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Injury Law Facts We Should All Know

Law & Legal

Injury law is an area of tort law which deals with situations in which another has caused you harm, such as medical expenses and lost wages. Personal injury claims allow victims to seek damages such as compensation from those at fault and can include compensation for such items as medical costs and lost wages.

Most injury claims settle out of court; only approximately 2-5% go to trial, according to Cellino Law. Yet for many victims of injury, navigating this complex system may seem overwhelming and cumbersome.

1. Workplace Injuries are the Number One Cause of Death in the U.S.

Workplace injuries and illnesses often result in lost wages, medical bills, and other expenses that add up quickly. Furthermore, they often force employees to miss time from their jobs due to physical limitations caused by an injury or illness in the workplace.

Accidents at work often include slips and falls, contact with objects and equipment, motor vehicle incidents and fatalities in industries like agriculture, forestry and fishing, transportation/warehousing/construction etc. The sectors which experience the highest number of workplace fatalities include these.

Louisiana, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York experience lower than average fatal workplace incidents; Wyoming Alaska South Dakota West Virginia have higher than average fatal workplace incident rates. Wyoming Alaska South Dakota West Virginia also experience sprains strains back injuries (bulging discs/whiplash) fractures dislocations that typically require longer absences from work than other injuries as well as potentially long-term adverse health impacts for workers.

2. Medical Malpractice is the Third Leading Cause of Death in the U.S.

Heart disease and cancer remain the primary causes of death in America; however, a recent BMJ study suggests that medical errors could also be contributing to deaths – in fact this research suggests medical malpractice claims as possibly being one of the three leading causes.

Johns Hopkins researchers in their recent study recommend that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) collect data on deaths due to human error rather than simply billing codes, as well as revise death certificates to better record fatal lapses in care.

Accurately counting medical errors can be challenging because hospitals consider the information confidential. They usually conduct internal investigations before disclosing results publicly once all parties involved have been cleared of wrongdoing.

An effective malpractice claim requires four elements. These are: legal obligations between doctor and patient; breach of this legal duty by doctor; injury caused by this breach; and damages that arise as a result.

3. Construction Site Injuries are the Number One Cause of Death in the U.S.

Construction workers face unique hazards when operating powerful machinery and traversing narrow planks high above the ground – including operating dangerous machinery themselves and traversing narrow planks with multiple levels. Due to such conditions, workers in this industry often sustain serious injuries that leave them facing medical expenses, missed work time and financial challenges that can prove expensive to resolve.

Heavy machinery equipment can malfunction or fail, leading to workers experiencing amputations, lacerations and other serious injuries. Furthermore, working with electrical wiring and tools that generate an electric current may even result in electrocution injuries for them.

Workers hit by vehicles on highways or in road work zones can be severely injured if struck by one. Accidents like these often involve negligent drivers who fail to pay attention or ignore warning signs; falling objects account for around 8 percent of worker deaths at construction sites – including falling rebar that impales workers or kills them outright.

4. Car Accidents are the Number One Cause of Death in the U.S.

On our streets and highways, your chances of car accidents increase exponentially. Accidents are serious events that can damage vehicles, pedestrians, or people; in extreme cases they can result in fatalities; others result in permanent impairments that require medical treatment.

Speeding, alcohol and drugs, distracted driving (such as talking on the phone, texting, eating etc) and fatigued driving are some of the primary factors responsible for car crashes. Drowsy driving also contributes to collisions.

Car accidents may be unavoidable, but you can lower your risk by limiting distractions while driving, obeying traffic regulations and maintaining your vehicle in good repair. If injured in a car accident, always seek medical treatment immediately afterward as this will document both injuries sustained as well as your suffering which will help recover compensation for your damages – though permanent injuries that don’t immediately manifest can still get compensated accordingly.