The Most Common Types Of Personal Injury Cases

THE MOST COMMON PERSONAL INJURY CASES?
ATTORNEY ROBERT EDENS PERSONAL INJURY EXPERT

Personal injury is a legal term for an injury to the body, mind or emotions caused by the unlawful act of another.  The most common types of personal injury claims are vehicle accidents, accidents at a business or residence, product liability accidents, and medical negligence. A personal injury claim can also involve conditions or occupational hazards that can cause an illness or disease. Some of the more commonly known illnesses and injuries are asbestos poisoning, mesothelioma, deafness, and silicosis.

 The statistics regarding car accidents alone are stunning. On average, there are 6 million car crashes in the U.S. annually. There are 3 million injuries as a result of these collisions with two-thirds of the injuries being permanent in nature and 40,000 people die annually as a result of their injuries.

 While car accidents are among the most common, the following table depicts other types of personal injuries that occur every year in our country, along with the total associated costs.  These include hospital debt, medical bills, loss of wages, and in the most severe cases, long term care.

TYPE OF INJURY
No. OF YEARLY INJURIES
TOTAL COST OF INJURY
Dog Bite
800,000
$24,000
Trucking
60,000
$75,637
Motorcycle
50,000
$34,237
Construction
25,000
$147,223

If the negligence of another caused injuries to a person, that person may be entitled to monetary damages for their past, present, and future medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and the loss of the quality of life. If the negligence was accompanied by conduct that demonstrates a disregard for human life, such as leaving the scene of an accident or drunk driving, the injured party can recover punitive damages as well.

You may have noticed that the greatest number of injuries on this list are from dog bites. It is estimated that dog bite injuries cost the insurance companies, and ultimately the policy holders, $412 million dollars a year!

There are 10 breeds that are identified by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) that present an increased risk and, therefore, will increase your insurance premiums anywhere from a few dollars to a few hundred dollars per year, depending on the dog breed, where you live, and the insurance company. Currently, the top 10 most dangerous breeds, in alphabetical order, are:

  • Alaskan Malamute
  • Boxer
  • Chow-Chow
  • Dalmatian
  • Doberman Pincher
  • German Sheppard
  • Presa Canario
  • Rottweiler
  • Siberian Husky
  • Staffordshire Terrier (Pit Bull)

Unfortunately, 33 people die each year as a result of dog bites.  This leaves loved ones grieving while trying to manage the staggering medical bills, funeral arrangements, and burial costs. 

DOG BREED
ANNUAL FATALITIES
% OF ANNUAL FATALITIES
Pit Bull
22
67%
Rottweiler
4
12%
German Sheppard
3
9%
Mixed Breeds
2
6%
Others
2
6%

Statistics on fatalities and settlement costs are compiled every year by insurance companies, not because they want to be helpful, but because they are in business to make a profit. The most recent reports indicate the following information regarding fatalities and annual costs to insurance companies: 

CAUSE OF FATALITIES
ANNUAL FATALITIES
ANNUAL INSURANCE COSTS
Dog Bite
33
$412 Million
Trucking
5000
$454 Million
Motorcycle
2300
$316 Million
Construction
816
$822 Million

If you have been injured in an accident, don’t accept a settlement offer without knowing the full extent of your injuries and the future cost of such injuries.

Almost all attorneys will provide an initial consultation at no cost. It is advisable that before you agree to accept a settlement, you should have an attorney, at the least, look over the documents before signing them. A reputable and skillful attorney will give you an honest opinion of the settlement offer.