3 of the Most Common Personal Injury Claims to Keep in Mind
Every year, about 39 million people require medical attention for a variety of personal injuries. An even more alarming statistic is that accidental injuries and medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the US. This means that unintentional injuries impact millions of people and their families every year. Let’s take a look at 3 of most common personal injury claims of which we should all be aware:
- Car Accident Claims
The most common type of personal injury claim is from vehicular incidents, including accidents involving cars, trucks, buses, motorcycles, bicycles, and pedestrians.
In most of these claims, there is some dispute between the parties involved, as well as their insurance companies. Fault is usually contested by all those affected, except during rear-collision accidents, where the trailing driver is almost always at fault.
Most car accident claims involve both physical injuries and vehicular damage, as well as other types of personal injury damages like lost income or “pain and suffering.”
It’s also important for Florida drivers to be aware that the Sunshine State is one of 13 states to have a comparative negligence law, meaning more than one person can be at fault for any accident that may occur. So, it’s important for all parties to follow the law, because no one person can necessarily get off scott free in the state of Florida.
- Slip & Fall Accidents
More than one million Americans go to the emergency room each year for a slip and fall accident. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the average hospital cost of a slip and fall is more than $30,000. More so, many people hesitate to file a personal injury claim because they worry about having to formally testify in a courtroom. What many people don’t know, however, is that only about two percent of personal injury cases actually go to a jury trial.
- Dog Bites
Most people don’t know, but when it comes to dog bites, it is possible for a dog owner to be held accountable for their dog’s attack both civilly and criminally.
Florida happens to be one of many “strict liability” states in the US. This means that an owner can be held liable for a dog bite even if their dog has never previously shown any signs or tendencies of being aggressive in nature. More so, Florida dog bite laws do not require the victim to prove their injuries were a result of an owner’s negligence, just that they were from a particular dog’s actions. This is why leash laws and constant vigilance are so important for every dog owner to always follow.