Injuries in Indiana
Injuries can be extremely painful, long-lasting, and costly. It is unfair for you to have to pay for the consequences of someone else’s negligence actions. However you were injured, if another party caused or contributed to your injury, they might be held legally liable and required to pay you financial compensation. For the best chance at securing damages, you need the help of a skilled personal injury attorney. The legal team at Hankey Marks & Crider has faithfully served accident victims in the Indianapolis area for years.
Injuries occur when you are harmed by some kind of external force. We consider a broken arm an injury, but a winter cold does not qualify. However, if you get unexpectedly sick because a doctor has prescribed the wrong kind of medication, that can be an injury. Injuries don’t necessarily have to manifest as physical wounds that can be visibly seen on your body.
Every year, people in Indiana suffer injuries due to a large variety of accidents. In fact, it’s downright shocking that so many individuals are forced to endure the pain and hardship of an injury. The Indiana State Department of Health gathers data concerning the amount of people who are injured each year, the type of injuries they sustain, and the causes of their injuries. These statistics can demonstrate that unsuspecting people find themselves seriously hurt on a disturbingly frequent basis. A few startling facts concerning injuries in Indiana include:
- Injury is the leading cause of death for Indiana residents under 44
- Injuries cause over 600,000 emergency room visits each year
- 719 people died in unintentional vehicle crashes in 2014
- 181 people needed immediate medical attention for a firework-related
- injury in 2015
Unintentional vehicle crashes were the leading cause of injury death for people between 1-24. For Indiana residents over 65, unintentional falls were the leading cause of injury death. Infants under one year of age who died due to injury were most often the victims of unintentional suffocation.
These numbers become all even more devastating when we consider how many injuries and deaths could have been avoided. How many infants would still be alive if all potentially dangerous products were properly labeled with age restrictions? How many car crashes would not have happened if drivers always paid attention to the road? Legally, when someone’s negligence directly causes an injury, the hurt party can seek financial compensation. You should not have to become a tragic statistic because of someone else’s careless behavior.