Five Injuries That Should Lead You to a Lawyer
Did you know that a new lawsuit is filed every two seconds in the United States? Perhaps that’s why America is seen as being overly-litigious. However, there are several instances when a lawsuit is the only way to get compensated for your losses. The following examples shed some light on personal injury claims.
- Road traffic accidents
Drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists are involved in more than 6 million accidents every year. Drivers who use their smart phones while they’re driving may be to blame for the increase. If you’re the type who is always on the phone, discipline yourself to wait until you aren’t driving to check your text messages and email. Your chance of having a collision will decrease if you put your phone where you can’t reach it.
- Work-related injuries
More than 3 million non-fatal work-related injuries were recorded in 2009, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In 2010, there were nearly 5,000 fatal on-the-job injuries. Back injuries, neck injuries and carpal tunnel syndrome are the most common work-related injuries. Some people don’t report their injuries because they fear getting fired, but if you really are injured, you should report it.
- Assault claims
The Bureau of Justice Statistics reported that more than 2 million simple assault cases were recorded in 2010. These widespread incidents usually involve alcohol abuse and domestic violence. In many cases, they include emotional distress.
- Products liability claims
An estimated 20,000 products liability claims are filed each year. These range from faulty toys to defective medical devices and even bad pet products. These cases tend to get very high damage awards because the litigants know that manufacturing companies have deep pockets.
- Slips and falls
In 2007, slip and fall accidents were to blame for the death of more than 20,000 Americans. These accidents can happen anywhere, and older folks are more likely to suffer back, head, hip and neck injuries from them. It’s hard to prove these claims without an experienced attorney.
If you’ve been injured, contact us for advice. We'll let you know the best way to proceed.