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Four Common Types of Accidental Injuries That Put Your Health At Risk

In the course of day to day life, accidents happen. Accidents can happen in the home, at work, in your car, or in public places, and can occur while engaging in even the simplest activities, such as shopping, running errands, or dining in a restaurant. Unfortunately, when accidents do occur they can result in serious and even potentially life-threatening injuries. Accidental injuries affect millions of people each year, and result in heavy medical and hospital expenses, days off work, and can leave lasting disabilities that permanently affect your quality of life. By being aware of the causes and frequency of some of the most common types of accidental injuries that occur, you may be able to help prevent you or your loved ones from being hurt or injured.

Most Common Types of Injuries

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) works in conjunction with the National Center for Health Statistics to compile yearly data reports on the general health of citizens of the United States. Part of this data centers on accident and injury rates among the general population. The CDC estimates that over 31 million people visit hospital emergency rooms each year as the result of accidental injuries. According to the most recently published reports, the most common causes of accidental injuries in the U.S. include the following:

Slip and Fall Injuries

The CDC estimates that over 13 million slip and fall accidents occur each year, making these accidents the leading cause of accidental injury in the United States. According to the CDC, over one in five fall accidents result in serious and potentially disabling injuries, and medical costs related to these injuries are over $34 billion each year. Common injuries caused by falls include bone fractures, muscle strains and sprains, back injuries, and head injuries, including traumatic brain injury.


Overexertion accounts for roughly five million injuries a year, and can occur at home, at work, or even while enjoying your favorite recreational activities. Recreational sports injuries can result in injuries such as strained, sprained, or torn muscles and ligaments, heat exhaustion, and sunstroke, and even reaching for items in a grocery store or carrying bags can result in potentially disabling injuries requiring long term care.

Being Struck By A Person or Object

Being hit or struck by someone or something causes serious injuries for close to four million people each year. These types of accidents can occur virtually anywhere, such as on the job, in stores and retail establishments, or even in public parks or recreational facilities. The most serious accidents involve head or spinal cord injuries, which can result in death or permanent disability.

Transportation Accidents

According to the CDC, transportation accidents also account for nearly four million injuries per year. Motor vehicle accidents alone result in over 33,000 deaths each year, and pedestrian and motorcycle accidents are also a leading traffic safety concern. Injuries can range from minor cuts and bruises to serious and potentially life threatening conditions such as brain or spinal cord injuries, multiple fractures, and crushing injuries.

Contact Our Experienced Florida Personal Injury Lawyer

Accidents happen, and when they do they can cause serious injuries for you and your loved ones. If you or someone you care about suffers an accidental injury, contact experienced Florida personal injury lawyer William E. Raikes today. Our office serves the entire Fort Pierce, Port Saint Lucie, Vero Beach, Saint Lucie, and Indian River Counties, and can provide the effective, efficient legal representation you need, while helping you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation.

The Law Office of William E. Raikes III is located in Fort Pierce, FL and serves clients in and around the communities of Fort Pierce, Port Saint Lucie and Vero Beach.

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