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Bethlehem Personal Injury Lawyer

An unexpected accident can change your life forever, and when someone else’s negligent actions are responsible for your accident, they should be held accountable for the injuries they’ve caused. After your accident, your medical costs and treatment can be expensive, and if you’re unable to work, that sudden loss of income can make an already stressful situation even worse.

According to 2021 statistics from the Pennsylvania Department of Health, there were a total of 10,188 recorded cases of acute hospitalized injury in Lehigh and Northampton Counties. The data shows that fall injuries were the most common, with 5,957 total for both counties, and poisoning was the second most common, at 915 total.

If you’ve been injured due to someone else’s negligence, you don’t have to navigate this difficult time on your own. A Bethlehem personal injury lawyer from Laffey Bucci D’Andrea Reich & Ryan is here to help seek justice for your accident and assist you in fighting for the compensation you deserve.

What Is Personal Injury?

A personal injury can be any of a variety of accidents or situations where you or your property are injured or harmed due to the negligent actions or inaction of another person. When someone acts in a negligent or reckless manner and causes harm to you or your property, you have the right to pursue legal action against them and request compensation from them.

Some of the most common personal injury claims are:

This list is by no means exhaustive, and it’s important to understand that all claims are unique. Our legal team at Laffey Bucci D’Andrea Reich & Ryan has the qualifications to handle your case and is happy to sit with you during a free consultation to see how we can assist you in fighting for justice and compensation for your injuries and damages.

How Do You Know If You Have a Case?

The quickest way to determine if you have grounds for a personal injury claim is to ask this question: Was your injury or damage caused by the negligent act of another person? If the answer is yes, then you have a case. However, there are always complexities and details with every personal injury claim that you have to understand and handle correctly, or your claim may not be successful, and you may not receive the compensation you deserve.

One of the most important aspects of most personal injury claims is proving the elements of negligence. That is, if the at-fault person owed you a duty of care but failed to act reasonably and breached that duty, then, as a result of the breach of duty, you were injured and have suffered damages. If you and your lawyer can prove this in your claim, then you will likely receive compensation.

It is important to note that not all personal injury claims will require proof of negligence, for example, in a workplace accident, you will likely receive benefits right away without having to pursue legal action against your employer or their insurance company. Whatever the details of your case may be, an attorney from Laffey Bucci D’Andrea Reich & Ryan is here to walk you through every step and ensure you have the best chance of success.

Damages Available to Accident Victims in Bethlehem

When someone causes you harm, there are often injuries and damages that you have to pay for, such as medical bills or vehicle repairs. Dealing with these costs can be stressful, and you may think that it’s not to have to pay for another person’s mistake. Luckily, you’re right because in the case of a personal injury claim, you have the right to pursue compensation for your damages.

Economic Damages

Also called financial damages, economic damages are those that are more easily quantifiable as far as out-of-pocket costs are concerned. This means that these damages are easy to calculate, which in turn makes it easier for the at-fault party to pay you for them. These kinds of damages are:

  • Medical expenses (current and future)
  • Loss of income (current and future)
  • Rehabilitation or physical therapy
  • Disability (temporary or permanent)
  • In-home nursing care
  • Care at a long-term nursing facility
  • Property damage
  • Other out-of-pocket costs

Noneconomic

Commonly called non-financial damages or pain and suffering, these are damages that are more difficult to put a price tag on. But even if such damages or injuries are harder to quantify, they still have an impact on your quality of life, and you should still be compensated for them. Typical noneconomic damages include but are not limited to:

  • Loss of quality of life
  • Loss of consortium
  • Mental anguish (including depression and anxiety)
  • Disfigurement
  • Embarrassment
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

What If You’re Partly To Blame for Your Accident?

In Pennsylvania, we operate under a modified comparative negligence system. This means that you can pursue compensation in an accident if you are partially at fault, but only if your percentage of fault is less than 50%. So, sharing the blame for an accident may not necessarily prevent you from recovering compensation, but it will likely reduce the amount of compensation you might receive.

For example, if you are found to be 20% at fault for your accident, the amount of compensation you might receive from the other party will be reduced by 20%. Insurance companies are known for trying to blame victims of accidents, especially if there is evidence that you are partially at fault, which is why it is so important to the success of your case that you contact a Bethlehem personal injury lawyer as soon as you can.

Why Hiring an Attorney Can Help Your Claim

Someone hurt you, and you want them to be held responsible for the harm they’ve caused. It sounds simple enough. However, in the case of a personal injury claim, it can quickly become a complicated situation. Although you’re not required to hire a lawyer, doing so will only increase the success of your case as your attorney will help with the following:

  • Handle every aspect of your case from start to finish
  • Give you a chance to recover from your accident
  • Take worry and stress off your shoulders by gathering documents and evidence, filing with the courts, talking with adjusters or other persons
  • Make sure your case is filed within the two-year statute of limitations

If you or someone you love has been harmed by someone else’s negligent actions, you have the right to pursue legal action against those responsible, and our legal team at Laffey Bucci D’Andrea Reich & Ryan is ready to help. We have the knowledge necessary to assist with your personal injury case in Bethlehem or anywhere in Pennsylvania.

Don’t wait another day in pain and suffering – contact our office today and set up your free consultation with a Bethlehem personal injury lawyer.

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    A workplace accident on the job resulting in below-the-knee amputation of the plaintiff’s right leg

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    The collapse of a parking garage at the Tropicana Casino in Atlantic City that injured over 30 construction workers on the job and killed 4 men working on the project (largest construction accident settlement in U.S. history).

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    Man who was killed when his car fell off of a 3 floor parking garage due to defective vehicle barrier protection system

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    Wrongful death by electrocution of a union electrician on the job, when electrical switchgear malfunctioned

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    The on the job injury to a union carpenter who fell through an interior mobile scaffold while at work, suffering bilateral calcaneal fractures

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