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Fact Sheet About Personal Injury

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports recent data showing that approximately 28 million Americans suffered nonfatal personal injuries in the past year. Further statistics have been compiled regarding the nature and frequency of specific types, including the following:

  • Approximately 31 million emergency room visits occur due to unintentional injuries every year.
  • Unintentional injuries and accidents are the fourth most common cause of death in the United States.
  • The leading cause of accidental injuries for every age group except young adults (15-24) is unintentional falling.
  • Of those injuries, approximately 130,000 were fatal, either on impact or due to proper care not being administered in time.

With a population of 276,000 and counting, Atlantic County unfortunately sees its share of accidents and injuries. If someone is injured due to the recklessness or negligent conduct of another person, they may have the right to seek compensation.

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Personal Injury Incidents

The experienced attorneys at the law firm of Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. understand not only the particularities of New Jersey personal injury law, but the human cost when someone is injured or disabled. Not all injuries are physical.

Common Types of Personal Injury

Personal injury law is expansive and covers a wide array of injuries. If a person was negligent, and their negligence caused you harm in some way, you may be entitled to compensation for your personal injury claim. A few of the more common sources of personal injury include:

Motor Vehicle Accidents.

A number of different injuries commonly result from automobile accidents. Brain and head injuries, neck injuries, spinal cord injuries, back injuries and chemical burns to the face and chest can all occur from a car accident.

Slip and Fall Accidents

When a person slips on slippery or dangerous ground conditions that prompt a person to fall, this may be due to the negligence of another. Property owners generally have a duty to keep their property free of trip and slip hazards.

Medical Malpractice

Personal injury law covers injuries resulting from the negligent actions of doctors, surgeons, nurses, and other healthcare providers. Misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis medical and surgical errors, childbirth injuries and medication errors are all personal injury claims.

Products Liability

When a product fails unexpectedly and causes an injury to a user, or is designed in such a way that the consumer who purchase the product suffers an injury, the manufacturer may be liable under personal injury law.

Defective Products

Defective products are consumer products that do not perform or function as marketed and cause injury. The entity that built, designed or sold the defective product may be held strictly liable for any harm caused by the defective product.

Defective Drugs

When drugs are defective, people get hurt. Improper labeling and undisclosed health risks are common reasons why defective drugs cause harm to unsuspecting victims who take them.

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People living in the West Chester area encounter these sources of personal injury all too frequently. If you have been involved a personal injury incident, the team of West Chester personal injury lawyers at Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. has over 40 years of experience working with clients to secure compensation for their injuries. Contact Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. To Handle Your Personal Injury Case Today. Our personal lawyers will aggressively fight for your rights and will work hard to get you the financial compensation you deserve for your injuries.

Investigating Personal Injury Claims Takes Resources

No two personal injury cases are alike. The facts and circumstances differ, the injuries are always specific to the incident, and what transpired to cause the injury is always unique. An experienced personal injury attorney will need to work through your case to identify the source of your injuries, the extent of your injuries, and who exactly can be held accountable for the harm that you have suffered. You’ll need a team of seasoned and experienced personal injury lawyers by your side, thoroughly investigating your personal injury claim, and building the strongest possible case against those that caused you harm. Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. has the experience and financial resources it takes to get your personal injury case ready for trial.

Personal injury cases require consultation with specialists and experts in the field. Not only is it important to consult with medical professionals who examine and treat your injuries, but it is also important to connect with other experts to help bolster your personal injury case. For instance, if your injuries are due to medical malpractice, your lawyer should procure an expert opinion on how the care you received caused your injury and was a gross deviation from the standard of care or normal medical practice. If your injuries were due to an animal bite, an animal specialist may be consulted to determine whether you acted in a way that would upset the animal or cause it to attack.


Once a duty has been established, you must be able to show that it was breached, and that the breach was the cause of your injuries. You must also be able to show damages; that is, that any injury was not merely transitory. Bruises are transitory; broken bones are not, given they may require weeks of healing. Witnesses and records will be vital in proving this; if you have supporting evidence to show that the defendant’s conduct was in breach and it caused your injuries, you will have established a major cornerstone of your case.

Photo documentation of the scene where you were injured (i.e., the site of a car crash, location where the injury took place), in addition to photographs of any damaged property (i.e., totaled vehicle, bicycle damage) and your injuries are all important pieces of evidence in your personal injury case. Medical records and witness statements are also vital to building your case.
Our personal injury lawyers have a reputation for providing aggressive and effective representation to our clients in West Chester. Our professionals know what they are doing and thoroughly investigate each personal injury case through and through.


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