Serious injuries can be caused in a number of different circumstances, but no matter how they are caused, they are extremely painful and upsetting for the victims and their families. Our attorneys understand that dealing with a serious injury is challenging enough without also having to worry about where to get the money to cover your medical bills and other expenses. That is why we are here to help you and your family with your case.
What Is a Serious Injury?
Under Pennsylvania law, only certain types of injuries are considered to be serious injuries. In broad terms, serious injuries under Pennsylvania law are injuries that cause permanent disfigurement, impairment of a bodily function, or a fatality. This definition encompasses a wide variety of different types of injuries, but if you are unsure if your injury is considered serious under the law, your Philadelphia serious injury attorney can help answer that question.
This definition of serious injury under Pennsylvania law will likely cover the following types of injuries:
- Cuts, scars, or severe burns that cause permanent disfigurement
- Loss of crucial limbs like hands, feet, legs, or arms
- Spinal injuries that cause disabilities or paralysis
- Brain injuries that cause impairment of bodily functions, disabilities, or paralysis
- Nerve damage that impairs movement or bodily function
- Injuries that result in amputation
- Permanent or major organ damage
- Any injury that results in death
Furthermore, these types of injuries can occur in all kinds of ways. Victims frequently suffer serious injuries like spinal and brain injuries as a result of major car accidents, but this is not the only way that people can suffer from serious injuries. Slip and fall accidents often cause spinal injuries and even nerve damage. Chemical fires may cause severe burns that lead to permanent disfigurement. Workplace accidents may result in loss of limbs or amputations. Even a severe dog bite can lead to lacerations that cause scars and disfigurement. No matter how you or your family member was seriously injured, our attorneys can help you with your case.
Compensation for Serious Injuries
An experienced Philadelphia serious injury lawyer will be able to make sure that you and your family are compensated for your serious injuries, so that you do not have to bear the burden of worrying about where the money will come from for your medical treatment, property damage, and other daily expenses.
The first step if you have been seriously injured, no matter how the injury occurred, is to seek immediate medical care by calling 911 to dispatch emergency medical services. Immediate medical attention is your best chance to make sure that your injuries do not get any worse because of a delay in treatment. Then, you should contact our office so that we can send an attorney to your hospital room or home. This will allow us to begin working on your case right away.
If you were injured in a car accident, you may be concerned that you will not be able to receive the full amount of compensation that you deserve because you chose to purchase limited tort coverage instead of full tort coverage. However, if you have suffered a serious injury, even a limited tort policy will allow you to recover for all of the damages you sustained, including medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and even pain and suffering. Your attorney will represent you on your behalf when dealing with your insurance company to make sure that your serious injury is fully compensated, even if you have limited tort insurance.
If your accident was caused in a different circumstance, such as in a slip and fall accident or a workplace accident, your attorney will help you determine who is legally responsible for your claim and who should provide you with compensation for your injuries and other damages. We will be able to assist you in gathering evidence about the accident, speaking to witnesses, collecting records, determining the amount of income lost due to your inability to work, and calculating the amount of other damages you are owed. We will also pursue other avenues of compensation if applicable, such as social security disability benefits or workers compensation benefits. This will allow you to focus on recovering from your serious injury instead of worrying about how you and your family can afford your hospital bills. Do not hesitate to contact our offices to schedule your free initial consultation, and know that our attorneys will work with you every step of the way through this difficult time.