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If you are the victim of negligence, recklessness, or even intentional conduct you need to speak to the experienced personal injury attorneys at Schiffman Firm.
We have represented thousands of people who have suffered injuries due to the negligence of other individuals, businesses, or defective products. Our victories and results have earned our firm a reputation for assertive representation of the victims — and for success with cases that other attorneys and law firms have simply refused to accept or stopped pursuing when the road got too rough.
Our lawyers have obtained substantial six-figure and seven-figure results for victims and their famillies – we are committed to maximizing the amount of financial compensation you receive for pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and other losses.
If you or someone you care about has been injured or suffered a wrongful death due to the negligence, carelessness, or recklessness of another person, company, or by a defective product, you need the right attorneys.
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Understanding the basics
What is a personal injury lawsuit?
Accidents and mishaps occur, but sometimes you or someone you love suffers avoidable harm as the result of someone else’s actions – or failure to act.
Knowing what to do next can be challenging, but knowing the basics and next steps can help ease any confusion:
A personal injury case or lawsuit is a legal dispute that can surface when a person suffers any type of injury from an accident where someone else (a person, a business, or another type of legal entity) may be legally responsible for causing that harm.
Lawsuit versus Settlement
What is the difference between a lawsuit versus a settlement?
A personal injury case will likely result in either a formal lawsuit or a pre-litigation settlement. Understanding the difference between these can help a victim of a personal injury as they progress towards protecting their legal rights after an accident.
- What is a formal lawsuit?
While criminal cases are initiated by the government, a formal personal injury case will generally begin when an individual (recognized as the “plaintiff”) files a civil complaint against another person, business, corporation, or government agency (recognized as the “defendant”) claiming that they acted carelessly or showed negligence that resulted in an accident that ultimately caused harm and injury.This process is known as “filing a lawsuit.”
- What is a pre-litigation settlement?
Some personal injury claims are resolved informally before a formal lawsuit is started. A settlement will generally take the form of negotiation between both parties – with each typically represented by attorneys or a legal team – which is then followed by a written agreement where both sides agree to forgo any further action, such as a lawsuit. The matter is then commonly resolved by payment of a mutually agreed amount.
Statue of Limitations
What is the Statute of Limitations in Pennsylvania and how long do I to take legal action after an accident or injury occurs?
Statutes of limitations vary depending on the jurisdiction and the specific cause of action.
In Pennsylvania, many tort causes of action have a statute of limitations that normally expires two (2) years from the date of the wrongful act. However, there are many exceptions to this general rule and they depend on a myraid of factors. If a claim is not preserved through appropriate actions, a person may be precluded from pursuing a cause of action.
For victims seeking legal recourse after an accident, it’s always best to act quickly. If you or a loved one has been injured, contact our attorneys today for a free review of your case.
Automobile Collisions, Defective Products, Dangerous Property Conditions
What are some causes of personal injury cases?
Unfortunately, personal injuries can emerge in all types of situations throughout our everyday lives.
No matter how many safety precautions a person can take, carelessness and negligence by another person, business, employer, or manufacturer can create a dangerous scenario where harm and injury can occur.
Common personal injury scenarios can include, but are not limited to:
- Defective and dangerous products
- Car, truck, and SUV accidents and automobile collisions
- Motorcycle and ATV accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Playground accidents caused by swing sets, jungle gyms, and slides
- Workplace injuries
- Slips, trips, and falls caused by dangerous property conditions and unsafe premises
- Electrical injuries
- Bicycle and bike accidents
- Pedestrian injuries like being hit by a vehicle while walking
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I do if I find myself injured by another person, business, or even a defective product?
First and foremost, seek medical attention if you are hurt.
After you find yourself in a safer situation, contact a personal injury lawyer to help guide you through the next steps and provide proper legal advice. If you are contacted by any insurance companies, do not speak to them until you have retained a lawyer or attorney for your case – they will act as your representative and communicate with the insurance company to ensure something you say can’t be used against you in your case.
Some other items to consider:
- Take pictures of the scene where the accident occurred
- Be sure to include pictures of any objects or equipment that were involved in the accident
- Preserve any important physical evidence (e.g. the dangerous or defective product that injured you) and maintain it in its current condition
- Ensure that your accident is reported to proper authorities and obtain copies of the filings
- Once you receive medical attention be sure to follow all your doctor’s or health care provider’s orders
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