An outpouring of care and concern is being spread by residents of the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia after a familiar face has been injured–a well-loved crossing guard is fighting for her life after an accident. Two individuals are facing charges after the beloved Philadelphia crossing guard was struck by a vehicle while on the job last week. The collision occurred when the driver of a red Nissan Versa ran a red light, struck the SUV, and then struck the victim, causing critical injuries. Both the driver and passenger of the Nissan Versa face charges with respect to the accident.
It's no surprise that injuries stemming from car accidents involving pedestrians can be particularly traumatic. When faced with a vehicle that weighs several thousand pounds, there is little—if anything—that a pedestrian can do to protect themselves from the injuries that the crash can cause.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a motor vehicle as a pedestrian in the Philadelphia area, it is critical to speak with a seasoned personal injury attorney as soon as possible in order to understand the legal rights and remedies that are available after an accident. The team of personal injury attorneys at Gilman & Bedigian are committed to educating victims of pedestrian auto accidents about their rights and working to obtain the compensation that our clients deserve.
Obtaining Financial Compensation from a Pedestrian Accident
When a pedestrian is struck by a car through no fault of his or her own, the losses that the pedestrian suffered can be recoverable through a personal injury action. Costs which can be recovered include:
- Medical costs, like ambulance fees, emergency room care, surgical costs, physical rehabilitation, and overnight hospital stays;
- Costs of prescription medication and medical equipment, like a wheelchair or walker;
- Costs of long-term care if the accident resulted in permanent disability;
- Income lost as a result of being unable to work after the accident;
- Lost earning capacity if the victim is permanently disabled and unable to return to work; and
- In the case of an accident resulting in death, costs of funeral and burial expenses.
In addition to the costs listed above, a pedestrian who was struck by a vehicle may also be able to obtain compensation for non-economic damages, including:
- Physical pain suffered during and after the accident;
- Emotional trauma suffered as a result of the accident, including depression, anxiety, and/or insomnia; and
- Loss of companionship with friends and loved ones as a result of a person's injuries.
At Gilman and Bedigian, LLC, our team of personal injury attorneys are dedicated to obtaining the compensation our clients deserve for the injuries that they never should have suffered. Our firm has limited its practice to personal injury and medical malpractice in order to provide the best possible representation for our clients.