Accidental Injuries in the United States

Accidental Injuries in the United States

  • By:JP Diener

We all know that accidents happen – usually when we least expect them. Some accidents may result in a minor bruise or cut that you can treat at home with little difficulty. On the other hand, some accidents result in serious injuries that require emergency care, and that can disrupt your life for months or even permanently. Accidental injuries are common in the Spokane area, and every part of the United States, and the following are some facts regarding accidental injuries in the U.S., as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Injuries Requiring Medical Treatment

Many accident victims need medical treatment as soon as possible after the injury occurs. Accidental injuries result in the following on an annual basis in the U.S.:

  • 29.2 million trips to the emergency room
  • 39.5 million visits to a physician’s office

Getting your injuries diagnosed and receiving initial treatment at the ER or doctor’s office is generally only the beginning of your treatment path. Many injured accident victims require ongoing treatment for weeks or months. Some injuries never fully heal, and accident victims may face a lifetime of impairments, disabilities, or disfigurement. 

If your accidental injury resulted in medical bills and other losses, you should discuss your rights with a skilled Spokane personal injury lawyer. If another party was responsible for causing the accident, you may have the right to seek compensation for all of your losses. 

Fatal Accidental Injuries

Unfortunately, a hospital visit is far from the worst result of an accidental injury. According to the CDC, accidental injuries are a leading cause of death in the United States. Consider the following:

  • Accidental injuries are the third overall cause of death for the population, causing 169,936 fatalities in a single year.
  • Accidental injuries are the number one cause of death for people between the ages of one-year and 44-years-old.
  • Accidental injuries are the third-leading cause of death for people ages 45 to 64.

The most common types of fatal accidental injuries include:

  • Motor vehicle and traffic accidents = 40,231 fatalities
  • Unintentional falls = 36,338 fatalities
  • Unintentional poisoning = 64,795 fatalities

If a loved one suddenly dies due to accidental injuries, surviving family members may have important legal rights. If someone else’s negligence caused the fatal injury, Washington law allows certain family members to file a wrongful death claim. This claim allows loved ones to recover for damages caused by the untimely death. Damages include medical bills for the fatal injury, burial and funeral costs, lost income and financial support of the deceased, pain and suffering of the deceased, and the loss of companionship and other intangible losses of family members.

Consult with a Spokane Personal Injury Lawyer for Free Today

After an accidental injury or fatality, you should not hesitate to discuss your legal rights with a Spokane personal injury attorney at the law firm of Feltman Ewing, P.S. We help clients after a wide variety of accidents, and we can evaluate your case for free. Call (509) 838-6800 or contact us online today for more information.

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