If you or your loved one has suffered a personal injury, you will already know the impact it has on your life. A significant injury may have already drained you of your financial resources, left you with a permanent disability that will need long-term rehabilitation, and led to pain and suffering.
When another party is responsible for the injuries, you may bring a personal injury case. Such claims aim to compensate you or your loved one for any economic or non-economic damages.
However, if you are to successfully pursue your right to compensation, you must show the responsible party or parties had a duty of care to you and that they failed in their duty of care. To receive compensation, you must also demonstrate your losses. Therefore, it is a good idea to keep documents such as medical invoices and receipts for any other costs incurred.
Although you could attempt to pursue a legal claim on your own, a lawyer can explain your options, investigate your case, and gather evidence, allowing you and your loved ones to focus on rehabilitation. To find out more, call Cordisco & Saile LLC at (215) 642-2335 and speak to a member of the team.
What Qualifies as Personal Injury
Each personal injury case will differ, but there are some common types. Cases we often see include:
· Auto/trucking/motorcycle/bus accidents
· Swimming pool accidents
· Slip and falls
· Animal bites/attacks
· Faulty goods
· Nursing home abuse
Whatever the form of personal injury, we provide a free initial consultation and always keep our clients informed.
If you or a loved one are considering your options, a Perkasie personal injury attorney can discuss these with you. To find out more, call Cordisco & Saile LLC at (215) 642-2335 today.
Different Forms of Compensation
Compensation comes in a variety of forms. Economic compensation refers to any financial expenses that you or your loved one may be entitled to receive. This compensation covers a loss of earnings, medical bills, rehabilitation costs, home care costs, and other financial costs associated with your injuries.
Non-economic damages compensate you for the emotional and psychological impact of your injuries, such as the depression and anxiety you may experience following the injury. These damages also cover your pain and suffering, along with other factors that are difficult to put a price on.
In some instances, a judge or jury may award exemplary damages or punitive damages. However, this means proving that the defendant’s actions were malicious, reckless, or intentional.
Pursuing your Right to Compensation
The prospect of going to court may feel overwhelming. As you or your loved one heal, the thought of litigation may be off-putting, but that should not stop you from looking at your options. Not every case will go to court, and arbitration and mediation are possibilities.
During an arbitration hearing, you will give your account to a neutral third party, who will decide the outcome. Usually, the arbitrator will be a knowledgeable attorney. Although this can still be stressful, in 2019, Pennsylvania brought in the Revised Uniform Arbitration Act to make the process more user-friendly.
Typically, arbitration is less formal, taking place in conference rooms or similar environments, rather than a courtroom. The other advantage is that arbitration hearings are private as opposed to a court trial, which sometimes allows public access.
The plaintiff and perpetrator attend the arbitration meeting. As with a trial, you will need to detail the events that led to the injury, the consequences, and your recovery. You will also need to prepare in the same way as you would for a court case, which means:
· Having the events clear in your mind
· Outlining the case
· Presenting the evidence
· Showing proof of medical expenses, care costs, and other associated costs
While arbitration will not necessarily settle the case, it can give you an idea of what the damages may be worth. If you cannot agree during arbitration, the case can still go to trial.
Like arbitration, a neutral party will oversee the mediation process. The neutral party aims to guide the plaintiff and the perpetrator towards a settlement rather than taking the case to court.
Mediation may help settle insurance claims. However, the insurance company may still try to settle for less than your case is worth, so working with a personal injury lawyer can be a sensible idea.
If both sides cannot agree during mediation, then the case may proceed to trial.
Contact a Perkasie Personal Injury Attorney Today
When you or your loved one have suffered a personal injury, you have the right to pursue compensation. However, you do not have to go it alone. With a team of lawyers ready and able to defend your rights, explain the process, and guide you through the legal system, you will have all the support you need.
We will be in communication with you throughout the entire process, which helps to minimize your stress as you always know what is happening and what we will do next.
At Cordisco & Saile LLC, we appreciate that the decision to take legal action is difficult. However, it is important that you do not delay in seeking legal advice. Under Pennsylvania §5524, the statute of limitations only allows two years from the date of the injury to file a suit. If you miss this date, you may lose your right to pursue compensation.
Two years may seem like a long time. However, by seeking advice earlier, we can review your case while the facts are fresh and allow ourselves ample time to understand your story, communicate clearly with you, and investigate your case.
To find out more, call Cordisco & Saile LLC at (215) 642-2335 today.