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What You Need to Know About Personal Injury Claims

There is nothing more personal than an injury. Injuries can rob you of your financial stability, physical and mental well-being, and your future. Even minor personal injuries can present significant interruptions to your life. It can feel impossible to get past a personal injury, especially if someone else’s act of negligence or carelessness caused the accident. When you feel that you deserve financial recovery from an at-fault party, explore your opportunities for compensation. Fielding Law’s Salt Lake City personal injury attorneys can help with this process.

Personal Injury Facts and Statistics

Learning the facts about personal injury accidents can help you grasp the magnitude of this issue in the U.S. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), unintentional injuries have been the fifth-leading cause of death since 1991. In the United States, an injury severe enough to require medical evaluation occurs every second of every day. That translates into 4,520 injuries per hour, 108,500 per day, 761,500 per week, and nearly 40 million each year. Here are several other facts:

  • In 2012, the rate of men and women seeking medical attention for injuries was almost equal. The rate was slightly higher for women (51.8%) than men (48.2%).
  • Most injuries occurred in the home (51.9%). Injuries in public (on streets, sidewalks, highways, and parking lots) took second place at 12.6%, and injuries at sports and recreation areas took third (12%).
  • About 29% of all emergency department visits in 2011 were injury-related. This equates to about 40.2 million injury-related visits out of 136.3 million total.
  • There were 4 million emergency department visits throughout the U.S. in 2013. OF these, 37.2 million were injury-related.
  • The most frequent body sites that sustained injuries were the upper extremities, including the hands, wrists, and fingers.
  • In Utah, unintentional personal injuries account for about 9,715 hospitalizations and 1,125 deaths each year. This doesn’t include thousands of less serious injuries.
  • The rate of unintentional injuries was the highest in Southeast Utah, followed by TriCounty and Tooele County. The current rate throughout Utah is similar to the national rate.

The odds of becoming a victim of an unintentional injury in your lifetime are high. It is often not a matter of if, but when. Not all unintentional injury victims have the right to sue someone for financial recovery. Only those with injuries that stem from someone else’s act of negligence, carelessness, or lawlessness can bring personal injury claims in Utah. Other types of claims, such as product liability and premises liability, require other elements of proof. Partner with an attorney for facts about your specific injury.

Common Types of Serious Injuries

The possibilities for serious injuries are almost endless. However, some types of injuries are more common than others. In our years of legal services at Fielding Law, we’ve come across many of the same types of injuries that give rise to civil lawsuits. If you’ve suffered one of the following types of injuries, talk to an attorney about your rights to bring a lawsuit:

  • Fall injuries. Falls are the leading cause of nonfatal injury in almost every age, and the leading cause of death in ages 69 and older. Falls accounted for the greatest number of emergency department visits in 2011. Slips, trips, and falls can occur on slippery surfaces, down staircases, off ladders, over obstacles, and off platforms while at work.
  • Poisoning. In 2011, poisoning overtook motor vehicle crashes as the leading cause of unintentional injury death for the first time. Poisoning can cause serious illnesses that debilitate the victim temporarily or permanently. Poisoning may occur due to defective drugs, medication errors, and exposure to hazardous substances.
  • Car accident injuries. Vehicle accidents can put the body in great peril. The human body often cannot withstand the extreme forces that a vehicle collision exerts. This leads to the body giving way to the object that strikes it, whether it’s the seatbelt, steering column, window, or other element. Car accidents can cause a wide range of personal injuries.
  • Motorcycle Accidents: Crashes while riding a motorcycle are among the most common personal injuries. A Salt Lake City Motorcycle accident attorney will help you get the compensation you deserve, even if your crash was a hit-and-run.
  • Malpractice-related injuries. A healthcare provider may cause unintentional injuries through incompetence or negligence. These injuries can occur in the form of misdiagnoses, surgical errors, medication errors, and birth injuries.
  • Acts of violence. Violence from persons or animals can cause serious injuries such as gunshot wounds, lacerations, and blunt force trauma. Assaults are intentional torts that do not require proof of negligence since they involve broken laws. Animal attacks may end in owner liability in Utah.

