What Are the Five Most Common Personal Injuries?

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Serious personal injuries not only impact the victim but his or her family. Hardships include loss of income, an increase in medical bills and the burden of caregiving to the injured family member.

The five most common causes of severe personal injury include slip and falls, sports and car accidents, work-related mishaps, and medical malpractice.

According to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the most common cause of non-fatal injuries in the U.S. is an unintentional fall. According to the CDC, there were more than 9.1 million such accidents in 2010. Severe injuries, such as traumatic brain disorder, back and spinal cord injuries, can result from slip and fall accidents and trip and fall accidents.

The second most common non-fatal injury the CDC cites results from being struck by or against something, such as a sports injury or violent assault. In 2010, there were over 4.5 million such accidents. Accidents caused during sports play or extreme sports such as high diving can lead to paralysis or head injuries like concussions.

Car accidents, another leading cause of personal injuries, can result in traumatic brain injuries, neck, back, and spinal cord injuries, among other injuries.

Industrial and construction accidents can be especially treacherous. Malfunctioning machinery, unenforced safety regulations, coworker negligence, and third-party interference contribute to a dangerous and hazardous workplace environment. The resulting injuries can include amputated or crushed limbs as well as severe cuts and burns.

Medical malpractice, an all-too common occurrence, can result in brain, spinal and nerve damage, birth injuries, severe illnesses and untreated conditions, among other catastrophic outcomes.

Many serious accidents result from the carelessness of another individual or business entity. If you suffered injuries in an incident caused by the negligence of another, you may be entitled to financial compensation. A personal injury attorney can evaluate your case and advise you on a course of action to seek legal remedies.

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