Common Types Of Personal Injuries and How They Occur
Personal injuries can occur anywhere, including at home, work, or in public places. Unfortunately, even a seemingly minor injury can result in significant damage, impacting your overall health and wellbeing, as well as your financial security.
While these injuries are generally unintentional, it is often the actions of others that are to blame. The carelessness of a neighbor, shop owner, building maintenance crew, or a corporation can leave you dealing with medical expenses and the need for ongoing care and treatment for years to come. By filing a personal injury lawsuit against the property owner or manager, you may be able to get compensation for the injuries you suffer.
How Personal Injuries Occur
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) accidental injuries impact close to 30 million people each year in the U.S., and are one of the leading causes of death and disability. In addition to motor vehicle and pedestrian accidents, common ways in which these injuries occur include:
- Slips, trips, and falls: One of the most common types of personal injuries, these can occur due to wet or slippery floors, cluttered or blocked aisles, uneven paving, damaged carpeting or flooring materials, and a lack of proper lighting or handrails.
- Being struck by or against an object: Another common type of personal injury, these can occur due to loose fixtures, unstable shelving, improper loading or stocking, and in areas under construction.
- Poisoning: The CDC reports that poisoning has a deadly impact on thousands of people each year in the U.S., while causing serious injuries for countless others. It can occur due to poor sanitation or food storage practice in grocery stores or restaurants, by contaminated goods from suppliers, and from toxic fumes.
- Dog bites and attacks: The careless actions of neighbors or pet owners in allowing their dogs to roam free in public places can leave you suffering injuries that can be severe and may result in lasting disfigurement.
- Product defects: Dangerous products that are made improperly, lack safety features, or have inadequate instructions pose a real threat to American consumers.
Far from being accidental, injuries caused by any of the above are the result of negligent conduct on the part of others, all of whom may be held legally liable for their actions.
The Role of Negligence In Personal Injury Cases
Negligence is defined as doing something a reasonable person would not do under similar circumstances, or failing to take an action a reasonable personal would otherwise take. When someone allows a dangerous condition to exist or fails to take the appropriate safety precautions, they can be held accountable for any damages that result through a personal injury lawsuit. Compensation you may be entitled to claim includes:
- Medical expenses;
- Lost wages;
- Pain and suffering;
- Loss of enjoyment in life.
At the Wexler Law Firm, P.A., we understand the serious ramifications these injuries can have on you and your family, and we fight to help our clients get the compensation they are entitled to. If you are the victim of another’s negligent actions, contact our West Palm Beach personal injury attorneys today to see how we can assist you.