The National Center for Health Statistics, a department within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), states that the number of Emergency Department visits for unintentional injuries that require medical treatment is approximately 31 million across the country each year.
Of these 31 million, some 2 million are severe enough to require some form of hospitalization. Additionally, over 200,000 of these injuries are fatal.
Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reveals that there are around 5.5 million car accidents in the country each year. These leads to 3 million injuries, as well as over 35,000 fatalities.
Construction and work-related accident estimates are hitting well over 300,000 personal injuries per year, with over 1,000 of them resulting in death.
Medical malpractice is believed to be responsible for nearly 100,000 deaths, a rising number annually.
The statistics above demonstrate how high the number of accidental injuries and deaths occur each year nationally. Based on the industry, the type of work, and your personal hobbies and lifestyle, your chance of an accidental injury will vary.
Unfortunately, everyone sustains an accidental injury during our lifetime. We consider ourselves fortunate when it’s not serious. So, it should not be a surprise that liability is often disputed in these cases. When this happens, an experienced personal injury attorney can help you navigate the process and determine what form of litigation if any may be necessitated.
All unintentional injury deaths
- Number of deaths: 136,053
- Deaths per 100,000 population: 42.7
- Cause of death rank: 4
Unintentional fall deaths
- Number of deaths: 31,959
- Deaths per 100,000 population: 10.0
Motor vehicle traffic deaths
- Number of deaths: 35,398
- Deaths per 100,000 population: 11.1
Unintentional poisoning deaths
- Number of deaths: 38,851
- Deaths per 100,000 population: 12.3
Data has been compiled from the CDC, OSHA, and NHTSA websites. This data is only an estimate and the employees and agents of Marrone Law Firm do not make any guarantees about the content, accuracy, or timeliness of information in this article.