The Personal Injury Lawsuit Numbers

Personal injury is considered to be one of the most common civil lawsuits filed by an ordinary person. This is because the term, “personal injury” covers a wide range of injuries – medical malpractice, vehicular accidents, and construction accidents.

If you would ask the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, they would tell you that, in a year, US experiences about six million collisions, which would roughly translate to one car accident per 10 seconds. From this, about 3 million end up with injuries with more than 60% ending up as permanent injuries. On the other hand, about 40,000 of these accidents end up with one or more parties dying; and that’s just for the cars.

If you would consider trucks, the numbers would go up by 125,000 every year. From this figure, 60,000 resulted to injury, 5,000 of which had resulted to death of one or more parties.

In the medical field, about 100,000 fatalities each year come as a result of medical malpractice. One of the most common reasons for these fatalities would include errors relating to prescription and administration of medication and procedures, which account for more than 1.5 million injuries each year. In California alone, there was more than $200 million medical malpractice payouts in 2012. One of the most common reason a Los Angeles personal injury attorney would have to deal with is surgical errors.

Construction accidents are also considered to be one of the top reasons for personal injuries. Based on the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 300,000 injuries across the country occur each year, with around 1,000 resulting to death.


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