Let’s face it: the world is a dangerous place. Although there are plenty of people who file claims for “injuries” (which they don’t really have) just so they can get the money, there are millions of people each year who are the victims of accidents that leave them dealing with serious injuries and expensive treatments.
If you’re still a bit confused about exactly what situations would warrant a personal injury lawsuit, here are three of the most common situations resulting in serious personal injuries:
- Product Liability: Sometimes, manufacturers and designers don’t do a great job with their products, and these products end up injuring the consumers who buy them. What’s even more unfortunate is that many of these injuries happen to children, due to toys with dangerous or malfunctioning parts. According to a research group from the Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, one child ends up in the emergency room because of a toy-related injury about every three minutes.
- Traffic Accidents: Car accident injuries are some of the biggest causes of personal injury lawsuits – partly because about three million injuries result from the 5.5 million car accidents each year in the U.S., but also because these injuries tend to be incredibly expensive to treat. Accidents involving pedestrians are notoriously dangerous, and it’s estimated that about one pedestrian injury occurs in the U.S. every seven minutes.
- Slip and Fall Accidents: Personal injury lawsuits involving slip and fall accidents are so common — about 17,000 claims per year — because these accidents are so easily preventable. Whether the accident is caused by a recently-mopped floor or caused by an ice-covered sidewalk in front of a store, if one person gets injured because of the environment, then it’s likely that others will be injured too unless someone takes responsibility for creating a safer environment.
Although personal injury lawsuits can often be expensive and long-winded, experienced lawyers are capable of advocating for the victims outside of the courtroom, and about 95-96% of these lawsuits are settled outside of the courtroom. So if you think that you might be the victim in a personal injury case, it never hurts to seek some legal advice about your situation.