Common Personal Injury Claims in the U.S.

by Bill B. Berke on Jan. 18, 2021

Accident & Injury Personal Injury 

Summary: Almost 39 million people in America suffer from personal injuries every year. A personal injury attorney can help you seek compensation as medical expenses pile up.

It is difficult to predict when you may experience an unexpected event that results in pain and misfortune. An accident can occur out of nowhere in our lives and leave us with severe injuries, property damage, loss of life, and mounting hospital bills. Fortunately, we have the option of filing personal injury claims against the parties at fault, which allows us to seek compensation to help us recover from the loss and damage we have suffered.


According statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 240,000 people die every year in accidents, with almost 38,000 of them resulting from motor vehicle accidents. The number of people killed or injured in car accidents climbs every year. Following an accident, an auto accident lawyer can help you file a claim to try to make you whole again.


These are some of the most common personal injury claims in the U.S.:


Motor vehicle accidents: An automobile or vehicle accident can happen to anyone on the road, regardless of how carefully they drive. These types of accidents can cause damage to personal property, extensive physical injuries, and emotional or mental injuries. In the most devastating circumstances, a motor vehicle accident can also result in death.


Personal injury claims can help us recoup the money we have spent on medical bills if we can prove that another party was at fault for the accident that caused our losses, have proper documentation, and have a car accident lawyer's assistance. An experienced legal professional can guide us through this complicated and critical situation.


Medical malpractice: A medical malpractice claim may arise when we seek medical care when we are ill or injured in an accident and a medical professional’s error or negligence causes us further harm. It can be due to faulty equipment, expired medicines, unprofessional doctors, or untrained medical professionals, and it results in injury.


It can happen during a general medical check-up or during other treatments, as well. In the event of medical malpractice, the victim may have a viable claim for compensation against the hospital, medical center, or doctor. An experienced lawyer can help you determine who may be at fault.


Workplace accidents: Workplace injuries can also give rise to a personal injury claim, and they most often occur at worksites that are inherently dangerous, such as construction sites, power plants, nuclear facilities, oil and gas rigs, and factories. Injuries may affect the victim’s hearing, vision, limbs, or other organs.


Construction sites are especially prone to personal injuries because they involve working with large trucks, heavy loads, giant cranes, excavators, and other dangerous equipment. A single mistake or faulty piece of equipment can cause irreparable damage.


Exposure to heat, snow, or thunderstorms at a job site can also cause personal injuries. Workplaces are responsible for implementing appropriate safety measures, such as hearing protection, hardhats, and training. If they fail to uphold this standard of care and their negligence causes an accident that results in injury, they may be liable for the personal injury.


Dog bites: Dog bites can cause serious wounds and qualify as personal injuries. In addition, dog bite injuries may lead to infection and other medical conditions requiring expensive treatment.


You can file a legal claim against an owner who fails to protect you from their vicious and aggressive dog. It is often difficult to get a settlement from a dog bite case. A personal injury lawyer can help you navigate this difficult situation.


While every jurisdiction has different laws and you likely cannot file a personal injury claim if you are bitten by a stray dog, an experienced lawyer can help you work with your insurance company. A claim settlement is sometimes hard to come by, but a legal professional can make it easier.


If you are a victim of any type of accident for which someone else is at fault, a Fort Myers personal injury attorney at Berke Law Firm, P.A., can help you with your claim. Our attorneys have rich experience handling complex personal injury claims like yours and can give you the assistance you need.

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