We’ve all seen the commercials on TV, or heard them on the radio. “Have you been injured at work, in a car” and so on. These commercials are useful for giving information on lawyers and the situations you may find yourself in if you’ve been injured, but what kind of injuries warrant finding a good attorney? These are some questions to ask yourself if you’re wondering if you should seek legal representation and put in a personal injury claim:
- Were you hurt in a motor vehicle accident? Over 32,000 people were killed in motor vehicle accidents in 2014 in the United States alone, and another 2.3 million were injured that same year. Of those deaths, distracted driving accounted for 10% while alcohol-related accidents were responsible for more than 30%. Motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are also responsible for many road injuries. Every year, over 50,000 serious injuries occur from motorcycle accidents, and accidents involving ATVs led to over 100,000 injuries in 2011. These injuries don’t have to be suffered on the road, either. According to data by the United States Coast Guard, 3,000 injuries occurred due to boating accidents in 2012.
- Were you attacked by a dog or other animal? According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), every year about 5 million people are bitten by dogs, which results in over 800,000 injuries that require medical attention. The causes for the dog bites vary — whether it was negligence on the part of the owner or the dog was sick — cases involving dog bites are common, and any personal injury attorney should be able to determine if your injury warrants trial. There is also a lot of information on lawyers that specialize in animal injuries available, as well.
- Are you the victim of a medical error of some kind? Medical errors result in over 100,000 fatalities each year, according to the Institute of Medicine. If you lost a loved one due to a medical error, it’s important to find an attorney and bring your case to court so that you may hold the parties responsible.
There is a lot of information on lawyers out there. It’s important to take your time when trying to find lawyers, as rushing into a personal injury lawsuit may do more harm than it does good. However, it is important to note that 95 percent of personal injury cases are settled pretrial, and only about four or five percent proceed to trial.