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Posted in Personal Injury on August 16, 2016   |  by Gary Burger

Should You Hire a Personal Injury Attorney Even if You Weren't in a Car Accident? The Answer May Surprise You

When most people hear the phrase "personal injury lawyer," they often think of the cases that center around passenger vehicle, motorcycle, or semi truck accidents. While these accidents lead to around 2 million injuries per year, and more than 20,000 deaths, they aren't the only type of accident that necessitates the assistance of a personal injury attorney.

Although the following types of accidents may not be at the forefront of everyone's mind when they think about personal injury litigation, these accidents can be just as serious as those that occur in a vehicle.

Slip and Fall Accidents
Accidents that involve slips and falls, especially in public places, are among the most common personal injury lawsuits. While some may underestimate them, the injuries that result from these accidents can be very serious and even deadly. Slip and fall accidents are among the top reasons for emergency room visits, and they are a leading cause of traumatic brain injuries, ranging from mild concussions to lasting permanent conditions.

Accidents at Work
There are a variety of workplace safety issues that can lead to injuries, and they're not unique to any particular industry. While many people might think of construction or manufacturing to be the most dangerous types of jobs, any workplace can become hazardous without the right safety precautions in place.

For example, slip and fall accidents don't just happen to shoppers, either. Black Friday (and now Black Thursday, too) is notorious for presenting danger to retail workers across the country. For example, in 2008, two shoppers and a temporary worker at a Valley Stream, NY, Wal-Mart were trampled to death when the store opened. Unsafe working conditions can arise in any industry, so it's important for workers to know their rights, especially if their employers have failed to institute proper safety guidelines in the workplace. Workers who are injured on the job can file a claim and an employer will have 30 days to respond. If they don't, the claim is deemed admitted, and workers may be entitled to a worker's compensation settlement.

Defective Product Injuries
Most consumers would like to have faith in the products they purchase, especially for electronics and power equipment. But items that run on electricity can be dangerous to use, especially if the product wasn't properly tested for safety. From vehicles to small appliances and tools, a defective product accident should be taken seriously.

Have more questions about these accidents or how to find a personal injury attorney? Leave a comment or get in touch with a lawyer at Burger Law to discuss your case as soon as possible.