Fact sheet about personal injury
Unintentional accidents are the leading cause of personal injury. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2013 an estimated 31 million people were treated in emergency rooms across the country for non-fatal, unintentional injuries. The CDC also reports that:
- The leading cause of personal injury was unintentional falls.
- 5 million people were hospitalized due to their injuries.
- The average medical cost for those hospitalized was $35,000.
- Unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death for people ages 1 – 44.
- A death due to unintentional injury occurred once every three minutes.
Allentown residents who suffer personal injuries endure physical and emotional pain and suffering, in addition to costs associated with medical care and rehabilitation, as well as lost future income, benefits and wages.
The personal injury attorneys at Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C., have been helping Allentown residents who are victims of injury-causing accidents recover financial damages to help ease their road to recovery for more than 40 years.
Common Types of Personal Injuries
Car accidents, a defective product, medical malpractice and a host of other different accidents can result in personal injury. Over the course of more than 40 years handling plaintiff’s claims, our Allentown personal injury attorneys have seen first-hand the types of injuries victims usually encounter. While each case is different, some of the most common personal injuries include:
Administration of an incorrect medication, failure to prescribe the right dose, or failure to determine whether the medication will cause an adverse reaction to other medications already being taken can result in seizures, overdose, anaphylactic shock, liver failure, blood poisoning and a host of other injuries.
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Massive impact to the head, such as what occurs in automobile accident or construction sites as the result of falling equipment, traumatic brain injury can cause the brain to swell, bleed or accumulate fluid. Such injuries can cause lifelong physical and cognitive impairments, and may require surgery to reduce the swelling and the insertion of shunts in the brain to allow the fluid to properly drain.
Cuts, bruises, broken bones and lacerations
While considered by many to be superficial injuries, if not properly treated cuts and lacerations can become infected, which can cause sepsis or result in the need for amputation. Broken bones may need to be surgically repaired with the use of pins and plates, or may require full body casts and/or traction for several months, leading to loss of income.
The lungs, liver, gallbladder, spleen, kidney and other organs are at risk of being punctured in an accident, whether due to force or being impaled by an outside object or a broken rib. Such injuries may require surgery to either remove or repair the injured organs, transplant, dialysis or lifelong breathing problems.
Severe burns require painful surgeries to graft new skin on to the burned areas months of painful rehabilitation, and frequent changing of wound dressings to minimize the chance of infection.
The complete or partial amputation of limbs, either as a direct result of the accident or later due to the onset of infection, may require the use of prosthetic limbs, mobility aids such as wheelchairs or crutches, and physical therapy to relearn how to perform activities of daily living.
Neck and spinal cord injuries
A broken neck or back can cause lifelong, debilitating pain, may require multiple surgeries to remedy, painful rehabilitation, and perhaps complete or totally paralysis.
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With more than 40 years’ experiencing handling personal injury lawsuits for Allentown residents injured in motor vehicle, construction and other accidents, the personal injury attorneys at Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C., have the experience, dedication and tenacity to aggressively pursue your claim.
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Investigating Personal Injury Requires Resources
Success in a personal injury cases hinges on the qualifications and resources of your attorney. Our personal injury attorneys have both, and our firm is recognized as being on the forefront of litigation in the field of personal injury, medical malpractice, premises liability and products liability.
Personal injury lawsuits require that we prove your injuries were caused by either the negligence, intentional act or strict liability of the defendant. Our attorneys, including our physician-attorney and nurse practitioner-paralegal, will conduct an extensive review of your medical history, including all physician and surgeon notes, prescribed treatments and medications, and all X-ray, MRI, CT scan and other diagnostic imaging to get a clear understanding of your injury, its cause and its current and future impact on your life. We may also have one of our many expert medical examiners review your medical file for their opinion on the cause of your injury and the prognosis.
We then look at all of the details surrounding the accident that caused your injuries, including police and other reports, eyewitness statements, surveillance video, accident reconstruction reports, work inspection reports (if the accident occurred at work) and any other evidence available that would prove that the defendant’s wrongful conduct caused your injuries. The final step is proving damages, which include the actual costs of your injuries, such as medical costs or the cost to replace lost items (such as a wrecked vehicle), and more non-actual loss, such as pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life and loss of consortium.
Personal injury lawsuits require a substantial investment of time to build a solid case. Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C., has the expertise, resources and determination needed to get you the compensation you deserve.
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