The state of New York is home to NYC and Manhattan, the most populated city in the United States. We face unique challenges and issues that other cities don’t encounter. The number of people and traffic in our city makes us more prone to accidents and personal injuries than in other areas across the country. We’ll discuss below the top 3 leading causes of injuries resulting in hospitalization, according to The Official Website of the City of New York, as well as the top personal injury cases from each.
The number one cause of hospitalization from injuries in NYC is a falling accident. Falls comes in at the number one spot with a 513% lead over the number two hospitalized injury. Slip and falls are common in the city during the wintertime due to snow, ice, and improperly maintained stairs and sidewalks. However, our construction workers also face dangerous heights, and potential falls almost daily. Due to our buildings’ sizes in NYC, being extra cautious and following all safety guidelines and protocols are crucial for both our workers and the site managers and companies who employ them.
Both slip and falls and construction accidents can be taken to court as a personal injury case. If you or a loved one has been injured due to someone else’s negligence, you can hold them accountable for their actions. Not only can taking them to court help get you compensation for your injuries and duress, but it may also help prevent the same injury from happening to someone else.
Surprisingly to some, unintentional poisoning is the second most common reason people are hospitalized in NYC. This category not only encompasses drug poisoning or overdoses but many other types of poisoning too. Sadly, 41% of unintentional poisoning cases are not adults overdosing but were children under the age of 6. Household cleaners can often lead to poisoning in young children, and so can lead paint. Many of our older cities and buildings in NYC still contain lead paint, and curious children who live in these buildings can be affected.
If your building, apartment, or workplace contains lead paint and has not been adequately maintained, you can hold your landlord accountable for their negligence. It is the owner’s responsibility to ensure their inhabitants and visitors are safe and not exposed to toxic or poisonous lead-based products.
Unintentional Motor Vehicle Traffic
Rounding up our list as the number three reasons for a hospitalized injury in NYC are motor vehicle accidents. In the US in 2017, the leading cause of death for children was related to some sort of motor vehicle accident. Again, negligence is a leading cause of these accidents, and many could have been avoided if proper care and safety were considered.
In the event a traumatic car accident happens to you or a loved one, it can make all the difference to have a trusted lawyer on your side. Dealing with the insurance companies can be a laborious and challenging task, and going to court alone over your accident can cause unnecessary stress. Motor vehicle accidents are one of the top personal injury cases in NYC, and having a strong lawyer to get you through the process may help you get the compensation you deserve.
If you or someone you know was recently injured and you believe it may have been because of another’s negligence, contact Loscalzo & Loscalzo, P.C. at (646) 846-4776 to discuss your case with one of our personal injury attorneys today.