You might have heard the phrase Personal Injury before. Of course, people associate that term with lawsuits and lawyers. Even though that phrase is probably familiar to you, you might not know exactly what the phrase means or how it can affect you.
What is Personal Injury?
Most simply, a personal injury is an injury to your body. That’s the difference between a personal injury and other types of injuries. A personal injury is an injury to your person.
On the other hand, a defamation lawsuit is about injury to your reputation. A contract case is about someone not following an agreement that’s legally binding. When a person suffers an injury to their physical person, most times, that’s a personal injury.
A Personal Injury Doesn’t Have to Be On Purpose
Of course, some personal injuries are inflicted on purpose. That’s called assault, and it is a very serious crime. Even though an intentional injury is sometimes a crime, it’s also a personal injury, too.
Most personal injuries don’t happen on purpose, but they’re personal injuries, just the same. That’s because in Philadelphia and in all of Pennsylvania, personal injuries are based on what’s called negligence. That means that a person didn’t do the job that they should have done, and the end result is that you got hurt.
What Counts As a Personal Injury?
Personal injury is a broad term that means a lot of different things. For example, if your doctor doesn’t read a chart properly and you don’t get the medical care that you need, that can be a personal injury as well as a medical malpractice case. If your landlord doesn’t keep your property safe and clear from danger, and you fall or you’re injured in a fire, that’s another type of personal injury.
Similarly, building owners and property managers have to keep the places they control free from debris as well as properly lit. If they don’t, that can result in injury to you that falls in the personal injury category. Even people who make products for our daily use have to make sure that those products aren’t defective in ways that can cause us harm.
Hiring a Lawyer
The legal system is complex, and it’s full of technicalities. When you’re the victim of a personal injury, you have enough to worry about. A skilled attorney can help you navigate the legal system so that you can focus on your health. A qualified attorney knows what to file and how to prepare documents so that you can get the maximum recovery possible.
Recovering Your Damages
When you work with Sokolove, Gross and Sagoskin P.C. as your personal injury lawyer in Philadelphia, we’re dedicated to getting you everything that you’re owed under Pennsylvania law. What you can recover depends on a number of factors. First, we evaluate your injuries. How serious they are and how lasting they are makes a big difference when it’s time to value your claim. How old you are matters too, and even what people depend on you can make a difference when it’s time to reduce your injuries to dollar amounts.
When we go to work for a client, we think about your current medical expenses. You might have significant medical bills already waiting for you because of your injuries, and we want to make sure that you can pay them. Depending on your injuries, you might have medical expenses that last for a long time, and maybe even for a lifetime. We don’t want to help you just in the short term; we want to make sure that you’re covered for a lifetime.
If your injuries prevent you from working, we want to make sure that you have a way to make ends meet. Lost wages are a common financial recovery in personal injury cases. You probably also have pain and suffering, both physically and emotionally. All of these things can be things that we can recover for you, depending on the specific circumstances of your case.
Contact Us Today
At Sokolove, Gross and Sagoskin P.C. we know how stressful it can be when you suffer a personal injury. We’re sensitive to your needs and we want to help you get started holding those responsible accountable for their actions. We’d love to sit down with you and discuss your case. Our consultations are free.
When we decide to take your case, there’s no cost to you unless you collect. That means we pay for all of the legal expenses up front. That way, you can focus on you, and we can focus on your case.
You should know that personal injury cases often come with strict time limits to file your case in the courts. It’s important that you contact us as soon as possible so that we can begin immediately. Let us help you get the recovery that you deserve and the justice you’re entitled to.