injuries from a slip and fall accident, an individual typically must be able to prove negligence on the behalf of the business owner.
Product liability claims make up a large portion of all personal injury claims each year. There are an endless amount of products on the market, so it is almost certain that someone will sustain some type of injury. If an individual is injured by a product that they were using in its intended manner, it’s possible that they may be entitled to some compensation. A recent example of this type of claim is faulty ignitions in GM vehicles, resulting in loss of control of the vehicle.
Medical malpractice is a common personal injury claim and is also one of the most controversial. Medical malpractice cases can occur if a patient has been harmed by a medical professional as a result of them failing to provide proper health care. Medical malpractice can have serious, damaging effects for the injured individual and like all other personal injury claims, should be addressed immediately.
If you are or a loved one has been involved in a serious accident and sustained injuries as the result of someone else’s negligence, you may have a personal injury claim and be entitled to compensation. If you believe you have a personal injury claim, it’s best to take immediate action. For more information on personal injury claims, click here, or contact the experienced legal professionals at LMW today.