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Common Car Accident Injuries

common car accident injuriesWhen you learn to drive a car, a good part of the education you receive is designed to prevent you from getting into an accident. Unfortunately, no matter how attentive you were in driver’s education or how careful a driver you are, when you encounter another driver who is careless or reckless, you’re going to get into an accident. Car accidents can be very serious, and can lead to significant physical and emotional injuries. The expenses that arise from suffering some of the most common car accident injuries can be very high, and can devastate a family financially. If you have suffered this type of injury and it is the fault of the other driver, then an experienced personal injury attorney from Philly Justice can help. We will file a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible party to help you get the compensation you deserve.

When you’ve been in a car accident, the injuries that result can impact almost every part of your body. The difference in injury is often a matter of what type of crash you’ve been in, what type of vehicle you were in, or how fast you or the other driver were going. Here are some of the most frequently seen injuries:

Internal Injuries

The impact of an automobile accident wreaks havoc on the body’s internal organs. In some cases, these injuries occur because the body gets jostled and the organs slam against each other and the bones, and in other cases they get crushed from the impact of a vehicle or another part of the car.  When an internal organ gets punctured or bruised it can be extremely painful and can even be life threatening.

Broken Bones, Lacerations and Burns

Even minor accidents can result in limbs being broken, ribs fractured, burns and painful lacerations to tissue and skin that can cause scarring and disfigurement.

Spinal Cord Injuries and Back Injuries

The back and spinal cord are highly vulnerable to the impact of automobile accidents. When ligaments tear and bones break it can cause collateral damage to the spinal cord, which runs from the brain down the back, and controls feelings and movement throughout the body. Those same tears and strains placed on ligaments to the back can create pain that lasts a lifetime.

Brain and Head Injuries

All too often, a collision can cause the head to strike a windshield or some other part of the inside of the vehicle and cause a traumatic brain injury. Some of these injuries can be minor and have temporary effects and others can leave the victim disabled for the rest of their life.

Psychological Damage

Being in an accident can be extremely traumatic and can leave you with anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

If you’ve suffered as a result of one of these common car accident injuries, you need help. The attorneys at Philly Justice are experienced personal injury attorneys who will fight to get you the compensation you deserve from those who have caused you harm. Contact us today to set up a free consultation to discuss your case.

Injured at Work? How a Philadelphia Workplace Injury Attorney Can Help

Workplace Injury Attorney

When you’ve been injured at work, the primary responsibility for supporting you through your medical treatment and rehabilitation belongs to your employer’s workers’ compensation coverage. There is a well-established process in place that is designed to provide an injured worker with the compensation that they need for medical expenses and lost wages while at the same time protecting the employer from being the subject of a personal injury lawsuit. However, the availability of workers’ compensation does not mean that the employer or their insurance company will always be willing to approve the compensation you seek, and also does not prevent you from pursuing compensation from others who may be responsible for your injury. There are many times when a workplace injury can be the fault of a defective product, a toxic substance, or a third party such as a subcontractor or the owner of a property where you were working. In order to make sure that you are getting all of the compensation that you deserve, contact the lawyers at Philly Justice. We will review your case to make sure that all responsible parties are held accountable.

The workers’ compensation system is designed to be a no-fault source of compensation and replacement income for those who have been injured in the workplace. But the amount that is provided in temporary disability (and permanent disability) represents only a fraction of an employee’s previous compensation. It also makes no allowances for intangible damages such as pain and suffering or loss of enjoyment. Only a personal injury lawsuit filed against other responsible parties can do that, and that is why it is so important to work with a Philadelphia workplace injury attorney. At Philly Justice we will closely examine all elements of your injury in order to identify all of the parties whose negligence or careless actions played a role in your injury. There are many instances where a third party is involved, including when you have been injured by a defective product or material or when you have been in a car accident caused by another person while driving on behalf of your employer.

It is also important to remember that not all employers carry workers’ compensation insurance, and when this is the case you may have the option to file a lawsuit against your employer. The difference between doing this and pursuing workers’ compensation is that in a court of law you will be required to prove that the injury is the fault of your employer, where workers’ compensation provides you with compensation for your medical expenses with no questions asked about who is at fault.

Workplace injuries can be very complicated. That’s why it is so important to take the time to speak with an experienced, knowledgeable Philadelphia workplace injury lawyer. At Philly Justice we will listen carefully, reviewing your medical records and asking all the right questions about how you got hurt, then provide you with a clear picture of your rights. We are here to help, so contact us today.

