Before we delve into the statistics of personal injuries, we should discuss what exactly constitutes a personal injury. When asked what is a personal injury, people generally think of injuries from car accidents. Other types of personal injuries include slip and fall accidents, defective products, dog bites, or wrongful death. The common denominator is negligence.
- Slip and fall accidents – Often caused by the business not posting the appropriate warning sign or failing to clean the area properly.
- Defective products – Mostly commonly caused by the manufacturer not testing the product before shipping it out or not giving their employees the appropriate training.
- Dog bites – Possibly the owner failed to leash or properly train the dog.
- Wrongful death – Covers a wide range of possibilities from either neglect or intent.
Not all personal injuries are caused by negligence. A personal injury may also include intentional tort. An intentional tort is a fancy way of saying the injury was not caused by the negligence of a person, business, or entity, but by the intent of causing injury. According to Cornell University Legal Information Institute, an intentional tort is the result of an assault, battery, false imprisonment, trespassing, and the “intentional infliction of emotional distress.”
Personal Injury Statistics
In the state of Nevada, personal injuries happen every day. The Center for Health Data and Research reports that of the 16,571 total injury cases from 2000 to 2002, nearly 52% of injuries occurred in Clark County, approximately 18% in Washoe County, and 2.4% in Lyon County.
The Department of Industry Relations reports that for every 100 workers 3.5 people face a nonfatal personal injury within the workplace, including state and local government officials. These injuries are reported only if the person injured is required to seek medical help. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has accounted that Nevada is higher than the national average for occupational injuries in 2019. The state reached 40 total fatal work injuries.
- Transportation incidents were at 45%, while the U.S. average was 40%.
- Slip and fall accidents at the workplace made up of 23% of injuries in Nevada, compared to 17%.
- Violence and other injuries by persons or animals were made up of 15% in Nevada and 16% in the U.S.
- 13% of injuries in Nevada were from the exposure to harmful substances or environments
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the firearm mortality rate is 15.3 per 100,000 people with 490 deaths in the year 2019. They also report that the homicide rates are lower than it has been over the last fours, stating that homicides are at a rate of 5.5 per 100,000, compared to 7.7 in 2018, 7.6 in 2017, 7.4 in 2016, 6.6 in 2015, and 6.3 in 2014. 166 deaths were a result of homicide in 2019.
The State of Nevada ranks in the top ten most dangerous places to drive in America. You can read more about car accidents statistics here.
The Dimopoulos Injury Law firm dedicates 100% of our energy to helping victims receive their entitled compensation. Personal injuries can be life-changing. The person’s negligence or harmful intent should be held accountable. We’ll fight for your right to receive coverage of your economic and non-economic damages such as medical bills, physical therapy bills, emotional distress, or pain and suffering. Call us now at (702) 800-6000 or fill out our online form.