According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), unintentional injuries were the third-leading cause of death in the United States in 2017. Despite such a high accident incidence rate, an accident is always an unexpected event and can have serious physical, mental, and financial consequences on individuals and families.
Accidents can lead to a substantial amount of pain and suffering, missed time from work, medical care and treatment costs, the permanent loss of body functions, and even death. If you or a loved one suffered personal injuries of any type, the Joppatowne personal injury lawyer with Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow may be able to assist you. Please call us at (410) 777-8960 to speak with a member of our team.
Types of Accidents
There were 169,936 unintentional accident deaths in the United States in 2017, as well as 29.4 million emergency room visits for accidents. Different age groups have different risk exposures to different accidents. Below are the most common accident types.
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Motor Vehicle and Traffic Accidents
Vehicle accidents are the second-leading cause of death in the country. Rear-end accidents, rollovers, truck collisions, and pedestrian accidents are common causes of road and vehicle-related accidents. These accidents cause over $75 billion in damages, lost productivity, lost income, and medical care costs every year. Depending on the cause and the type of accident in question, a driver, a maintenance crew, loaders, a government department, or a product manufacturer may be liable for a car accident.
Vehicle accidents are a leading cause of spinal cord injuries, and treatments for vehicle collision injuries can be invasive and expensive. Common injuries seen in vehicle crashes include broken bones, head trauma, amputations, lacerations, whiplash, back injuries, and death.
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Slips and Falls
The elderly—those over the age of 65—are disproportionately affected by slip and fall accidents. As a nation, we spend billions every year treating patients for head injuries, broken and fractured hips, and other injuries sustained in slip and fall accidents. These accidents typically involve premises liability. A business owner, a property owner, a property possessor, or a maintenance or service team may shoulder some of the responsibility for personal injuries sustained by a victim in a slip and fall accident.
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Drowning and Suffocation
Unintentional suffocation is a leading cause of death in infants, and drowning is a leading cause of death in children between the ages of one and four. Suffocation accidents kill 6,701 people every year. Pool owners or operators and caregivers hold a responsibility to run safe operations and may be liable for injuries and damages if they fail to do so.
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Nursing Home Accidents
Some of the most vulnerable members of society reside in nursing homes, and they face a wide range of risks every day. Medication issues, a lack of access to food or water, a lack of staff training, neglect, bedsores, infections, physical abuse, and financial abuse are some of the leading causes of elderly injuries in nursing home settings. A nursing home owner or operator or nursing home staff may be held responsible for injuries sustained by a nursing home resident.
Construction and Workplace Accidents
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), construction workers—those who work on building construction sites and on highway maintenance projects—are exposed to serious risks daily. Falls, electrocution, being struck by an object, and being caught in or between machinery or objects are the four leading causes of death in the construction space.
However, even office workers can suffer workplace accidents and injuries such as falls and machinery accidents. Poorly lit stairwells, missing safety equipment, a lack of signage, poor maintenance, and a lack of training can all lead to an accident in any setting.
Medical Negligence and Malpractice
Doctors owe their patients a duty of care. If they do not have the training, experience, or knowledge to handle a certain case or illness and cause harm to a patient as a result, they can be liable for the resultant damage. Medical accidents are especially serious since they can have long-term consequences on the affected patient, as is true of certain categories of injury such as birth injuries.
From the CDC, unintentional poisoning is the leading cause of death in four distinct age groups between the ages of 25 and 64. Medication errors, alcohol poisoning, pharmacy errors, inhaling dangerous chemicals, and drug mix-ups are common causes of poisoning accidents. Some non-fatal accidents can require long-term treatment or may lead to permanent disabilities, such as blindness.
If you sustained injuries in an accident beyond those outlined above, our Joppatowne personal injury lawyer can help you determine liability for the accident so that you can pursue damages for your personal injuries if your case warrants a claim.
Accident Liability and Evidence Requirements
For each of the accident types discussed above, many different at-fault parties may be liable for damages for the accident in question. A nursing home owner or operator, a truck service team, a premises maintenance team, or an individual driver or worker may be liable for an accident if their negligence caused harm to someone who under normal circumstances should have been safe from such harm.
Based on the type of accident in question, to prove negligence, we may need to collect:
- Photo or video evidence of the accident
- Eyewitness testimony
- Maintenance or repair records
- Performance records of doctors, nurses, and drivers
- Police reports
- Proof of staff credentials
- Cell phone usage or message logs
Accidents can lead to significant mental and emotional trauma, not to mention physical injuries and the financial fallout of treatment. Dealing with these issues can be difficult, and an attorney may be able to help you get through this difficult time. A Joppatowne personal injury lawyer with Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow may be able to help. Speak to us and learn more about your rights and legal options for personal injuries sustained in an accident. Call today at (410) 777-8960.
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