Jenkintown Personal Injury Attorneys
Experienced Montgomery County Lawyers Aggressively Representing the Interests of Accident Victims and Their Families
Jenkintown is located in the heart of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, just a few miles north of downtown Philadelphia. Over recent years, the population of Jenkintown has grown significantly as people living in Philly began looking for a way to get more room for their families while remaining close to the city. However, this sudden increase in the number of people, cars, and construction projects also increased the number of preventable accidents.
Jenkintown is also located right on PA-611, or Broad Street. While this makes Jenkintown an ideal place for those commuting into the city, it also means that Jenkintown also sees a significant amount of traffic, resulting in a large number of motor vehicle accidents.
At MyPhillyLawyer, our dedicated Jenkintown Personal injury lawyers fight hard for our clients, helping them recover maximum compensation for their injuries. MyPhillyLawyer has recovered more than $500 million on behalf of our injured clients, and we look forward to seeing how we can help you with your case.
What Is a Personal Injury Case?
A personal injury claim is a civil lawsuit brought by an injured party against the party or parties they believe to be responsible for the accident resulting in their injuries. Unlike criminal cases, which are intended to punish a criminal defendant for violating the law, a personal injury lawsuit aims to make accident victims “whole” by awarding them monetary damages.
Personal injury lawsuits usually involve the legal concept of “negligence.” While everyone is familiar with what negligence means, the word carries a specific meaning in the legal context. Specifically, a party is negligent if an accident victim can establish the following:
- They owed a duty of care;
- They breached the duty of care to the other driver;
- Their actions caused the accident resulting in the other driver’s injuries; and
- The accident victim suffered compensable damages.
If you can meet each of these elements, the other party was negligent and is responsible for your accident-related damages.
Types of Jenkintown Personal Injury Cases
Slip and Falls
Falls are responsible for more than 800,000 hospitalizations annually, making them one of the leading causes of preventable injuries in Pennsylvania and across the United States. A slip and fall lawsuit is a type of personal injury claim brought against a property owner for injuries caused by some defect or hazard on their land. All property owners are legally obligated to take the necessary steps to ensure a reasonably safe place for their guests. While a property owner’s legal duty to a guest depends partly on the reason for the guest’s visit, most slip-and-fall cases involve customers of businesses. Customers are owed the highest duty of care, which requires store owners to eliminate any known hazards and warn guests about those dangers the owner could not fix. Additionally, businesses must conduct regular inspections of the property to discover potential dangers that may not be immediately apparent to their customers.
Slip and fall accidents can occur anywhere, including the following places:
- Apartment Complexes
- Doctors’ Offices
- Government Buildings
- Grocery Stores
- Parking Lots and Garages
- Shopping Malls
At MyPhillyLawyer, our Jenkintown slip and fall lawyers aggressively pursue maximum compensation on behalf of our clients. We understand the duties of property owners and are prepared to show why your injuries resulted from the property owner’s negligence.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
In Pennsylvania, there are over 285 motor vehicle accidents every single day. While some accidents are minor, these crashes result in an average of 168 injuries and three deaths each day. Montgomery County specifically had 6,944 motor vehicle accidents in 2020, causing 3,104 injuries and 35 deaths 2020.
All drivers owe a duty of care to everyone else on the road. Regardless of whether you were injured as a pedestrian, cyclist, driver, or passenger, the negligent motorist responsible for the accident can be held financially liable for their actions. While there are many causes of car accidents, Jenkintown car accidents are usually the result of one of the following:
At MyPhillyLawyer, we handle all types of Jenkintown motor vehicle accident cases, including those arising out of:
- Car Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Rideshare Accidents
- Bus Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Bicycle Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
We can help you understand your rights and effectively pursue a claim for compensation against the negligent parties responsible for your injuries.
Workplace Accidents in Jenkintown
Jenkintown is a proud working-class neighborhood; most residents spend most of their days at work. It’s no surprise that many residents are injured at work. While employees who are injured in a workplace accident have two different ways to recover from their injuries, they must understand both options to make the best decision on how to pursue their case. An injured worker can bring two types of cases: a workers’ compensation claims and a personal injury claim.
