Facts and Figures on Common Personal Injuries

Facts and Figures on Some Common Personal InjuriesThere are many types of personal injuries, but some are more common than others.  For example, slip and fall accidents, motor vehicle crashes, dog bites and medical malpractice are usually listed as the most common grounds for personal injury lawsuits.  Over 8 million hospital visits each year are due to falling, with another one million due to slipping.  Nearly five percent of people who fall break a bone.  Falls are the cause of 50 percent of all accidental deaths in the home, and one of every three people over the age of 65 experiences at least one serious fall; half of these victims fall more than once.  More than 30,000 people die in vehicle crashes each year, and injuries from car accidents result in about $44 billion annually in medical and other costs.  Impaired and distracted driving are two of the most common causes of accidents.  Nearly 1,000 people per day are treated in emergency rooms for dog bites.  About 86 percent of dog bite attacks result in bodily harm.  Medical malpractice is the third leading cause of death in the United States, which includes about 34 percent in surgical errors and 46 percent in diagnosis errors.