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Personal Injury Fact Sheet: Unintentional Injuries in the U.S.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that an estimated 31 million individuals in the United States seek medical attention in emergency rooms due to unintentional accidents and injuries. Some additional facts regarding such injuries include the following:

  • Unintentional injuries are the fourth leading cause of death among Americans.
  • Motor vehicle accidents injure over 2 million people each year and approximately 33,000 victims die from their injuries.
  • Slips, trips, and falls are a major cause of unintentional injury, causing an estimated 8.9 million people to visit the emergency room.
  • Burns and related injuries require about 450,000 Americans to seek medical treatment on an annual basis, resulting in 40,000 long-term hospitalizations and about 3,400 fatalities.
  • Other leading causes of unintentional injuries include dog bites, being struck by a foreign object, cuts or piercings, bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, injuries caused by dangerous products, and more.

With a current population of over 630,000 and a number of important roadways passing through the area, it should be no surprise that personal injuries commonly happen to residents of Monmouth County. Fortunately, New Jersey laws allow victims to recover from responsible parties under certain circumstances.

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Personal Injury Incidents

Individuals involved in accidents in Monmouth County regularly seek medical attention for the above injuries and more. Fortunately, the personal injury attorneys at the Monmouth firm of Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. know how to handle cases arising from the above types of injuries and more.

Common Types of Personal Injury

Emergency departments, hospitals, and other medical professionals in Monmouth County regularly encounter victims with the following types of unintentional injuries:


A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a serious condition that results from trauma from an outside force that causes damage to brain tissue. TBIs are common in auto accidents, falls, sports injuries, assaults, and more.


Many accident victims suffer damage to the spinal cord or the spinal nerves, which can result in loss of sensation, strength, or even complete paralysis in the body below the location of the injury.


Though broken bones are often considered to be a relatively minor injury, some compound breaks can require extensive treatment, including surgery, pin insertion, or even amputation if the bone is crushed.


Burns can range from first degree (affecting only the top layer of skin) to third degree (affecting the deep layers of skin, muscle, bone, and more). Burn treatment can be extremely painful and lengthy, including surgeries, skin grafts, and amputations.


Soft tissue injuries include damage to the muscles, tendons, or ligaments and can include serious sprains or strains that can require physical therapy and persist for a long period of time.

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Individuals involved in accidents in Monmouth County regularly seek medical attention for the above injuries and more. Fortunately, the personal injury attorneys at the Monmouth firm of Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. know how to handle cases arising from the above types of injuries and more.

Investigating Personal Injury Cases Requires Resources

Personal injury cases can be quite complicated and can require a significant amount of investigation. The first step of a personal injury case is to determine which party or parties may be liable for your injury. Liable parties may include other drivers, property owners, product manufacturers, government entities, and more. Liability is not always as readily identifiable as you may believe and, in many cases, requires extensive investigation. Additionally, in order to recover for your losses due from a liable party, you must sufficiently prove that party acted in a negligent manner to cause your injury. Negligence requires a very specific showing and presentation of evidence in court, all of which must be collected during your case and may require extensive resources. For this reason, you always want to ensure that you have the assistance of a law firm with the knowledge and resources necessary to conduct such an investigation.

The investigation phase of a personal injury case often involves many different individuals. The identity of such individuals depends on what type of personal injury you suffered and the type of accident that occurred. For example, if you suffered an injury at work, your supervisor, co-workers, or other individuals who were present for the accident may be helpful in investigating the case. Additionally, your doctor or other medical professionals that administered an evaluation of or treatment for your injury will play a key role in the investigation. In some cases, such as complex car accident cases, an investigation may include the analysis and opinions of an accident reconstruction specialist or other similar experts.


Most personal injury cases will require a substantial amount of evidence in order to adequately prove your claim. Such evidence can include medical records, hospital bills, pay statements showing time you missed from work, and more. Physical evidence can also include photos of the scene of the accident, police reports, any other incident reports, and more.

All of this evidence must be properly preserved, handled, and authenticated to make sure that it is admissible in your case. In addition to physical evidence, a personal injury case often includes testimony evidence given by witnesses including eyewitnesses, experts, and more.

The legal team at the firm of Cohen, Placitella & Roth, PC has the resources needed to thoroughly investigate a wide variety of circumstances in order to build the strongest personal injury cases possible and help victims receive the maximum amount of compensation. We offer free consultations, so please call us today to discuss a potential claim.


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