What Kind of Cases Do Personal Injury Lawyers Handle?

How do you know if you need a personal injury lawyer? In this comprehensive article, the attorneys at Cousin Benny explain the types of cases personal injury lawyers handle. In short, the types of cases include:

If you’ve had an accident and suffered an injury and it was someone else’s fault, you may have a personal injury claim. Call Cousin Benny to find out how much your case is worth – free of charge!

Car Accidents

Car accidents range from minor fender benders to multiple car accidents with fatalities and everything in between. Tractor trailer accidents and bus accidents are as common as passenger vehicle accidents, especially on heavily traveled highways.

Due to high speeds and heavy vehicles, injuries to drivers, passengers, cyclists, and pedestrians can be severe. Anyone in a car accident not accepting emergency medical treatment at the scene should seek medical attention as soon as they can, because injuries such as internal bleeding and traumatic brain injury may not be apparent.

Even minor injuries from an accident may be compensable if the accident was someone else’s fault. You may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages if you missed work due to your injuries, and pain and suffering if your injuries have a continuing impact on your quality of life.

Your personal injury lawyer will investigate the cause of the accident, establish who was at fault for your injuries, use forensic accountants to establish the impact your injuries have on your ability to continue to work, and use medical experts to assess your future medical costs.

Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle operators have far less protection than drivers of other types of vehicles and are more at risk for serious injury in an accident. Being thrown from a motorcycle can result in head and injuries. Being pinned under a motorcycle can cause road rash at best, internal injuries, broken bones, and death at worst.

If someone is killed in a motorcycle accident or any other type of motor vehicle accident, their family may be entitled to compensation in a wrongful death claim. If you lost someone in a motor vehicle accident, talk with a personal injury lawyer in your jurisdiction about your case.

Truck Accidents

There are several reasons why truck accidents are common. Commercial vehicle drivers are often overworked and tired. Falling asleep at the wheel, misjudgment, and lack of focus on driving conditions causes accidents. If a truck driver is under a strict deadline and is speeding or tailgating  to try to meet it, that can also cause accidents. Last, a poorly maintained vehicle can cause accidents, such as when brakes fail or tires blow out.

In an accident between a truck and a passenger vehicle, the occupants of a passenger vehicle are usually the worst off. If the truck was carrying something flammable, that increases the likelihood of serious injuries.

If you were injured in a truck accident, your personal injury lawyer will investigate the cause of the accident. Those at fault may include:

  • The truck driver
  • The mechanic or maintenance company
  • The owner of the truck
  • The owner of the truck’s contents
  • The loader of the truck
  • The manufacturer of the truck or any component of the truck

Slip and Fall Accidents

Slip and fall accidents or trip and fall accidents are common, and injuries range from scrapes and bruises to broken bones to spine and brain injuries depending upon the severity of the fall.

Causes of slip and fall accidents include wet or slippery floors, uneven or obstructed walkways, and ice or snow, among others. 

Property owners are responsible for keeping walkways reasonably free of hazards and obstructions, and if they fail to do so, may be liable to those injured in a slip and fall accident.

Premises Liability

“Premises liability” is the legal term used to describe property owners’ responsibility to those entering their property to keep the property free of hazards and to warn of known hazards. In Pennsylvania and some other states, that responsibility varies according to why someone is on the property when they are injured.

If you were injured on someone’s property, you may be entitled to compensation from the property owner, tenant, maintenance company, or construction company. Call a personal injury lawyer to discuss your case.

Uber Accidents

Rideshare accidents caused by Uber and Lyft drivers are on the rise. Common causes of rideshare accidents include distracted driving (texting or using cell phone to access the rideshare app), driver fatigue, driving on unfamiliar roads, using an unsafe pick up or drop off location, speeding, and failing to maintain their vehicle.

Those injured through the fault of their Uber driver or Lyft driver may be entitled to compensation.

Police Chase Accidents

Those injured in an accident caused by a police chase may have a personal injury claim against the suspect and perhaps the police officers pursuing the suspect, the police department, and the municipality employing them.

The law governing claims against the police and government entities varies by state, however, under certain circumstances you can sue and recover damages if:

  • The police officer driving failed to follow pursuit protocol
  • The police officer driving was inadequately supervised
  • The officer driving was poorly trained or untrained
  • The police vehicle malfunctioned, causing the crash

Your personal injury lawyer will investigate the cause of the accident and determine who was at fault. If you’ve been in an accident involving the police or a police chase, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer in your jurisdiction as soon as you can because there are strict deadlines for filing claims against government entities.

Dog Bites

Dog owners are required to keep their dog on a leash and otherwise restrained unless it’s on their property or in an authorized area such as a dog park or a dog beach, and they are liable for any injuries their dog causes.

Pennsylvania is a comparative negligence state, which means if you are trespassing and bitten by the property owner’s dog, or if you are teasing a dog and get bitten, your compensation will be reduced by the percentage a jury finds you at fault for causing the dog to bite you. In some dog bite situations, the person bitten may be totally at fault for the accident and not entitled to any compensation for their injuries.

If you’ve been bitten by a dog, consult an experienced personal injury lawyer in your area to find out if you are entitled to compensation.

Hire a Philadelphia Personal Injury Lawyer

If you suffered an injury in one of these types of accidents or any other accident, call the Philadelphia personal injury lawyers at Cousin Benny for help. Your job is to rest and recover from your injuries. Let us investigate your claim, handle the insurance companies, and make sure you get the compensation you deserve. 

At Cousin Benny, we treat you like family. Call us today for your free, no-obligation consultation and find out how much your case is worth.

Benjamin Hoffman

Benjamin Hoffman is a practicing attorney licensed in Pennsylvania and New Jersey as well as the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Benjamin handles cases for individuals who have been injured as a result of an accident, slip/trip and fall or medical negligence.

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Benjamin Hoffman is a practicing attorney licensed in Pennsylvania and New Jersey as well as the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Benjamin handles cases for individuals who have been injured as a result of an accident, slip/trip and fall or medical negligence.
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