Fact Sheet About Personal Injury
The National Center for Health Statistics annually puts out its findings on safety and injury & death rates in America, both on and off the job. Their findings include several statistics such as:
- Approximately 162,000 deaths each year result from accidental injuries.
- Accidental injuries are the leading cause of death for Americans under 35 years of age, across every gender and racial category.
- Over twenty million emergency room visits each year in the United States are due to accidental injury.
- Approximately 44% of all accidents that result in injury occur in the home.
Personal Injury Incidents
While everything in life carries some small risk, one should never have to suffer because of the recklessness or negligence of someone else. Personal injury lawsuits are brought on this basis – that someone who causes harm should pay for it if it can be proven. With competent and caring assistance, you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries if you have been victimized.
Common Types of Personal Injury Incidents
Personal injury law is one of the most wide-reaching legal fields in American jurisprudence, and there are consequently a myriad of subsets. Common examples of personal injury lawsuits in and around the Doylestown area include:
Motor vehicle accidents, involving cars, trucks and motorcycles
Any number of serious injuries can occur in a vehicle accident, depending on the facts of the case. The most common physical problems that result from vehicle accidents are whiplash (tendon and nerve damage), broken bones, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and cuts – both mild and severe – from breaking glass.
Medical malpractice is defined in Pennsylvania as negligence of a health care professional in the diagnosis, care and treatment of a patient, which can encompass many different actions. The most widely seen medical malpractice suit is for failure to properly diagnose and treat a patients condition.
If a product is deemed defective or a consumer is not adequately warned about its potential dangers, a manufacturer or seller can be held liable. Injuries from product liability can include anything from allergic reactions to emotional trauma to life-threatening injuries.
Slip and fall accidents
The owners of premises have certain obligations to their guests, including a duty to ensure safety up to a point. If you are injured on someone else’s property, they may be liable if they failed in their duty to make the area safe.
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While the field of personal injury law is diverse, the firm of Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. has years of experience in fighting for our clients to receive what they need to be whole again. We understand the diversity of situations that can fall under the aegis of personal injury, and are ready, willing and able to deal with them all.
If you have suffered an accident in or around Doylestown, PA, and you believe it was caused by the reckless or negligent conduct of someone else, we may be able to assist. Contact Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. at 215-567-3500 to set up a free initial consultation.
Investigating Personal Injury Claims Takes Resources
Regardless of what type of personal injury you have experienced, it is imperative that you be able to provide as much information as possible to the fact finder when you bring suit. The overwhelming majority of personal injury lawsuits settle before they go to trial, but detailed facts about the accident are critical for trial or obtaining a more favorable settlement.
A personal injury claim is most often brought on the basis of negligence. To establish negligence on the part of the defendant, four things must be established. First, you must show that the defendant had a duty of care toward you – that is, that there was an obligation on their part not to act in a way that could harm you or those close to you. Second, you must show that duty has been breached.
The third prong of the test is often the most difficult – in order to prove liability, you must be able to show that the defendant’s actions were a direct cause of your injuries. Being able to show evidence, via interviews with eyewitnesses, accident reports and other primary sources is a critical step in the process, because without any provable link between the defendant’s actions and your injuries, there is no basis to hold them liable. Also, the evidence proving causation may also be helpful in establishing the fourth prong of the test – damages. If you suffered no ill effects from someone else’s conduct, they did not in theory cause you harm.
Accidents are the number one cause of injury for Americans under age 35, and rank very high on the list for those over 35. If you have suffered injury through someone else’s recklessness, you may be entitled to compensation. The law firm of Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. serves Doylestown, PA and the surrounding areas. Contact us at at 215-567-3500.
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