Personal injury has become a serious issue in the United States, with injury accounting for over 150,000 deaths and over 3 million non-fatal injuries each year. Around the world, injury is responsible for more than 5 million deaths per year. The National Safety Council has reported that in 2018 there were around 167,000 preventable deaths and 46.5 million injuries. Injuries can happen almost anywhere, and there are copious different types.
Types of Injury
Birth defects are structural changes present at birth that can affect any part of the body. They may affect how the body looks, works, or both. Every 4 minutes a baby is born with a birth defect in the United States, with approximately 120,000 babies affected by birth defects every year. To read more about this, please click here.
The brain is the most complex organ in the human body. The brain controls nearly every vital and meaningful aspect of life – our movements, our senses, many of our vital functions, our thoughts, our intelligence, our memory, our emotions, and our personality. The brain makes us who we are. Consequently, when a part of our brain is damaged it can have a devastating impact on our life as well as those that care about us. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a major cause of death and contributes to roughly 30% of all injury deaths.
In a recent trial, the jury awarded a $30 Million verdict against the hospital and doctor for brain/birth Injury. The award included $29 million for catastrophic brain damage suffered during birth. The jury apportioned 20% responsibility to the doctor and 80% to the hospital.
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Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that often follows a traumatic event involving actual or threatened death, serious injury or threat to the physical integrity of oneself or others. You don't have to experience a specific type of trauma to develop PTSD. Any experience that threatens your life can cause PTSD. Types of traumatic events that can cause PTSD include Motor Vehicle Accidents, Sexual Assault and Military Combat. To read more about PTSD generally, please click here.
Serious burns caused by accidents are physically excruciating and emotionally devastating. Burns can destroy skin and lead to serious, life-threatening complications. Burn injuries frequently result from fires, killing one person every 2-3 hours and injuring someone every half hour. To read more about this, please click here.
A spinal cord injury occurs when some type of trauma damages the spinal column vertebrae and the fragile spinal cord within. In most spinal cord injuries, one or more vertebrae pinch the spinal cord, resulting in swelling or bruising. More severe injuries may involve torn nerves and fibers along the spinal cord. The most severe injuries involve a complete severing of the spinal cord. Nearly 18,000 new cases of spinal injury occur each year. To read more about spinal injuries, please click here.