Can Your Firm Help? Types of Personal Injury Cases We Cover

A personal injury attorney works to get an injured person compensation when the conduct of another causes harm. The injury could have been the result of an intentional act or negligence. There are several events that can lead to a personal injury claim. It is important to remember that an injury does not always mean that a legal liability exists. Let’s examine a few of the most common personal injury cases.

Dog Bites

If you have been the victim of a dog bite where severe injuries have occurred, you may be entitled to receive compensation. A personal injury claim will allow you to recover the costs related to the incident. These costs may include lost wages, medical bills and other punitive damages. Each state has its own laws for punitive damages from dog bites. Each state has its own dog bite laws. In Pennsylvania, there are several laws that might impact a dog bite case.

The dog bite statute of limitations and the state’s “strict liability” rules could impact your case. By contacting a Philadelphia personal injury attorney soon after the incident happens you will be able to discuss the incident and get help determining if your case will be successful in court.

Personal injury statute of limitations that set a deadline on the time an injured person must seek compensation for damages that resulted from the incident. Dog bite cases must be filed within two years from the date of injury. If the case is filed after the two-year date, the court will likely refuse to hear the case.

The dog confinement and housing law puts the responsibility on the dog owner to prevent the dog from causing harm. Owners can be held liable for damages if the dog attacks because of their failure to keep their dog contained in the yard, house or a leash.

Prior to filing a claim in court, you need to consider if it can be proven that the owner is truly at fault and knew the dog was dangerous. If you are doubtful of the outcome of your case a Philadelphia personal injury attorney can review all elements of the incident and help you determine if you should proceed with legal action.

Dog bite cases are governed by both case law and state statutes. Dogs are dangerous if:

  • While off the owner’s property the dog has injured or killed another domestic animal without provocation
  • The dog was used to commit a crime
  • Without provocation, the dog has injured a person on public or private property

Bicycle Accidents

If you have been involved in a bicycle accident, you should consider speaking with an experienced personal injury attorney, before contacting the driver’s insurance company. Keep in mind the insurance company typically tries to settle claims for as little as possible. Kwartler Manus will gladly communicate with the insurance company on your behalf.

Each year nearly 50,000 bicyclists are seriously injured or killed because of collisions with motor vehicles. The individuals responsible for the bicycle accident may be held liable and as the victim of the accident, you may seek compensation by filing a personal injury lawsuit. Not all bicycle accidents are caused by motorists. Some accidents happen because of cracked cement, street pothole or other damage on the road. In these situations, it may be challenging to determine who is at fault for the accident. During your consultation, the cause of the accident will be discussed, and the appropriate course of action will be determined.

One of the most important things to do after a bicycle accident is to seek medical attention. Many injuries from accidents on a bike involve trauma to the neck, back or head. These injuries should be evaluated by a medical professional. Even if you feel fine immediately after the accident, it is possible that you will feel the pain a day or a few days later. It is better to be safe and get checked out to make sure the injuries are not more serious than they appear.

Don’t let your injury negatively impact the way you live the rest of your life. Our team of trusted Philadelphia bicycle accident attorneys will fight for you to pursue the compensation you deserve. We will help you return to the best version of your life. Call us today to schedule your FREE case evaluation.

Slip and Fall

Accidents at other people’s homes or property happen, and injuries are often the result. If carelessness or negligence is a factor in the incident, you may have a legal right to sue for damages. Whether the goal is to pursue an insurance settlement or file a personal injury lawsuit you will need to be able to prove that the property owner or occupant is legally responsible for your injuries.

Slip and fall claims are the second most common type of personal injury case. Property owners and occupants have a legal duty to keep the premises free of hazards and reasonably safe. Not all injuries that occur on the property will result in a premises liability suit. The owner’s legal duty depends on the state where the injury occurred. Premises Liability refers to any accident caused by a defective or dangerous condition on someone’s land.

In order to hold the owner responsible for injuries suffered in a slip and fall incident, you will have to prove that the property owner should have recognized the hazardous condition or that the owner caused the dangerous condition. To better understand the legal issues involved in slip and fall cases and to improve your chances of compensation, you should speak with a personal injury attorney discuss premises liability and any other factors that contributed to you getting hurt.

For questions about dog bites, bicycle accidents or slip and fall injuries or to discuss your case confidentially, do not hesitate to contact Kwartler Manus.

Call us today (267) 457-5570 to speak with our team over a free consultation. We can answer all of your questions, and help you put together a plan for you moving forward.

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