A personal injury can have a significant impact on the lifestyle you and your loved one once enjoyed. There may be extensive rehabilitation programs to follow, extra medical costs, a lifelong disability, and a loss of income. There is also the inevitable pain and suffering that comes with such an incident.
In legal terms, you will find many circumstances that come under the umbrella of personal injuries, which includes:
- DUI and other auto accidents, such as head-on, rear-end or side-on accidents, and distracted driving
- Slip and falls from dangerous property conditions, poor security, or a lack of warning signs that lead to an injury
- Dog bites and other injuries caused by animals not properly controlled
- Construction site accidents involving possible third-party liability claims
- Nursing home abuse, including financial, emotional, and physical abuse
- Medical malpractice, such as medication errors, misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis, and birth accidents
- And more
If you or a loved one has suffered a personal injury and believe it is because of someone else’s reckless actions, then it may be possible to pursue compensation.
A Lehigh Valley personal injury lawyer can take the time to listen to the events and consequences of your case and advise you. To find out more, call Cordisco & Saile LLC at (215) 642-2335 today.
Different Types of Damages
We cannot put a figure on the damages you or your loved one may receive, but we can highlight the types of compensation that may apply to your personal injury case. The first are your economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages cover medical bills, loss of earnings, rehabilitation costs, and other out-of-pocket expenses related to your accident. This point is where any records and receipts you may have kept will prove beneficial as they will support your claim for compensation.
Non-economic damages cover your psychological distress, pain and suffering, loss of amenity, and other aspects of your accident that are difficult to put a value on.
Finally, there are punitive damages or exemplary damages. You or your loved one would only receive these damages if you can show that the defendants’ actions were intentional or malicious.
Settling Your Claim
Your case may go to trial where a jury may decide your damages, and a judge can also have some input into the final award. Although the thought of a legal case may seem overwhelming, it is important to realize that it is sometimes possible to settle out of court.
When you have a capable team handling your legal representation, though, we will handle that side of your claim for you, offer you advice and guidance, and communicate with you all the way.
If you want to explore your legal options or to get an overview on other potential avenues available to you, a Lehigh Valley personal injury attorney is available to discuss them. To find out more, call Cordisco & Saile LLC at (215) 642-2335 today.
Steps To Take After a Personal Injury
Depending on the severity of the injury, it may not be possible to get a photo or video evidence of the scene. However, there are still steps that you can take following an accident. You can:
Make a Record
You or your loved one could make a record of the accident. You could record this in notebook form or on video. Detail what happened, the injuries, and how you think the other party caused the accident. Explain the consequences of the accident and the effect this has on your day-to-day life.
You could also take photographic evidence of the injuries and document the treatment and rehabilitation process, which helps to paint a clearer picture of how the personal injury affected you or your loved one.
Getting Images of the Scene and Seeking Medical Advice
If you are able, then take photographs and video evidence of the scene.
Regardless of the extent of the accident, get medical advice in case there are other, less obvious injuries. A report also provides supporting medical evidence should you make a claim.
Gathering Documents and Evidence
Detailed evidence is imperative to building a compelling case. Although a lawyer will collect evidence and witnesses statements, there is plenty that you can do to assist them, such as keeping any medical bills, so you have proof of out-of-pocket expenses.
If you can, get witnesses’ contact details for a lawyer to follow up.
Getting Legal Advice From a Lehigh Valley Personal Injury Attorney
If you or your loved one has suffered injuries because of someone else’s actions, you will appreciate the support of a legal firm. At Cordisco & Saile LLC, we aim to act as a guide as we help you navigate the legal system. We will be there for you as you attempt to overcome the emotional pain, physical trauma, and financial worries caused by your accident.
When you work with us, you will receive a considerate, compassionate service. We will treat you like family and champion your rights.
We offer a free initial consultation and emphasize communication, so you understand what is happening every step of the way.
Statute of Limitations
At Cordisco & Saile LLC, we understand that you or your loved one may be hesitant to approach us as you come to terms with your injuries and focus on recovery. However, if you wait too long, you could lose your right to pursue compensation.
The statute of limitations under Pennsylvania §5524 allows you two years to make a personal injury claim. Although this may seem like a long time, we encourage you to come to us much sooner so we can start assessing your case, gathering evidence, and investigating. To find out more, call Cordisco & Saile LLC at (215) 642-2335 today.