Doylestown Personal Injury Lawyers
A major car accident, medical procedure, or a bad slip and fall can forever change your life. Whether you slipped and fell while shopping at the local grocery store, were hit by a driver while shopping at the Mainstreet Marketplace, or suffered through a negligently performed medical procedure, the Doylestown personal injury attorneys at MyPhillyLawyer can help.
Our dedicated team of attorneys has more than 100 years of combined experience successfully representing accident victims and their families in all types of personal injury and wrongful death cases. We have over a century of experience handling every stage of the process, so you can focus on what’s important—recovering from your injuries and getting your life back on track.
Types of Cases Our Doylestown Personal Injury Lawyers Handle
MyPhillyLawyer is a full-service Doylestown personal injury law firm that handles many injury cases. We have over a century of combined experience representing accident victims and their families. Some of the Doylestown personal injury cases we handle include the following:
On average, each year, pedestrian accidents claim more than 150 lives and injure another 4,000. However, the majority of pedestrian accidents are preventable. Although Doylestown is largely pedestrian-friendly, pedestrian accidents are still quite common. Some of the areas in Doylestown that present an exceptionally high risk for pedestrians include:
- Downtown Doylestown
- Mainstreet Marketplace
- Doylestown Country Club
- Mercantile at Doylestown
- Doylestown Shopping Center
All drivers owe pedestrians a duty of care. However, whether it’s due to distracted driving, reckless driving, or failure to yield the right of way, motorists regularly strike pedestrians. Often, these accidents result in severe, life-long injuries. According to the most recent data from PennDOT, although pedestrian accidents only make up about 2.3 percent of all traffic accidents, they are responsible for nearly 12.5 percent of all traffic-related fatalities.
Car accidents are one of the leading causes of all preventable injuries. In 2020, for example, there were more than 60,000 people injured in Pennsylvania car accidents and another 1,129 killed in these collisions. Doylestown car accidents can occur at any intersection on any road at any time; however, certain roads and areas in Doylestown are more dangerous than others. The following are some of the more dangerous roads in and around Doylestown:
- U.S. 202
- State Street
- Main Street
- Green Street
- Court Street
- Ashland Street
- Hamilton Street
While drivers have a legal obligation to operate their vehicles at all times safely, history has shown that, for whatever reason, drivers often ignore their responsibilities. As a result, distracted driving accidents, drunk driving accidents, and aggressive driving accidents are common in Doylestown.
Slip and Fall Accidents
Falls are among the most common causes of accidental injuries and deaths in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, and the United States. Each year, there are more than 800,000 people require hospitalization as a result of fall-related injuries. While the risk of a fall increases with age, falls present a significant threat to all age groups.
A slip and fall lawsuit also called a premises liability claim, is a type of personal injury involving injuries occurring on another’s property. All property owners owe a duty to guests; however, the extent of this duty varies depending on the circumstances. Customers are owed an exceptionally high duty. Businesses must ensure a safe location for customers and conduct regular inspections of all accessible areas to eliminate any dangers. When a company fails to ensure the safety of its customers, anyone injured as a result can pursue a Doylestown slip and fall claim against the business.
Some of the places where a Doylestown slip and fall accident may occur are:
- Doylestown Country Club
- Doylestown Health: Doylestown Hospital
- Doylestown Shopping Center
- Doylestown YMCA
- William E. Neis Park
- Veterans Memorial Park
- Fanny Chapman Pool
- Burpee Park
Of course, a slip and fall accident can occur anywhere, including local grocery stores, national chain retailers, or businesses throughout Doylestown. At MyPhillyLawyer, we can help you understand your rights and effectively pursue a claim against the parties responsible for your injuries.
A medical malpractice lawsuit is a type of personal injury lawsuit involving situations where a patient suffers preventable injury or worsening injuries due to a healthcare provider’s negligence. Doctors, dentists, nurses, pharmacists, and other medical professionals owe their patients a duty of care to provide a certain level of medical care. If a provider’s level of care falls below that acceptable level, they can be held financially liable through a Doylestown medical malpractice lawsuit.
At MyPhillyLawyer, we represent patients injured while obtaining treatment at all healthcare providers in Doylestown, including:
- Doylestown Hospital
- Doylestown Women’s Health Center
- Doylestown Health Primary Care
- Coverdales-Hermann, Ltd.
- Doylestown Health Internal Medicine
- Doylestown Health Urgent Care
- Broderman Internal Medicine
Medical malpractice claims tend to be complicated because they involve complex scientific and medical issues. Thus, in most cases, injured patients must present the testimony of an expert witness supporting their claim. At MyPhillyLawyer, we work with an extensive network of respected experts to help prove our client’s claims. With our help, you can hold the providers accountable for your injuries and responsible for their negligent actions.
