Injuries caused by negligence, inattention, and unsafe conditions cost the public millions in lost wages, medical expenses, and legal fees every year. If an injury results from someone else’s negligence, the injured party may file a personal injury lawsuit. Causes of these types of accidents can vary from failure to maintain a safe, an unobstructed storefront walkway to distracted driving. In any case of negligence in which the accident results in injury, a personal injury attorney often works with the injured person and their family to recover damages for expenses.
Common Accidents Associated with Catastrophic Injuries and Personal Injury Lawsuits
- Auto Accidents: Car crashes are the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) among people old enough to legally operate a motor-vehicle in the U.S.
- Boating Accidents: TBI and drowning accidents can result due to boater inexperience or mixing alcohol consumption with long hours on the water.
- Burn Injuries: Burns can occur due to negligent workplace conditions. Scalds are the most common burn among small children and can occur due to negligent supervision by a nanny or babysitter.
- Defective Products & Medical Malpractice: Medical devices, such as pelvic mesh implants, have caused severe complications or infections in patients. Dangerous medications have also lead to severe injuries in some patients. In contrast, faulty auto tires have led to blowouts and severe injuries from vehicle rollovers.
- Injuries to Minors: Some common injuries to children may involve defective toys, dog bites, burns/scalds and sports injuries. Injuries are not always immediately visible and can also stem from child abuse. Parents or loved ones must intervene immediately if they suspect negligence or abuse is behind physical or emotional injuries to a minor.
- Motorcycle Accidents: About 42% of motorcycle crashes involve motorists who fail to see the motorcycle and then turn in front of the rider, causing a crash and serious injury. When another driver causes a rider to wreck, that rider may have a rightful claim to compensation.
- Slip and Fall accidents: Falls result in nearly 1,000,000 emergency room visits each year. Many slip and fall accidents involve the elderly – adults over the age of 65. Other fall injuries often occur due to cluttered public spaces, such as store aisles, or unsafe jobsite conditions.
- Nursing Home Abuse and Negligence: At least 60% of nursing home patients will experience a slip and fall accident each year. When a fall causes an injury in a nursing home, it’s important to examine the incident carefully to determine if the fall occurred due to negligent supervision by the nursing home’s staff – particularly in cases where a particular resident has a history of falling.
- Pedestrian and Bicycle Accidents: The state of Florida ranks second on the US pedestrian accident list. Accidents often involve a pedestrian or bicyclist and a single automobile, but may also involve pedestrians and motorcycles or even pedestrians and bicycle riders. Severe injuries can result in any one of these cases.
Common Personal Injury Facts and Figures
With regard to the types of accidents listed above, the following facts and statistics are associated with a majority of personal injury lawsuits:
- 60% of fatal injuries and non-fatal injuries requiring hospitalization occur in the home, 16% occur on the street or highway and 8% occur at a managed care facility.
- Road accidents are usually caused by careless driving, failing to yield the right of way and driving under the influence of alcohol.
- About 34% of all people killed in auto accidents in the state of Florida were not wearing seat belts.
- Accidental injuries are the leading cause of death in people ages 1-44.
- In 2011, 94 Florida residents died from unintentional fire-related injuries. There were an additional 584 hospitalizations for non-fatal injuries.
- In 2011, there were 3,551 traumatic brain injury related deaths. Another 18,006 hospitalizations for non-fatal traumatic brain injuries were recorded.
- In at least 7% of fatalities and 20% of incapacitating injuries the airbags deployed and the victims were wearing their seat belts.
- Since 2011, the following annual averages have remained consistent in the state of Florida:
- Residents ages 15-54 had some of the highest motorcyclist injury rates
- Residents ages 15-24 had the highest MV occupant fatality and hospitalization rates
- In general, older residents had higher pedestrian fatality rates than younger residents Pedal cyclist injury rates were the highest for residents ages 35–64