An accident can happen at any time, to anyone. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were almost 40 million physician office visits in 2016 for non-fatal injuries sustained in accidents. In 2018, there were over 167,000 fatal accidents, with thousands of people dying in nursing home accidents, vehicle accidents, slip and falls, and as a result of poisoning.
An accident can lead to property damage, tens of thousands of dollars in medical care costs, a significant amount of time missed from work, and permanent injuries–not to mention the loss of life.
If you or a loved one was involved in an accident, we are here to help. Contact Cordisco & Saile LLC at (215) 642-2335. Our Philadelphia area injury attorneys will investigate your case, gather evidence, quantify your damages, and determine if you have grounds for a claim.
How Accidents Occur
Anyone driving on the road owes other road users a duty of care. When it comes to motor vehicles, one’s duty of care is typically defined as the safe and competent operation of a vehicle within the bounds set by the law.
Similar duties of care are established for other areas in which civil disputes occur, such as in medical care and workplace safety. Doctors owe their patients a duty to have the requisite training needed to treat their patients. Employers are required by law to follow certain workplace safety guidelines and to provide their workers with the training, tools, equipment, and safeguards needed to prevent workplace accidents.
Unfortunately, negligence can lead to an accident. Too many people suffer serious, long-term injuries as a result of the negligence, carelessness, or recklessness of other parties. Reckless driving, poor product design, workplace safety hazards, medical incompetence, nursing home treatment errors, a lack of supervision, poor product labeling, and a host of other factors can all lead to serious injuries in a variety of settings.
Handling Personal Injury Cases
Before filing a personal injury claim or suing for damages, you must investigate the accident that caused your damages to determine:
- How and why the accident occurred
- Who was responsible for causing it
- How much in damages you suffered
Consider the following examples of personal injury accidents.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Passenger vehicle crashes, commercial truck collisions, motorcyclist and pedestrian accidents, hit-and-run accidents, damaged road accidents, roadside property damage, distracted driver crashes, intoxicated driver accidents, and texting and driving accidents
Surgery mistakes, misdiagnoses, delayed diagnoses, inaccurate testing, poor training, poor patient follow-up care, medical device injuries, and birth injuries
Nursing Home Accidents
Slip and falls in a nursing home, elder abuse (sexual, physical, emotional, financial), lack of supervision, inadequate worker training, and a lack of nursing home resources that lead to resident injuries
Slip and falls on public or private property due to exposed hazards, dog bites, and business accidents
Repetitive stress injuries, slips and falls, electrocution accidents, being struck by objects, machine accidents, poor worker training, inadequate safety measures, and a lack of adherence to workplace safety standards
Our Team Will Pursue All Parties for Compensation
Depending on how your accident occurred, there could be many parties you may be able to sue for damages after an accident. Some liable parties in your case could include a vehicle operator, the owner of a commercial truck, a vehicle or road service crew, a healthcare services provider, a government office, a town, a municipal district, or anyone else who somehow caused you harm when they should not have done so.
At Cordisco & Saile LLC, a Philadelphia area injury attorney can help with your personal injury case. Call our firm at (215) 642-2335 for a free consultation. We will:
- Review your case
- Gather evidence
- Quantify your damages
- Help you file a claim for damages with your insurer (or the insurer of an at-fault party), based on the specifics of your case
We can also help you file a lawsuit for damages if we are unable to recover compensation for you via a personal injury claim.
Injuries and Damages That Could Entitle You to a Financial Award
Accidents can lead to long-term physical problems, substantial pain and suffering, and significant medical treatment expenses. Serious injuries we have seen in the personal injury cases we represent include:
- Trauma to the head, neck, brain, back, and spinal cord
- Damage to muscles, nerves, and internal organs
- Broken, fractured, or crushed bones
- Eye, ear, nose, and facial injuries
- Permanent injuries, such as amputations or disfigurement
- Death or long-term physical incapacitation
In addition to these injuries, an accident can lead to:
- Lost income
- Limited earning capacity
- Property or vehicle damage
- Pain, suffering, and emotional distress
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of consortium
- Burial expenses
Filing a Claim or Lawsuit
Before filing a claim or lawsuit, you must gather evidence to prove your case. This evidence can include:
- Police reports
- Eyewitness testimony
- Video footage of the accident
- Pictures of the accident
- Vehicle repair logs
- Vehicle operator driving logs
- Driver drug usage
- Vehicle operator driving history
Once you have this evidence, you can pursue your claim or lawsuit as follows. Submit a demand letter to your insurer or the insurer of an at-fault party for damages, accompanied by all relevant evidence. A certificate of merit may also be required to prove that your injuries qualify you for seeking compensation for injuries.
Then, file a complaint with the relevant court to initiate discovery if your claim was denied. Based on the results of discovery, you may have grounds for a lawsuit, and a judge or jury will decide your case.
How We Can Help
It can be difficult to do all of the above while you are injured. This is where we can help. Contact Cordisco & Saile LLC today at (215) 642-2335 for legal assistance with your case. Your Philadelphia area injury attorney will walk you through what you need to know regarding evidence collection, insurance requirements, establishing that a duty of care was breached, and quantifying your injuries and damages.
Statutes of limitations apply to personal injury cases, so the sooner you initiate the legal process, the quicker we can start investigating your case and gathering evidence. Do not hesitate to call us today.