Personal Injury FAQ
Personal injury claims can arise from a vast variety of circumstances including motor vehicle accidents, slip and falls, assault and battery, and wrongful death. If the negligence of another resulted in injury to you or your property, you might be entitled to recovery. For your benefit, we have compiled a list of commonly asked questions about personal injury claims and their answers. If you have any questions or are in the need of experienced personal injury representation, please contact us at 570-800-2600. Our attorneys are available to speak with you 24/7.
Do I have a personal injury claim?
If another person caused injury to you or your property, you might have a personal injury claim. Personal injury claims can arise out of intentional tortious conduct or the laws of negligence.
What is a tort and what is intentional tortious conduct?
A tort is a civil wrong committed by another that results in injury. Tortious conduct includes assault, battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and trespass to land.
What is negligence?
Negligence is the breach of duty of care to another. To succeed in a negligence action, the injured party (the plaintiff) must show that the defendant owed her (the plaintiff) a duty of care, that the defendant breached that duty, and that the defendant’s breach of duty caused the harm suffered by the plaintiff.
What are common types of personal injury claims?
Personal injury is a broad area of law that includes, but is not limited to, the following common types of claims:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Airplane accidents
- Bus accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Wrongful death
- Unsafe or defective products
- Unsafe pharmaceutical drugs
- Unsafe medical devices
- Premises liability
- Slip and falls
What are slip-and-fall and premises liability claims?
Property owners have a legal duty to maintain their property in a manner that is safe for visitors. If an owner fails to adequately maintain their property, they might be held liable for resulting injuries. Slip-and-fall cases commonly arise on icy sidewalks, in poorly lit stairwells, and in unmaintained parking lots.
What are medical malpractice claims?
Medical malpractice claims arise when a care provider causes the injury or death of a patient by failing to act within the appropriate standard of care.
What types of mistakes give rise to medical malpractice claims?
Many different types of mistakes can give rise to medical malpractice claims with some of the most common being:
- Failure to properly diagnose a medical condition
- Failure to properly inform the patient of risks associated with a course of action
- Failure to perform a surgical procedure
- Failure to properly administer medication
What are products liability claims?
Manufacturers, distributors, and retailers can all be held responsible for making a defective product available to the public. If you or a family member were injured while using a defective product, you might have a claim based on products liability.
What are damages?
In the context of personal injury claims, damages are the measure of compensation available to a plaintiff. Among other things, damages may account for pain and suffering, physical injury, lost wages, and medical expenses.
How much can I expect to recover?
Each personal injury claim is unique and courts take a variety of factors into consideration when awarding damages. At Steppacher Law, we have more than 40 years of experience in advocating for our clients and helping them achieve the most favorable possible outcome. Recovery can range from hundreds of dollars into the millions but the excellent quality of work you will receive from Steppacher Law will never waiver. It would be our honor to assist you on your road to recovery.