With over two million car wrecks every year in the U.S., it can be easy to lose sight of the fact that personal injuries can happen just about anywhere and at any time. Over the years, we’ve heard stories from people suffering terrible injuries due to the negligence and carelessness of others. Many of these injuries were indeed caused by car crashes, negligent physicians, or falls. However, many of them were far more bizarre. At the Krause and Kinsman Law Firm, we are dedicated to helping injured people no matter how or where they were injured. Ultimately, if you are injured by someone else’s negligent conduct, then you should be compensated for your injury.
Here are a handful of injuries that are surprisingly more common than you might think:
Electrocutions On the Job
According to the most recent statistics from the Department of Labor, there are over 5,000 construction-related deaths each year. Of these, about eight percent are due to electrocution. That means at least 400 workers die each year on construction sites due to electrocutions.
Falling Ice — Even in Missouri
Each year, strangely enough, dozens of people around the country are killed or seriously injured when icicles form on buildings then melt just enough to plummet hundreds of feet, striking them in the head. While Kansas City has only had a few notable events over the years, it seems to be fairly frequent in places like NYC, Chicago, and other big cities around the globe.
Gunshots Are Unfortunately Common
Not all gunshots are intentional. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that in 2016 there were over 36,000 gunshot deaths in the U.S. Of these, many were completely unintentional, often involving small children playing with loaded guns that were not properly secured or stored by the owners.
Poisoning On The Job
The CDC also reports over 57,000 deaths in 2016, due to unintentional poisoning. These are not homicides or illegal drug deaths; these are unintentional or accidental poisonings that occur due to everyday chemicals or other substances. Parents have trusted friends to watch their children, only to discover the person watching their child left household cleaning products out and accessible to young children. Likewise, careless daycare workers may leave bleach or other chemicals out within close reach of small toddlers. These can spell disaster.
Cat Attacks Can Be Devestating
Yes, you read that correctly. Dogs are not the only pets that attack. Believe it or not, there around 400,000 cat bite cases each year. These result in about 66,000 visits to the emergency room. Cat bites and scratches can actually get infected, cause serious fevers and other related complications, as well as rabies, resulting in serious health consequences. Cat scratch fever can even be fatal if untreated.
But it doesn’t stop there, over the years, humans have been killed by pet wolves, reptiles, lizards, and even exotic birds. In Missouri, if a pet exotic animal attacks someone causing injuries, the owner is strictly liable for the injuries.
Contact Experienced Kansas City Personal Injury Lawyers Today
If you’ve been hurt by someone else’s negligence, contact an experienced legal team that cares. At the Krause and Kinsman Law Firm, we’ll fight to get you the compensation you deserve.
Adam Krause is a personal injury, mass tort, business litigation, and employment discrimination attorney who practices in Kansas City, Missouri. He graduated from the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Law and has been practicing law for several years now. Adam Krause has made a career of taking complicated litigation and presenting it in the most elementary terms for a jury of your peers to understand. Learn more about his experience here.