Being the victim of a serious injury can impact your life in several different ways. If that serious injury is the result of another person’s negligent, reckless, or intentional actions, it can make your life even more complicated. You may now have to deal with all sorts of unwanted changes to your life, like excessive medical bills or the inability to participate in activities that you love. Perhaps worst of all, your ability to work may be restricted and could leave you unable to earn for yourself and your family. You should not have to pay for the mistakes of another person.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident due to the negligent or intentional actions of another person, you should speak with an experienced personal injury attorney. The Poconos personal injury attorneys at Reiff & Bily are prepared to fight for compensation for your injuries. To schedule a free consultation, call us at (215) 274-0072.
Different Types of Personal Injury Cases
Personal injury law refers to circumstances where an individual’s body, mind, or emotions are hurt, typically due to the actions of a negligent or reckless person. Personal injury law is also a field of “tort” law. Personal injury cases can be put into several different categories, including these common types of personal injury cases in Pennsylvania:
Slip and Fall or Premises Liability Accidents – Many personal injury lawsuits involve slip and falls or trip and falls on another person’s property. Slip and fall accidents can occur for a variety of reasons, like unstable stairways, cracked pavement, or unplowed snow or ice present on the property.
Car Accidents – Car accident cases are another common type of personal injury case that is certainly not unique just to the Poconos. Car accidents occur for all kinds of reasons, like distracted driving, drunk or drugged driving, or speeding.
Product Liability Lawsuits – Injuries caused by defective products are a regular occurrence throughout Pennsylvania and the United States. When we visit retail stores to shop we often incorrectly presume that products on the shelves are completely safe for their intended use. However, there are all kinds of products at your local retailers that may have a defective design that could injure people. Our practice deals with cases involving manufacturers and producers who are liable for product defects, including automobile defects.
Medical Malpractice – Medical malpractice cause of actions can occur when a physician makes an injury worse, does not diagnose an illness in an appropriate time, or makes crucial surgical mistakes. Physicians, hospitals, and the medical staff who assist them are typically held to high standards when caring for others.
Wrongful Death Lawsuits – Having to deal with the affairs of a loved one shortly after their death is a heartbreaking experience. Families who have lost a loved one due to the negligent or intentional actions of another party may be able to sue for various issues like a loss of consortium or the deceased person’s projected wages.
This is not a completely comprehensive list of all personal injury cases that can be enacted in Pennsylvania. If you believe you have a case that is not on this list, you should speak with one of our attorneys.
How to Prove a Personal Injury Case
Generally, to prove a personal injury case, you must show that the party you are suing owed you a duty and that they breached that duty, which was the cause of your injuries. This standard is usually used for “negligence” cases. If you can show that a defendant breached their duty towards you, they will be responsible for compensating you for your injuries.
Besides the duty to not intentionally harm another person, people do not owe each other a “general duty.” However, the type of relationship you have with another person could dictate a duty they owe you. For example:
- Property owners have a duty to warn visitors of known dangers on their property or to repair hidden dangers on their property.
- Healthcare professionals have a duty to provide adequate care, in line with what other medical professionals in their situation would give.
- Manufacturers and producers owe consumers a duty to design and manufacture products which are not defective or dangerous.
There are other instances where a duty may be owed because of the relationship between people. If you are unsure of the duty of care a person who injured you owes to you, you should consult an experienced personal injury attorney.
Poconos Personal Injury Lawyers Offering Free Consultations
If you or a loved was injured or if you lost a family member to a fatal accident, the Poconos personal injury lawyers at Reiff & Bily can help you. Our attorneys represent victims in various types of personal injury cases and would be proud to represent you. For a free consultation, contact our law offices today at (215) 274-0072.