Righting the Wrongs After a Personal Injury
Personal Injury Law applies to any case in which someone has been injured or otherwise harmed due to the negligent, reckless, or intentional act of another person or entity.
In such cases, plaintiffs benefit from having knowledgeable, experienced legal representation from a firm with a record of success in recovering maximum compensation for injured victims and their families.
At Freedman & Lorry, P.C., our Philadelphia personal injury lawyers are dedicated to representing injured victims in all types of personal injury cases, including:
What to Do If You Are Injured
If you are injured in an accident, there are some important steps to take to increase your chances of succeeding in your claim:
Document the event – Write down everything you can remember about the accident and record your injuries. You will want to include details such as where you were, what time of day it was, who was involved, whether there were any witnesses, what type of injury you sustained, and any pain or discomfort you are feeling associated with the accident.
Contact witnesses – Witnesses should be contacted as soon as possible, while their recollections are still fresh. They may be able to provide valuable information that proves the defendant was at fault.
Preserve physical evidence – Save any physical evidence when possible, or take photographs of physical evidence to preserve it. Be sure to take photos of the scene of the accident, your injuries, and any other factors you feel may have contributed to the accident.
Document your losses – It is also prudent to document any missed work, events, or opportunities you missed because of your injuries. This may be crucial evidence for proving economic and non-economic damages in your case.
The process for proving fault in a personal injury case can be extremely complex. Each state has different laws pertaining to negligence. Pennsylvania follows the comparative negligence rule, which allows a plaintiff to recover the amount of damages that reflects their portion of fault. Therefore, under the comparative negligence model, plaintiffs who are found to be 30 percent at fault for the accident may be able to recover 70 percent of their damages from the defendant.
New Jersey follows a similar rule called the modified comparative negligence rule. However, under this doctrine a plaintiff may not be able to recover any damages if he or she was more than 50 percent responsible for the accident.
North Carolina follows a contributory negligence rule. Under this very strict and harsh rule, plaintiffs may be barred from recovery if they are even partially at fault for the accident.
Why It Is Important to Hire a Lawyer
It is important for plaintiffs to hire a lawyer who is knowledgeable and experienced in their geographical area. Each state differs not only on the substantive laws pertaining to personal injury lawsuits, but also the procedural requirements. An experienced attorney will have the resources and the skills necessary to achieve the best possible outcome for injury victims.
Plaintiffs in a personal injury case may be entitled to compensation for all injury-related expenses, such as those associated with medical treatment, lost wages due to time away from work, and property damage. In some cases, victims may be entitled to recover compensation for non-financial damages such as pain and suffering.
Freedman & Lorry, P.C. has been helping injury victims for over 60 years. We pride ourselves on providing high quality legal representation to personal injury victims in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and North Carolina.
Philadelphia Personal Injury Lawyers at Freedman & Lorry, P.C. Provide Experienced Representation in All Types of Personal Injury Cases
If you were injured due to someone else’s negligence, the Philadelphia personal injury lawyers at Freedman & Lorry, P.C. can help you build a strong case and recover the maximum amount of damages to which you may be entitled.
We represent clients throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and North Carolina from our offices in Philadelphia, Cherry Hill and Pinehurst. To arrange a free consultation, contact us online or call us at 888-999-1962.