The Personal Injury Law, also known as Tort Law, allows a person to obtain just compensation if they are injured due to another person’s negligence or intentional actions. There are several injuries which can hold another person responsible, below are some of the most common in our country.
Vehicular and Road Traffic Accidents
With more than 6 million car accidents in the United States each year, this accounts for the most number of personal injury cases. As people spend a lot of time on the road injury to others may happen from accidents, disobedience to traffic rules and carelessness. These include injuries to drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians.
Injuries related to Work
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were more than 3 million non-fatal work injuries in 2009 and about 5,000 fatal work injuries in 2010. These include repetitive stress injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome, back injuries and neck injuries, which can all be avoided if an employer provides a safe environment and proper ergonomics in the workplace.
Slip and Fall Claims
According to the National Safety Council, there were 7,000 deaths and 20,000 injuries in the year 2007 due to slip and fall accidents. In these cases, the liability of an establishment is quite difficult to prove, and there are premises liability laws to base this on.
Product Liability Claims
There are about 20,000 product liability claims being filed each year, and from here are the 7 percent of all personal injury cases. These claims have the second highest median of about $300,000, which can be due to faulty products from medical devices, toys, make-ups and pet products.
Assault claims, battery, and other Intentional Personal Injuries
According to the Bureau of Justice, there were more than 2 million simple assault cases in the year 2010. In this situation, a victim may file for a personal injury case on top of the criminal charges as he/she is not only exposed to physical injuries but emotional distress as well.
Other personal injury cases includes medical malpractice, dog bites, defamation from libel and slander and many more.
When it comes to personal injury cases, legal expertise would be very helpful, especially because when it comes to a person’s body, it is difficult to put a monetary value on it. Also, it is not just the personal injury being accounted for but its effects as well, like losing the ability to work and earn. This is why the help of an attorney must be sought for during situations involving personal injuries.
Written by Kellie Bertels, an attorney at Bandre, Hunt and Snider in Jefferson City, MO. Bandre, Hunt and Snider are the best attorneys Jefferson City MO have to offer.