Unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death for individuals aged 44 and below, as per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Fatal and nonfatal accidents combined are responsible for millions of emergency room visits and hundreds of billions of dollars in damages and productivity losses every year.
If you were injured in an accident, you will likely have to undergo various tests and treatments, and you might miss work or have to pay for property damage or vehicle repairs. If your accident occurred due to the recklessness or negligence of another party, you may be able to pursue a personal injury lawsuit.
A personal injury lawyer in Montgomery County with Cordisco & Saile LLC may be able to assist you. Please contact our offices at (215) 642-2335 to learn more about injury litigation.
Accidents and Injuries
Accidents can happen anywhere, from on the road or at your place of work, to your home or a place of business. In many of these locations, invididuals and property owners often owe a certain duty of care to those around them. A failure to take reasonable steps to prevent harm coming to others when we owe this duty of care can fall under negligence.
Negligence comes in many shapes and forms. A product manufacturer that does not conduct proper safety checks and produces a product that can harm users can be found guilty of negligence. A driver who drives recklessly, or while fatigued, distracted, or under the influence can also be guilty of negligence.
Depending on the type of accident that occurs, there can be many parties guilty of causing harm to others. They may even inadvertently expose others to harm due to their inaction. For example, a government office that does not repair a damaged road, a property owner who does not remove a premises hazard, or a doctor who does not act on time in response to signs of patient distress can all be found guilty of negligence.
Personal injuries common in accidents caused by negligence include:
- Brain and head trauma. These injuries are common in slip and fall, vehicle, and nursing home accidents. Slip and fall accidents are a leading cause of death in older adults.
- Broken bones and fractures. These are common in vehicle accidents and construction site accidents.
- Burns, suffocation, or electrocution. These are common in hazardous workplaces, especially in factories and on construction worksites.
- Internal organ or nerve damage. These types of injuries are common in medical malpractice cases.
A personal injury lawyer in Montgomery County can help you determine which of your injuries and losses may be compensable based on the unique circumstances of your case. Reach out to Cordisco & Saile LLC at (215) 642-2335 today to learn more.
The success of a personal injury lawsuit will hinge on your ability to connect specific actions of a given party to an accident. You must prove that the accident caused you personal or financial harm, and that the party that harmed you owed you a duty of care, and violated it. The following examples will help clarify the rules of negligence in personal injury cases.
Nursing Home Injuries
Consider a case in which a nursing home resident chokes on food or suffers from an infection because of poor staff training. The victim can potentially prove that their injuries were caused by negligence, poor training, or the unavailability of staff, and sue the nursing home for damages.
Reckless or aggressive driving, poor driver training, ignoring road signs, or driving while intoxicated, distracted, or tired can cause an accident. If you were struck by such a driver and can prove that he or she was reckless or negligent in any way, you may be able to sue for damages.
Poor vehicle repair, improper tie-downs of truck cargo, tire blowouts, worn brakes, and inclement weather can all contribute to an accident. Drivers may be liable for damages caused by accidents that they should reasonably have been able to avoid, had they taken basic safety precautions in advance.
If you suffered injuries during a medical procedure or did not receive treatment for a condition in time, you may be able to sue the doctor or medical organization for not knowing better, for not having the skills required for treating your condition, or for not taking steps to prevent injury to you.
If workplace machinery gets repaired improperly and malfunction, if chemical hazards do not have proper labels, or if federally mandated workplace safety standards are not implemented, a business or property owner may be liable for injuries you suffer in a workplace accident.
Workplace accidents often occur when safety standards published by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are overlooked. Examples of negligence regarding OSHA standards include:
- A lack of fall protection.
- A failure to follow hazard communications.
- Issues with scaffolds and ladders.
- Accidents involving powered vehicles or tools.
- A lack of hand, eye, or face protection.
How We Can Help
Depending on how and where your accident occurred, you may need to support your claim by providing evidence, such as:
- CCTV, dashcam, or surveillance footage.
- Accident photos.
- The testimony of eyewitnesses.
- Vehicle or premises repair and maintenance logs.
- Worker training and certification.
- Proof of injuries using medical treatment bills.
- The testimony of a medical injury expert.
- Driver cellphone usage to prove distracted driving.
- Driver medication usage or blood alcohol test results.
It can be difficult to obtain the various forms of evidence outlined above and to meet statutory deadlines while healing from injuries. The same applies to completing administrative formalities and negotiating with insurance adjusters and representatives of the at-fault parties responsible for your accident.
This is where an attorney may be able to help. A personal injury lawyer in Montgomery County with Cordisco & Saile LLC may be able to assist you with understanding the legal standing of your case and what options are open for seeking compensation from any parties identified as responsible for your accident. Call us today at (215) 642-2335 for a free consultation.