Nobody wants to go through an accident in their life, but accidents do happen. Unfortunately, many times, severe accidents such as car crashes lead to devastating injuries that can change the course of your entire life. Sadly, many of these incidents could have been prevented. You may wonder what you can do when the negligent actions of a third party caused your injuries. Many people resort to filing a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault parties for things like medical expenses, lost wages, and other losses.
At The Reiff Law Firm, we may be able to help injury victims obtain the compensation they deserve during such a difficult time. Learn more about your case in a free, confidential consultation with one of our knowledgeable personal injury lawyer. Call our law offices today at (215) 246-9000.
Filing a Personal Injury Claim in Allentown
When you are involved in an accident because of another party’s negligence, you can sue them for your losses. For instance, most car accidents may be attributed to another person’s carelessness, recklessness, or other types of negligent actions. In cases like these, you can file a claim against the at-fault party for your injuries, property damage, and other losses.
The same is true when you are injured in someone else’s property. Property like houses, residential buildings, commercial stores, and any other property belonging to another person must be kept safe for visitors. Imagine you were a guest to a co-worker’s house party. While entering the house, you tripped over a cracked floor tile, fell, and were injured. Under this circumstances, you can file a lawsuit against your co-worker, because he knew or should have known about that hazardous condition.
Many personal injury cases are based on negligence. To be successful in a personal injury claim, you have to prove some elements in court. You will need to show the defendant owed you a duty of care, the defendant breached such duty, that breach caused your injuries, and you suffered damages. The term “duty of care” refers to the minimum degree of reasonable steps someone must take to keep you safe in a particular situation to avoid injuring others (e.g., driving safely, following traffic law, etc.).
Under Pennsylvania law, you have a limited amount of time to file a personal injury claim under the “statute of limitations.” The statute of limitations exists as a means to encourage injured individuals hoping to recover for their injuries to file their claim promptly. If you do not submit your claim on time, you can lose your opportunity to obtain compensation.
Different Types of Personal Injury Cases
There are many types of personal injury cases. However, some of them are more common than others. Here are some of the usual types of personal injury cases in Pennsylvania:
Car accidents are common, especially during peak traffic hours. Many causes can lead to a car crash, such as speeding, drunk driving, road rage, and other negligent driving conduct. If you are injured in a car crash due to another driver’s actions, you may be able to file a lawsuit against him or her.
Pennsylvania is a choice no-fault state, which means you may be able to obtain compensation for any injuries regardless of who was responsible for the accident, depending on your full tort or limited tort options. The state also works under a modified comparative negligence rule, meaning your overall payment may be affected if you were partially responsible for the crash. Our lawyers have extensive experience handling car accident injury claims.
When consumers buy a product, they expect it to be safe to use. However, many times the product placed on the market can cause severe injuries to unsuspecting consumers. Product injury cases happen because of an error in a product’s design or manufacturing process. Furthermore, product liability claims can arise due to insufficient warnings for a possibly dangerous product. Our skilled attorneys have handled hundreds of product liability claims and can help you file a personal injury claim against your wrongdoers.
Every year, thousands of people are injured due to the negligent actions of doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers in the U.S. These professionals often have a higher duty of care due to the nature of their work. If a healthcare provider injures you, you can hold them accountable for your injuries. Common types of medical malpractice include surgical errors, misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis, and other medical errors. Our personal injury attorneys can help you file a lawsuit against your wrongdoers.
Allentown Personal Injury Attorneys Handling Personal Injury Claims
At The Reiff Law Firm, we dedicate our legal practice to defending and upholding your rights as an injury victim. Over the years, we have gained extensive experience in personal injury cases. We know how to handle the parties responsible for your injuries. We can help you obtain the compensation you deserve for your lost wages, medical expenses, pain, and suffering. To learn more about your potential claim in a free, confidential consultation, call our law offices today at (215) 246-9000.
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