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Personal Injury Lawyer in Hellertown

If you have been injured in Hellertown by someone else’s carelessness, you don’t deserve to be left with the financial cost. Whether you were injured in a motor vehicle accident, on the job, or in a public place, an experienced Hellertown personal injury lawyer at Cordisco & Saile can help you recover substantial compensation.

This page has been written and edited by a team of experienced legal writers . This page was approved by Managing Partner, Michael Saile who has more than 20 years of legal experience as a personal injury attorney.

Severe injuries in Hellertown can leave you with chronic pain, permanent disability, and mounting medical debt. You may be walking down Main Street, driving on Interstate 78, grocery shopping at Giant, or commuting via the Hellertown Park’n’ Ride, and in an instant, a careless stranger causes an accident that alters your life forever.

If this scenario sounds familiar, our Hellertown personal injury attorneys at Cordisco & Saile can help you pursue significant damages to hold the negligent party accountable, access the medical care you need, and restore your financial security. 

When you hire our top-rated Hellertown personal injury law firm, we will deal with the insurance company and handle every aspect of your case for you. You owe us nothing until we recover compensation for you. We serve all of Northampton County and the Lehigh Valley. Contact us now to schedule your free no-obligation case evaluation.

Why Trust Experienced Personal Injury Lawyers at Cordisco & Saile

The best personal injury lawyer for your case is an attorney with experience handling your type of claim, a solid reputation, extensive trial experience, and a proven history of successful case results. 

Our Outstanding Case Results

Our award-winning attorneys in the Lehigh Valley have handled a wide range of personal injury cases, and we have a track record of consistently achieving remarkable settlements and verdicts for our clients, such as the following:

  • $10 million settlement for a first responder injured in a truck collision
  • $2.47 million settlement for a man injured by an armored car
  • $1.377 million verdict for an athlete severely injured in a car accident
  • $1.175 million settlement for a woman hit by a drunk driver who was negligently served alcohol
  • $750,000 settlement for a woman severely injured when a dog knocked her down
  • $2.9 million settlement for a traumatic brain injury in a motorcycle accident
  • $700,000 settlement for a shopper who suffered a severe injury requiring surgery as a result of stepping in a deep pothole in a parking lot
  • $1.075 million for a pedestrian struck by a transit van

Unparalleled Client Satisfaction

Our clients have rewarded us with a rare 5-star rating on Google reviews, with abundant client feedback like the following:

“Mr. Saile and his team worked diligently on my case which ultimately led to a successful settlement. My case met some time-sensitive challenges along the way. Mr. Saile and his staff met every challenge. The entire team communicated with me regularly and promptly answered any questions that I had throughout the process. Mr. Saile and his team are kind-hearted and trustworthy individuals who have compassion for their clients and a passion for their job. I highly recommend Cordisco & Saile, LLC.”

Our clients know they can count on us to consistently provide individualized attention to their cases and keep them informed through every step of the process. 

Recognition by the Legal Community

Our accomplishments have gained the admiration of the legal community, which has awarded us with several prestigious designations given only to the highest-rated lawyers in the nation, including the following:

  • Top one percent of lawyers by Litigator Awards, a national award
  • Martindale-Hubbell Preeminent rating for ethical standards and legal ability
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel Top One Percent
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Do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?

If you have been severely injured in an accident in Northampton County, you need a reputable personal injury lawyer to represent your best interests and ensure you are treated fairly by the insurance company. 

Insurance companies have numerous advantages over accident victims who lack representation:

  • Deep experience dealing with accident claims
  • Expensive lawyers
  • Extensive financial resources

Their goal is to minimize your compensation as much as possible. They may try to accomplish this by minimizing your injuries, blaming you for the accident, or offering a quick settlement that falls far short of your damages. 

When you hire our experienced personal injury lawyers in Hellertown, you can count on us to stand up to the insurance company and advocate for your best interests. You will have an entire team dedicated to your case while we do the following to maximize your compensation:

  • Investigate the cause of your accident
  • Interview witnesses
  • Identify and pursue all liable parties
  • Negotiate a fair and reasonable settlement
  • Thoroughly review your medical records
  • Consult with medical experts and life care planners
  • Calculate your case value with consideration to all your lifetime costs
  • Present your case to a jury if a settlement cannot be reached

What Types of Compensation Can I Expect?

Personal injury compensation can be significant when the injuries are severe, particularly if they result in permanent pain or disability.

Special Damages

Also known as economic damages, special damages are compensation for monetary losses that you can prove through documentation, such as medical bills, pay stubs, and banking records. This includes medical expenses, lost wages, and property damage.

Medical expenses include the expenses you have already incurred and future costs, which our attorneys can help you calculate. Examples of medical expenses include the following:

  • Doctor bills
  • Surgery bills
  • Physical therapy
  • Pharmacy costs
  • Medical equipment and supplies
  • Domestic services you can no longer perform
  • In-home care
  • Rehabilitation

Lost wages include the work you have already missed and the work you will likely miss in the future due to your injuries. If your accident has caused permanent disability, your lost wages will include your lifetime wages had the injury not occurred. Our Hellertown personal injury lawyers can perform this complex calculation for you.

