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The Benefits of A Personal Injury Lawyer

We often picture people suing for injuries sustained while driving, but there are many reasons for people to sue for injuries.  Auto accidents are the most common personal injury claims, and it has been said that there are at least 20,000 auto accident claims per year. If you have been involved in a car accident, call your Houston car accident lawyer today. Other common claims include:  work related injuries, assault, slip and fall accidents, and product liability.

Work Related Injuries

It has been said that Americans spend 1,700 hours at work per year.  When we spend so much time at work the rate of injuries because we spend so much time at work.  It has been said that there are 4.1 million work-related injuries or illness per year.   Most of these people accidents are non -fatal, but OSHA reports that 12 workers die on the job every day. Some of the most common types of work injuries include:  falls to lower levels of a building, slips and falls, overexertion due to heavy lifting, repetitive motion injuries, machine crushing or entanglement, work-related vehicle accidents, falling objects or debris, and/or electrocution.

Assault

Most of the time assault is filed under criminal law, but many assault victims choose to compensate for the costs incurred due to injuries.  It has been said that there are at least 321, 500 rapes or sexual assaults per year among those aged 12 and older per year. From 2009-2013 there were 32,000 cases of sexual abuse against children.  Abuse does not necessarily have to be physical in order to file a civil suit.  Definitions vary from state to state, but most of the time all that is required is that the contact be offensive.

Slip and Fall Accidents

It may not seem like it, but one in five people will get injured when they slip and fall.  8.9 million people go to the emergency room due to slip and fall accidents per year.  Most people do not die as a result of a fall, but it did kill 18,00 people ages 65 in older in 2005. Some of the injuries that may occur are broken bones- such as wrists, arms, ankles and hips, head injuries such as concussion, and cuts, bruises or lacerations.  If the slip and fall accident occurs on public or private property they can sue.  If the accident occurs on public property, the suit may be against the owner or the landlord

Product Liability

Product liability refers to a manufacturer or seller being responsible for a defective product.  In the past, product liability cases accounted for 7% of all personal injury cases.   Responsibility for a product defect lies with all sellers of the product in the distribution chain.   Some of the most common defective products are:  toys and electronics, cribs,  cars, beds and beds,  or contaminated food.  Several types of defects exist.  The default may be a design defect, a manufacturing defect, or a marketing defect.