Common Birth Injuries and How a Philadelphia Personal Injury Attorney Can Help

“Birth” and “injury” are two medical phrases that you never want to hear used together: it represents every parent’s worst nightmare, something going terribly wrong at the time of your greatest hope for the future. Unfortunately, birth injuries and accidents do occur for a number of reasons. Some difficult births are unforeseen, and others are preventable – some times a trauma that takes place during birth is not only preventable, but is actually the fault of the medical team or facility that the parents trusted with this important moment in their child’s life. If you or someone you love has been affected by a birth injury, it is important that you understand all of the ramifications of the injury on your child’s life so that you can make sure that you have the resources you need to provide for their future. The attorneys at Philly Justice have a record of successfully representing the families of those who have suffered a birth injury, and we can help you too.

There are a number of common causes of birth injuries, and some injuries occur more often than others. In many cases a birth injury can result from a baby that is very large, weighing over 8 lbs, 13 ounces. Babies that are premature and born prior to 37 weeks gestational age are prone to injury, and so are those whose mothers’ pelvis is not adequate for a vaginal birth. Prolonged or difficult labor and abnormal birthing presentation can all contribute to a high risk of trauma at birth. A physician and medical team that is diligent and provides appropriate medical care knows how to deal with all of these complications. Unfortunately, there are many instances in which health professionals are negligent. When they provide care that falls below what is expected of them by their patients and other professionals in the field, terribly injuries can occur.

Some of the most common birth injuries include:

  • Fractures of the clavicle or collarbone
  • Brachial palsy, which occurs when the nerves that supply the arms and hands are injured
  • Facial paralysis, which occurs when the facial nerve is injured during labor or birth or due to the use of forceps for delivery
  • Cerebral palsy

Though there are other common birth injuries that can result in bleeding underneath the bones, soft tissues or even around the baby’s eyes, these are generally temporary and do not cause long-term damage or pain. But when a birth trauma causes long-term injury or disability, it is imperative that you have a strong advocate working on behalf of you and your child in order to ensure that you obtain compensation to pay for past and current medical bills, as well as any needs that the injury creates for the rest of your child’s life.

For an experienced, compassionate attorney who understands the pain, stress, grief, and frustration caused by a birth injury and who knows how to do something about it, contact the law firm of Philly Justice today.

Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

The mere mention of nursing home abuse is enough to send shivers down the spine, especially if you have a loved one who has been placed in the hands of a care facility. There are a number of reasons why nursing home abuse may take place, but there is no excuse for it. The elderly and disabled who have been placed in these facilities are vulnerable, often fragile, and frequently incapable of standing up for themselves. If you suspect that your loved one is being abused, whether physically, emotionally, or sexually, it is essential that you take quick and immediate action to provide them with the protection that they need. The attorneys at Philly Justice can provide you with legal guidance, counsel and representation to take all of the appropriate actions to keep your loved one safe and get them the compensation that they deserve for any harm that they have suffered.

The first step in protecting your loved one from nursing home abuse is to know what to look out for. There are a number of signs of nursing home abuse, with the following being among the most common:

Physical Abuse

Physical abuse, which is defined as the use of force, results in injury and physical pain. Signs include unexplained bruises, welts, scars or burns, and are of particular concern if they appear symmetrical (on both sides of the body). Any broken bones, sprains or dislocations should be questioned. Even something as seemingly innocuous as broken eyeglasses can be cause for concern. Pay particular attention if a caregiver refuses to allow you to spend time alone with your loved one, as they may be trying to prevent them from detailing the abuse.

Emotional Abuse

Emotional abuse takes place when a caregiver causes emotional pain or distress by speaking to the patient or treating them in a way that is intimidating or humiliating.  It can be a result of ignoring the person, isolating them, or terrorizing them. Among the most common indications that a person has been emotionally abused in a nursing home are rocking or mumbling to oneself.

Sexual Abuse

Any sexual contact that takes place without a person’s consent is abuse. This can include acts done to the person physically or even showing them pornographic material, being exposed to others having sex, forcing the patient to undress, and even speaking to them of sexual acts. Signs can range from bruising and bleeding in the genitals or breasts, torn or bloody underclothing or sheets, and the patient being diagnosed with sexually transmitted diseases.

The thought that your loved one may be subjected to these types of acts is a horror, and that is why it is incumbent on loved ones to take action at the first sign of abuse. The attorneys at Philly Justice are passionate about providing the most vulnerable among us with the most aggressive legal representation. Contact us today for more information on how we can help.

