An accident can happen at any time, whether you are driving down the road or reaching for a high, overhead object in the office. While many accidents are minor, others can result in devastating injuries that leave you in pain, facing medical bills that you may be unable to pay.
If you or someone you love has sustained injuries in an accident caused by someone else’s negligent behavior, you have the right to hold that person responsible for their actions. The team at Cordisco & Saile LLC is here to help.
We have worked on many personal injury accidents and are proud of the results we achieved in those cases. To find out what options you have for recovering your losses after an accident, contact Cordisco & Saile LLC today at (215) 642-2335 for a free review of your case.
Types of Accidents That Can Lead to a Personal Injury Claim
There are a number of types of accidents caused by negligent behaviors that lead to a personal injury claim. They include:
Over 32,000 people die and two million suffer injuries every year in car accidents, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Moreover, one out of three fatal collisions involved drunk drivers, and nearly one in three involved speeding.
Johns Hopkins patient safety experts analyzed death rate data that spanned a period of eight years. They determined that more than 250,000 deaths per year happen as a result of medical error. That makes medical malpractice accidents the third-leading cause of death in the U.S.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 2.8 million nonfatal injuries and illnesses in the workplace in 2018. The National Safety Council reports that a worker is injured on the job every seven seconds, resulting in 4.6 million injuries per year. The three most common injuries are overexertion with injuries from repetitive motions, such as lifting and lowering heavy objects, coming into contact with objects and equipment, and slips, trips, and falls.
Current statistics are not conclusive on the number of dog bite victims, but based on an older study from the CDC, approximately 4.7 million Americans are bitten by dogs each year, the majority being young children between the age of five and nine.
Manufacturing or Design Defects in Products
Product liability refers to the liability by companies for any damage caused by their products. Injuries could occur as a result of a manufacturing or design defects in things like drugs, vehicle parts, children’s products, food, or household chemicals.
These are just a few types of accidents that can lead to a personal injury claim. If you or someone you love has been hurt because of an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you have the right to hold that person responsible for their actions. Contact Cordisco & Saile LLC, at (215) 642-2335 for a free review of your case.
Types of Damages You May Recover After Your Accident in Lehigh Valley
The types of damages you may be able to recover after your accident depend on the extent of your injuries, the degree to which the other party is liable, and other factors. While we cannot estimate damages for your case when we first examine the details related to your accident, some of the types of damages that victims are able to recover after cases like these include:
- Medical costs, including ambulance rides, hospital stays, doctor’s examinations, assistive devices, and medication
- Lost wages
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Pain and suffering
- And possibly more
If your loved one did not survive the accident because of the seriousness of their injuries, you may be entitled to damages in a wrongful death claim, including:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Wages and benefits previously provided by the deceased
- Medical expenses left to the family to pay
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of support and protection
While rare, in some cases, the court will award punitive damages in addition to the other damages awarded. They are a punishment given when a defendant’s behavior was particularly egregious. The court will typically only award punitive damages if the plaintiff can prove that the defendant engaged in an intentional tort or willful misconduct.
Laws That Could Impact Your Claim
Every state has a limit on the amount of time that a party has to bring legal action for any negligent behavior. As a general rule, the more severe the act, the longer the plaintiff has to take legal action. Under Pennsylvania §5524, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is two years. That means you have two years from the date of your accident to file your claim, or the courts will typically bar you from recovering compensation.
If a car accident caused your injuries, you should also be aware of Pennsylvania’s negligence laws §7102. Pennsylvania follows a 51% modified comparative rule. That means if you are less than 51% responsible for the accident, you can still recover compensation for your injuries. Because each party in Pennsylvania is held accountable for damages in proportion to their percentage of fault, the courts reduce your awards by your degree of responsibility.
How an Accident Lawyer in Lehigh Valley Can Help
At Cordisco & Saile LLC, we can examine the details related to your accident and help you understand the options you have for recovering your losses. Our team has worked on many cases like these, so we know the steps to take to avoid any unnecessary delays as we file your claim.
Some specific ways we can help are by:
- Gathering the necessary evidence to build a strong case
- Determining the full value of your case by gathering bills and receipts and calculating the cost of your pain and suffering
- Building a strong case to pursue compensation to the fullest extent of your injuries
- Negotiating with the insurance company or defendant’s lawyer to reach a fair settlement for your losses
To take advantage of our free, no-risk consultation, call Cordisco & Saile LLC today at (215) 642-2335.