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Top Six Ways Personal Injuries Occur

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personal injury causes, San Jose personal injury attorneys, slips and falls, personal injury claim, causes of accidental injuriesAccidents happen. Even a seemingly minor incident can end up leaving you with personal injuries that prevent you from working or engaging in your usual activities, while requiring the need to ongoing medical care and treatment. In many situations, the ‘accident’ responsible for your injuries is actually due to the reckless and negligent actions of others, thus entitling you to compensation through a personal injury claim. The following highlights six of the top ways in which these types of injuries occur.

Common Causes of Personal Injuries

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), accidental and unintentional injuries send more than 30 million people to hospital emergency rooms for treatment each year in the United States. Even if your injuries are relatively minor, they can cause impairments that impact your life for months and even years afterward. The CDC lists the following as the top six causes of accidental injuries: 

1. Slips and Falls 

Slips and falls are one of the leading causes of death and disability, impacting nearly ten million people each year. These often occur in public places, as a result of wet or slippery floors, improperly maintained flooring materials, and due to clutter or a lack of proper lighting and handrails.

2. Being Struck by or Against Objects 

As another leading cause of personal injuries, being struck by or against objects impacts more than three million people each year. These accidents often occur in public places and can result from improperly installed or poorly maintained ceilings or wall fixtures, overstocked shelves, flying objects at sports or recreational events, and debris in construction areas.

3. Overexertion

Responsible for more than three million personal injuries each year, overexertion happens frequently in the workplace. In this situation, you may be entitled to workers compensation benefits through the California Department of Industrial Relations. Overexertion can also occur while engaged in sports and recreational activities, and parents should be mindful that coaches or staff do not push young athletes beyond their limits.

4. Motor Vehicle Accidents

Listed by the CDC as the fourth leading cause of accidental injuries, car accidents can be devastating. To be sure, the California Office of Traffic Safety reports that more than 5,000 car accidents occur year in San Jose.

5. Cuts and/or Piercings

Over two million people suffer accidental piercings, which can occur as the result of contact with broken glass or sharp metal objects in public places or on the job. These types of injuries are also common due to defective products, and can result in a product liability claim.

6. Unintentional Poisoning 

Food poisoning and product tampering can cause severe and life threatening illnesses. In these situations, restaurant owners, grocery store managers, and manufacturers may be held liable for the damages you suffer.

We Can Help You Today

You cannot always prevent an accident from occurring, but being aware of the common causes can help reduce your risks. If you suffer injuries as the result of any of the above, contact Jachimowicz Law Group right away. Request a consultation with our talented San Jose personal injury attorneys to find out how we can assist you.

Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/injury/images/lc-charts/leading_causes_of_nonfatal_injury_2015_1050w760h.gif

https://www.ots.ca.gov/Media_and_Research/Rankings/default.asp

https://www.dir.ca.gov/InjuredWorkerGuidebook/InjuredWorkerGuidebook.html

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