Top 3 Most Common Personal Injury Cases


Accidents can happen out of seemingly nowhere, and oftentimes they are the result of someone else's failure to act with care. Every two seconds in the United States a new lawsuit is filed. Oftentimes, civil cases are viewed as frivolous, but the reality is that the vast majority of such suits are valid. If you have become seriously injured as the result of negligence, you have every right to fight for compensation from the person or entity who failed to act in a way that would protect others from harm.

There are dozens of types of personal injury cases, but only three of them occur much more frequently and on a greater scale than any other. These include:

  • Automobile Accidents
  • On the Job Accidents
  • Defective Products

Automobile Accidents

Over a million lives are lost to road crashes each year, with an additional 20-50 million becoming seriously injured or disabled. With so many cars on the road, it is not surprising that this is the top most common personal injury situation received by personal injury lawyers. Road traffic accidents in New Jersey can involve drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians. As drivers find more and more distractions to keep them from driving safely, the further the number of accidents continues to climb.

On the Job Accidents

Most working folks spend the majority of their time at work, with the typical work week for full-time employees averaging 47 hours. Whether you work on your feet or at a desk, there is always the potential for injury in a place of business. Jobs that have you frequently moving around or traveling pose a higher threat. The top most injury-prone industries include construction, transportation, agriculture and fishing, retail, hospitality, and mining.

In 2009 the Bureau of Labor Statistics noted more than 3 million non-fatal work-related injuries occurred in 2009. Many such injuries go unreported, meaning that the numbers are likely even higher. Employees have the right to file a workers compensation claim.

Defective Products

In a hyper-materialistic society defective products are not uncommon. 7% of personal injury cases involve defective products. Commonly faulty products include:

  • Toys
  • Clothing
  • Food
  • Medications
  • Cars
  • Machinery

The top reasons for finding fault in a product include defective design, failure to provide adequate warnings, and defective manufacture. Such product liability cases have the second-highest median damage award. What this means is if you have legal grounds to file a claim against a defective product, it is possible to receive a generous award for the damages you have sustained. It is best to pursue these damages with the help of a knowledgeable defective products lawyer.

If you find yourself in any of these situations, look no further than an expert New Jersey personal injury attorney. Attorney James Vasquez is passionate about doing the right thing by helping victims claim the damages they deserve for their suffering. From lost wages to medical bills, teaming up with a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer significantly increases your chances of winning the sum you need. Call (862) 247-8711 for a free legal consultation.