Thanks to someone else’s carelessness, you’ve suffered a serious injury that has negatively impacted your quality of life. Dealing with the financial, physical, and emotional cost of an injury can be overwhelming, but our personal injury attorney at Heslin Law Firm can help.
We have been providing top legal representation to clients throughout Philadelphia for over 30 years and are committed to advocating for the needs of those with injuries caused by another party’s negligence. We’ve represented clients with serious injuries such as:
- Broken bones
- Cuts and lacerations leading to disfigurement
- Herniated disc or other orthopedic injuries
- Organ damage
- Nerve damage
- Internal bleeding
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Spinal cord injury
Establishing Liability for a Serious Injury
Serious injuries are often the result of motor vehicle accidents, slip and falls, dog bite attacks, or medical malpractice. Determining liability for the injury you’ve suffered is an important aspect of securing a fair recovery. In some cases, more than one party may be named as a defendant in a personal injury claim.
It’s a common misconception that you don’t have a valid personal injury claim if your own actions somehow contributed to your injuries. Pennsylvania allows injured persons to seek compensation even if they are partially at fault for the accident that caused their injuries. However, your settlement will be proportionately reduced to reflect your financial responsibility for your injuries. For example, if you are found to be 30% responsible for your injuries and the jury finds the case to have an $80,000 value, your award would be reduced by your comparative fault (30%)—resulting in an award of $56,000.
Determining the Value of Your Personal Injury Case
You’ll likely be offered a settlement by the at-fault party’s insurance company shortly after the accident. It may be tempting to accept the settlement and move on with your life, but this low-ball offer will not fully compensate you for your injuries.
There are two types of damages that are recoverable in a personal injury claim: economic and non-economic.
Economic damages have a dollar amount attached to them. This may include the following:
- Medical expenses to date, including hospital stays, surgery, physical therapy, and medications
- Any future expenses that are likely to be incurred from the injury
- Lost wages while you are recovering from your injury
- The loss of any ability to earn income in the future due to the disabling effects of the injury
- Past and future costs of special services or medical devices that assist with daily living
- Cost of vocational or other training that might be necessary
Non-economic damages cover that of which cannot have a dollar amount next to it. This may include the following:
- Pain and suffering to date, including future suffering
- Loss of enjoyment in life’s activities normally experienced by the injured party, such as favorite hobbies and spending time with family and friends
- Emotional distress
Economic damages have a science behind them. Medical expenses can be obtained via healthcare providers, and future expenses can be obtained through the injured party’s current physician. Past lost wages can be calculated through tax returns or pay stubs. Future loss of income can be judged by a rehabilitation expert.
There is no general formula to calculate the dollar value of a severe injury to a person’s body or the loss of one’s enjoyment in life. An experienced lawyer knows what injuries have been awarded in similar cases.
Let Our Philadelphia Injury Attorney Help You Determine Your Next Steps
In most cases, Pennsylvania has a two-year statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim. However, the sooner you take action, the easier it will be to build a strong case.
At Heslin Law Firm, we believe you shouldn’t have to bear the financial burden of someone else’s negligence. Contact us to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. Attorney Gary Heslin will explain your legal rights in plain English and help you made an informed decision regarding how to proceed with your case.
Our office is located in Philadelphia’s Mayfair neighborhood and convenient to residents of Crescentville, Lawndale, Rhawnhurst, Tacony, Holme Circle, Holmesburg, Upper Holmesburg, Morrell Park, Oxford Circle, Castor Gardens, Burholme, Bell's Corner, Normandy, Summerdale, Bustleton, Parkwood, Somerton, Fox Chase, Modena Park, Pennypack Woods, Torresdale, and Winchester Park.