Types of Cases in Philadelphia

If you have the misfortunate to be the victim of an accident, it can seem unfair for you to have to pay for your medical bills and go through the pain and suffering without some help. This is especially true if you were hurt through no fault of your own.

This is where meeting with a personal injury attorney, like those at the Philadelphia law office of Gilman & Bedigian, can help immensely. By talking about your legal options with a lawyer who understands personal injury law and how it can help you, you can pursue a personal injury case that can get you the compensation you need and deserve to make a full recovery.

Types of Personal Injury Cases in Philadelphia

Personal injury cases come in lots of shapes and forms. In essence, the only thing that they all have in common is the fact that you, the plaintiff, has been hurt in some way and want the people responsible, to help you cope with what you have gone through.

Some of the most common types of personal injury cases that are filed in and around Philadelphia are:

  • Car Accidents
  • Truck Accidents
  • Pedestrian Accidents
  • Bus Accidents
  • Train Accidents
  • Workplace Accidents
  • Dog Bites
  • Construction Site Accidents
  • Equine Accidents
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Products Liability Lawsuits
  • Defective Products
  • Defective Drugs
  • Defective Medical Devices
  • Class Actions
  • Skiing Accidents
  • Boating Accidents
  • Aviation Accidents
  • Elder Abuse
  • Slip and Fall Accidents
  • Wrongful Death Claims
  • Assault
  • Battery

These accidents can result in a huge variety of injuries, many of which can be serious or even life-threatening. Despite the wide array of injuries that unintentional accidents and personal injury claims can include, the attorneys at Gilman & Bedigian can help you get the compensation you need and deserve to overcome:

  • Brain Injuries
  • Spinal Injuries
  • Broken Bones
  • Bone Fractures
  • Temporary and Permanent Disfigurements
  • Whiplash
  • Muscle Tears
  • Strains and Sprains
  • Dog Bite Injuries
  • Burn Injuries
  • Electrical Burns
  • Thermal Burns
  • Chemical Burns
  • Workplace Injuries
  • Electrical Shocks
  • Surgical Mistakes
  • Misdiagnosed Conditions

Claims of Negligence

Many personal injury situations happen when you get hurt because someone else was being negligent. In these cases, while the person who caused your injury might not have actually intended you to get hurt, that does not mean that they can just walk away from your pain and suffering. Their negligent actions or inactions were the cause of your injury, and they should compensate you for their role in getting you hurt.

This is why personal injury law exists. By requiring people to act like reasonable people around others, personal injury law creates a legal responsibility to keep others safe. If someone else does not uphold their end of this responsibility, and this failure causes your injury, then you stand to be compensated for what you have lost. These damages can include economic and non-economic losses, from the current and future cost of your medical bills and lost wages, to your pain and suffering and the loss that your injury has caused your family to go through.

These damages are not always paid by the specific person who hurt you. If you were hurt by someone who was on-the-job, then you could get compensation from the company he or she was working for. This is because the company was benefitting from their employee's actions at the time of the injury, so they should pay for what happened, too.

Car Accidents

Car accidents and other motor vehicle crashes – like bus crashes, truck accidents, train accidents, or plane crashes – are some of the most common forms of negligence claims in personal injury law. That does not mean that they are not serious, or that the injuries they cause are trivial. The Association for Safe International Road Travel (ASIRT) claims that more than 37,000 people die every year in car accidents in the United States, alone. Including the costs of non-fatal injuries, as well, car accidents cost an estimated $230.6 billion annually or around $820 per person on average. Additionally, the CDC estimates that, on average, each one of the nearly 2.5 million emergency room visits that are associated with a car accident costs $3,300. The more serious of these trips turn into hospital stays, which can cost more like $57,000.

In addition to involving serious injuries, car accidents can also be surprisingly complex. With multiple insurance companies getting involved in some of the more serious crashes, and with multiple vehicles or victims involved, car accidents can become very complicated, very quickly.

This is why getting a personal injury attorney from the Philadelphia area involved quickly can make a huge difference in the outcome of your case. The car accident attorneys at Gilman & Bedigian are used to investigating and representing all sorts of car accidents, including:

  • Drunk Driving
  • Hit and Run Accidents
  • Parking Lot Accidents
  • Rollover Accidents
  • Truck Accidents
  • Bus Accidents
  • Train Accidents
  • Taxi Accidents
  • Inclement Weather
  • Poor Road Conditions
  • Poorly-Designed Traffic Lights or Signage
  • Head-On Collisions
  • Rear-End Collisions
  • T-Bone Collisions
  • Minor Collisions
  • Fender Benders
  • Side-Impact Collisions
  • Collisions Involving Ridesharing Companies, Including Lyft and Uber
  • Defective Automobiles
  • Design Defects
  • Manufacturing Defects
  • Airbag Defects
  • Accelerator Defects, Including Unintended Accelerations
  • Seat Belt Defects
  • Seat Defects
  • Engine Defects
  • Signal Light Defects
  • Steering Defects
  • Brake Defects

Wrongful Death Claims

Some of the injuries that happen in accidents prove to be fatal. It would be supremely unfair for the person who caused the accident to avoid having to pay any compensation, just because the person they hurt ended up deceased.

This is why the state of Pennsylvania recognizes wrongful death actions. In these types of personal injury claims, you can stand in for your deceased loved one in court and fight to receive compensation for his or her loss, as well as for you and your family's loss of consortium.

Product Defect Claims

Car accidents and negligence claims can sometimes crop up because of a product that malfunctioned and caused an injury. Just because it was a thing and not a person that caused you pain and suffering, however, does not mean you are out of luck.

Defective products claims seek to determine who was ultimately responsible for the product defect that malfunctioned and caused your injuries. These lawsuits can be filed against the designer, manufacturer, distributor, or even retailer of the product that was the cause of the accident that hurt you. Additionally, these products liability suits can be based on a variety of legal theories that can help you get the compensation that you need and deserve.

These product defect claims also come in a lot of different forms. They can deal with car problems, like defective seat belts or airbags that malfunctioned and caused you to suffer the severe injuries in a car accident that they were designed to protect. They can also deal with drugs or medical devices that were used to treat an illness or disease that you were suffering from but ended up making your health deteriorate even further. They can even deal with household appliances and products, from rotating fans to reclining chairs, that malfunction, break, and cause you to suffer from significant injuries as a result.

Medical Malpractice Claims

Another type of personal injury claim that the attorneys at Gilman & Bedigian handle is medical malpractice. Doctors and other medical professionals – including nurses, anesthesiologists, surgeons and physical therapists – play huge roles in our lives. Nevertheless, they are human, too, and can make mistakes just like the rest of us. Their mistakes, however, often lead to significant health problems, lots of pain and suffering, and can even shorten our life spans by years.

This is why, when they do make a mistake or commit medical malpractice, you should be compensated accordingly. While it will not make the injury go away, their compensation will go towards easing your pain and suffering and covering your medical bills and economic losses.

Philadelphia Personal Injury Attorneys at Gilman & Bedigian

The attorneys at Gilman & Bedigian represent people who have been hurt by others in Philadelphia and in the surrounding area. Our attorneys understand the different ways that personal injury victims suffer, and fight to make sure that all of your rights are protected and that your interests are pursued.

Our attorneys do this by legally representing victims both in and out of court, doing all that they can to ensure that you get the compensation that you need to make the full recovery that you deserve.

Contact the law offices of Gilman & Bedigian online or at (800) 529-6162.

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