General Damages

General damages, also known as non-economic damages, cover the subjective losses you have experienced because of your injuries, which do not have a measurable monetary value. These losses include the following:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of society
  • Disfigurement
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Disability
  • Loss of consortium by a spouse
  • Inconvenience
  • Loss of bodily functions

Calculating the value of these damages is less straightforward and may be based on various multipliers that factor in your total economic damages. General damages can be significant, but proving the extent of your suffering during settlement negotiations or a trial requires meticulous case preparation by an experienced legal team.

Our Northampton County personal injury lawyers have successfully recovered millions both through jury trials and settlement negotiations, and general damages are often a significant component of these awards. This is one reason you need a lawyer with proven experience. 

Types of Personal Injury Cases Cordisco & Saile Handles

No matter what type of injury you suffered, the Cordisco & Saile LLC team can help.

Car Accidents

Car accidents are among the most common causes of severe injuries throughout the state and our region. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation,  Northampton County had 2,856 car accidents in 2021, resulting in 1,251 injuries and 13 fatalities.

We have represented thousands of car accident victims and won millions in compensation for clients with such injuries as the following:

  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Burns
  • Amputations
  • Organ damage
  • Broken bones
  • Neck injuries

Driver error is responsible for the majority of crashes. The most common contributing factors include the following:

  • Speeding
  • Drinking and driving
  • Improper passing
  • Improper turning
  • Distracted driving
  • Failing to yield
  • Tailgating
  • Driving while drowsy

Identifying the cause of the accident is one of the most important jobs we do as car accident lawyers in Lehigh Valley because it ensures the blame for the accident is not improperly assigned to you.

Truck Accidents

Because of their size and weight, the risk of catastrophic injury is higher in commercial truck accidents than those involving just passenger vehicles. 

Our Lehigh Valley truck accident lawyers have recovered millions in compensation for truck accidents that would have been minor if both vehicles had been passenger vehicles. We have seen an increase in truck accident cases due to the steady increase in truck traffic in the Lehigh Valley.

Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle accidents in Pennsylvania account for 3 percent of all crashes, but 6.2 percent of injury crashes and 19.3 percent of fatal crashes, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. This demonstrates how dangerous a motorcycle accident is to the rider. 

Other motorists have some protection from airbags and the metal housing of their vehicles, but motorcycle riders are likely to collide with the pavement in an accident. As a result, they are more likely to suffer traumatic brain injuries, severe burns, and road rash following an accident.

According to A.B.A.T.E of Pennsylvania, more than half of crashes between cars and motorcycles are caused by drivers failing to see them. This is most common when the driver turns left, and the motorcyclist goes straight. 

Other common causes of motorcycle accidents our clients have experienced include the following:

  • Cars driving too closely
  • Wind turbulence from large trucks
  • Road conditions
  • Cars failing to yield

Bicycle and Pedestrian Accidents

Bicyclists and pedestrians are the most vulnerable roadway users, and the risk of serious injury in an accident is high. If you have been hit by a car while walking or cycling, contact us as soon as possible. We may be able to prove the driver was at fault, even if you have been told the accident was your fault. There is no cost or obligation if you schedule a case review with us.

Slips & Falls

If you slip and fall on the premises belonging to another individual, business, or government entity, you may be eligible for compensation. Property owners and managers owe visitors, customers, and vendors a duty of care to maintain a safe property free of slip, trip, and fall hazards, including the following:

  • Slippery sidewalks, floors, or parking lots
  • Insufficient lighting
  • Broken or missing handrails
  • Uneven, broken, or poorly maintained concrete sidewalks
  • Broken or worn steps and stairs

Slips and falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injury, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). If you have fallen and were injured because of a property owner’s negligence, we can help you recover substantial compensation. Our average brain injury settlement is $2,134,583. 

Dog Bites

Dog bites can cause severe physical and psychological injuries. In Pennsylvania, dog owners have a duty to protect the public from bites by their dogs. If you or your loved one has experienced any of the following injuries as a result of a dog bite, contact us for a free consultation to discuss the substantial compensation to which you may be entitled:

  • Puncture wounds
  • Facial injuries
  • Eye injuries
  • Broken or crushed bones
  • Infections
  • Loss of vision
  • Death

If you have been attacked by a dog in Hellertown, Northampton County, or the surrounding areas, our Lehigh Valley dog bite lawyers may be able to help. 

Workers Compensation Cases

Workers’ compensation provides partial wage replacement and medical treatment following an injury in the workplace. It provides a streamlined process for recovering compensation without the need to go to court or prove your employer was at fault. 

According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the most common causes of fatal work injuries in Pennsylvania include the following: 

  • Transportation incidents
  • Slips, trips, and falls, especially to a lower level
  • Exposure to toxic substances
  • Struck by falling objects, flying objects, or equipment

You cannot sue your employer if workers’ compensation covers your injuries, but you may be able to sue third parties that caused or contributed to your injuries. 

