People are injured every day due to no fault of their own. Many times injuries are caused by the carelessness of others. A person who is injured because of someone else’s mistakes has the right to seek financial repayment for any economic losses, as well as for things like the pain and suffering caused by the event and injury. These injuries that are caused by the negligence often result in there being a personal injury claim filed against the negligent individual.
We’ve seen certain trends happening with personal injury claims. Many of the people who are being injured in the United States are being injured in similar types of accidents/incidents.
Here are the top 5 most common personal injury claims:
1. Motor Vehicle Accidents
With over 6 million traffic accidents reported each year, motor vehicle accidents are the number 1 personal injury claim filed in our country. This category not only includes car accidents but also motorcycle accidents and crashes, as well as drivers hitting pedestrians or bicyclists.
2. Work-Related Injuries
The second most common personal injury claims are work-related injuries. Accidents at work happen very often, and when they do the injured are entitled to compensation for their injuries, medical bills, missed work, etc. People who are injured at work are also entitled to worker’s compensation benefits. In 2009, The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 3 million non-fatal work-related injuries. On top of that, there were 5,000 lives lost due to work-related injuries.
3. Assault Claims
The third most common personal injury claims are personal assault claims. Personal assaults do overlap with criminal law, so some people don’t file them under the “personal injury” claim area. Even though it is also considered a criminal case, may people who are the victims of assault also move forward with a personal injury claim against their assailant so that they can receive monetary amends for the attack (to cover any medical bills, time missed from work, etc).
4. Tripping Accidents
The number 4 most common personal injury claims are for tripping, or “slip and fall,” accidents. Many people slip and fall in public or private areas. If these falls are the result of the property owner’s negligence in keeping the area safe (example: a wet and slippery floor, etc), then a personal injury claim can be filed and the injured individual could receive medical compensation for their injuries.
5. Defective Products
The fifth most common personal injury claim is for injury as a result of defective products. This falls under the product liability category. When we purchase products, we expect them to be safe to use. If that is not the case, and we are injured as a result of using an unsafe product, we are entitled to compensation for our injuries.
These are just the top 5 types of personal injury claims. But in reality, there are many ways that someone can become injured and have a need to file a personal injury claim to receive compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, etc. If you are injured due to someone else’s actions or negligence, know that you have the right to seek out rectification for any losses you might experience.