We’ll be blunt. No one wants to find themselves talking to a personal injury lawyer.
If you need our services, it’s because something catastrophic happened. You were hurt in such a way that someone needs to answer for your injuries.
In this week’s blog post, we’ll look at four scenarios in which you might need a Pennsylvania personal injury by your side.
1. You slip and fall at the grocery store
You get home from the grocery store and realize that you forgot to get milk. So you head back to the store, thinking “I’ll be in and out, I just need this one thing.”
But as you head into the dairy aisle, you slip on a big puddle of water coming from one of the refrigerator cases. You fall, you hit your head. The next thing you know, you’re talking to an EMT. Your lawyer will later learn that the owners of the store knew about the leak but did nothing to fix it.
This is a classic slip and fall scenario, one of the most common types of cases a Pennsylvania personal injury attorney might handle.
Property owners have a legal obligation to keep their premises safe and their visitors/customers free from injury and can be held liable for injuries depending on the circumstances.
2. You’re involved in a motor vehicle accident
You get home from the grocery store and realize that you forgot to get milk. Again, you head back to the store, thinking “I’ll be in and out, I just need this one thing.”
Only in this scenario, you are in and out. There’s no puddle on the floor, no slip and fall. You get back in your car with your milk and head back home…and someone runs a red light and broadsides your car. Once again, you’re headed to the hospital.
If you’ve been hurt in a car crash, a Pennsylvania personal injury attorney can be your voice as you recover. They can look for evidence of damage, work with your insurance company and the other driver’s insurer and negotiate a fair settlement.
3. You’ve been hurt on the job
We’re back at the grocery store. You get the milk you came in for and manage to avoid the puddle. Gus, the guy who’s stocking shelves, isn’t as lucky. He slips, falls and hits his head.
Normally, Gus wouldn’t be able to sue the grocery store. His injury would be covered by the Pennsylvania Worker’s Compensation Act. But then Gus discovers that the owners of the store let their worker’s compensation insurance lapse.
By failing to provide insurance, the store owners have lost their immunity under the law. A good Pennsylvania personal injury attorney could help Gus.
4. You’ve been bitten by a dog
You make it home from the grocery store. No slips, no falls, no car crashes. But when you finally get home, you find your neighbor talking to the police, with a bandage on his hand.
It turns out that the dog down the street, the one that always seems to roam free, had bitten your neighbor. He’s on his way to the hospital. And depending on the circumstances, he may be able to take the dog’s owner to court.
In Pennsylvania, plaintiffs must show that the owner either failed to keep a dog restrained or failed to keep a dog known to be dangerous away from others. A good Pennsylvania personal injury attorney would be able to help your neighbor make his case.
Do you need a personal injury lawyer? Contact Doylestown’s Penglase & Benson, whose attorneys drawn on more than seven decades of legal experience to fight for the rights of their clients.
Whether it’s a car crash or a slip and fall claim, we can investigate the circumstances of your case and be your advocate in court while you work on recovering. Contact us today for a free consultation.