These common personal injuries accidents can result in broken bones, head injuries, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and wrongful death. A “catastrophic” injury is one that inflicts long-term pain or disability on the victim. If you have a serious or catastrophic injury and believe someone else is to blame, don’t hesitate to contact a lawyer.

Total Cost of Unintentional Injuries

In 2013 (the most recent year data is available), unintentional injuries cost the United States $820.6 billion. This includes the costs of both fatal and nonfatal injuries, vehicle damages, medical expenses, productivity losses, administrative fees, and employers insured and uninsured costs. The value of lost quality of life in 2013 equaled an additional $4,253.9 billion. Motor vehicle accidents cost the most, accounting for $264.2 billion. At-home unintentional injuries followed, then work accidents and public accidents.

When employees sustain injuries that put them out of work, America pays. Most of the $820.6 billion in national expenses went toward wage and productivity losses ($388.4 billion). The second-largest component was medical expenses, totaling $219.8 billion in 2013. The total cost of personal injuries to the U.S. is the equivalent of 51 centers per dollar spent on food in the country. The parties that absorb the costs of personal injuries in the U.S. include private insurers, taxpayers, and the injured victims themselves.

How Much is Case Worth?

Every personal injury case is worth a different amount depending on the impact the injuries have on the victim’s life and livelihood. The only way to get an accurate estimate of the value of your claim is to speak to an attorney. Otherwise, you may be able to get a rough idea by looking at the costs of your economic and non-economic damages. Adding up these expenses can give you an idea of what your claim could be worth:

  • Past and future accident-related medical expenses. These may include the costs of hospitalization, surgeries, medications, medical equipment, live-in nursing care, rehabilitation, and home or vehicle modifications. Look at your existing medical bills and what your injuries may cost in the future to calculate these expenses.
  • Lost wages. If your personal injuries force you to miss time at work for treatment and recovery, you could recover for these income losses. This includes money you likely would have made in raises and/or promotions during this time.
  • Property damage. Did your home, vehicle, or other properties sustain costly damage in the accident? You could recover the full costs to repair or replace these damaged items. Add in the costs of your property damage to your final calculation.
  • Pain and suffering. The courts will calculate these non-economic losses using expert testimony, medical records, and other evidence of your physical pain and emotional suffering. Values can vary greatly depending on the severity and type of injury.
  • Emotional distress. A PI claim could also result in compensation for emotional harms the accident causes, including mental and psychological damage. You may also recover for lost capacity to earn if your injuries cause permanent disability.

There is currently just one cap on damages an injured party could receive in a personal injury lawsuit in Utah. The only damage cap that exists in Utah is one for non-economic losses in medical malpractice claims. The cap varies according to when the injured party started the cause of action. To get a better idea of exactly what your specific personal injury case could be worth, speak to one of our Salt Lake City attorneys.

Do I need Legal Representation?

Personal injury attorneys exist to help the overwhelming number of people who face damages due to unintentional injuries. It is an attorney’s job to protect the interests of injured parties during insurance settlement negotiations and personal injury trials. Unlike insurance claims adjusters, PI lawyers work for the injured party, not for a large corporation. When you trust a lawyer with your case, you can rest assured he or she is doing whatever possible to maximize your recovery amount. This is the opposite of what insurance companies will try to do, which is get you to settle for as little as possible to save them money.

By retaining an attorney, you gain instant access to legal resources and professional assistance. You don’t have to research hundreds of federal, state, and local laws to get to the bottom of your claim. You get a team of lawyers with the ability to tackle these laws for you, and they will investigate your claim using tried and true methods. An attorney can help you identify the cause of your personal injury, name the defendant(s), and go about the filing process. You will enjoy a faster, more efficient, and more rewarding claims process.

A Salt Lake City personal injury lawyer will help you achieve your goals for your claim. Whether you want to settle your claim as quickly as possible or go to trial in pursuit of maximum compensation, your attorney can help. At Fielding Law, our litigators perform excellent work in and out of the courtroom. We can go up against major insurance companies, large corporations, or individuals in pursuit of the recovery you deserve. No matter what factors your personal injury case involves, we have the power to handle it with dexterity. Call a Salt Lake City personal injury lawyer at (801) 666-2912 or fill in our online form to speak with one of our attorneys about your claim. We offer free initial consultations. Hablamos Español.