Suffering a serious injury can be a difficult experience. When your injuries are the result of another person’s actions, the physical, emotional, and financial devastation becomes much harder to face. If you or a loved one suffered injury because of negligent or reckless behavior, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit. A personal injury lawsuit can help cover your medical expenses, ensure that the at-fault party is held accountable, and fix the problems that caused your injuries.
At The Reiff Law Firm, we understand the physical and psychological pain our personal injury clients are coping with. Our legal team’s mission is to help you obtain the acknowledgment, justice, and financial compensation you deserve. Our seasoned Delaware County personal injury attorneys have over 34 years of experience providing aggressive legal representation for those who have endured wrongful injuries in communities throughout Delaware County, including (but not limited to) Brookhaven, Chester, Darby and Upper Darby, the Main Line, Marcus Hook, Media, Newtown Square, and Swarthmore.
Delaware County Car Accidents
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Delaware County has a population of over 560,000 residents, making it the fifth most populated county in Pennsylvania. Due to its proximity to Philadelphia, its major roadways, and a high population density of over 3,000 people per square mile, car accidents in Delaware County are extremely common. Some of the largest roads with the highest speed limits are some of the most dangerous roadways in DelCo, including:
- Route 1
- Route 30
- Route 202
In 2012, over 1,300 motor vehicle accident deaths were recorded on Pennsylvania’s highways alone. In 2013, there were 259 deaths from car accidents in Delaware County. In 2015, the most recent year with full statistics, deaths due to crashes in the state decreased slightly to 1,200 deaths. Furthermore, the number of serious injuries caused by crashes also continued its downward trend. However, the overall number of accidents in the state jumped from about 121,000 in 2014, to about 127,000 crashes in 2015
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s 2015 Crash Facts and Statistics, Delaware County ranks among the top 10 Pennsylvania counties with the highest numbers of traffic crashes. In 2016, Delaware County reported:
- 28 fatal crashes
- 2,428 crashes causing injury
- 5,001 total crashes
Car accidents can result in many serious, permanent injuries which can leave their victims with physical disfigurements, chronic pain, and endless medical expenses. Some of the most common injuries resulting from car accidents include:
- Back and Spinal Injuries
- Broken Bones/Fractures
- Internal Injuries
- Neck Injuries (e.g. Whiplash Injuries)
- Traumatic Brain Injury
If you were the victim of a Delaware County car accident, you may have a strong personal injury case.
Delaware County Defective Product Accidents
The large manufacturers that create household appliances, car parts, and even children’s toys may allow dangerous, defective products to reach store shelves. Many of the injuries caused by these products can be quite severe, especially for products with blades and moving parts. Many toys and electronic devices that use rechargeable lithium-ion batteries even carry a risk of catching fire or exploding while charging.
Defective products can cause serious injuries, including:
- Burns from exploding batteries
- Amputation injuries from defective or dangerous home appliances, power tools, or kitchen appliances
- Poisoning, dangerous side effects, and injuries from defective pharmaceuticals or medical devices
- Death or serious injury from automotive defects (tires, seatbelts, exploding airbags, etc.)
You may be able to sue the manufacturer or designer of products based on a few theories of defective product cases. First, if the product’s design was too dangerous, you might be able to sue for these design defects. Second, if the specific product you received was improperly made or missing parts, you could sue for manufacturing defects. Lastly, if the product was dangerous in a surprising or unexpected way, you may be able to sue if the manufacturer failed to warn about the product’s hidden dangers. Contact our Delaware County product injury attorneys today for a consultation on your product injury case.
Delaware County Pedestrian Accidents
Pedestrian accidents are on the rise in Pennsylvania and throughout the United States. Unfortunately, when a commercial truck, bus, or passenger vehicle strikes a pedestrian, the injuries are often catastrophic. In many pedestrian accidents involving large trucks, the victims are pulled under the wheels. This may lead to severe crushing injuries, life-long effects, or even death. Despite numerous studies showing that underride guards prevent these injuries, trucks and buses are not required to have side guards.
