Often, people’s lives are impacted negatively by a serious injury. In addition to the medical expenses and doctor’s bills that arise from a significant injury, many people are unable to work and earn an income. If you do not have health insurance or sick time, your problems can quickly compound. If you were hurt through someone else’s negligence, they should be held accountable for your losses.
Our Media, PA personal injury lawyer is dedicated to fighting for just compensation for those injured through another’s conduct. If you or a loved one was hurt through another’s behavior, call the Reiff Law Firm at (215) 709-6940 to schedule a free consultation.
Common Types of Personal Injury Claims Filed in Media, PA
Personal injury is a term that encompasses a wide variety of claims – ranging from slip and falls to catastrophic car crashes. The Reiff Law Firm has the attorneys, staff, and resources to handle any type of personal injury lawsuit. The following are the more common types of claims we have filed on behalf of our clients.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Motorists are involved in several types of accidents throughout Media, Pennsylvania – including single and multi-vehicle crashes. Sometimes, a pedestrian is injured when a motorist operates their vehicle in an unsafe or negligent manner. Every accident claim is unique, requiring separate legal strategies. Often the type of vehicle involved, such as a car, truck, motorcycle, or ATV, will determine how our Media attorney will approach the case.
Medical mistakes and errors can leave patients facing negative consequences that could last a lifetime. Our medical professionals and healthcare providers are entrusted with our wellbeing. Sometimes, that trust is misplaced. Our firm represents individuals injured through surgical mistakes, medication errors, misdiagnoses, and many other unjustifiable decisions on the part of doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and other medical professionals.
Slip and Fall
When people think of personal injury attorneys, they often think of “slip and fall” injuries. While these types of accidents have been portrayed for comedic effect in movies and television, the pain and suffering that a fall can cause is real. Property owners or managers have a duty to ensure that their property is free of any unreasonable hazards, including spills, ice, surface defects, or any other condition that makes their property unreasonably dangerous.
When you purchase a product, you expect it to perform correctly and for the purpose it was designed. When products are defective, they could be unsafe to use. If you suffered an injury because a product was poorly designed or manufactured, the company that made the product could be held accountable for any harm or damages you sustained.
Similar to slip and fall lawsuits, premises liability claims are typically filed against the owner or manager of a property. The level of care or responsibility an owner or property manager has will depend on the purpose the property serves. At the very least, anyone entering a property has a reasonable expectation that the area is safe. If known hazards exist, through neglect or negligence, a property owner or manager could be held liable for any injuries. Some common issues we have litigated include defective staircases, unlit areas, and broken handrails.
Fault and Negligence in Media, PA Personal Injury Claims
Because every personal injury lawsuit will arise out of specific facts, determining liability in your case will depend on the exact circumstances surrounding your injury. Sometimes determining fault is easy, such as a drunk driver traveling in the wrong direction and colliding with your car. However, sometimes the chain of events and direct cause of an injury are more ambiguous. Our Media lawyers will thoroughly review all of the evidence in your case, including reviewing the scene of the injury, accident reports, police statements, testimony from witnesses, and expert opinion to determine what party, or parties, is liable for your damages.
To be successful in any personal injury claim, a plaintiff must establish that the defendant acted in a negligent manner that caused the harm. Proving negligence requires showing four elements.
Duty of Care
First, the defendant must owe the injured party a legal duty. The scope of the duty owed will depend on the circumstances of your case. For instance, a driver of a car has a duty to operate their vehicle in a manner that does not unreasonably endanger others on the road or sidewalks. At the same time, a doctor will owe their patients a significantly different duty.
Breach of Duty
Negligent conduct requires a breach of the duty of care. Legally, this is when the behavior deviates from what a reasonable person, with similar training or experience, would do under the same circumstances. Again, this is a product of the facts of your case and the actual cause of your injury. If you were involved in a car accident and the other motorist was driving while drunk, their behavior breached their duty to operate their vehicle safely.
The conduct of the defendant must have caused your injury. Often, this is not difficult to prove. If you were in a car accident caused by a negligent driver, then establishing the trauma of the collision caused by your accident might be easy. However, in some cases, if there were pre-existing conditions, a defense attorney could argue that your injuries did not stem from the crash. In determining causation, the court will consider reasonableness and foreseeability.
Finally, your injuries must have resulted in actual and quantifiable damages. These include both economic damages, such as medical expenses and loss of income, and non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering. Our Media attorneys will carefully evaluate your case to determine a just compensation amount.
Call Our Media, PA Personal Injury Attorney for a Free Consultation
Severe injuries could have a lasting impact on you, your family, and your ability to provide for both. Our experienced Media, PA personal injury attorney has been vigorously representing hurt individuals for years. If you suffered an injury due to another’s negligence, call the Reiff Law Firm at (215) 709-6940 to schedule a free consultation.