Common Workplace Accidents

Accidents can happen anywhere – in the home, while driving or riding in a vehicle, while out shopping, and even when you’re at work. Dealing with workplace accidents that result in injuries can be particularly complicated, because there are special rules regarding injuries on the job. In most cases, injured employees are covered by workers’ compensation, a form of insurance that is provided in exchange for a waiver of the right to file a personal injury claim for negligence. If you have been hurt while at work, you may be eligible to file a workers’ compensation claim to provide reimbursement for your medical expenses, as well as a portion of any wages that you lose as a result of the injury, or rehabilitation that you may require. You may also be able to file a personal injury claim against other parties whose negligence may have contributed to your injury. Philly Justice is an experienced Philadelphia law firm that can help you determine your best course of action.

There are a number of different ways that workplace accidents can happen. Though they can happen in any type of occupational environment, some workplace accidents happen more frequently than others. The ten most common workplace injuries are:

Overexertion Injuries – these involve the employee getting hurt while lifting something too heavy, pushing or pulling something, carrying or throwing things. Overexertion injuries often result in strains to muscles and ligaments.

Trip and Fall Injuries – these are specifically accidents that occur on a single level rather than falling from a higher level. They are usually a result of tripping over something or slipping on a wet surface.

Falling from a Higher Level – these injuries occur in a number of settings. Workers may fall from ladders, from platforms, from rooftops or down stairways, among other circumstances.

Bodily Reactions – These are similar to trip and fall accidents, but do not involve actually impacting the floor; they are injuries that occur in the process of a person catching themselves before impact.

Being Struck by an Object – These injuries occur when something falls onto the employee or is thrown towards the employee and strikes them.

Striking an Object – These injuries occur when a person runs into something, such as walking into a glass wall or table.

Transportation Accidents – These occur when a person is traveling in an automobile, a truck, a crane, a forklift, or some other type of vehicle that is involved in an accident.

Getting Caught In Between or Compressed – These accidents generally involve machinery, and can cause serious damage.

Repetitive Stress Injuries  These involve muscle, tendor or ligament damage caused by repeating the same motion without break.

Assaults and Violence on the Job – These are usually a result of arguments, though random acts of violence have become more common in the workplace.

No matter what the cause of your workplace accident, the best person to speak with following an injury is an experienced personal injury attorney who can assess your needs and provide you with knowledgeable legal counsel. The attorneys at Philly Justice are here to help – contact us today for a free consultation.

Philadelphia Mass Transit Accidents and How a Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help

Philadelphia is one of the largest and most populated cities in the United States, and it has one of the country’s most heavily traveled mass transit systems. The public transportation in Philadelphia includes Septa’s public transit system of buses, commuter rail, and trolleys, as well as regional rail; Amtrak and Patco operating trains that run in and out of the region; and the Philadelphia International Airport, as well as a number of smaller regional airports serving the area. Generally speaking, mass transit is a safe and efficient mode of transportation, but accidents do happen and can result in serious injuries. If you have been involved in a Philadelphia mass transit accident and have suffered an injury, you need an experienced and knowledgeable personal injury lawyer who will work hard to get you the compensation that you deserve. The dedicated attorneys from Philly Justice can help.

Accidents that occur on Philadelphia mass transit are not handled in the same as those that occur between private individuals operating their own cars or trucks, and because of this it is important that you seek experienced representation as quickly as possible. In many cases the entities that are operating the system on which you were injured is a government agency, and that means that you have a shorter window of opportunity for filing a claim, and need to follow a specific protocol in order to do so. The lawyers at Philly Justice are familiar with all of the laws and deadlines involved in these types of circumstances, and can advise you as to your rights and what you need to do.

Whenever you are involved in an accident in which you have been injured, there are certain steps that you need to take. You need to gather as much information from people who witnessed the accident as possible: get their names and their contact information and write it down someplace safe. You should take notes about what happened immediately, as your memory may become fuzzy as time goes by. Perhaps the most important thing you need to do is to seek medical attention, even if you don’t think that you need it. Many times the symptoms of serious injuries do not appear until later, but a medical professional will be able to diagnose and treat what you are not aware of.

Mass transit agencies often have representatives contact those who have been involved in accidents in order to ask that they sign waivers or ask questions about their experiences. It is important that you do not speak directly with these individuals – instead, you should refer them to your attorney. Doing so will not in any way jeopardize your ability to collect any compensation that you are owed, and may in fact mean that you will be more likely to be offered reimbursement that is more appropriate to the injuries that you’ve suffered. Let the attorneys at Philly Justice act as your representatives in order to make sure that you are treated fairly and get the legal justice that you deserve.

