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Fact Sheet About Personal Injury

Statistics from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) tell us that injuries are a common problem in this country, and that is true in cities like Chester. Some of the information is especially notable, including the following statistics:

  • In 2013, an injury-related death occurred once every three minutes.
  • Aside from those aged 10-24, unintentional injury relating from a fall was the leading cause of death across all groups.
  • Approximately 2.5 million people were hospitalized due to injury in that year.
  • In 2013, over 30 million emergency room visits were due to injuries suffered in accidents.

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Christopher M. Placitella

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Personal Injury Incidents

Personal injury is a very specialized field of law, and this is because an injury can happen anywhere, anytime. If you can show a court that your injuries were caused by the negligence of another person, you may be able to receive substantial compensation for what you have been through.

Common Personal Injury Situations

While in theory, injuries can happen anywhere, and often do, some situations do cause them more often than others. Every person is different, but generally, the occasions when injury most often results from an accident include:

Automobile accidents

Whether in a car or truck, or on a motorcycle, auto accidents are by far the most common causes of personal injury, comprising between 88% and 93% of all personal injury lawsuits brought in any given year. Injuries that may occur in a vehicle accident include broken bones, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), whiplash (being jerked forward or back suddenly from a stopped or slowed position) and chest injuries such as punctured lungs.

Slip and fall accidents

Slip and falls are also very common, especially among the elderly and young children, though they can happen to anyone. These can run the full gamut of possible injury, depending on the condition of the person involved and the surface in question; some accidents may yield only bruises, while others may break bones or cause head trauma if the fall is particularly severe.

Dangerous products

If you use a product in the way it is meant to be used – or in another way that is foreseeable to the manufacturer – and it injures you, you may be able to bring a claim for what is referred to as product liability. Manufacturers and sellers have a duty to those who buy from them to ensure that their products are not unreasonably dangerous.

Medical malpractice

Medical malpractice can result in a wide range of injuries. Malpractice is defined as a failure to follow the prevailing standard of care, not by any specific injury threshold, so if an injury caused you significant harm, even if it might not have caused the same harm to someone else, you still may be able to obtain compensation.

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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

While the significant majority of personal injury lawsuits are settled before they ever see a courtroom, the key to success is a detailed investigation and meticulous preparation. This is the key formula for winning in court – marshaling the evidence is the only thing that will turn the tide in your favor. Eyewitness statements, police reports, doctor’s notes, medical bills, expert testimony and the like make all the difference; anything and everything that is relevant may help you prove your case.

To prove that someone else is liable for your personal injury, you must be able to show four things: (1) that a duty of care existed between them and you (for example, a doctor generally has a duty under law to exercise all reasonable care to protect their patient); (2) that duty must have been breached by the defendant’s conduct; (3) that breach must have been a direct cause of the harm to you or your loved one; and (4) that the negligence caused you harm, including your body, mind, and other aspects of your life.


A duty of care can often be shown by law, but the other steps require evidence. Causation is often a difficult aspect to prove, if only because there can be so many different factors between the defendant’s conduct and your injuries. However, if you have the evidence available with which to draw a tight enough time frame around the relevant actions, you may be able to prove that but for the defendant’s actions, your injuries might not have occurred at all.

When you have been injured, your primary focus should be on recovery – not on negotiating what can be a complex and lengthy legal process. Having an experienced attorney on your side can make all the difference – experience breeds the knowledge and know-how to work at what is necessary, rather that what might look good.


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