7 Most Common Types of Personal Injury Cases According to Statistics • LegalScoops
In any case where a person is injured by another person, the injured party has the right to seek compensation. The Personal Injury Act is also known as tort law. A case will only be heard if there is an injury or property damage caused by the negligence of a third party or organization. Personal injury can include a whole host of incidents such as car accidents, dog bites, and medical misconduct.
The amount an individual seeks for a personal injury claim usually includes their medical treatment costs, reduced or lost income, and property damage. They can also add a lot for physical and emotional pain and suffering.
Cases of personal injury according to statistics
Most cases of personal injury are settled out of court. According to the US Department of Justice, only 4% or 16,397 cases are brought to trial annually. We can therefore conclude that approximately 410,000 cases are settled out of court.
Another reading of the statistics offered by the US Department of Justice revealed that this is the most common type of personal injury.
The most common type of personal injury due to traffic accidents. There are over 270 million registered vehicles in America, and the NSC estimates that 38,800 people lost their lives on the roads in 2019. Approximately 4.4 million people sought medical help because of accidental injuries. One of the most common causes of car accidents is distraction, followed closely by driving under the influence, excessive speed, and reckless driving.
Motorcyclists are very vulnerable on the road because they are often not seen by drivers. Statistics from 2017 show that 89,000 motorcyclists were injured and 5,172 people died.
Accidents at work
Many injuries are work-related. Figures show that there were 5,250 fatal accidents at work in 2018 and 2.8 million workers applied for accident compensation. Most of these were transportation related, but sprains and strains, repetitive strain injuries; slips, trips and falls; and falling objects are also common.
Slips and falls
Falls can be dangerous, causing over 8 million emergency room visits annually. Of those 1 million people, they visit because of slips and falls. The most serious consequence of these accidents is broken bones. These types of personal injury are often claimed by people who have slipped and fallen onto someone else’s property. Slips and falls are the number one source of compensation for those who work in the trucking industry.
Cases of medical malpractice require a doctor, health care professional, or hospital to have acted negligently, or taken inappropriate or incorrect measures in treating a patient. Sometimes they’re hard to prove.
The dog bites
Dog owners are financially responsible for bites and other injuries to their dogs. Liability is decided according to the laws of the state. In some states, the owner remains liable if the dog has never shown aggression before. Other states have liability for a bite and owners are not responsible until they are aware of their dog’s aggression. It is interesting to note that around 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs annually and there are around 16 deaths.
False statements that could cause actual harm must be proven, but personal injury can be claimed to someone who experiences financial loss as a result.
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Legal Scoops’ senior editor Jacob Maslow has founded several online newspapers, including the Daily Forex Report and Conservative Free Press