Personal Injury

Since my admittance to practice over 35 years ago, I have represented people who have experienced serious personal injury, the wrongful death of a family member, medical malpractice, unjust criminal charges or the violation of their civil rights.

I have represent people who have suffered injuries at the workplace, during recreational activities, or in   automobile, trucking, railroad or aviation accidents. I take legal action based on products liability for injury or loss caused by defective products – equipment, toys, medical prostheses, pharmaceuticals, household products, etc. I represent people who are the victims of toxic exposures (poisoning of the air, water, soil, workplace, etc.), employment discrimination, and bad faith execution of contracts by insurance companies, business entities, and service providers. 

Personal injury law is also known as tort law. A tort is described as “a civil wrong or wrongful act, whether   intentional or accidental, from which injury occurs to another. Torts include all negligence cases as well as intentional wrongs which result in harm.” 

Torts fall under 3 categories:

1. Intentional Torts - Purposely inflicting injury.

2. Negligent Torts - Causing an accident that results to injury.

3. Strictly Liability Torts - Manufacturing, marketing and/or selling defective products that result in injury.

The most common grounds for a civil lawsuit involve negligence. These include motor vehicle accidents, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, swimming and diving accidents, boating accidents and premises liability (slip and   fall) accidents. When an accident occurs due to negligence, the injured party may file a claim against the negligent   party to recover all their damages. Damages generally include current and future medical expenses, property damage, pain and suffering, current and future loss of income, loss of enjoyment and in certain cases, punitive damages.

In order to prove negligence, you must support your claim with the following facts:

1. Negligence - The other party was negligent.

2. Causation - Their negligence caused the accident. 

3. Damages - You suffered damages as a result of the accident. 

It is also imperative that you file your claim within the time allotted by your state. The New York statute of   limitations for negligent tort cases is three years. Pennsylvania’s statute of limitations for negligent tort cases is two years. 

I believe that in order to represent my clients in the best possible manner, an understanding of the human anatomy and how it responds to an injury is a must. Therefore, through experience and education, I am able to expertly evaluate medical injuries and pursue personal injury claims on behalf of the injured plaintiff.

While proving a physical, emotional, or cognitive injury can be difficult, my experience enables me to undertake   difficult cases and prevail, convincing skeptics of the merits of a claim via credible, trustworthy evidence and objective test findings. I am committed to protecting my client’s rights and I have repeatedly demonstrated my ability to succeed in the most challenging and complex personal injury cases.  

I am proud of my legacy of excellence – my office employs a highly effective and experienced team of attorneys, paralegal’s and support staff. I provide high-quality legal expertise, resources and support representing ordinary people who may have limited or no financial means to devote to the cost of litigation. If we do not win a monetary award for our client, we charge nothing for our services.

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