At some point, the majority of Americans will suffer an injury that requires medical treatment. Some of the most common injuries are sports injuries, auto accident injuries, work injuries, back injuries, burns, dog bites and slip-and-fall injuries. Early detection, diagnosis and treatment are keys to successful recovery from any type of injury.
According to the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health, 80 percent of Americans will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives. Back pain ranges from a dull, constant ache to a sudden, sharp pain.
A burn is an injury commonly caused by excessive heat or cold, electricity, radiation or chemicals. In 2016, medical professionals treated approximately a half million burn cases. Most burns are caused by exposure to fire or a hot gas or liquid, such as boiling water. Children are particularly at risk for accidental thermal burns.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost five million people are bitten by a dog each year. That means Americans are more likely to be bitten by a dog than they are to be injured at work. About 20 percent of individuals bitten by a dog seek medical attention for their injuries.
Slips and Falls
Slip-and-fall cases result in a significant number of injuries each year. Although the term “slip” is used, the phrase “slip and fall” pertains to any case in which a person falls on another’s property, whether or not he or she actually slips. Thus, a common slip-and-fall case occurs when a person trips over an uneven floor or a step because of poor lighting.