When you were a kid, were you ever afraid of dying in a certain random way? Getting caught in quicksand, maybe? Or being struck by lightning? A rattlesnake bite? Piranha attack? Kids aren’t great at real risk assessment, but there actually is a high risk of your experiencing some type of personal injury incident during your life. (If you want to see the leading causes of accidental death, you can take a look at this chart – spoiler alert: quicksand isn’t on the list.) In today’s post, we’ll take a look at 3 interesting personal injury statistics.
- Accidental injury is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. The National Safety Council reports that every 10 minutes 3 preventable deaths occur, along with 847 preventable injuries serious enough to require medical attention.
- Only about 4% of personal injury cases go to trial. Due to the lengthy and laborious process of taking a lawsuit all the way to trial, the vast majority of cases settle outside of court via mediation or arbitration.
- The average amount of compensation received for a personal injury case is $52,900. Despite the fact that only a small percentage of personal injury cases end up in the courtroom, hiring an attorney and taking steps towards a lawsuit can demonstrably increase the settlement amount you receive from the insurance company during arbitration. It pays to have a personal injury attorney handling your case.
While personal injury incidents are extremely common and can introduce a high level of complexity and stress to your life, we want to remind you that you don’t have to walk through this alone. Our attorneys are always available for consultation to help you find the best way forward.