An unexpected injury can occur at any time and any place, leaving a person to deal with serious medical and financial issues on their own. When a person does sustain a serious, potentially life-threatening injury, accident and injury lawyers have the knowledge and experience to help them seek compensation for their losses, whether they be financial, from pain and suffering or a combination of both. Injuries can be sustained in a number of different ways, and unfortunately they are not all accidents. Some of the personal injury lawsuits that accident and injury lawyers represent include:
- Car Accidents – According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were approximately 9,754,000 vehicles involved in accidents reported by police in 2012, with an estimated 2.09 million people sustaining injuries as the result of a car accident that same year. Instances of car crashes in the U.S. remain high, and every year millions of people are seriously injured as a result. Accident and injury lawyers are well-versed on the laws surrounding car accidents and injuries and can help their clients receive the compensation they deserve.
- Bicycle Accidents – Bicyclists face a high risk of crash-related injuries and death since they have no protection from other vehicles on the road. Nearly 50% of bike accident deaths occur between 4 p.m. and midnight, with adolescents and adults 45 and older at the highest risk of a fatal crash. Part of the reason for this is that bicyclists can be hard for drivers to see, and as it gets darker, visibility gets even worse. Still, three out of four at-fault drivers never received a citation for hitting and killing pedestrians, according to a report by the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition. Accident and injury lawyers can ensure that those responsible for serous bicycling injuries from car and bike accidents are held accountable for their actions.
- Elder Abuse – While many serious injuries are the result of an accident, some injuries are purposely inflicted by others. Elder abuse occurs when a caregiver intentionally abuses or neglects a vulnerable person. This could be done by a relative, caregiver at a nursing home or medical attendant and could involve physical, sexual or emotional abuse, neglect or exploitation. Thousands of people suffer from elder abuse every year, and states across the country have enacted elder abuse laws to help prevent further instances of abuse in the future.
No one expects to suffer from a serious injury, whether it is the result of an accident or the abusive actions of another person, but unfortunately many people are faced with unexpected injuries every day. When this happens, it is only fair that they receive compensation for their pain and suffering and that the party responsible is held accountable for their actions.