GETTING HELP AFTER AN INJURY: WHAT TYPE OF CASE WILL A PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER HANDLE FOR ME?
Unfortunately, there are many ways in which you could suffer serious personal injuries in an accident. Most of the time these accidents are completely avoidable too, “but for” the negligence of another person, business, or government entity. Accidents can happen in a variety of ways, including slip and falls, car accidents, animal attacks, medical malpractice, and other types of injury-causing incidents. If you have been injured after an accident, one of the first things you may ask is whether a personal injury lawyer can help you.
This is not always easy to determine. This is why The Law Offices of Craig A. Altman offers FREE consultations to evaluate what happened to you and what your legal rights may be under Pennsylvania law. Our experienced personal injury attorneys will listen to your story of what happened, asking questions to help understand how you were injured. We will advise you of your legal rights and the law as it applies to your facts, including what possible damages you may be entitled to under the law. We will also explain how we can help you, including that our law office accepts cases on a contingency fee agreement, meaning we only get paid a percentage of what we recover for you—and only after we recover it for you. This means we offer free advice and a no-win, no-fee guarantee.
Types of Accidents our Personal Injury Lawyers Handle
Generally, any type of injury-causing accident can be handled by our experienced lawyers. This is because personal injury law encompasses a wide range of possible case types. Some of the most common types of cases that our lawyers handle include the following:
MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENTS
Whether you are injured in a car crash or trucking wreck, the Pennsylvania vehicle and traffic code is going to apply to help set forth the rights and obligations of all motorists. The violation of a statutory law can allow a victim to automatically hold a defendant negligent per se in certain instances. Moreover, the common law (judge-made law) imposes a duty of care upon all motorists to exercise reasonable care under the circumstances in the use or operation of a motor vehicle. Failing to drive reasonably, such as using a cell phone, driving drunk, or speeding can be a breach of that duty.
Some of the most common types of motor vehicle accident cases our personal injury attorneys can handle include the following:
- Car crashes
- Semi tractor-trailer wrecks
- Motorcycle collisions
- Hit by a car or pedestrian knockdowns
- Bicycle accidents
- SUV rollovers
- Collisions with emergency vehicles
- Defective roadway cases
- Collisions with trains
- Delivery van collisions, and
- Any other type of motor vehicle accident in Pennsylvania.
SLIP, TRIP, AND FALL ACCIDENTS
Premises liability cases are those types of cases involving the use of property, such as a store, office, home, sidewalk, or other property that is not your own. Thus, if you are injured on the property of another person, business, or government entity, you may be entitled to recover compensation under Pennsylvania law if the defendant was negligent.
A negligent landowner, possessor, or maintainer is liable when:
- A defective or dangerous condition exists on the property
- The defendant has control of or is responsible for the property
- The defendant created the danger, has actual notice of the danger, or the defect existed for a sufficient period of time for the defendant to have discovered the defect (constructive notice), and
- A victim is injured due to the defective or dangerous condition.
Therefore, where a defendant’s use of a property is unreasonable, reckless, and dangerous, it could result in compensation for a victim and their family in a slip, trip, and fall accident.
MEDICAL MALPRACTICE & BIRTH INJURIES
Healthcare providers owe patients a duty of care to act as a reasonably prudent healthcare provider would have acted in similar circumstances. This is known as the “standard of care,” or what a typical healthcare provider would have done in evaluating and treating a patient.
If a healthcare provider fails to meet that standard of care, or if the healthcare provider does something unreasonable or dangerous, there may be a deviation in the standard of care. A victim who is injured due to that deviation in the standard of care may be entitled to compensation for their personal injuries.
When the injuries occur to a newborn, such as during or immediately after labor and delivery, it could be a birth injury. Most birth injuries result in catastrophic personal injuries such as cerebral palsy, hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, brachial plexus nerve injuries, and other damages. Our personal injury attorneys in Media, PA, can handle medical malpractice or birth injury cases to ensure victims have their rights to compensation well-protected.
DOG BITES AND ANIMAL ATTACKS
Owners of a dog or animal that bites, attacks, or otherwise injures another person may be liable for medical bills, lost wages, and for conscious pain and suffering in certain instances. This is because an animal attack is often vicious and scary, especially for young children who are most likely to be bitten and attacked. These types of cases often result in significant emotional trauma too, including anxiety, fear, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Unfortunately, while the law is clear, many insurance adjusters and defense lawyers will blame victims for an animal attack or dog bite. Other times, an insurance company will try to disclaim coverage for the wrong reasons or even in bad faith.
If you have been injured in an animal attack or from a serious dog bite, ask our lawyers for help.
OTHER TYPES OF CASES OUR PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS IN MEDIA, PA CAN HANDLE FOR YOU
Our experienced legal team can also handle any other type of personal injury-causing accident in Pennsylvania, including some of the following:
- Construction accidents
- Defective products
- Nursing home abuse
- Intentional torts like assault, battery, or sex offenses
- Workplace accidents
- Wrongful death accidents
- Burn injuries caused by explosions, fires, electrocutions, and other cases, and
- Any other type of accident causing personal injuries.
ASK OUR PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEYS FOR HELP
If you or a loved one were seriously injured in an accident due to the negligent, reckless, or careless conduct of another person, business, or government actor. Contact us today to speak to an attorney about your case.