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Personal injury is a legal term that involves injuries caused by another’s recklessness or negligence. Those who have suffered injuries may be entitled to file a claim against the at-fault person or party so that they can recover compensation for injuries and other damages. A person may go about life as carefully as possible, but they can still sustain injury if someone else chose to be careless that day. Personal injury accidents can impact one’s emotional and physical health, and put limitations on their quality of life. These people are further burdened when their medical bills add up and aren’t able to get back to work because of the injury.

One of the leading causes of personal injury cases stems from car accidents. In fact, around 3 out of every 4 people will be part of an auto accident at some point in their lifetime. But aside from car crashes, here are some of the most common causes of personal injury.

Medical Malpractice
Most of us want to believe that we are always safe while under the care of a doctor or other medical professional. But sadly, medical malpractice is actually a very prevalent cause of serious injury and death across the nation. These incidents are tragic in themselves, as people often go to doctors to improve their lives, not lose them. When the medical assistance that patients seek fails to meet the standard of care and a serious injury occurs, that professional may be held liable for how the patient had suffered.

Construction Accidents
The construction industry is viewed as one of the most risky professions in the world. And each construction site may have hundreds or thousands of workers who are performing jobs of varying degrees of danger. Unfortunately, many construction workers sustain injuries while performing job duties because of defective equipment, not having proper protective gear, falling sections of scaffolding or roofing, or other types of incidents. Because of the weight and size of the equipment, in addition to the heights they must reach at times, worksite accidents can be catastrophic.

Dog Bites
Dogs can make great pets, but they have the potential to cause severe damage to people if they bite or attack. The Center for Disease Control has estimated that several million dog bites happen each year across the nation, with almost a million of these incidents requiring medical attention. Dog bites may result in minor and superficial scrapes, or they can be fatal in other instances. Someone who is injured by a dog bite may be owed compensation for mental and physical damages.

Premises Liability
Promises liability covers those who are injured on another person’s or party’s property. Such claims can be filed against someone due to a slip and fall from wet floors, uneven floor coverings, torn carpets, or other factors that cause the fall. As a black personal injury lawyer from Council & Associates, LLC explains, a property owner is responsible for ensuring that the space is safe for people, whether they are shopping or residing on that premises.