In 2005, the U.S. Department of Justice reported that 60 percent of cases in civil courts across the country involved personal injury claims.
The data, released by the department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics, estimated that more than 400,000 personal injury claims were filed that year. More than half stemmed from auto accidents. About 15 percent were related to medical malpractice. Five percent was the result of product liability and 28 percent were “other” types of claims.
Most were settled out of court, and the majority of the time, a judge or jury ruled in favor of the plaintiff and awarded damages based on the severity of the injury. The average final compensation awarded by the courts was about $28,000. About 4 percent of all plaintiffs were awarded $1 million or more.
While the Department of Justice hasn’t updated its figures since then, there’s no doubt that the number of personal injury claims remains staggering in state civil courts across the country. Even figures published a decade ago show that personal injuries can and do happen all over. The most common today still appears to be auto crashes. That’s not surprising, considering that there are roughly six million crashes yearly, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports. That averages one crash every 10 seconds. Of those, about 40,000 are fatal.
It’s understandable that someone who is injured or has lost a loved one in an accident or other incident would want to seek compensation from the person or company who caused it in the first place.
The American Bar Association, on its website, has outlined what happens when a person files a personal injury lawsuit. First, the person who files the claim becomes the plaintiff. The person accused of being negligent or at fault becomes the defendant. There are attorneys for each side who both begin gathering facts through an exchange of documents called discovery. Discovery also involves interrogatories or depositions under oath to make sure all the bases are covered and the facts are in place. A case is often settled after the discovery process, according to the bar association.
If you or your family member were injured or killed by someone’s negligent act, the attorneys at The Fighting for People Injury Law Group of PollackSteinberg, LLP can help. We will investigate your accident and help you get the compensation you need to cover your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and other costs and damages.
To schedule your free consultation, contact our office today by calling 800-549-4LAW.