What Are The Various Types Of Personal Injuries?
Statistics provided by the Connecticut Injury Prevention and Control Plan demonstrate that injuries are responsible for 72% or all deaths in Connecticut for people between the age of 15 and 24. Additionally, nonfatal injuries account for 17,000 hospital visits and 333,217 emergency room visits each year.
A personal injury can be defined as an injury done to someone’s mind, body, or emotions, rather than an injury to someone’s personal property. In some instances, a personal injury may be referred to as a tort lawsuit due to an act by a negligent individual bringing harm to an innocent victim. If you or a family member has been injured due to the negligent actions of another individual, our personal injury attorneys at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers believe that the victim may be eligible to receive compensation for their losses, including loss of wages, pain and suffering, property damage, and medical expenses.
The Most Frequent Accidental Injuries
As injuries are one of the leading causes of all deaths in Connecticut, there are many different ways for individuals to become injured. Many of these injuries may inhibit an individual’s ability to accomplish certain tasks of daily living, while others may simply put them out of work temporarily.
Some common types of injuries include:
- Motor Vehicle Accidents
The Connecticut Department of Transportation reported 71,724 motor vehicle accidents in 2006, which resulted in 311 fatalities and 38,871 injuries. Of these accidents 1,775 were alcohol-related, 1,919 involved commercial trucks, 1,066 involved pedestrians, and 1,225 involved motorcycles. Of the injuries reported in these accidents, the most common types include:
- Broken Bones
- Loss of limb
- Seat belt injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Wrist injuries
- Head injuries
Additionally, the speed and type of accident largely contribute to the severity of these types of injuries, while motorcycle injuries are typically more severe than the other types due to the lack of physical protection.
The United States Department of Labor reported 234,450 non-fatal and 789 fatal slip-and-fall accidents in private workplaces during 2006. These types of accidents can happen anywhere and anytime and can result in many different types of injuries. A few types of slip and fall injuries may include:
- Broken arm
- Broken wrist
- Head injuries
- Facial injuries
- Hip injuries
- Back injuries
- Dislocated shoulder
Depending on the type and length of fall, these injuries can vary greatly. Of course, it is common for individuals to injure their arms due to our natural reaction trying to break our fall.
- Medical Malpractice
The Journal of the American Medical Association reported that over 225,000 patients die each year from adverse effects of medical complications. These injuries and deaths are typically due to surgical procedure error, improper diagnosis, or unnecessary tests or examinations. Some common injuries due to medical malpractice may include:
- Allergic reactions
- Blood clots
- High blood pressure
- Failure to treat
- Improper diagnosis
Keep in mind; there are dozens more injuries that could be caused by medical malpractice; however, these are a few common injuries.
- Defective Products
The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission reported 42,700 emergency room visits in 2006 resulting from products such as; appliances, television instability, furniture and trip-over injuries. These injuries have also resulted in a total of 180 deaths from 2001 to 2006. Some injuries caused by defective products may include:
- Allergic reactions
- Broken bones
- Dislocated joints
Of course, the type of injury will usually depend on the intention of the defective product, and it failing to function properly, thus resulting in injuries.
- Dog Bites
The American Veterinary Medicine Association reported that around 800,000 people seek medical attention for dog bites each year. Although individuals may think dogs are typically fun and cuddly, this may not always be the case. In some instances, the owner may fail to provide the proper training for these animals, thus resulting in the lack of their domestication. Some common dog bite injuries include:
- Injuries to the hands
- Injuries to the feet
- Injuries to the legs
- Severed arteries
- Punctured skin
From these injuries, 70 percent are to the extremities, 90% involved non-neutered dogs, and 25% involve dogs that were chained.
- Nursing Home Abuse
A study conducted by the United States General Accounting Office found that over 50% of suspicious nursing home deaths were related to nursing home abuse and exploitation. Thus, we must always monitor our elderly to make sure they are not being abused and there are no noticeable physical changes. Some common nursing home abuse injuries may include:
- Poor hygiene
- Behavioral changes
- Unexplained injuries
- Untreated bedsores
In many cases, nursing home abuse may be difficult to recognize, however, we can recognize them by paying attention to the victim and looking for any unusual signs or symptoms.
Contact Our Connecticut Personal Injury Attorneys
At Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers, we believe that if you or a family member is suffering from injuries due to the negligent actions of another individual, that negligent individual must pay for the damages and losses they have caused. With offices in Woodbridge, Bridgeport, and Hartford, we are licensed to serve the entire state of Connecticut.
If you would like to obtain more information about our law firm, or schedule a free no-obligation consultation, we welcome you to contact us at 800-PERKINS today. At this time a member of our staff will collect information about your accident, and then quickly connect you with one of our personal injury attorneys ready to handle your specific case. Start here by completing the Free Case Evaluation form on this page – It’s that easy.