According to the National Safety Council (NSC), the U.S. experienced 167,127 preventable deaths and nearly 47 million injuries in 2018. Beyond the pain and suffering sustained by those involved, all in all, these accidents resulted in $1,059.9 billion in costs to the country. In comparison, there were 161,374 preventable deaths in 2016.
While this rise is relatively small, it’s reflective of a larger trend that has been holding relatively steady for nearly fifty years. Between 1992 and 2017, preventable deaths in the U.S. skyrocketed by 93%. The primary contributor to this increase, according to the NSC, is the opioid epidemic.
While these types of deaths don’t involve personal injury, the next two largest contributors, falls and car accidents, both directly relate to personal injury law. If you’ve lost a loved one due to an injury, you may be able to seek monetary compensation for those the court finds liable.
For Texans who have the misfortune of being involved in an accident, the first step to filing a personal injury claim is seeking the help of a personal injury lawyer. While you do not need a lawyer to file a personal injury claim, legal assistance will greatly improve your likelihood of success
Before you can file a personal injury lawsuit, you will most likely need to collect evidence around your claim. This includes conducting an investigation into the accident and any circumstances which may have contributed to the occurrence. Evidence you will need includes pictures and witness reports.
The strongest type of documentation in many personal injury cases is the injured party’s medical records. If you’ve been injured in an accident, it’s important that you seek medical attention as soon as possible to connect the accident to the injuries.
If the defendant contests the plaintiff’s claims that they are liable for the plaintiff’s injuries, it may be necessary for the plaintiff’s lawyers to seek expert testimony from accident reconstructionists in order to prove that liability.
The vast majority of personal injury cases never go to trial. In most cases, defendants and their insurance companies would much rather negotiate a settlement than risk a court judgment.
If a settlement isn’t reached, your personal injury case may go to trial. At this point, a judge or jury will listen to the arguments of all parties involved, and make a judgment.