Written by attorney Kenneth L. Christensen

What Are the Most Common Lawsuits?

The word lawsuit is a very general term. A lawsuit or suit in law refers to any civil action in which one party claims to have suffered a loss as the result of a second party. A lawsuit can be raised against a company, a non-profit organization, the government or against another person.

By sheer number the most common type of lawsuit is a personal injury claim. This is where an individual has been injured, and therefore suffered losses as the result of someone else’s negligence or actions. The term, ‘personal injury claim,’ is still a general one and can be broken up into several categories.

Traffic accidents

Each year, in the United States, there are an estimated 6 million traffic accidents, including motorcycle, bike and pedestrian/automobile collisions. These accidents vary in seriousness but many of them are devastating to those involved. Around 40,000 people are killed in these accidents and many more are seriously wounded.

Apart from the intense emotional damage that can be done by a serious traffic accident there are expensive medical bills and car repairs that can leave victims and their families financially overwhelmed. When this happens it is often necessary to bring in the help of a legal professional. Make sure to pick an attorney that specializes in the type of accident you were involved in. For example if you were involved in a motorcycle accident then you will want to contact a motorcycle accident attorney.

Work place accidents

The bureau of Labor Statistics reports that each year there are an estimated 3 million workplace accidents, including 5,000 fatal accidents. These accidents often lead to a loss of present and future income and can be emotionally taxing on a family. Often these accidents are the result of an unsafe work environment or negligent behavior of a company’s employee.

Tripping accidents

Each year over 20,000 Americans lose their lives after slipping and falling. In addition to this, there are an estimated 7 million reported tripping accidents that require medical attention annually. These accidents can happen everywhere and if it was someone else’s fault it can be difficult to prove without experienced legal help.

Medical and dental accidents

Medical malpractice or medical errors leads to an estimated 195,000 deaths each year in the United States. Many other non-fatal medical errors occur and combined with fatal errors leads to between 15,000 and 19,000 medical malpractice claims each year.

Assault claims

Although assault is covered under criminal law many victims also file a suit in the civil court in order to receive additional awards to pay for injuries sustained in an assault. Although the frequency of violent crime is declining the Department of Justice still reported over 2 million simple assaults last year alone.

Product liability or industrial disease cases

About 7% of all personal injury claims are classified as product liability claims. That amounts to about 20,000 product liability claims each year. The median payout of these claims are the second highest (behind medical claims) at $300,000.

In addition to product liability cases there are also thousands of people each year that file a personal injury claim because of a sickness they contracted from too much noise, dust, chemical fumes or other dangerous substances in the work place. Some of the common industrial sicknesses or diseases are asbestos, asthma, silicosis and chronic bronchitis.

There are, of course, plenty of accidents that happen every day that do not result in serious injury or damage. These should most likely be handled by the parties concern and do not need to involve outside help. Nevertheless from motorcycle accidents ( to negligent physicians or employers, there are still tens of thousands of accidents that occur each year because someone else was careless. These accidents can ruin lives and plague families long after the insurance company has issued its settlement and the party responsible has moved on.

If you have been seriously injured and you feel that there is not enough being done to try and make proper restitution, we would really like to help. Please do not hesitate to call the personal injury attorneys at Christensen and Hymas at (801) 506-0800 for a free consultation and we will see what we can do for your case.

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