If you have been injured as a result of someone else’s actions or behaviour, then you may be entitled to seek additional compensation from them in the form of a personal injury settlement or award following a complete lawsuit. Regardless of how you get this payment, the team at the Law Offices of Eugene Gitman are ready and willing to help you navigate this complicated and stressful time in your life with as much support as you need. Our history of success and years of experience representing clients in personal injury cases in Bucks County, PA means that we will be able to assist you through your own case with a vast understanding of precedent, how the Bucks County Courts handle situations like yours, and how we can achieve the best possible outcome for your injuries and needs.
Read more below about a general overview for personal injury lawsuits in Bucks County, including some common situations that cause injuries deserving of damages, and how we will determine the true amount that you are owed no matter what the situation. We offer a free initial consultation for all potential clients so that we can have the opportunity to explain our process, talk about our past successes, and offer free advice on how best to proceed to ensure that you have the best chances of getting the award that you rightfully deserve.
What Is a Personal Injury?
A personal injury is an injury that takes place to a person physically, as opposed to property being damaged. In order for a person to recover damages from another party due to their injuries, it must be proven that the other party caused the injury, in addition to a few other factors. If you believe that your injury fits the following bullet points, you may be entitled to seek damages:
- The other party acted recklessly or negligently in a way that put you at risk
- Their actions led to an accident
- The accident caused significant injuries to your person
- Your injuries and the associated damages are measurable
As you can imagine, there are many different ways that a situation can qualify for a personal injury lawsuit. If you believe that your situation fits, or if you are unsure of how to make that determination on your own, contact us now to discuss your accident and resulting injuries during your free initial consultation. You will be able to take this time to speak with an experienced member of our team and talk about the accident, how it was caused, the injuries that you have sustained from the accident, and how we recommend to move forward.
There are many different ways that the damages are measured and quantified, which we will discuss further down this page.
Common Causes of Personal Injuries in Bucks County, PA
As mentioned above, there are many different ways that a victim can suffer from a personal injury that deserves financial compensation. However, there are some situations that are much more common than others.
- Car Accidents
- Drunk Driving Crashes
- Pedestrian and Bicycle Accidents
- Medical Malpractice
- Surgery Errors
- Prescription Mistakes
- Failure to Diagnose
- Improper Medical Procedures
- Injuries Caused by Defective Products
- Slip and Fall or Other Premise Liability Issues
Working With an Insurance Company
If you are working with an insurance company, it is important that you understand your rights and how this process will work. An insurance company’s primary responsibility is to protect their financial interests, meaning that they are very effective at limiting their payments while additionally avoiding all future legal issues that may arise from the accident.
When an insurance company offers you a settlement amount, they will do everything that they can to position it as “the best you will get,” but when you are working with an experienced personal injury attorney, it simply means that the negotiations have begun. We will work directly with the insurance company to attempt to reach a settlement agreement that fairly compensates you for your pain and suffering,and if we are unable to do so, will pursue the full amount in a personal injury lawsuit through the courts.
Calculating Personal Injury Damage Amounts
The most important thing for both settlement negotiations and lawsuit actions is to have a concrete understanding of how much money you are rightfully owed for your situation. Insurance companies often avoid major parts of a personal injury case to limit their payments, because some damages are much more complicated and abstract than others.
Economic damages are the easiest damages to calculate in a personal injury case, because they are intended to repay the victim (and their insurance company, if applicable) for the actual measurable costs and losses related to the injury. This includes things like medical expenses, recovery costs, ambulance rides, hospital stays, prescriptions and copays, and everything else related to medical treatments. In addition, it compensates the victim for any lost wages, paid time off or vacation time that they needed to use to cover missed time at work, and all other job-related financial issues that arise as a result of the injuries. Depending on the severity of the injuries, these damages may also include short-term or long-term disability payments.
Essentially, anything that comes with a receipt, an invoice, or a paystub is covered under the economic damages portion of a personal injury lawsuit.
Non-economic damages are equally, if not more, important in a lawsuit than economic damages, but because they are abstract and fairly difficult to quantify, they will get the most pushback from an insurance company or the responsible party’s legal team. They include things like the actual pain and suffering of an injury, as well as the emotional anguish and lack of enjoyment that a victim has after debilitating injuries.
In order to calculate these damages, it is common to assign a “multiplier,” typically a number between 1 and 5, used to indicate to a judge and jury, or insurance company, the severity of the emotional, physical, and psychological injuries actually are. Once a reasonable multiplier has been determined, it is then applied to the economic damages in order to reach a dollar value. For example, a multiplier of 3x and economic damages of $100,000 will equal non-economic damages of $300,000.
Contact Us Today
No matter the situation that caused your injuries, the economic damages that you have suffered, the non-economic damages you are owed, and the complexity of your case, we will work with you to help you towards the best possible outcome. It has been repeatedly shown that stress causes serious impacts on physical recovery from injuries, so while we are focusing on building your case and getting you the money that you deserve, you can focus on getting your life back on track and your physical health back to where it needs to be.
Whether you have been involved in a car accident, been a victim of medical malpractice, slipped on a broken staircase, or any other number of possible ways to have been hurt by someone else’s actions or inactions, we are here to help you as soon as you reach out to us.