Slip and Fall
Slip and fall accidents are never something to be overlooked as the resulting injuries may not show up immediately. Many times a person has a fall, gets up and thinks “oh I just fell on my butt, I’ll be fine”. Too often people find out later that they suffered serious injuries. An injured person can also experience pain and suffering and other emotional turmoil such as depression.
Slip and fall accidents can have numerous causes, almost none of which are the fault of the injured person. Slip and fall cases usually turn on the concept of premise liability (Len have “premise liability be “live” to click and link to premise liability blurb). Wet floors, poor maintenance, bad signage, spills or bad wax on a floor or failure to remove snow and ice are just a small number of what may cause a person to have injuries.
Owners of property have certain legal obligations to keep the building and areas surrounding it safe for people who lawfully enter into or upon the land. A cluttered stairwell, a poorly placed display, an exposed wire or even a hole in a yard can all be the cause of serious injuries. If you have been injured as the result of a building or home-owners negligence or failure to properly maintain their property then the building owner should be held responsible for your, injuries and pain and suffering.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
In Pennsylvania over 20 people are injured in automobile accidents every day. Too many people walk away from a motor vehicle accident thinking “I will just let the insurance company get my car fixed and pay for my doctor”. Motor vehicle insurance policies are full of potential hazards including first party (PIP) and third party benefits, limited and full tort options, and insured and uninsured coverage. Make sure to consult with an attorney who understands your rights and the law.
Even a seemingly minor fender bender can have unforeseen consequences that may affect your health and wellbeing in the future. Soft tissue damage can not show up for weeks, months or even years. What might seem like a small accident could cause spinal cord, back and neck injuries that have devastating affects if you are not given the correct treatment. Even with treatment you may never really be back to 100%.
More serious motor vehicle accident can cause catastrophic injuries including severe spinal and neck injuries, broken bones, paralysis, brain damage and emotional trauma. You may be facing a lifetime of medical expenses and care. You may be out of work temporarily or forever. You may have mental issues for the rest of your life. Your family may be injured as seriously as you.
You need an attorney who will start working for you as soon as the accident occurs. It is imperative to have pictures of all the vehicles involved and pictures of the accident scene. It may be a situation where witnesses have to be interviewed. If you are seriously injured it is not enough that you just go to a doctor and get treated. You may need extensive medical reports and a qualified expert to testify about your injuries. The person who caused the accident will have medical experts at trial to say that your injuries are not as bad as you say they are.
If you are in an accident make sure that your vehicle gets fixed correctly. You want your vehicle to drive and feel as well or better than it did before you were in an accident. You should not accept a report to fix your vehicle if having it declared “totaled” will be a better outcome. Conversely you do not want a vehicle “totaled” if the payout will not buy you a similar replacement vehicle. The insurance company is in the business of paying as little as possible. You need an attorney who will fight for your right to receive the most for you.
If your property was damaged in a car accident the responsible driver may have to pay for it to be fixed or replaced. Was your fence or lawn damaged? Were your golf clubs in your trunk damaged when you were rear-ended?. Remember, the insurance company is in the business of paying as little as possible. You need an attorney who will fight for your right to receive the most for you.
There are specific laws in place to protect pedestrians and bicyclists. Being hit by thousands of pounds of steel machinery as a pedestrian or bicyclist can cause devastating results. As in a car accident an experienced attorney will look at all the possible causes of action and legal remedies. If someone hits you as you are crossing the street was it only the fault of the driver or was there something wrong with the traffic light or street lighting. How fast was the vehicle going? There are laws in Pennsylvania that require an automobile to slow down to a very slow speed when approaching an intersection even if the light is green. In order to make sure that you receive the most compensation for your injuries you need an attorney who will begin working for you immediately. If you were injured in an urban setting the chances are that there is video of the incident. However, if someone does not act fast on your behalf these videos will disappear or be recorded over.
Pedestrian and bicyclist injuries can be catastrophic. If you are seriously injured it is not enough that you just go to a doctor and get treated. You may need extensive medical reports and an qualified expert to testify about your injuries. The person who caused the accident will have medical experts at trial to say that your injuries are not as bad as you say they are