Our recent blog post answering the most frequently
asked questions about slip and fall cases introduced the legal concept of premises
liability. It’s true that if you have experienced a slip and fall
injury, premises liability will likely come into play in your personal injury
But, what other types of incidents beyond slip and fall injuries
could potentially constitute a premises liability claim? And, who can be held
responsible for a victim’s personal injury or wrongful death
in those premises liability claims?
Today’s post addresses these questions and demonstrates
again the crucial point of ensuring that you contact an experienced personal injury attorney for guidance when you have
been injured on someone else’s property.Continue reading “What You Should Know About Premises Liability in Personal Injury Cases”
A little while ago, we shared a blog post covering the
basics of what
most people should know about personal injury law. In that article, we
introduced so-called “slip and fall” cases, which are more officially known in
the legal world as premises liability cases.
It’s true that slip and fall
cases don’t necessarily involve anyone actually slipping and falling, which
is why personal injury lawyers prefer the technical name. However, no matter
the term you prefer, if you have been injured by a dangerous property condition—trip
hazards, a slippery substance on a floor, malfunctioning elevators and
escalators, even inadequate lighting or security that leads to a criminal
attack—you may be able to recover compensation from the property owner or
another responsible party.Continue reading “Answers to 6 Common Slip and Fall FAQs”
It’s no secret that video cameras are all around us. Especially in public spaces like stores, banks and airports. Even on the streets of many towns, we’re continuously being monitored by video—and often recorded. While video footage is typically gathered in the name of public safety—by police body cams and traffic cameras, for instance—it’s true that it can have broader applications, and it’s particularly useful in personal injury cases.
In fact, one of the first things insurance adjusters—as well
as personal injury attorneys—look for when investigating an injury claim or
case, is video footage that might show the mechanism of injury – i.e. how a
person was hurt.
Whether it’s a slip and fall/premises
liability case or a pedestrian
accident that resulted in significant injury or wrongful death,
there are often video or still photography images available related to the
original incident that are available and could be useful as evidence.
So, can video footage make or break a personal injury case?
In short, absolutely.
Today’s post highlights the types of surveillance footage
that might be brought in as video evidence to either prove or disprove your
injuries. We’ll take a brief look at Pennsylvania’s rules about how video
evidence may be used in personal injury cases, as well.
It’s important to remember that when you or a loved one has
suffered an injury—or even death—based on another’s negligence, it
is your right to seek compensation for your financial losses, pain and
suffering, and future disability from
the parties at fault for the injuries. And, our experienced personal trial lawyers at May, May & Zimmerman are here
to help you build the strongest possible case.Continue reading “Can Video Footage Make or Break Your Personal Injury Case?”
Unlike most legal language, the term “wrongful death”
is a relatively uncomplicated description for situations in which a person or
people have died due to someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing. However,
determining whether you have a wrongful death case can be complicated,
requiring assistance from an experienced personal injury
When you have lost a loved one due to wrongful death, you
need to consider bringing a personal injury civil action against the person or
company responsible. This is your right under personal
injury or “tort” law, which allows you to seek compensation for your
immense loss unrelated to any criminal charges that might have been filed
against the wrongdoer.
Of course, there are a few more things to know about how wrongful death lawsuits work. That’s where today’s post comes in. We’re answering a few big questions our prospective clients often have in the aftermath of a tragic loss of a loved one while they try to determine what’s next.Continue reading “What is Wrongful Death, And How Do I File a Case?”
It’s a sad truth—nursing home neglect is far more common than the headlines about the worst abuse cases and tragedies would have us believe. The National Council on Aging estimates that 1 in 10 Americans who are age 60 and over have experienced some form of abuse, such as negligent nursing care, but only 1 in every 14 cases ever gets reported.
And there are many seemingly small infractions that you may
not have even considered—a missed meal here or there, minor falls, a medication
mistake once in a while—which can constitute nursing
home negligence. These little problems and other under-the-radar abuses
tend to build up and should not be ignored by loved ones of individuals living
in nursing homes, assisted living/personal care facilities, and larger
Today’s post takes a closer look at what friends and family
of nursing home residents—as well as residents themselves—should be concerned
about within long-term care environments.
We’ll touch on a few things to be paying attention for that
could signal neglect and abuse of a care facility resident. Additionally, we’ll
tell you what to do to in response. Even if you’re not entirely sure whether
something is wrong, it is wise to be overly cautious and ensure that your or
your loved one’s nursing facility is following the law. One of your best
resources for doing so are highly experienced personal injury attorneys.Continue reading “Nursing Home Neglect: What Are Victims’ and Loved Ones’ Options?”
What is personal injury law?
Every member of our community has a duty to exercise
reasonable care to prevent harming others.
When we fail to exercise reasonable care (e.g. choosing to send text
messages while driving) and as a result, another person is injured, the person
who failed to exercise reasonable care is responsible for the harm caused. Personal injury or “tort”
law exists to enable those who have been hurt to seek compensation for their
financial losses and pain and suffering from the persons or companies responsible
for the injuries.
The object of Pennsylvania’s tort law is to modify behavior
by imposing the financial risk on the party in the best position to prevent the
harm. Personal injury / tort claims are part of the civil justice system, which
basically means that personal injury cases are separate from any related
criminal cases, and only deal with harms and losses or injuries to person or
Seeking compensation through personal injury law means more
than just filing a lawsuit. The legal rules and the knowledge of attorneys experienced
with injury law also shape the investigation of the claims and the process of
settlement negotiations.Continue reading “What You Need to Know About Personal Injury Law”