Haverford, PA Personal Injury Lawyer
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Anyone injured as a result of the careless or thoughtless actions of another person or entity is likely experiencing one of the most challenging times anyone can endure. Negligence produces a wide range of human pain and suffering, including harm suffered at the hands of doctors, hospitals, businesses, motorists, and municipalities, to mention a few. Whether you were injured while at work or hit by a reckless driver while strolling through Haverford College, you may feel that fate has dealt you a difficult hand. Your medical bills are piling up, and the uncertainty of your recovery is overwhelming you. A diligent and experienced attorney can seek compensation for your losses and pursue accountability against those responsible for your injuries.
If you or someone you know has suffered a personal injury in Haverford, PA, contact the law offices of Jacobs & Fishman. We are a dedicated team of personal injury lawyers who will fight for your rights relentlessly. With over 80 years of combined experience, we are known to be compassionate and skilled in seeking financial compensation for your losses. Consultations are confidential and free of charge. Call us at (610) 941-4250.
Personal Injury Lawsuit Overview
A personal injury lawsuit is typically filed in your local civil court, though it could wind up in federal court depending on who has the authority or “jurisdiction” to hear the case. You will be referred to as the “plaintiff,” and the opposing side will be known as “defendants.”
You should keep in mind that there is a time limit of two years to file a civil lawsuit for injuries occurring in Haverford. While there are some limited exceptions for this rule, the best practice is to file the lawsuit within the time frame required by Pennsylvania statutes.
Types of Injuries You Can Sue For in Haverford, PA
Negligence cases are established by showing the defendant’s actions meet the legal thresholds to show that they:
- Owed the plaintiff a duty to exercise care for the plaintiff’s safety;
- Breached that duty through unreasonably risky or careless conduct; and
- Caused the harm to the plaintiff
The application of the legal elements above depends on the type of personal injury case at issue. While each case is different, experienced lawyers will find factors to dispute in certain kinds of personal injury cases.
If you have been the victim of a car crash, there is typically little dispute that motorists have a duty to drive safely. Many of these cases hinge upon the issue of causation. Based on our experience, these cases require expert testimony and accident reconstruction to uncover the legal cause of the accident. There are times when multiples parties cause a motor vehicle accident. When this happens, the main legal issue – determination of percentages of fault – can require a complex process best handled by an experienced attorney.
The negligence element of “standard of care” is typically contested in cases involving healthcare professionals. There are times when the duty of care is considered higher for a physician. Experienced lawyers understand the intricacies of medical malpractice cases in Pennsylvania and can guide clients as they navigate through the process.
Nursing Home Negligence
There is a wide variety of ways in which nursing homes can engage in negligence. Frequently, caregivers engage in all sorts of physical and financial abuses, including neglect. Your attorney will be able to give you a more accurate sense of how your negligence case may evolve and which issues that are likely to be disputed in your circumstances.
Slip and Falls
While these are common injuries, establishing negligence can be difficult in slip-and-fall negligence cases. Sometimes defendants deny duty of care in the area where the accident occurred; other times when they deny causing the injury. Depending on the specific facts, there are many possible challenges in slip-and-fall negligence cases.
Recovering Compensation for Injuries in Pennsylvania
A victim of negligence sustains certain harms and losses. These costs are generally tangible, meaning that they can be measured in monetary terms; in legal terms, they are known as “compensatory damages.” Negligence law allows victims to compel the parties responsible for the injuries to justly compensate them for their costs and other losses.
However, legal compensation is not limited to reimbursement for your medical and other expenses. There are multiple types of damages consistent with the legal rules applicable to the loss. It can be hard to determine the value of your injuries, especially since there is no substitute for the loss of your health. Accordingly, courts typically compensate injured victims in a number of specific categories:
- Lost wages
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering associated with losses
- Reduction in quality of life
- Loss of companionship
Depending on your injuries and related damages, your attorney can work with professionals in a variety of fields who are effective at determining a value for every kind of loss. Attorneys usually look at this value along with an estimate of the future costs associated with the injuries. Having worked as a healthcare professional who specialized in physical rehabilitation, attorney Joanne Fishman is keenly aware that precision in value assessment can have a significant impact on you financial future and your ability to continue your recovery.
Haverford, PA Personal Injury Lawyers Fighting for You
The team of attorneys at Jacobs & Fishman are determined to uphold your rights. We are known for seeking the entirety of economic and non-economic losses — including present costs and future estimates. We proudly serve the Haverford community and will fight to restore your quality of life. Moreover, our skillful representation comes with the peace of mind of knowing that you won’t have to pay unless we obtain financial recovery or a favorable settlement. Call (610) 940-4250 to schedule your free and confidential consultation today.