Personal injury lawyers practice a relatively broad area of the law dealing with tortious actions that cause serious injury or death to another person. The most common personal injury cases involve vehicle accidents and premises liability cases such as a slip and fall accident. Other personal injury cases may be due to a defective product or professional negligence such as medical malpractice.
The Wieand Law Firm is an experienced personal injury law firm based in Philadelphia which regularly handles claims involving catastrophic injury and wrongful death. We are a powerful advocate for the seriously injured and their families. A primary reason for our success is the personal commitment we make to each and every client.
The Wieand Law Firm will work tirelessly to help you recover the full amount of compensation you deserve for your injuries and other losses. For a free and confidential consultation, call us at 1(800) 481-5206 or fill out a description of your claim in the online contact form.
What Types of Personal Injury Claims do you Handle?
The Wieand Law Firm represents clients who suffered debilitating injuries or wrongful death as a result of someone else’s negligence. We are proud to serve clients in a wide variety of personal injury cases including:
- Auto Accidents
- Slip and fall accidents (premises liability)
- Nursing home abuse / nursing home neglect
- Medical Malpractice and other professional negligence claims
- Defective products/defective drugs/ defective medical devices (product liability)
- Construction accidents causing serious injury
- Work related injuries or illness
- Dog attack /dog bit cases
- Drowning or near drowning accidents
- Bus accidents
- Dram Shop
- Boating Accidents
- Negligent Security / Assault and Battery
- Wrongful Death
- Civil Rights Violations such as Employment Discrimination or Police Brutality
Is My Injury Serious Enough to Bring a Claim?
The Wieand Law Firm only represents people who suffer serious injuries and family members who have lost a loved one. Some examples of injury claims he works on include:
- Whiplash injuries
- Herniated discs
- Radiculopathy (nerve damage)
- Broken Bones
- Drowning and near drowning injuries
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Serious birth injury
- Scarring / Disfigurement
- Loss of a limb or appendage
- Failure to Diagnose Cancer or Misdiagnosis of Cancer
- Wrongful Death
The severity of your injuries will usually be a big factor in determining the value of your claim. A jury will also look at the length of treatment and how the injuries affect your daily life activities.
What is Negligence?
The primary focus of tort law is negligent conduct that causes harm to another person. Negligence is commonly defined as failure to use reasonable or ordinary care.
In order to prevail in a claim for personal injuries involving negligence, a person will need to prove four elements:
- Duty – Did the defendant owe the plaintiff a duty of care?
- Breach of Duty – Did the defendant act unreasonably so to breach the duty of care?
- Causation – Did the defendant’s actions (or inaction) actually cause the Plaintiff’s injury?
- Damages – Did the Plaintiff suffer actual damages (such as pain and suffering)?
An individual or business may be held liable for negligent conduct if their actions cause a foreseeable injury. This is true even if the damages caused by a person’s actions (or inaction) were not intended to cause harm to someone else.
Fortunately, in many cases people carry liability insurance (such as auto insurance, the homeowner’s insurance, or another general liability insurance policy) which will protect their personal assets for acts of negligence.
Sometimes an accident is a result of gross negligence, intentional or reckless conduct. If the misconduct is malicious or reckless, a victim may be able to recover punitive damages.
Was the Plaintiff Comparatively Negligent?
If the actions of the injured person have contributed to his or her own harm the victim may be comparatively negligent. If a plaintiff is comparatively negligent, the amount the amount of an award will be reduced by the portion of negligence attributed to him. In Pennsylvania, if a plaintiff is found to hold more than 51 or more percent of the blame he is prohibited from recovering damages from other parties which were also at fault.
Strict Liability Negligence Claims
Strict liability generally applies to product liability cases, which are claims filed against manufacturers and suppliers for dangerous products that cause injury, and to dog bite claims against dog owners. Liability insurance is often available to compensate victims who suffer personal injury as a result of the strict liability of the responsible party.