If you have been injured in any type of accident, it is crucial that you seek legal advice as soon as possible. We at the Law Offices of Joel J. Kofsky understand how stressful accidents can be, and we are here to help you with your case. Our attorneys have years of experience handling all types of personal injury cases in both state and federal court and are ready to provide you with the representation you deserve in the aftermath of your accident.
Car accidents are undoubtedly one of the most common types of accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimated that in 2015, over 35,000 people died in a car accident. This represents a 7.2% increase from 2014, when car accidents caused over 32,000 deaths. Because of the enormous potential for injury or death as a result of a car accident, it is important that drivers stay cautious and aware behind the wheel. However, accidents do still happen. If you find yourself injured after a car crash, you will need to have a capable and experienced lawyer on your side to help you through the sometimes grueling process of receiving compensation for your injuries.
When someone else is at fault for causing your injuries, you should explore the possibility of receiving compensation with the help of one of our personal injury attorneys. In many cases, the law requires the person at fault to cover the injured individuals expenses, like medical costs, lost wages, and costs associated with ongoing recovery from serious injuries. If the person who caused the accident is covered by vehicle liability coverage through their insurance company, our attorneys will work with the insurance company to ensure that it provides you the full compensation you are owed. If the insurance company does not cooperate, we will serve as your advocate in court and fight for your rights to compensation.
If the person at fault does not have vehicle liability coverage as required by Pennsylvania law, our lawyers will ensure that the individual is held personally liable for your injuries. In addition, if you are the victim of a hit and run accident, you may not know who is responsible for your injuries and may not know who to hold liable. Our attorneys are familiar with the procedures to follow in such cases and can help you receive compensation for your injuries, even if the person who caused them fled the scene.
In a city as large and as busy as Philadelphia, cars are not the only form of transportation on the road that may be involved in traffic accidents. Philadelphias bus system (SEPTA) has been in the news many times for bus accidents that caused injuries to several passengers. If the bus driver was driving irresponsibly, or if there were mechanical problems with the bus itself that caused the accident, then the injured passengers may be able to pursue compensation from SEPTA that will help cover costs associated with taking care of your injuries. Our lawyers will also work to prove that SEPTA is liable for additional penalties, called damages, that it owes to injured passengers if it was negligent in hiring its bus drivers or in maintaining its buses.
Pedestrians and bicyclists are also at risk for injuries or even fatalities if they are involved in a traffic accident. Because biking and walking provides little physical protection against oncoming vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists can suffer major injuries if they are hit, including broken bones, spinal injuries, and head trauma. Motorcyclists can suffer similar injuries if they are involved in accidents, and sometimes these injuries can be even worse because motorcycles can go at much faster speeds than walkers or cyclists can, often making accidents more severe. These types of injuries often require extensive hospital care, surgery, medications, physical therapy, and long term care. Medical bills often pile up and cause a serious financial burden for the person who was injured, making it even more important for them to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer to help with their case against the person who caused their accident.
People often wonder what to do if they are hurt in an accident involving a taxi cab or an Uber or Lyft driver. Navigating who is at fault in these cases — the individual driver, the company he or she works for, or even their insurance company — can be complicated and often unclear. Our attorneys know how complex these cases can be and have experience pursuing compensation for passengers injured in taxis or in Ubers. We will work closely with you to understand what happened in the accident and to make sure that you are fully compensated by the party who is legally responsible for your injuries.
Transportation accidents are not the only type of serious accident that individuals may face. For example, people who have suffered a slip and fall injury know how painful these accidents can be. Whether you have slipped and fallen on a wet floor at a grocery store or on an icy public sidewalk, slip and fall injuries can range from minor cuts and bruises to serious head and spinal injuries. These more serious injuries can have lifelong effects that can make it difficult to work, have fun, or even live from day to day without medical assistance. In these cases, it can be extremely important for those injured in slip and fall accidents to receive monetary compensation and support from the person or company who is responsible for the conditions that caused the accident. This helps relieve the financial burden that these types of serious injuries can place on an individual and his or her family.
Individuals face the possibility of accidents even in their own neighborhoods. Unfortunately, not every pet is friendly, and not every pet owner takes care to ensure that their potentially dangerous dogs are kept safely chained or fenced away from passersby. ?Dogs are estimated to bite over 4.7 million people a year, many of whom are children who believe that the dogs are friendly and safe to approach. Many of these bites require medical attention and can cause medical issues such as bleeding; torn skin, nerves, or muscle tissue; swelling; and infections. In these types of accidents, the dog owners are often responsible for the injuries caused by their dogs, especially when the dog was not properly chained or fenced during the attack. Although these types of cases can often be contentious, our lawyers will act on your behalf to ensure that you or your family member are properly compensated for your injuries caused by the dog bite.
Injuries that occur at work can often be serious and painful, especially if you are employed as a worker in construction, manufacturing, mining, or other types of work that involve manual labor and heavy equipment. Although most employers are required to provide workers compensation for their employees, filing a workers compensation claim can be difficult, and many employers and insurance companies try to find a way to deny workers compensation claims in order to reduce the amount of money they will have to pay. Having an experienced attorney advocate for you throughout the workers compensation process can be invaluable to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve as an injured employee.
One of the most frightening types of injuries are the result of medical malpractice, or when doctors or nurses are negligent or make a mistake when providing you with medical treatment. We place enormous trust in our doctors and nurses to care for us and make us better, so it is extremely upsetting when their mistakes cause individuals even more pain or injuries. Unfortunately, the law surrounding medical malpractice is very complicated and can be hard to understand. If you or a loved one have been hurt or gotten sick as a result of a medical professionals error, call our offices right away to get in touch with an experienced attorney who can help you work through this complex body of law and ensure that the doctor or nurse is held responsible for the pain and suffering he or she has caused.
We firmly believe that no matter how the accident happened, all of our clients deserve the best representation available to them. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Joel J. Kofsky not only have extensive experience representing accident victims in Philadelphia and all across Pennsylvania, but we also enjoy being advocate for our clients and helping them through what can often be a trying time. When you call us for legal assistance, we put you directly in touch with an experienced attorney who will be there with you throughout the entire process. We provide personalized service tailored to your case and your injuries, and we will fight for your rights and interests — never for corporations or insurance companies. If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident, do not hesitate to contact our offices for a free consultation.