Injuries happen all the time. In some cases, injuries occur and there is no party at fault. However, there are times when individuals, businesses, or other entities cause harm to others through their careless, negligent, or intentional actions. There are countless ways that people can sustain injuries caused by the actions of others.
However, what we find is that there are common themes when it comes to how injuries occur in California and throughout the US. Here, we want to briefly discuss some of the most common types of personal injury cases.
Traditional vehicle accidents
Most people think of vehicle accidents when they think of injuries. The reality is that vehicle accident are a leading cause of personal injury cases in the state of California. Vehicle accidents occur in many different ways, and this can include incidents involving:
Commercial truck accidents
We separate out commercial truck accidents from traditional vehicle accidents because of the size and weight discrepancy between these vehicles and others on the roadway. The reality is that a commercial truck accident is likely to result in people sustaining significant injuries and tremendous property damage. Commercial truck accident cases are immensely more complicated than traditional vehicle accident claims, particularly because these incidents involved well-funded trucking companies and insurance carriers, it is best to speak with a San Bernardino truck accident lawyer to help with these cases.
Dog bite incidents
Dog bite incidents are not uncommon in the state of California. Dog bites can occur in private residences and in public locations such as the sidewalk, in dog parks, on the beach, etc. Dogs have very powerful jaws that can inflict significant injuries on the soft tissue of a victim. In some cases, these incidents even lead to significant scarring and disfigurement.
Premises liability claims
Property owners have a duty to ensure the safety of any person who has a right to be on their premises. Unfortunately, there are various ways that premises liability injuries can occur throughout the state of California. The most common type of premises liability claim occurs when a slip and fall incident happens. However, these are not the only ways that premise liability lawsuits arise.
Some of the most common causes of premises liability claims include:
- Broken staircases or ramps
- Poor lighting
- Inadequate maintenance
- Inadequate security
- Potholes or broken pavement
- Poorly built store displays or shelving
Defective product cases
Defective products make it into the hands of consumers on a regular basis. Just about anything that we use or consume can become defective in some way, including toys, appliances, foods, beverages, medications, furniture, vehicles, and more. Products become defective in various ways, including the following:
- Defective designs. All products should be thoroughly tested before they are released to consumers, but there are times when poor designs get through the necessary testing procedures.
- Manufacturing errors. Even after a product has been tested and approved, it is not uncommon for an error to occur during the manufacturing process that causes the product to become harmful to consumers.
- Advertising issues. All consumers rely on product labels to help them understand how a product is used. Unfortunately, there are times when product labeling is inaccurate. This can affect information about ingredients, warnings, side effects, hazards, product use, and more.
Data available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows us that there were around 2.8 million total non-fatal workplace injuries or illnesses reported across the US during the latest year. Workplace injuries can occur in any industry, and they can lead to major setbacks for victims. This can include significant medical expenses as well as lost wages.