Serious injuries caused by accidents are traumatic experiences for the victims and their families. Our attorneys understand that recovering from a serious injury is challenging enough without having to worry about money to cover your medical bills and other expenses. That is why our personal injury lawyers are here to help you and your family with your case.
What Is Considered a Serious Injury?
Under Pennsylvania law, certain types of injuries are considered to be serious injuries. In broad terms, serious injuries under the law are those 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.
- Typical injuries that fall within the definition of a serious injury include:
- 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
Injuries that lead to personal injury claims can happen in many ways. Victims may suffer serious injuries like spinal and brain injuries in a major car accident, but this is not the only way that people can suffer serious accidental injuries that may lead to a personal injury claim. Slip and fall accidents often cause spinal injuries and even nerve damage. Chemical burns and fires may cause severe injuries that lead to permanent disfigurement. Workplace accidents may result in loss of limbs or amputations. Even a severe dog bite can lead to serious 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
Our experienced serious injury lawyers are here to make sure that you and your family are able to get the medical treatment you need while making sure the insurance companies respect your rights. Every accident is different, and the ways the law handles claims vary greatly. The personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Joel Kofsky understand how difficult dealing with a serious injury can be. We are here to fight on your side to make sure you have the best representation possible.
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.
Significant Injuries Not Classified as “serious” Under Pennsylvania Law
The vast majority of injuries that happen in an accident are not permanent or life-threatening. These injuries are still significant and, if not treated properly, can lead to a lifetime of pain and suffering. Our personal injury attorneys have seen thousands of significant injuries and have helped thousands of Philadelphia residents recover millions in losses for their significant injuries.
The most common significant injuries our accident attorneys see include:
Knee and Joint Injuries
Joints are often one of the most impacted body parts when an accident occurs. Knees, hips, and elbows are injured in falls and collisions, among other accidents. Knee and joint injuries can lead to serious, life-long pain and suffering if not treated correctly.
A few of the types of knee and joint injuries that you should keep an eye out for after an accident include:
- Swelling, pain, or numbness of joints
- Pain and reduced movement of the neck and shoulders
- Bruising around a joint that could indicate internal bleeding
- Torn ligaments
- Tingling or numbness that could indicate nerve damage
Knee and joint injuries typically require physical therapy to heal properly without long-term pain. Sprains and strains can cause pain for months and may severely impact your quality of life.
Many of the injuries that involve knees and joints make daily activities difficult or impossible. These injuries often leave victims unable to work, or forced to work an altered schedule. In many instances, these losses are recoverable. Our personal injury attorneys understand the complexities of knee and joint injuries and will fight for you or your injured family member. You do not have to face the insurance company alone. You deserve to be compensated when some is at fault for your knee or joint injury.
Knee and joint injuries can be expensive to treat. Typical injuries require x-ray imaging, testing, and medication. Costs can quickly rise to thousands of dollars. You should not have to bear the cost of an injury caused by someone else. Our attorneys will work with the insurance companies and the medical service providers to ensure that you receive the care you need without the fear of crushing medical expenses.
Neck and Spine Injuries
Neck and spine injuries are common in many types of accidents. Sprains and sore muscles are frequent signs of neck and spine injuries. Significant injuries to the neck and spine can cause tingling, numbness, and burning sensations. These injuries often lead to a lifetime of suffering when not treated properly.
Some of the types of symptoms you should be aware of after an accident include:
- Problems with speech, vision, or balance
- Soreness and reduced mobility in the neck or back
- Numbness, tingling, or burning sensations in the hands and feet
- Significant pain, particularly pain in the neck or back
- Bruising or swelling
Neck and spinal injuries typically require months to years to properly heal. Most injuries will require physical therapy at a minimum, while many injuries will require a brace before therapy can begin. These injuries frequently require injections to reduce swelling and can require surgery to repair.
Untreated neck and back injuries can cause a lifetime of suffering, reduced mobility, and decreased enjoyment of life. Our personal injury lawyers are here to fight for you to make sure that you get the medical help and compensation you deserve for your accidental injury. We are on your side to make sure the insurance company treats you fairly and your rights are protected.
Medical expenses from a neck or spine injury can quickly become expensive. X-rays, injections, and physical therapy are essential to the healing process. Doctors visits and medications will increase the cost. Our personal injury attorneys will make sure that you get the medical attention you need to be healthy. We will work with the insurance company and medical providers so you and your family do not have to worry.
Fractures and Broken Bones
Fractured or broken bones are common injuries in many accidents. Fractures and broken bones can lead to long-term mobility problems, extensive physical therapy, and astronomical medical bills. Do not let your fractured or broken bone injury create financial troubles for you and your family — contact the Law Offices of Joel Kofsky Philadelphia accident attorneys who specialize in fractures and broken bones. We are here to help with your claim.
Broken bones are typically extremely painful, but a fracture can show very few symptoms and cause little pain. Swelling, bruising, tenderness, and an inability to put weight on a bone are indications a fracture may have happened. The only way to tell is to seek medical attention and undergo an x-ray.
Many types of accidents can cause burns, and some burns are severe, disfiguring injuries. In many cases, burns are significant injuries that require serious medical treatment, but are not considered permanent or disfiguring.
Burns can come from fire, hot equipment, and chemicals. Each type of burn must be treated differently, but all burns require medical treatment. Promptly treating a burn can prevent life-altering scarring and infections.
Burns are common injuries in workplace accidents and car accidents. In 2016, there were an estimated 486,000 burn injuries that resulted in medical treatment in the United States.
Our team of personal injury lawyers knows the best way to proceed with you or your injured family members claim.