Millions of injuries occur every year within the United States. On an annual basis, recent figures indicate that there are about 31 million of these injuries that will need to be treated by a medical professional. Unfortunately, approximately 162,000 deaths occur every year due to someone sustaining an injury.
The Prevalence of Vehicle Accidents and Personal Injury Lawsuits
Every year, 5.5 million car accidents take place in this country. Three million of these accidents result in some type of personal injury. In 40,000 of these accidents, one or more individuals lose their lives.
Many individuals and families will file personal injury lawsuits as a result of being in a vehicle accident. This amounts to approximately 52% of these types of law suits. In addition to filing suits due to injuries, wrongful death suits are also within the purview of personal injury law firms.
The Importance of Reporting Accidents and Injuries
Whenever someone experiences a car accident or another type of incident, such as slipping and falling, it’s important to report the accident to the proper authorities and/or personnel. If hotel guests, for example, experience an injury while walking up or down any stairs or when spending time at the swimming pool and spa areas, this should be reported to the hotel manager or another designated staff member. In the event that there is an altercation between casino or hotel guests, security should be called. At that time, it will usually be determined whether or not law enforcement needs to be contacted.
Learn More About Personal Injury Matters
Since approximately 96% of personal injury cases are settled out of court, or pre-trial, there’s a good chance that a case won’t proceed to court. Some states have a statute of limitations on personal injury cases. In the state of Nevada, for example, these types of cases need to be filed and proceed within two years.
If you have sustained an injury due to negligence or another situation outside your control, it’s important to consult with a personal injury lawyer. At that time, you will be able to discuss your specific situation, learn about your rights and responsibilities, and whether or not your attorney believes that you may have a valid case.