10 Most Common Types of Personal Injuries in New Jersey

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10 Most Common Types of Personal Injuries

A personal injury case usually involves someone who was hurt due to another person's negligence. Common damages include broken bones, sprains, cuts, bruises, burns, lacerations, concussions, dislocations, and fractures.

If you've been injured in an accident, you might be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses.

1. Car Accidents

Car accidents are one of the leading causes of death among young adults. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motor vehicle crashes killed nearly 40,000 Americans in 2015.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1.6 million people were injured in motor vehicle crashes in 2016.

2. Slip and Fall Accidents

Slip and fall accidents are the second leading cause of accidental deaths in the U.S.

According to the CDC, slip and falls accounted for almost 2 million emergency department visits in 2014.

Most slip and fall accidents happen because there is a foreign object on the floor. This may be a puddle of water, spilled food, or a piece of furniture.

When these objects are slippery, they make walking difficult. If you trip over them, you could sustain serious injuries such as a fractured bone, internal bleeding, or head trauma.

3. Dog Bites

Dog bites account for approximately half of all dog bite injuries.

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, dogs bite about 4.5 million people each year.

People bitten by dogs often suffer severe wounds. They may need stitches, tetanus shots, rabies vaccines, and antibiotics. They may also require reconstructive surgery to repair damaged skin and tissue.

4. Workplace Accidents

Workplace accidents are the third leading cause of accidental deaths.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, workplace accidents caused about 2.8 million nonfatal injuries in 2017. These injuries included back strains, sprains, and fractures.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has strict regulations regarding workplace safety that a personal injury attorney will understand.

5. Motorcycle Accident Claims

Motorcycle accidents are also common. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, motorcycle riders are three times more likely to die in a crash than drivers of passenger vehicles.

Many motorcycle accidents involve drunk drivers. Others involve speeding, reckless riding, and failure to yield the right-of-way.

6. Bicycle Accident Claims

Bicycle accidents are one of the most common types of personal injury claims.

Most bicycle injuries occur because of negligence or recklessness on the part of another driver.

A bicycle collision can result in serious injuries, such as fractured bones, spinal cord damage, and traumatic brain injury, especially when it involves a passenger vehicle or truck.

7. Birth Injuries 

Birth injuries include everything from broken bones to spinal cord damage.

Birth injuries can happen because of poor medical practices or negligence. They can also occur during labor and delivery.

8. Truck Accidents

Truck accidents are one of the most dangerous types of personal injuries. Trucks are large vehicles that are difficult to control. They also weigh much more than passenger cars.

When trucks collide with each other or crash into stationary objects, they can cause serious injury or death. 

9. Construction Accidents

Construction accidents happen every day, and many people suffer serious injuries or death because of these accidents.

Construction workers face unique risks when working on construction sites. These risks include falling off ladders, slipping on wet surfaces, and being hit by heavy equipment.

10. Brain Injuries

From routine accidents to medical trauma, brain injuries can occur in a variety of ways. The most common way for a brain injury to occur is by blunt force trauma. These injuries may have long-term consequences that affect the person who has been harmed.

If someone hits your head hard enough, it could result in a concussion. Concussions are very dangerous because they can lead to memory problems, headaches, dizziness, vision problems, and confusion. Concussions are also known as mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI).

Seeking Justice for a Personal Injury in New Jersey

Personal injuries can happen anytime, anywhere, and to anyone. If you or someone you know has been injured due to another person's negligence, contact us today for a free consultation.

If you've been hurt due to another person's negligent behavior, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible party. Depending on the circumstances of the accident, a variety of people or parties could be held liable. Other drivers in a car collision, producers of defective items that fail and cause injuries on the job site, or medical practitioners that make mistakes that harm patients are examples of these. Working with a skilled personal injury attorney is the most effective way to determine who is to blame for your injuries and who may be liable for damages.

Our personal injury lawyers at Garden State Justice Group can help you understand how a personal injury lawsuit works, what types of damages you might be entitled to, and whether you should pursue legal action. Call today for a free consultation.

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Date Published: February 18, 2022
Shane Sullivan, Esq. is a New Jersey Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer that represents those who were injured or the family's of those killed by the negligence of others in personal injury lawsuits throughout New Jersey.
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