In today’s Segal Law Firm blog, we want to let you know about a startling new report called “The Facts Hurt: A State-By-State Injury Prevention Policy Report” recently released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. It found that West Virginia had the seventh highest injury-related deaths for America.

How does this compare with the rest of the country?

In West Virginia, our injury-related death rate is 82.2 per 100,000 people.  However, the national rate is only 57.9 per 100,000 people.  Injuries are a leading cause of death nationally and the leading cause of death of Americans ages 1 through 44.  The report found that many injury prevention strategies such as seat belts and child safety seats have been shown to reduce harm and death.

The report also identified new sets of emerging injury threats of which we should all be aware.  These threats include prescription drug abuse, concussions in school sports, bullying, texting while driving and falls in the aging baby boomer population.

What should I do?

At The Segal Law Firm, we believe in and promote injury prevention activities such as using seat belts, bicycle helmets and child safety seats.  However, if you are injured, you should call The Segal Law Firm for an individual evaluation and investigation of the facts and circumstances resulting in your injury.  We have the expertise to fully develop appropriate injury cases for trial.

At The Segal Law Firm, we will fight to vindicate your rights. If you have more questions please feel free to contact us.