The Five Most Common Types of Personal Injury

New York, N.Y. The most common types of lawsuits filed every year in the United States are those involving personal injury claims. And even though there are many different forms of personal injury that can occur and that can lead to a lawsuit, there are certain types that are far more common than others. Continue reading to learn about the five most common types of personal injury.

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1.     Injuries Resulting from Vehicular Accidents

Injuries that result from accidents that involve vehicles like motorcycles, cars, and trucks are one of the most common types of personal injury claims that are brought to US courts every day. Millions of people are hurt in these types of accidents in a single year, and many individuals suffer from serious injuries, particularly when larger vehicles or motorcycles are involved. Plus, both passengers and drivers can be affected.

2.     Slips and Falls

Slips and falls are also really common in the United States, with tens of thousands of Americans suing every year because they end up falling and getting hurt at public places like their workplace, a shopping center, a grocery store, etc. A lot of people who end up falling, particularly if they are older, suffer from damage to the head, hips, neck, and spine. Often, these lawsuits also involve claims of negligence on the part of a property owner who, for example, left the floor wet without warning or didn’t properly shovel snow and remove ice from the sidewalk.

3.     Work Related Accidents

Work related injuries also account for a large number of personal injury claims that are brought forth each year, especially when you combine non-fatal and fatal work related injuries. These are often the result of repetitive movements and stress injuries on the body. For example, a worker can hurt their back lifting something heavy, could get carpal tunnel syndrome from typing at a computer too much, or could hurt their neck while reading.

4.     Medical Malpractice

Another personal injury claim that’s surprisingly common is medical malpractice, which happens whenever a medical professional doesn’t provide adequate levels of care and their patient is hurt as a result. Those who are hurt need to be able to prove that their injuries are the result of the medical provider’s negligence, so these claims can be difficult to prove, as well as very complex. That is why it is best to work with experienced attorneys like those at the Law Offices of Marc S. Albert.

5.     Assault

Assault claims are included under criminal and tort law, and they make up a large number of personal injury claims that are put forth each year. These claims also usually involve claims of alcohol abuse or domestic abuse as well, and they often include a component of emotional distress too.

These are just five of the many different types of personal injury claims that attorneys and courts deal with every year in the US. Having the right lawyer to support you and represent you will ensure you are able to win your case if you ever find yourself filing a claim.


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