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Personal Injury: What Are the Major Causes and Statistics?

personal injury statisticsPersonal injury  claims constitute  up a huge portion of  court litigation in our State and Federal court systems. Personal injury claims, involve some injury to person and/or property  as a result of the wrongful actions of another person or entity.  Personal injury lawsuits might occur due to a traffic accident, truck accident, spinal cord injury, birth injury, premises injury,  a construction accident, medical malpractice, or a defective  product.

According  to the National Center for Health Statistics, over 31 million injuries  occur to people throughout the U.S. each year that necessitate a  doctor’s care, almost two million people sustain injuries that require  some degree of hospitalization, and 162,000 people die from their  injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports  that over three million injuries and 40,000 deaths occur just from the  5.5 million car accidents in the U.S. annually, with another 60,000  personal injuries and 5,000 deaths resulting each year from truck  accidents. Construction accidents caused another 300,000 personal  injuries and 1,000 deaths, and medical mistakes take the lives of up to  98,000 people each year. Given the high number of injuries and  accidental deaths in the U.S. each year, liability for these incidents  is often disputed, which leads directly to personal injury claims and  litigation.

The  most recent comprehensive study from the U.S Department of Justice,  Bureau of Justice Statistics, found that personal injury or tort trials  comprised nearly 60 percent of a total of 26,948 tort, contract and real  property trials nationwide in 2005. In the 75 most populous counties in  the U.S., lawyers tried over 7,000 personal injury lawsuits in state  courts. The report estimates that attorneys tried 16,397 tort cases in a  national sample of American state courts. As only about 4% of personal  injury lawsuits ever go to trial, the sheer number of annual personal  injury claims occurring in America is overwhelming and a major part of our litigation process.

THE PECK LAW GROUP has over Thirty-Two (32) years of hands on experience with personal injury matters so as to enable us to effectively deal with the legal system and the legal issues necessary to competently represent our clients’ interests. Our clients have also received millions of dollars in personal injury compensation.  We know how to handle personal injury matters and will always be there to help our clients’ receive the maximum compensation they are legally entitled to.

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About the Author

Attorney Adam Peck has been practicing law since 1981. A former successful business owner, Mr. Peck initially focused his legal career on business law. Within the first three years, after some colleagues and friend’s parents endured nursing home neglect and elder abuse, he continued his education to begin practicing elder law and nursing home abuse law.


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