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Latest reports show that more people than ever are turning to personal injury lawyers for advice. The compensation culture of the united States shows no sign of slowing down. In fact, it’s leaping forward! In many ways, this is good news. When people are involved in an accident, the repercussions are often difficult to come to terms with. The financial toll of medical care and the loss of earnings demand a fair compensation. In these cases, we can put a monetary figure on the consequences. However, there are other factors that are less easy to define. For example, how do you quantify the mental and emotional damage that results from a car crash?
It’s a tricky industry, but one thing’s clear: it’s growing quickly! As a result, insurance premiums are also on the rise. Of course, there are plenty of bogus claims in circulation. The government and insurance companies are currently trying to clamp down on fake compensation claims. Research suggests these cases are few and far between. On the whole, personal injury claims allow victims to get the monetary reward they deserve. But, what are the main reasons for this growth?
First and foremost, laws have tightened across the country. This includes health and safety laws for many businesses. It means that companies have responsibility to provide a safe and secure working environment for their employees. It also means they are now insured up to their eyeballs to protect against employee liability claims. It’s now easier than ever to claim against your own employer. If you have an accident at work, which is easily done, you can claim against their insurance. It has become one of the most common types of claim.
The top reason for the rise of personal injury suits is car accidents. Our roads are dangerous places, with thousands of collisions taking place every day. We visited the Brown and Crouppen office to find out more about these road accidents. They told us that more victims are filing against insurance for whiplash, minor incidents, and emotional distress. As more drivers take to the road every year, we expect the number of claims to rise accordingly.
There have been a number of high profile medical malpractice suits in the news lately. We wondered if this had caused a knock-on effect for the personal injury industry. We discovered that clinical negligence suits were on the rise. However, they are notoriously difficult to prove. The trials are long and expensive, and very few are settled in the victim’s favour. Most will avoid suing a hospital or medical company unless there is clear evidence for doing so.
During our research, we came across one or two interesting statistics. Namely, the rise in lawsuits against dog-owners for dog bite injuries. More people than ever are seeking compensation after being bitten by a dog. A number of claims have also been made against coffee shops after their coffee burned them! If there is blame, someone will always claim.
As you can see, there are any number of reasons to account for the rise in personal injury claims. Stay safe out there, and let’s hope you don’t find yourself on the wrong end of a lawsuit!