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A victim of an injury accident faces intense changes to his or her life in the fallout of the incident. Whether these changes are permanent or temporary, the consequences of sustaining a personal injury can be severe. A victim may face significant financial strain as a result of costly medical treatments, medical equipment, a need for long-term care, and lost wages or lost future wages. During this vulnerable time of recovery, injured victims can seek compensation to recover costs for these expenses and maintain financial stability after the crisis.

Following an injury accident, an experienced personal injury lawyer can help you get your life back. Call Pothitakis Law Firm at 319-754-6400 for legal help.

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COMMON CAUSES OF
Personal Injury Claims

A life-altering injury can happen in a number of ways. Some of the most common ways victims get injured are auto accidents, slip and falls, dog bites, and medical malpractice. All of these injuries can lead to a need for extensive medical treatment, lost wages, and disability.

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In 2019 alone, nearly 38,800 Americans lost their lives in fatal car crashes. In addition to fatalities, 4.4 million victims sustained serious injuries. With an average of 6 million car crashes occurring each year, auto accidents are a leading cause of personal injury. Many of these crashes are due to inclement weather, negligent driving behaviors, or alcohol impairments. These accidents can cause injuries in motorcyclists, bicyclists, pedestrians, and those in passenger vehicles.

Animal bites can lead to serious infections, permanent injuries, or death. In the United States, there are nearly 4.5 million dog bite victims each year. When a dog bite leads to a need for medical treatment, owners can be held liable for damages. These damages can take the form of lost wages, pain and suffering, and medical treatment. Victims of dog bites face the possibility of permanent disfigurement, nerve damage, and severe scarring from lacerations. In addition, dog bites caused fatality in 471 victims between 2005 and 2018. Though a victim can be a stranger, often those injured by dogs are neighbors, household members, and friends of the dog owner.

Across all age groups, slip and fall accidents are a leading cause of personal injury. These incidents can occur in the workplace at commercial properties, in nursing homes and hospitals, and under other circumstances where poor maintenance leads to unsafe conditions. Slip and fall accidents may not appear to be dangerous on the surface, however, these incidents can lead to lifelong disability and serious injuries. Traumatic brain injuries, head injuries, damage to the neck and spinal cord, fractured hips, broken bones, and severe lacerations can all occur as a result of a slip and fall accident.

Medical caregivers owe patients a standard duty of care. When a patient’s trust in a facility or provider is violated through medical malpractice, the negligent party can be held liable for injuries sustained. These injuries can be caused by surgical errors, missed diagnosis or misdiagnosis, prescription or treatment errors, and birth injuries. Birth injuries can lead to permanent disability and traumatic brain injuries in infants. In long-term care facilities, residents are especially vulnerable to the negligence of overworked staff. An improper diagnosis can allow diseases to progress to an untreatable degree. The consequences of medical negligence can be severe, as many cases lead to permanent injuries or death.