A majority of civil litigation in the U.S. is made up of personal injury lawsuits. Some common causes of personal injury include:
A law-firm or lawyer who speaks Spanish can easily help Latino victims who seek legal assistance in their language. This helps those with personal injury cases better understand the details of their case but also the legal process.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are approximately six million car accidents throughout the United States every year or one car accident every 10 seconds.
These accidents are responsible for a reported three million injuries and 40,000 deaths per year.
For those who suffer minor damage and injury, car insurance is in place to cover the small claims. However, in cases of severe injury or death, people may seek a Spanish-speaking personal injury lawyer to help them recover damages or financial compensation to cover on-going medical care and pain and suffering.
Truck accidents are responsible for approximately 125,000 accidents per year according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) resulting in 60,000 injuries and 5,000 fatalities.
Motorcycle and ATV accidents account for about 150,000 severe injuries per year, as well as approximately 2,500 deaths annually.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) there are approximately 4.7 million dog bites in the United States each year resulting in approximately 800,000 people requiring medical care. This means that a dog bites 1 out of every 69 people.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have reported that unintentional falls result in almost 20,000 deaths in the United States annually.
The CDC also estimate that between 20% and 30% of people who slip and fall suffer severe injuries such as broken bones, head fractures or hip fractures.
The Institute of Medicine has reported that medical errors result in approximately 100,000 deaths on an annual basis in the U.S.
In 2006, roughly 97% of these malpractice claims were due to injuries. Over 1.5 million injuries are caused by prescription medication errors; dosage amount and side-effects. Other injuries reportedly caused by faulty surgery equipment or misdiagnosis.
Over 400,000 injuries happen each year in hospitals. 800,000 injuries have been reported occurring in long-term care facilities.
And in Medicare recipients, over 500,000 injuries happen every year in outpatient facilities.
Legal cases that are pursued when a person suffers an injury as the result of an accident or negligence is a Personal Injury Lawsuit.
While some personal injury cases become formalized lawsuits through civil court proceedings, other disputes are resolved through an informal settlement.
Filing a formal personal injury lawsuit typically begins when a plaintiff (injured person) files a civil complaint against a defendant (person, business, corporation, or government agency) they believe acted carelessly or negligently that resulted in injury or damage to their property.
More often than not, accident or injury cases are resolved by settlement in the form of negotiation between both sides, followed by an agreement; typically financial compensation in exchange for no further legal action by the injured person.
Plaintiffs have a set amount time, or statute of limitations, after they have been injured in which to file a lawsuit.
These time limitations are governed by state law and vary by type of injury and time frame. For example, Texas, Kentucky and California allow 2 years for most injury cases, while New York and Washington allow for 3 years.