West Chester injury lawyers advise injured victims
At the Law Offices of Samuel Fishman, we understand the pain and emotional trauma that injured victims experience. Injury can be caused due to someone else’s carelessness. Therefore, you may be entitled to compensation. We lay the path for your road to recovery by fighting for your rights.
Our lawyers are familiar with the tactics required to negotiate with insurance companies. We always try to help accident victims who face hardships owing to expensive medical treatment and other additional expenses. We have a team that is well-versed and have expertise in handling the most complex injury cases. They provide
- Expert legal advice;
- Personalized attention;
- Aggressive representation;
- Compassionate counseling.
In some cases, there may be more than one party responsible for the injuries. A complete and thorough investigation is required to ensure that all the negligent parties are held liable. Furthermore, it is important to collect all the essential facts of the case. It may help obtain fair compensation.
Common Types of Personal Injuries
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics data, around 31 million people are injured each year. Many of these accident victims seek compensation.
Out of these injured people, approximately 2 million people have experienced severe injuries. These numbers demonstrate the magnitude of personal injuries experienced by many people every year. Common types of personal injury cases are:
- Car accidents;
- Truck accidents;
- Motorcycle accidents;
- Bicycle accidents;
- Burn injuries
- Slip and fall accidents;
- Workplace accidents;
- Nursing home abuse;
- Mass transit accidents;
- Pedestrian accidents;
- Premises liability;
- Medical malpractice;
- Wrongful death.
West Chester is among the counties in Pennsylvania with the most reported traffic crashes. Car accidents are one of the leading causes of personal injuries in the United States. Injuries often include broken bones, head injuries, and other catastrophic injuries. West Chester Injury Lawyers can further suggest suitable measures such as arbitration or mediation before your case goes to trial.
What kinds of injuries are sustained?
Personal injury is not only physical injury. The injured victim may also experience emotional trauma and financial crisis due to expensive medical treatment. Some of the injuries that you may suffer are:
- Back and neck injuries;
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD);
- Head and brain injuries, including traumatic brain injury;
- Spinal cord injuries, including paralysis;
- Slip and fall injuries;
- Hand and wrist injuries;
- Eye and ear injuries;
- Leg and knee injuries
For claims against local government agencies, the cap is approximately $500,000. In medical malpractice claims, the amount does not exceed 250% of the damages.
What to Do After Facing an Injury in West Chester?
There are several things you should do after having been injured:
Seek treatment by a licensed medical healthcare provider – Before all else, seek medical attention even if you do not believe you have sustained any severe injuries. West Chester Injury Lawyers will recommend seeking immediate medical attention for three reasons.
- First, your health and well-being are of utmost importance.
- Second, medical documentation will help later to document the existence of any injuries and assess their severity.
- This information will be necessary to obtain proper compensation for your injuries.
You may be able to recover compensation for medical expenses related to the accident.
Report the incident to the police – In many cases, it is mandatory to report an auto accident to the Department of Transportation in Pennsylvania. You must follow state rules and report the incident to the appropriate authorities within five days of the accident. The local police will often respond to other sorts of accidents either on their own or as part of a team of emergency providers.
Start collecting evidence – You will not receive any compensation if you are unable to prove the other party’s negligence. Negligence requires proof of several elements. If you were partially responsible, your overall compensation could be reduced by the percentage of liability you share.
Follow state laws and rules – Laws vary from state to state and may differ depending upon the specific circumstances of a case. Like all of Pennsylvania, West Chester follows the no-fault rule and comparative negligence theory of liability apportionment. In a no-fault auto insurance state like Pennsylvania, your own insurance company will identify you against losses like medical expenses and lost wages.
If you have ever been the victim of a neck injury or any other injury caused by a car or other accident, contact an experienced injury attorney who will determine the negligent parties through a complete investigation.
How Much Time Do I Have To File A Claim in Pennsylvania?
The amount of time you have to file a personal injury claim is known as the statute of limitations. There are different time limits for filing an injury lawsuit in Pennsylvania for personal injuries.
However, most injury cases must be filed within 2 years from the date when the injury happened. If you are filing a lawsuit against the government, you must give notice within 6 months. After that, you have 2 years to file the lawsuit. A competent attorney will fight on your behalf and will help in filing within the deadline.
Types of Compensation For Personal Injury Claims
There are various types of compensation available for damages related to an accident. The following are some of the more common forms of damages:
Economic Damages may include:
- Medical expenses and other hospital bills;
- Loss of current and future income;
- Cost of Rehabilitation and physical therapy;
- Property damage.
Non-economic damages may include:
- Pain and emotional suffering;
- Loss of consortium (e.g. family relations);
- Loss of enjoyment of life;
- Loss of companionship.
Since there is no statistical way to calculate pain and suffering, it is important to keep a note of how your injuries affect your daily activities and personal relationships.
How Will West Chester Personal Injury Lawyers determine whether Your Case Will Go to Trial?
Most personal injury cases do not go to trial. This is because most of them are settled agreeably out of court. Insurance companies tend to make a low initial offer, hoping that the victim will accept it without legal assistance. A West Chester Injury Attorney will counter them with an appropriate accounting of the damages you suffered by analyzing all the facts of the case.
We may write the insurance company a demand letter. The demand letter will include an appropriate settlement sum based on your losses. We will negotiate with the insurance company until we find a mutually agreeable settlement.
If you and the insurance company are unable to agree to settlement terms, you may have to go to trial. The judge and jury will use your documented medical expenses and calculate the monetary value of your pain and suffering to ensure your settlement amount is fair. Get a Free Case Evaluation today!