No one expects to be the victim of an accident or injury that arises as the result of someone else’s negligence. And yet, thousands of people are injured every year file personal injury suits to address exactly this kind of situation. Here are seven common reasons that people get hurt, resulting in personal injury lawsuits:
- Motor Vehicle Accidents
- Motor vehicles are a common part of everyday life, particularly on Long Island where motorists commute daily to New York City. But where motor vehicles are common, so too are motor vehicle accidents, and unfortunately people are injured every day by negligent and reckless drivers. Whether you are driving in a car or truck, or if you are simply a pedestrian walking by, there is always the risk of harm from a motor vehicle accident, even if you do everything in your power to avoid it.
- Slip-and-fall accidents are among the most common sources of personal injury suits and are often underestimated as a source of potential harm. Everyone has a duty to make sure their premises are reasonably free of potential sources of harm, including slippery or unstable floors, as well as any debris that someone might accidentally trip on. Even a healthy adult can break bones, suffer a concussion, or experience other severe harm due to a slip-and-fall. In extreme cases, a slip-and-fall can even result in long-term health complications.
- Defective Products
- When we purchase a product, we have the reasonable expectation that it will function as advertised when used as intended. When it does not, and results in someone getting hurt, that can result in a personal injury suit. Defective products can cause a variety of potential harms, depending on the nature of the defect. Famous product defect cases have included a doll that could “eat” people’s hair, airbags that would fail to deploy in the case of an accident, and an insulation manufacturer who did not disclose the fact that they used asbestos in their materials.
- Medical Malpractice
- Doctors, nurses, lab technicians, orderlies, and other medical professionals are all bound by a duty to ensure their clients receive adequate care for their illnesses and injuries. When they violate that duty through negligent conduct, patients suffer, potentially resulting in delayed or incorrect treatment, a greater risk of complications, and a higher chance of long-term harm. Medical malpractice comes in a variety of forms, including misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose, unnecessary medical procedures, and administering an incorrect medication or the wrong dosage of medication.
- Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
- Nursing homes are supposed to be places where we can trust our loved ones will be properly cared for, but all too often they become victims of neglect and abuse. Residents may not be properly monitored, resulting in them suffering preventable injuries when they fall or wander off unattended. Nursing home staff may not take care to ensure residents are fed and hydrated, resulting in weight loss and an increased risk of illness. Residents may not be changed or turned over regularly enough, resulting in bed sores. In extreme cases, residents may even be physically abused by staff. Whatever the case, these harms should be addressed as soon as possible to prevent additional harm.
- Construction Site Accidents
- Construction is one of the most dangerous professions out there, with more injuries and deaths than any other single industry. While a certain amount of the danger is inherent to the job, it can become that much more dangerous when contractors or site owners fail to adhere to adequate safety standards. This can result in a greater risk of falls, burns, electrocutions, or being struck or crushed by falling objects, not to mention a risk of being injured by one of the many tools or vehicles often used on construction sites.
- Wrongful Death
- Any one of the above causes could result in a wrongful death suit, when an injury is severe enough that the victim does not survive. In that case, it falls to the victim’s family to seek restitution for the harm their loved one suffered. On top of the harm directly experienced by the victim, they may also seek compensation for lost income if the deceased financially supported their family.
If you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence, seeking the advice from an attorney experienced in personal injury law will help assure you get the compensation you deserve. The lawyers at Levine and Slavit, PLLC assist clients in collecting the damages they need to cope with being the victim of negligence. For more information or to schedule a consultation with our New York personal injury lawyers, call (888) LAW-8088 or fill out our contact form.