Commercial Vehicle Accidents – What to Do if You Have Been Injured in an Accident

Big rig trucks, eighteen-wheelers, tanker trucks and the like – they are a fact of life. Without them, there would be no fuel at the gas pump, no food at the supermarket, no diapers on the shelves of our favorite big box store. Still, the fact that they are necessary does not negate the fact that many of these vehicles are poorly maintained and often operated by drivers who are distracted, insufficiently trained, reckless or under the influence. Commercial vehicle accidents claim many lives and injure even more. If you have been involved in a commercial vehicle accident and you have suffered an injury, it is important that you know what to do. The attorneys at Philly Justice are passionate advocates on behalf of our clients who have been injured in commercial vehicle accidents, and will make sure you know what to if you have been injured.

The most important thing that you need to do if you have been injured in an accident is to get medical attention immediately. Your health and wellbeing is the single-most important thing to address, so see a doctor or go to the hospital, even if you think that you’re okay. In many cases the injuries that result from an accident are not immediately apparent, but they can be deadly. Being seen is also helpful if you need documentation of your injuries later on.

If an accident with a commercial vehicle has occurred, you may assume that the company that owns the truck will do the right thing and act responsibly. This is not always the case – in fact, all too often they will send out an insurance adjuster or inspector and try to convince you that the accident was your fault, or to get you to sign off on a waiver indicating that your injuries are insignificant. They may even offer you an attractive lump sum payment in exchange for a promise not to pursue a lawsuit at a later date. Remember that these representatives are working on behalf of the company – they are not their friend and their interest does not focus on what is in your best interest. Refuse to speak with any attorney or representative of the driver or the company, and instead refer them to your attorney. And remember to call the police to the scene of any accident, even if it is minor. Having a police report that clearly documents what has happened will be extremely helpful down the road. Also, if at all possible try to take photos of the scene of the accident, and if there are any witnesses present ask them for their names and contact information. Your attorney will be able to use all of this information should you need to file a personal injury lawsuit seeking compensation for your damages.

The attorneys at Philly Justice are experienced personal injury attorneys who understand how devastating being in a commercial truck accident can be. We are here to help, and can answer any questions you may have regarding your rights and your eligibility to file a lawsuit seeking compensation for your injuries. Call us today to set up an appointment for a free consultation.

Learn more about commercial vehicle accidents HERE.

Premises Liability – Preventative Measures You Can Take to Create a Safe and Happy Home

When you look around your home, there’s a good chance that it doesn’t seem dangerous to you. Unfortunately, if you have a guest over, whether they are friends or family, a contractor working in your home, or even a child who has wandered into your back yard uninvited, you are responsible for their safety. Though you may believe that your homeowners insurance will address any injuries that may take place, it is important to understand the rules regarding premises liability, as if an injury occurs the person who is hurt can hold you legally responsible if there is something that you could have done to prevent them from being hurt.  At Philly Justice, we represent those who are injured as a result of the negligence of others, and we understand premises liability. Here are some preventative measures you can take to create a safe and happy home.

When an accident occurs on your property, there is a chance that you can be held legally responsible. Much of the injured party’s ability to file a premises liability lawsuit against you has to do with who they are.  Visitors can fall into three categories: licensee, business invitee, and trespasser. Though a trespasser generally does not have the ability to hold you responsible for injuries they’ve sustained when they did not have permission to be on your property, business invitees and licensees do, as in both cases they are present at your express or implied invitation.  So what does that mean that you are responsible for? Homeowners are expected to provide a reasonable level of maintenance and attention to their property in order to prevent injuries to others. That is true both for conditions that they know about, and for conditions that they should have known about. This means that if somebody falls down your stairs because the handrail was loose, you are probably going to be held responsible – even if you weren’t actually aware of the problem.

Not only is there an expectation that a homeowner will make sure that their property does not present a danger, and is maintained in a way that prevents visitors from being inured, but also that they will warn a visitor of any condition that may pose a threat when they enter the home. Again, if the handrail is loose, the homeowner is expected to warn the person of its danger if they have not been able to repair it or are in the process of repairing it, in addition to actually fixing it. Another example would be if a homeowner has a dog that might bite. Not only does the owner have the responsibility to warn the visitor about the dog, but also to keep the animal away from the visitor in order to prevent a bite.

