Fact Sheet About Personal Injury
Did you know that, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s statistics for 2013:
- The leading cause of nonfatal injuries in the United States was unintentional falls and that there were a total of 8,771,656 unintentional falls that year?
- During the same year, there were nearly 2.5 million nonfatal injuries to occupants of vehicles?
- Across all age groups except those aged 10 to 24, unintentional falls were the leading cause of nonfatal injuries (for those aged 10 to 24, being unintentionally struck by or against an object was the leading cause of nonfatal injuries).
A personal injury can happen anywhere and at any time: riding the public transportation system, on the drive home from work, while out shopping with your family, or even sitting at your workplace. The results of these injuries can extend far beyond broken bones and bruises. Serious personal injuries can leave you with expensive medical bills, lost wages, and other financial losses. A Camden County personal injury lawsuit can be used to recover monetary damages for these and other losses when your personal injury is caused by the carelessness of another.
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Personal Injury Incidents
Regardless of the type of personal injury lawsuit, you need and deserve knowledgeable legal counsel to help obtain the compensation you deserve. Each form of personal injury lawsuit requires the filing of specific documents with the court within certain time limits; failure on either your part or on the part of an inexperienced attorney can prevent you from recovering any compensation at all.
Common Types of Personal Injury Incidents
There are a variety of personal injury lawsuits that can be filed, depending on your exact circumstances. A personal injury lawsuit alleges that another person – called the “defendant” – acted in a careless or negligent manner and in doing so caused your injuries. After investigating the facts of your case, your Camden County personal injury attorney may file one or more of the following types of lawsuits:
Car or truck crash
A car or truck crash can result in serious injuries to your spinal cord, neck, or brain – not to mention cuts, bruises, and other, less severe injuries.
Slip and fall/trip and fall
A slip or trip is typically caused by a foreign substance on the floor (water, oil, etc.) or a poorly-maintained walkway or stairway. A fall can result in injuries to your head, spine, hips, legs, and/or arms.
Where a medical professional has acted carelessly – by failing to properly diagnose or treat you, for instance – that medical professional can be held responsible for the injuries that result.
When a loved one suffers fatal injuries and dies as the result of another’s carelessness, a wrongful death lawsuit can be brought by the surviving family members to recover compensation for the decedent’s medical and funeral expenses, lost past and future wages, and the family’s loss of the deceased’s company.
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While a personal injury lawsuit cannot prevent individuals from acting carelessly, a lawsuit can provide monetary damages to compensate you for the injuries such conduct causes. Contact Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. for a free consultation.
Investigating Personal Injuries Requires Resources
When you decide to file a personal injury lawsuit in Camden County, you will invest a significant amount of time and resources in pursuing your claim for damages. While an experienced personal injury attorney can increase your chances of success, obtaining a positive outcome begins with a thorough investigation of your case.
Various individuals may need to be located and interviewed as part of a thorough investigation. Eyewitnesses who observed the incident can provide crucial details concerning the cause of the incident. Complex personal injury cases like car and truck crashes, cases of medical malpractice, and cases involving defective or dangerous products may require employing other doctors, accident reconstruction experts, and engineers in order to show that the defendant’s carelessness caused your injuries.
In a personal injury claim, a victim may be able to find support from an expert witness, although a thorough investigation also involves identifying items of evidence that can support those claims. Police reports, expert’s reports, photographs, and data printouts from the “black box” recording devices found in most newer-model cars and trucks can help substantiate witness and expert statements. Some of these documents and pieces of evidence can be difficult to locate; other times, special steps must be taken to ensure they are not inadvertently destroyed.
A thorough investigation that identifies both people and evidence may help convince a defendant to settle a case. But even if the defendant does not settle, by doing this important legwork Camden County personal injury victims can head into the courtroom confident that they know the strengths and weaknesses of their cases and can prove their claims.
Hiring the experienced Camden County personal injury attorneys at Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. is a wise investment of your resources. We know what it takes to win your Camden County personal injury lawsuit and we know how to obtain the evidence and testimony necessary to support your claims.
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