If you or your loved one suffered a severe workplace injury, you could leave significant compensation on the table if you don’t contact a qualified Lehigh Valley workers’ compensation lawyer as soon as possible. 

Our workers’ compensation lawyers will ensure you receive the benefits you deserve and identify any liable third parties you can sue for additional compensation.

Wrongful Death

If your family member tragically passed away as a result of someone else’s negligence, our personal injury lawyers in Hellertown can file a wrongful death lawsuit to help you recover the following compensation:

  • Your loved one’s medical expenses
  • Lost future earnings of your loved one
  • Burial expenses
  • Loss of inheritance
  • Loss of services provided by the deceased
  • Loss of companionship, guidance, comfort, and support

How Is Liability Determined in a Personal Injury Case?

Identifying all liable parties is key to maximizing compensation in any personal injury case, and our attorneys investigate accidents thoroughly to understand everything that went wrong. By identifying more liable parties, we make available a larger pool of funds from which to collect. An accident can have multiple contributing causes and liable parties.

Liability is most often established by proving that another party’s negligence caused the accident. To establish negligence, you must prove all of the following elements:

  1. The party owed you a duty of care.
  2. The party breached that duty.
  3. You suffered an injury that you would not otherwise have suffered.
  4. The breach of duty is the proximate cause of your injury.

Motor Vehicle Accidents

Pennsylvania is a no-fault state, which means your compensation will initially come from your Personal Injury Protection coverage. If this does not cover all your damages, you can file a claim against the other driver’s insurance if the other driver was at fault. 

In most motor vehicle accidents, driver error is the primary cause, making the other driver liable. However, this is not always the case. It is possible to identify multiple liable parties in one motor vehicle accident.

Defective Vehicle Components

Defective vehicle parts can cause accidents without either driver being at fault. These defects could result from poor product design, manufacturing defects, or faulty installation. 

If a poorly designed or defective product caused or contributed to your accident, the manufacturer, distributor, and retailer could be liable, even if they were not negligent. This form of automotive product liability is known as strict liability.

If the faulty installation of components or poor workmanship is discovered as a contributing or causative factor, liability could fall on a mechanic or the mechanic’s business or employer, such as a dealer.  

Some of the most common defects we have seen involve the following parts:

  • Airbags
  • Tires
  • Brakes

Employers

Employers in Pennsylvania are vicariously liable for the actions of their employees. This means that if the driver acts on behalf of an employer, whether as an employee, contractor, or agent performing a service for or for the employer’s benefit, the employer may be liable for your injuries.

This applies to trucking companies. Filing claims against trucking companies is complex because they are typically large companies with significant financial and legal resources. We advise against dealing with a trucking company or other large employer alone. 

Our Pennsylvania truck accident lawyers have extensive experience handling truck accident cases and suing large companies. We know what it takes to beat them in court, and this often gives us the advantage we need to win a substantial settlement.

Government Entities

A government entity may be liable if you or your loved one has been injured in an accident on a city bus, school bus, or in your own vehicle due to a faulty road condition. It also applies if you were injured by a driver who was an on-duty employee or agent of any government body.

Suing a government agency in Pennsylvania is complex, with strict deadlines. A Hellertown personal injury attorney at Cordisco & Saile can work quickly to establish liability and file an effective claim against the agency responsible for your injuries.

Premises Liability

Premises liability includes dog bites, slips and falls, and inadequate security. It is important to note that merely being injured on a property is not in itself grounds for liability. You must prove that the property owner, manager, agent, or employee knew or reasonably should have known about the hazard and failed to mitigate it.

The law makes an exception for dog bites, in which case the owner is responsible, whether or not negligence can be proven. This may apply to anyone responsible for the dog’s care, including kennels, shelters, dog groomers, and vet clinics. 

When Should I Contact a Hellertown Personal Injury Attorney?

You should contact an attorney as soon as possible after you have been seriously injured by an accident. We provide a free case review to assess whether someone else’s negligence caused or contributed to your injuries.  

The types of injuries for which we have helped people recover substantial compensation include the following:

  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Crushing injuries
  • Whiplash
  • Burns
  • Amputations
  • Organ damage
  • Disfigurement
  • Soft tissue injuries

How Much Time Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Claim?

The statute of limitations for personal injury cases in Pennsylvania is two years for most cases. However, it is important to contact an attorney as soon as possible after your accident. An attorney will need ample time to investigate your accident before filing the case. In addition, claims against the local or state government must be filed much sooner.

If you miss the deadline, you could lose your right to file a lawsuit and collect the compensation you deserve. Don’t let this happen to you. Contact us right away before the statute of limitations has expired. We will determine how the statute of limitations applies to your case and file it on time.

Contact a Hellertown Personal Injury Attorney Today for a Free Case Evaluation

You have nothing to lose by contacting a Hellertown personal injury attorney at Cordisco & Saile. The initial consultation is free and confidential, and you could be leaving significant money on the table if you don’t act now. Contact us for a case evaluation today by calling 215-372-0548.

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