By making sure that you have an understanding of premises liability law, you can take the time to inspect your property for potential hazards and address them. If you have any questions about premises liability, call the knowledgeable attorneys at Philly Justice to set up time to meet.

Learn more about injuries from negligence HERE.

Winter Weather is Auto Accident Weather: How a Philadelphia Attorney Can Help if You Have Suffered an Injury

Though Philadelphia doesn’t get as much snow as some of its northern neighbors, it only takes a frigid night and a thin glaze of ice on the roads for an auto accident to occur. The bigger storms that leave behind snow, ice, and slush and drop visibility to zero make driving tremendously challenging, and often lead to accidents. The Federal Highway Administration (FHA) says that one out of every four automobile crashes that take place on American roadways during the course of the year are caused by weather conditions, and the majority of these occur during the winter – snow and ice are truly auto accident weather. If you have been in an automobile accident during winter weather and you believe that the other driver was negligent, then don’t settle for an offer from their auto insurance company. Contact the attorneys at the Philadelphia law firm of Philly Justice to hear how we can help if you have suffered an injury.

Snow and ice reduce traction on roadways. This makes it challenging to brake, to accelerate, and to turn. Add to this situation heavy precipitation that reduces visibility and things get even more dangerous, and that is why during winter weather so many police departments urge drivers to exercise extreme caution.  Accidents can occur in any type of weather, but the chances increase during wintry conditions because there is a need for drivers to allow greater space for braking, because sliding or skidding can occur when a vehicle hits a patch of ice and slush, and because drivers may not be able to see the vehicles that are in front of them. The law requires that drivers clear ice and snow off of their vehicles, not only to improve their own ability to see but also to prevent snow from flying off of their vehicles and impeding other vehicles ability to drive, but some drivers do not always heed these laws or exercise the level of care that is needed to accommodate the conditions. When this is the case and a driver is driving recklessly, exhibiting behaviors such as driving too fast, or failing to leave enough braking space between himself and other drivers, or in some other way driving aggressively or carelessly, they can be found responsible for negligence and made to provide compensation for any injuries that their negligence caused.

Philly Justice is a widely respected personal injury law firm in Philadelphia that has gained a reputation for providing aggressive legal representation to those who have been injured by others’ careless actions. If you or someone you love has been injured in a winter weather accident, call us today to set up a free consultation to discuss your case. We ware committed to getting you the justice you deserve.

Learn more about our Auto Accident Services HERE.

Winter Weather Is Slip and Fall Weather: How A Personal Injury Attorney in Philadelphia Can Help if You Were Hurt

Predictions of snowfall and freezing temperatures may be music to the ears of school children and sweater weathers, but for emergency room physicians they herald the approach of slip and fall weather. Icy sidewalks and melting snow on floors create hazards that can lead to sprains, strains, broken bones and worse. Though you may initially blame yourself or Mother Nature for the injury you’ve suffered, a closer look at slip and fall accidents often reveal that the owner of the property where you fell was negligent in having ensured that the area was safe – this represents negligence, and may mean that you are eligible to file a personal injury lawsuit and recover the monies you spent on your medical treatment, as well as compensation for any other damages you may have suffered. The Philadelphia personal injury attorneys of Philly Justice have a successful record of getting justice on behalf of victims of negligent property owners, and we can help you too.

According to the National Safety Council, there are roughly 8.9 million emergency room visits seeking treatment for injuries suffered in falls, and they happen far more frequently during the winter months when ice and snow are on the ground than at any other time of year. Most winter slip and fall injuries occur in parking lots, on sidewalks or stairways, or floors – these surfaces may be icy or simply wet from melting snow and ice.  Though it is expected for winter weather to bring precipitation and resulting accumulation, property owners and those who are responsible for property maintenance have a legal duty of care to keep property free of hazards that can foreseeably cause injuries. Though every situation is different, and there are certain snow or ice accumulations that are beyond the responsibility of a property owner, when a patch of ice is in a spot where a customer or visitor will foreseeably walk, or if ice has been tracked into a store and the owner has done nothing to effectively eliminate the problem or direct people around the spot, then the owner is likely to be considered negligent and responsible for any injuries that follow as a result.

Being able to determine whether a slip and fall accident is a matter of liability or simply a matter of bad luck requires extensive knowledge of personal injury law, as well as experience in prosecuting and winning cases. The Philadelphia law firm of Philly Justice is dedicating to helping those who are victims of negligence, and are happy to speak with you and advise you as to whether your case constitutes negligence or not. Call us today to set up a free appointment to meet with us.

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