Delaware County Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and falls are another major category of personal injury cases. In fact, slip and falls are the most common type of premises liability claim. In the winter, when snow and ice accumulate on roads and sidewalks, slip and fall accidents become even more common. However, slip and falls can affect anyone, at any time. You do not need to be an industrial worker inside of a manufacturing plant to be hurt by a slip or fall.
A slip and fall or trip and fall accident can be caused by almost any obstacle, slippery surface, or another hazard. Some common causes of slip and fall accidents include:
- Loose Wires
- Snow and Ice
- Loose Railings
- Uneven Surfaces
- Unstable Surfaces
- Wet Surfaces
In many cases, slip and fall accidents could have been prevented if not for the negligent maintenance practices of the property owner. Many towns and cities throughout Delaware County enforce their own property maintenance codes, and if property owners or operators violate these codes, they may be liable for causing your personal injury through negligence.
Delaware Country Truck Accident Injuries
Many of the highways in Delaware County are some of the largest transit hubs between the Philadelphia area, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and the rest of the eastern seaboard. This means that thousands upon thousands of pounds of freight and cargo are shipped through the area on large trucks, such as 18-wheelers, tractor-trailers, and big rig trucks. Many of the trucking companies and truck drivers that own and operate these commercial vehicles may violate federal trucking regulations, which could lead to serious truck accidents.
Our attorneys seek out trucking companies that have violated federal trucking regulations in order to get compensation for injured truck accident victims. Many of the commonly violated trucking rules involve:
- “Hours of Service” regulations to prevent drowsy truck driving
- Weight limits to prevent overloaded and unstable trucks
- Equipment regulations to ensure safe vehicle operation
- Driver regulations requiring drug testing, clean drivers’ records, and drivers’ certification rules
If a trucking company or a truck driver violated any of these rules, you could be entitled to increased compensation for your injuries. The large legal teams that trucking companies hire to protect their drivers and their profits require an equally sophisticated legal strategy to fight for your compensation. Our attorneys are able to stand up for you against these companies and get you the compensation you deserve.
Delaware County Workplace Injuries
Delaware County is home to big employers, with some of the largest being:
- Crozer-Chester Medical Center and other healthcare employers
- Giant Food Stores
- Harrahs Casino
- Colleges and universities
- Government and public sector employers
According to the Delaware County Commerce Center, all some of these employers maintain a workforce of over 5,000 employees. Unfortunately, it so happens that the Bureau of Labor Statistics ranks various types of industrial workers — such as those employed by the Boeing plant —in the top 10 most dangerous jobs. This means that Boeing employees are at a higher risk for workplace injuries than many other workers.
To make matters worse, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) also cites healthcare workers as having an exceptionally high risk of workplace illness and injury. Due to the high concentrations of bacteria that thrive in medical settings, over 600,000 nurses, orderlies, and healthcare professionals report illness every year. In 2011, the incidence rate of injuries among healthcare workers was four times higher than the national rate.
The bottom line is that some of Delaware County’s largest employers are also the most dangerous. If you have been injured at your place of employment in Delaware County, you may be able to seek compensation.
Work with Experienced Personal Injury Lawyers Serving Delaware County, Pennsylvania
If you or someone you love has been injured because of another party’s negligence or recklessness, you may be entitled to seek financial compensation. The lawyers at The Reiff Law Firm have more than three decades of experience fighting for injured victims. For a free and confidential case evaluation with an experienced Delaware County personal injury lawyer, call The Reiff Law Firm today at (215) 246-9000, or contact us online.
Needless to say, being injured is never a pleasant experience. It also goes without saying that when your injuries are the result of an outside party’s misconduct, the physical, emotional, and financial devastation becomes that much harder to endure and recover from. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to a third party’s negligence or reckless behavior, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit. A personal injury lawsuit can help you cover your medical expenses, ensure that the guilty party is held accountable, and make long-lasting positive changes to the way a premises is maintained.
Delaware County, Pennsylvania Personal Injury Practice Areas