A woman is driving her two children to school. She approaches an intersection and waits for a green arrow to turn left. The school is two blocks away. Her kids, both boys, are chatting and giggling.
The light turns, giving the woman the OK to continue. But as she makes the turn, her car is struck by a speeding pickup truck whose driver blew through a red light. The woman and the boys are injured. Thankfully, the children’s injuries are minor, but the woman is hospitalized and upon release continues to suffer from major back and neck pain that requires physical therapy and rehabilitation. Her car is totaled.
The motorist driving the pickup is insured, but now the woman’s medical expenses are climbing and doctors have told her she will likely have some level of pain for the rest of her life. Upon the advice of a friend, she visits with a personal injury attorney, who believes she has a strong case and should sue for damages. The news is a relief, but now what? Will it be worth it in the end, she wonders?
The National Center for Health Statistics, a branch of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, estimates that about 31 million people in the U.S. are injured and need medical treatment every year. Of those, about two million are hospitalized. Just over 160,000 die from their injuries, the agency reports.
The Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics did a review in 2005 of personal injury lawsuits filed in civil courts across the country. The agency hasn’t released updated figures, but its data even then was compelling. It supported a person’s right to seek damages after being injured by someone else’s negligence.
More than half, or 56 percent, of plaintiffs in civil trials in state courts won their cases. The media final award was about $28,000, the Justice Department found. Four percent of plaintiffs were awarded $1 million or more. The median awards from a jury more than doubled between 1992 and 2005. In the latter, year, the median jury award was $682,000.
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.