Philadelphia And Delaware County Personal Injury Lawyers Representing Victims Of Negligence
Injuries can occur when we least expect them. We are at risk when we hurry into work, drive our children to soccer practice or pick up our dry cleaning. Sometimes accidents are just that: accidents. But many times injuries are the result of another party’s carelessness or recklessness. A person, business or government agency has acted negligently when that person or entity has failed to exercise reasonable care toward another, resulting in injury. Injuries caused by negligence often lead to physical, emotional and financial hardship.
A simple but unfortunate fact of life is that injuries – sometimes extremely serious or fatal injuries – can happen to anyone at any time. Thankfully, accidents and serious injuries are generally a rare event, but the fact remains that any person can experience a life-altering accident at any time. When other people are negligent, act recklessly, or engage in other dangerous actions the likelihood of a potentially serious accident increases significantly.
There are many kinds of negligence that may result in serious injury and lead to litigation. Some of these are nursing home negligence, medical negligence, manufacturer negligence and landlord negligence. To prove that another party is legally responsible for causing harm, the injured party must show that:
- The defendant or defendants owed him or her a legal duty of care;
- Acted or failed to act in a certain way, thereby breaching that duty of care; and
- Thus caused injury to the plaintiff, including financial or other harm.
- Injured parties may seek a variety of damages from those responsible for their injuries. These damages may include lost wages, medical expenses, pain and suffering, and mental anguish. In some cases, an injured party’s loved ones may also seek compensation for damages such as loss of society and companionship.
Damages An Injury Victim Can Recover In A Pennsylvania Personal Injury Claim
Following an injury, most victims are looking to recover their damages and account for potential future losses. While all cases and circumstances are different, damages that may be available include:
- Hospital or doctor bills
- Bills for past or expected future physical therapy and rehabilitative treatment
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Emotional distress
- Loss of consortium
- Punitive damages
While many of the damages listed above are available more often than not, punitive damages are an exception. Generally, punitive damages are reserved to send a message that particularly egregious conduct is not acceptable. We can help you assess your damages so that you do not subsidize the reckless, careless or negligent behavior of another person.
Contact Our Experienced Personal Injury Attorneys in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, And Delaware County, Pennsylvania
If you have been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, please do not hesitate to contact the experienced Media, Pennsylvania, personal injury attorneys of Schmidt, Kirifides & Rassias. Our compassionate attorneys understand the physical, emotional and financial toll that such trauma takes on an individual and their loved ones. With the legal support of a Delaware County personal injury attorney, we can help you determine who may be responsible for your injuries. We can also assist you by choosing the best venue in which to file your lawsuit; presenting your case in a way that will maximize your recovery; negotiating a settlement; or taking your case to trial and handling any appeals that may follow.
The hardworking Delaware County personal injury attorneys at Schmidt, Kirifides & Rassias provide courteous, ethical representation. We strive to exceed your expectations. Your lawyer will always take the time to answer your questions, discuss your concerns and personally return your phone calls. If you have been injured, it is important to act quickly to protect your rights. Please do not hesitate to contact us.