When You’ve Been Injured Through No Fault Of Your Own
Personal injury attorneys help people that have been seriously injured due to the wrongful or negligent acts of another person or entity. Our job is to help people who have been injured to recover compensation and ease the financial, physical, or emotional burden resulting from their injury.
An important distinction between personal injury and medical malpractice claims is that the victim of medical malpractice or their family are often in the dark and do not know what happened to cause the injury. In personal injury cases, the injury is usually sudden and the cause of injury quite obvious. Not unlike claims involving medical malpractice, an individual who sustains personal injury is entitled to compensation for financial loss related to medical bills, lost wages, or the inability to work, as well as recovery for pain and suffering.
What Constitutes Personal Injury?
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured due to the wrongful action or negligent inaction of another person or entity, you may have grounds for a personal injury claim.
Examples of personal injury claims include:
- Auto accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Injuries caused by defective products
- Injuries caused by encountering a hazard that should have been visible, marked as hazardous, or removed. For example, when a business fails to warn with a sign marked “CAUTION” or provide adequate lighting for patrons to avoid ice which accumulates by the front door of the business, or injuries caused by inadequate lighting in a business or public place, such as a stairwell or parking garage.
Cost of Filing a Personal Injury Claim
Our personal injury consultations are always free unless we recover money for you. During the course of pursuing your personal injury claim, we advance any costs that we deem necessary in the proper handling of your case. If we do not recover money for you, you do not have to return any of the costs associated with your case. If we do obtain a recovery on your behalf, the costs associated with your case and a certain percentage representing attorneys’ fees is deducted from the total recovery. This is called the Contingent Fee.
Settlements & Awards
The following factors are considered when determining and agreeing upon a settlement amount.
- Establish the full extent of the injury.
- Determine the future needs of the victim, including expected medical costs and cost associated with living with the injury, such as retrofitting of the home, devices and appliances that may be required, and long-term personal care.
- Determine the maximum recovery obtained in similar cases that may have set a precedent.
- Calculate how much the victim will lose in wages over the course of their recovery, or in cases where the victim will never return to work, over the course of their work life expectancy. It’s also necessary to calculate the value of the victim’s financial, physical and emotional contributions to their children or spouse as well as services performed in and around the home. For more information on the Value of a Homemaker, click here.
Time Limits on Filing
In the state of Pennsylvania, The statute of limitations on personal injury claims is typically 2 years. There are some circumstance in which that time frame may be extended. Click here to read more about Pennsylvania statutes of limitations.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to the carelessness or negligence of another, contact our office today to schedule a free consultation.