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Most Common Accidents in Personal Injury Law

Most Common Accidents in Personal Injury Law

Accidents happen every day throughout the country, and when negligence causes these accidents, they can result in personal injury lawsuits. Understanding the most common accidents that occur in personal injury law can be insightful because it shows where negligence is occurring most often and how this negligence contributes to injuries. 

Chicago is one of the biggest cities in the U.S., so Chicago’s trends likely follow statistical trends nationwide. If you’ve been injured in an accident and believe someone else was responsible for your injuries, a Chicago personal injury lawyer from Lane & Lane, LLC can investigate your case and identify the negligent party. We’ll do our best to recover a settlement for you. 

Traffic Accidents

In 2012, 5.6 million motor vehicle accidents were reported to the police nationwide. Out of these accidents, there were 33,561 fatalities and 2.3 million injuries. Although negligence doesn’t cause all car accident fatalities and injuries, it contributes to a significant portion of them.

Negligence can cause accidents if a driver is speeding, driving under the influence, improperly changing lanes, distracted behind the wheel, or drowsy while driving. Car manufacturers can also cause wrecks in the form of car malfunctions. Government entities cause car wrecks by failing to maintain roadways. 

Work-Related Accidents

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 4,383 work-related fatalities in 2012 and 3 million work-related injuries or illnesses. Many accidents can cause work-related injuries and illnesses because jobs vary in levels of danger. Office injuries may happen on more rare occasions, and construction accidents are more common.

Usually, workers compensation insurance covers work-related accidents; however, workers can file personal injury claims if their employer exercised gross negligence or if third-party negligence caused their injury.

Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice happens far too often. Each year, between 220,000 and 440,000 deaths result from avoidable injuries in hospitals. Studies have shown that medical practice injuries and fatalities have increased in recent years.

If you believe you’ve been injured because of medical malpractice, you must have a thorough investigation performed if you hope to recover a settlement. The law takes medical malpractice seriously, and if you can prove your case, you should receive the maximum compensation for your damages. 

Slip-and-Fall Accidents

Slip-and-fall accidents are most common among younger and older individuals, but anyone can slip-and-fall if a property owner is negligent and doesn’t warn guests of or remove a hazard from a walkway. The National Safety Council reported that more than 21,700 people nationwide died because of falls and 7.9 million people were injured by a fall in 2007. 

Contact a Chicago Personal Injury Attorney

Regardless of the accident you were in, it’s important to hold the liable party accountable. If you don’t take legal action, you could end up with a significant financial burden on your shoulders in addition to the physical and emotional burden of your injuries. 

To speak with a Chicago personal injury lawyer from Lane & Lane, LLC about your case, call 312-332-1400 to schedule a no-obligation consultation or find us online for more information.

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At the personal injury law firm of Lane & Lane, LLC, we live by the ideal of doing the right thing. Our attorneys represent plaintiffs who have been injured by acts of negligence—whether that takes the form of a car accident, medical malpractice, or a slip-and-fall, we strive to achieve justice for our clients through obtaining financial compensation to cover their damages and losses. We believe in doing what’s right, and that motivates everything we do. Our Chicago personal injury lawyers take care of their clients. Working with our firm means that you’ll never have to question the motives of your attorney. We’re here to help you recover the most compensation possible—because... View full business profile here: Lane & Lane LLC

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