By VSCP LAW
You’ve seen the ads on the back of the city bus or on the billboards lining the highway: “If you’ve been injured in an accident, call today.” Advertisements for personal injury lawyers are in so many places, you may not even notice them anymore. They urge the reader to call the law firm immediately if they have been injured. There are several contexts in which you should call a personal injury lawyer. Here are the top five.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for individuals under 30 years old. And while motor vehicle accidents aren’t always deadly, they do often result in catastrophic injuries, such as loss of limbs, brain damage, permanent paralysis, etc. Sometimes the person who caused the accident doesn’t have the appropriate insurance or they have no insurance at all. In those cases, your personal injury lawyer in Philadelphia can help you manage the often-complicated cases of insurance coverage – or lack thereof.
Medical malpractice is a negligence claim in the context of medicine. This means that if you have been injured because of what a doctor has done (or has not done), then you might have a valid medical malpractice lawsuit. The medical malpractice might have occurred because your doctor gave you a wrong diagnosis or prescribed the wrong medicine. Or maybe the nurses injured you while administering medicine or wound-care. Maybe the hospital did not provide medical staff to address your medical issue in a timely manner. If a doctor, nurse, or any health care professional causes you to suffer an injury related to their treatment of you either by doing something or not doing something, you may have a medical malpractice lawsuit in Philadelphia.
When a product causes injury to the intended user of the product, that user (or “consumer”) may have a valid lawsuit against various parties responsible for the product. For instance, if a baby is injured by a crib because the crib was manufactured incorrectly, the baby’s parents could sue – on one end of the production chain – the people who made the parts of the crib that were defective. The baby’s parents could also sue – on the other end of the production chain – the store from which they purchased the crib.
A consumer can also sue when they suffer injuries after taking a pharmaceutical product, like a drug, medicine, or supplement.
Your Pennsylvania personal injury attorney can guide you as to whether you have a valid claim against the various manufacturers and distributors and sellers who are liable for your injury.
In 2018, Pennsylvania personal injury lawyers were busy fielding phone calls after a Grand Jury report detailed the sexual abuse of more than 1,000 children by more than 300 priests in Pennsylvania. Although those headlines were newsworthy, what is often lost in the hype is that sexual abuse is prevalent – outside the Catholic Church – in various institutions and contexts (Boy Scouts, sports teams, schools, etc.), as well as in both public and private settings.
Survivors of sexual abuse often do not consult with personal injury lawyers, let alone speak about the traumatic incident at all. It is important for survivors of sexual abuse to speak out, tell their stories, file lawsuits, and help prevent future such crimes. Their Philadelphia personal injury attorney can help them feel safe and get justice.
Assaults are threats of violence to a person and battery is actual unwanted touching of a person’s body. We often hear of assault and/or battery in the context of criminal cases, but a person who is the victim of such threats and/or unwanted touching can file a civil lawsuit as well. Personal injury lawyers in Philadelphia often represent victims of a bar fight or threats of violence at a sports game. People who are threatened and/or physically injured because of someone else’s actions should consult with a personal injury attorney in Philadelphia to discuss their options.
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