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10 Common Personal Injury Claims: Trends and Insights

Introduction

As an experienced personal injury attorney at Templer & Hirsch for 35 years, I have witnessed firsthand the evolving landscape of personal injury law. Every year brings new challenges and trends, and 2024 is no exception. This blog delves into the 10 Common Personal Injury Claims, offering insights into emerging trends and the implications for those involved in similar incidents.

10 common personal injury claims for 2024

Key Takeaways

  • Car Accidents Remain the Leading Cause
  • Increase in Slip and Fall Accidents
  • Rise in Workplace Injuries
  • Significant Medical Malpractice Cases
  • Surge in Product Liability Cases
  • Steady Increase in Dog Bites
  • More Bicycle and Pedestrian Accidents
  • Nursing Home Abuse on the Rise
  • Rideshare Accidents Growing

These trends highlight the evolving landscape of personal injury law, emphasizing the need for awareness and advocacy to ensure safety and justice for all affected individuals.

#1 - Car Accidents: The Leading Cause of Personal Injury Claims

Car accidents remain the most prevalent cause of personal injury claims. In 2023, car accidents accounted for slightly over 50% of all personal injury cases in the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Distracted driving, speeding, and driving under the influence were the top contributing factors.
leading causes of personal injury cases 2023

#2 - Slip and Fall Accidents

Slip and fall accidents have seen a significant rise, particularly among the elderly. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported a 15% increase in slip and fall injuries in 2023, largely due to an aging population and inadequate safety measures in public places.

#3 - Workplace Injuries

Workplace injuries continue to be a major area of concern, with a notable uptick in construction and manufacturing sectors. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reported that workplace injuries increased by 8% in 2023. Common causes included machinery accidents and falls from heights.

Workplace Injuries

#4 - Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice cases remain a significant portion of personal injury claims. In 2023, medical errors were responsible for an estimated 250,000 deaths, making them the third leading cause of death in the U.S., according to a study published in the Journal of Patient Safety. Misdiagnosis and surgical errors were the most common issues.

Med Mal

#5 - Product Liability

Product liability cases surged in 2023, particularly involving defective medical devices and pharmaceuticals. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reported a 12% increase in injuries related to defective products. High-profile cases included faulty hip implants, unsafe children’s toys, and otc products.

Product Liability

#6 - Dog Bites

Dog bite cases have seen a steady rise, with a 10% increase in reported incidents in 2023. Insurance Information Institute (III) data showed that the average cost per claim rose by 6%, reflecting the growing medical expenses and legal complexities associated with these cases.

dog bite incidents

#7 - Bicycle Accidents

Bicycle accidents have increased, particularly in urban areas. The National Safety Council (NSC) reported a 9% increase in bicycle-related injuries in 2023. Distracted driving and inadequate bike lanes were major contributing factors.

bike accidents

#8 – Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrian accidents continued to rise, with a 7% increase in fatalities in 2023. The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) attributed this trend to distracted driving and the increasing number of large vehicles on the road.

Pedestrian Zone

#9 – Nursing Home Abuse

Nursing home abuse cases have drawn significant attention, with a 14% increase in reported incidents in 2023. These cases often involve physical abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation. The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) emphasized the need for stricter oversight and reporting mechanisms.

The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA)

#10 – Rideshare Accidents

Rideshare services like Uber and Lyft have transformed transportation but also introduced new legal challenges. In 2023, there was a 20% increase in rideshare-related accidents. Determining liability in these cases often involves complex legal considerations due to the involvement of multiple parties.

Rideshare Accidents

Personal Anecdotes and Reflections

In my practice, I’ve handled numerous cases that reflect these broader trends. One particular case that stands out involved a young cyclist who was struck by a distracted driver. The data on bicycle accidents provided a compelling backdrop for the case, emphasizing the growing risks cyclists face on the road. By leveraging these statistics, we were able to build a strong argument for increased compensation, highlighting the systemic issues that contributed to the accident.

Another memorable case involved a product liability claim where a defective medical device caused significant harm to my client. The rise in such cases underscored the importance of holding manufacturers accountable for the safety of their products. Through diligent research and presentation of relevant data, we successfully demonstrated the widespread impact of the defect, leading to a favorable outcome for our client.

personal injury case paid

Conclusion

The landscape of personal injury law is continually evolving, with new trends and challenges emerging each year. By staying informed about these trends and understanding the underlying data, we can better advocate for our clients and push for meaningful changes in safety standards and legal accountability.

At Templer & Hirsch, we are committed to providing expert legal representation and staying at the forefront of these developments. If you or a loved one has been affected by a personal injury, our team is here to help you navigate the complexities of your case and secure the justice you deserve.

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Sources:

  1. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  3. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
  4. Journal of Patient Safety
  5. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
  6. Insurance Information Institute (III)
  7. National Safety Council (NSC)
  8. Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA)
  9. National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA)

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Bicyclist struck by car; death

Elderly/retired pedestrian was struck from behind while riding his bike. The pedestrian was injured and came to Templer & Hirsch so we can fight for them in their case. The end result was a huge sum of cash for our client of over a million dollars.

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Client was rear-ended while stopped in rush hour traffic, injuring his neck and knee. Our client didn’t need surgery and we were still able to get them over one hundred thousand dollars!

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Longshore

Dock worker injured at a port in Miami. We were able to settle the longshoreman’s case for around $750,000 which was way more than the longshoreman expected.

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