Physical injuries are often the result of an accident, such as a vehicle accident, an industrial or on-the-job accident, or a slip and fall accident. Physical injuries may also be the result of an activity such as a sport or other physical activity. Physical injuries may also be the product of physical abuse, resulting from an assault, child abuse, or domestic violence. Physical injury can also be the result of other situations like medical malpractice, premise hazards, product defects, and much more.
When one party’s actions or negligence cause personal injuries to another party, the latter can be held responsible for all resulting losses and suffering.
Car accidents are one of the leading causes of physical injuries in a (typically) unintentional accident.
The Bureau of Transportation indicates that over 1.9 million people suffer physical injuries in car accidents every year.
More than 38,000 people are killed in these transportation accidents every year.
Work Related Physical Injuries
Work related physical injuries are also the cause of physical injuries, illness, and fatality each year.
Medical malpractice is the cause of physical injuries and suffering to over 150,000 individuals every year, 80,000 of which die as a result of medical malpractice. In most of these and other personal injury cases, physical injuries are the result of an accident caused by another party’s wrongdoing or negligence.
Sports accidents are another major cause of physical injuries. An estimated three to four million emergency room visits are for sports-related physical injuries each year in the United States.
Physical injuries from sports and other physical activity can include minor cuts, bruises, and sore muscles, to serious injuries like broken bones, and potentially fatal physical injuries like traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries. Most physical injuries in sports are preventable.
Violence is another major cause of physical injuries, particularly to women and children. More than two million women suffer physical injuries from domestic abuse every year in the United States, a number greater than all those injured in car accidents each year.
More than one in five cases of child abuse involve significant physical injuries. Unexplained or suspicious bruises, burns, lacerations, broken bones, head injuries, or internal injuries may be physical injuries caused by domestic violence.
Self-inflicted physical injuries and other types of violence also comprise a significant number of physical injury cases each year.
Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
Regardless of the cause of injury, traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries are often the most severe. These physical injuries are the number one cause of death in almost all categories of personal injury accidents.
When these physical injuries are not fatal, they often lead to serious disability and/or paralysis. The use of proper restraints (i.e. seat belts) and safety devices (i.e. helmets and padding) can greatly reduce the risk of these physical injuries in vehicle and sports accidents.
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