The Pennsylvania workers’ compensation system allows injured workers to recover limited compensation after a Jenkintown workplace accident. The workers’ compensation system is a no-fault system, meaning you do not need to show that anyone else was responsible for your injuries. In most cases, you can pursue a workers’ compensation claim even if your negligence caused your injuries. However, while workers’ compensation claims are usually quicker, and you don’t need to prove fault, the downside is that you can only recover compensation for your medical expenses and lost wages in a workers’ comp claim. This means you cannot recover for your non-economic damages.
The other option is for an injured worker to file a personal injury claim against the at-fault party. Under Pennsylvania workers’ compensation laws, you cannot pursue a personal injury claim against your employer in most situations. However, you can bring a third-party injury claim against any negligent party other than your employer. The following are typical examples of where injured workers can get a third-party personal injury case:
- Car accidents caused by a negligent motorist;
- Slip and falls on property that doesn’t belong to your employer; and
- Injuries caused by dangerous or defective products.
The greater Philadelphia area has several hospitals known for providing exceptional medical care to patients. However, healthcare providers such as doctors, nurses, surgeons, and pharmacists can make mistakes. In fact, according to some estimates, Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States. When medical professionals make mistakes, patients suffer tremendously.
A medical malpractice claim is a type of personal injury lawsuit brought by a patient who suffered preventable injuries due to inadequate medical care. Some of the most common types of Jenkintown medical malpractice cases involve the following:
- Emergency room negligence;
- Labor and delivery errors;
- Medication mistakes;
- Misdiagnoses and delayed diagnoses;
- Misreading test results;
- Providing poor follow-up care; and
- Surgical errors.
At MyPhillyLawyer, we represent clients who received negligent medical care at doctor’s offices, dental practices, hospitals, nursing homes, and more. Some of the facilities we’ve named in medical malpractice cases include:
- Wayne Memorial Hospital
- Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
- Jefferson Hospital
- Bryn Mawr Hospital
- Paoli Hospital
- Wynnewood Hospital
- University of Pennsylvania Hospital
- Temple Episcopal Hospital
- Pennsylvania Hospital
Damages in a Personal Injury Lawsuit
While your primary focus is recovering from your physical injuries, it’s impossible not to think about the financial impact of not working. On top of that, you have the medical bills that will start coming in. It’s normal to feel overwhelmed by the situation.
However, through a Montgomery County personal injury lawsuit, you can pursue a claim for monetary damages that, if successful, will help you overcome some of the financial challenges brought about by an accident.
In Pennsylvania, accident victims can recover from the economic and non-economic damages they suffered from an accident. Economic damages compensate you for the expenses you were forced to pay because of the accident. Economic damages include payment for money you would have made but couldn’t because of your injuries. While every case is different, common types of economic damages in a Jenkintown personal injury case include:
- Past medical bills;
- Future medical expenses;
- Lost wages;
- Decrease in earning capacity;
- Property damage; and
- Any necessary modifications to your home to accommodate your ongoing disability.
The other type of damages available in a personal injury lawsuit is non-economic damages. Non-economic damages are very different from economic damages in that they compensate you for the emotional and psychological effect the accident had on your life. Because accidents impact people’s lives in many ways, non-economic damages have an element of subjectivity to them and vary significantly between cases. However, some of the more common types of non-economic damages in a Jenkintown personal injury case include:
- Emotional anguish,
- Pain and suffering,
- Loss of enjoyment of life,
- Loss of companionship, and
- Permanent disfigurement or disability.
Both economic and non-economic damages are critical to a full and fair recovery. That being the case, accident victims must reach out to an experienced Montgomery County personal injury lawyer who can identify the full extent of their damages.
If You’ve Been Injured, MyPhillyLawyer Can Help You Recover Compensation for What You’ve Been Through
If you or a loved one was recently injured in an accident, the Jenkintown personal injury attorneys at MyPhillyLawyer are here to help. At MyPhillyLawyer, our dedicated team of advocates works closely with our clients, their families, and their medical providers to ensure they recover the compensation they deserve. We proudly represent clients in Jenkintown and throughout the greater Philadelphia area. To learn more and schedule a free consultation with one of our injury lawyers, call 215-227-2727. You can also reach us through our online contact form.