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Common Types of Personal Injury

Posted in Personal Injury on Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

Accidents can happen at any time and at any place. You might be on your way to work, out for lunch or running errands, spending time with your family, shopping, or enjoying recreational activities when a sudden accident occurs. One minute everything is fine and the next, you find yourself having suffered an injury that is both painful and potentially debilitating. At Sabuco, Beck, Hansen, Massino & Pollack, P.C., we know the serious repercussions that can result from personal injuries. You may be dealing with ongoing medical care and treatment as well as lost wages that threaten your ability to provide for your family. You can help protect yourself and your love ones from being injured by being aware of the most common ways these kinds of accidents occur and the potential damage they can cause.

Most Common Causes of Accidental Injuries

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 31 million people visit hospital emergency rooms every year as the result of accidental injuries. In recent studies conducted by the CDC, the most common causes of accidental injuries in the United States include the following:

  • Slip and Fall Injuries. Estimates from the CDC indicate that over 13 million slip and fall accidents occur each year. Roughly one in five of these accidents results in serious injuries. The most common types of injuries caused by falls include multiple bone fractures, muscle or tendon strains, sprains and tears, back injuries like slipped or ruptured disks, and head injuries, including traumatic brain injury;
  • The CDC estimates that there are roughly five million injuries per year caused by overexertion. Participating in recreational sports is a common cause of this type of injury. Examples of overexertion injuries include strained, sprained, or torn muscles, tendons and ligaments, ruptured disks and hernias, heat exhaustion and heat stroke, and potentially disabling head and spinal cord injuries; and
  • Being Struck By A Person or Object.The CDC estimates that being hit or struck by someone or something results in injuries for roughly four million Americans every year. These types of accidents can occur on the job, in grocery or other retail establishments, and in public or amusement parks and recreation centers. These accidents can result in serious and potentially deadly head or spinal cord injuries as well as broken bones and other less serious injuries.

Damages for Personal Injury Accidents

Often, what is thought of as a mere accident is no accident at all, but instead is the result of an individual’s reckless or negligent conduct. Perhaps it was a store owner failing to notify customers of a wet floor or a restaurant owner whose lighting fixtures were not secured property that caused a victim to be injured. You might be injured as the result of a faulty product or poor workmanship or simply as the result of uneven flooring. In any case, if you have been injured as the result of another party’s recklessness, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your damages. Under the Illinois Compiled Statutes, you may be entitled to the following types of damages:

  • Economic damages for costs related to your medical care, treatment, and lost wages;
  • Non-economic damages for pain and suffering, mental anguish, and disfigurement; and
  • Punitive damages meant to punish an at-fault party for particularly reckless or wanton behavior.

Contact Our Experienced Will County Personal Injury Attorneys

If you or a loved one are suffering from a personal injury, contact our experienced Will County personal injury attorney today to discuss your legal options. At Sabuco, Beck, Hansen, Massino & Pollack, P.C., we provide aggressive legal representation to ensure you get the compensation you deserve for medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering. With offices throughout Will County and the surrounding area, call Sabuco, Beck, Hansen, Massino & Pollack, P.C. today for an initial consultation.

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