Are You Eligible for Compensation Through a Doylestown Personal Injury Lawsuit?
Under Pennsylvania law, anyone injured in a preventable accident can bring a personal injury lawsuit against the party or parties responsible for their injuries. These individual injury cases give accident victims meaningful compensation for everything they’ve been through. However, proving a Doylestown personal injury case isn’t as easy as pointing out that you were involved in an accident; you must also prove that the other party was negligent.
In most cases, successfully bringing a personal injury lawsuit requires you to prove each of the following elements:
- The other party owed you a duty of care;
- The other party breached that duty of care;
- The other party’s actions were the cause of your injuries; and
- You suffered legally recognizable damages.
If you meet each of these elements, you can obtain compensation for your economic and non-economic losses. Economic damages provide you with compensation for the actual expenses you incurred as a result of the accident, including:
- Past Medical Expenses;
- Future medical bills from appointments or procedures;
- Lost Wages; and
- Property Damage.
Non-economic damages are very different from economic damages because they compensate you for the emotional or psychological effects of the accident. Non-economic damages vary significantly depending on your injuries and how your life was affected. However, some of the more common types of non-economic damages include:
- Pain and Suffering;
- Loss of Enjoyment of Life,
- Emotional Anguish; and
- Permanent Disability or Disfigurement.
Some of the questions you should be thinking about when it comes to non-economic damages include the following:
- What limitations do you face as a result of your injuries?
- Did you miss any important family events or milestones because of the accident?
- Will you be able to return to work, and if so, will you still earn the same income as before the accident?
- Are you forced to live with lingering pain?
- Were your familial relationships forever changed because of your injuries?
At MyPhillyLawyer, our compassionate personal injury lawyers understand the impact that accidents have on our clients’ lives. We also know how to effectively identify the full extent of your damages so you know what to expect from your case. For example, by having a solid understanding of what your case may be worth, you can better assess any settlement agreements proposed by the insurance company. At MyPhillyLawyer, we are experienced litigators meaning that you will never feel forced to accept an inadequate settlement. When the insurance company is unwilling to extend a fair offer, MyPhillyLawyer will not hesitate to take your case to trial in pursuit of total and fair compensation for what you’ve been through.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Can I Recover through a Doylestown Personal Injury Lawsuit if I was Partially at Fault?
It depends, but you can probably still recover compensation for your injuries even if you were partially at fault for an accident. In Pennsylvania, courts use the doctrine of modified comparative negligence to determine whether a plaintiff can recover for their injuries.
Under a comparative negligence analysis, an injured party who shares responsibility for causing an accident can still recover for their injuries. However, their take-home recovery amount will be reduced by their percentage of fault. For example, assume that you are walking downtown Doylestown when you are hit by a Lyft driver while crossing the street. If the jury determines that you suffered $200,000 in damages but were 10 percent at fault, you will recover $180,000. This represents a 20 percent reduction in the total $200,000 in damages you suffered.
However, if an accident victim is found to be 51 percent at fault (or more), they will not be permitted to recover.
How Long Do I Have to Bring a Doylestown Personal Injury Claim?
Under Pennsylvania law, you must file a personal injury lawsuit within two years from the date your claim “accrues.” Typically, a claim accrues on the day of the accident, meaning you have two years from the accident date to file your case. However, there are certain situations where a claim does not accrue on the day of the accident. Often, this is the case where an accident victim did not realize that they suffered an injury at the hands of the defendant until a later date; for example, in a Doylestown medical malpractice case.
What Should I look for in a Doylestown Personal Injury Lawyer?
If you’ve been injured in an accident, one of the most significant decisions you’ll make about your case is which lawyer you choose to represent you. While many Doylestown personal injury lawyers will be eager to take your case, you should be selective in your choice of attorney. When interviewing Doylestown personal injury attorneys, there are a few key things to consider. First, experience is crucial. The unique injury recovery process can be very complex and is best left to lawyers with years or decades of experience. This means your lawyer will understand the applicable legal principles and have strong negotiation skills.
You also want to ensure that you get along with your attorney, as these cases can take quite some time to reach an outcome. You should also ensure you understand how the attorney bills for their services and that they are available to answer your questions whenever they come up.
Schedule a Free Consultation to Discuss Your Injuries with a Doylestown Personal Injury Lawyer
If you or a loved one was recently involved in an accident, reach out to MyPhillyLawyer to schedule a free consultation. Our respected lawyers will meet with you to discuss your case and how we can help. We never pressure you into bringing a claim and promise to explain everything clearly. That way, when you walk out of our office, you have all the information you need to make the best decision for yourself and your family. To learn more and to schedule a free consultation today, call 215-227-2727. You can also reach us through our online contact form.