Apr 07

 

PASSENGER INJURIES AND LEGAL LIABILITY

Car accidents are dangerous and can be terrifying. This is never truer than when you are apassenger in one of the cars involved and, therefore, have absolutely no control over what befalls you. If you’ve been injured in a car accident that was caused by either the driver of the vehicle in which you’re riding or by the other vehicle’s driver, you may be entitled to compensation – if one or both of the drivers’ negligence can be confirmed. These claims are often complicated, but your rights and your rightful compensation matter too much to leave to chance; consult with an experienced Philadelphia car accident lawyer.

Your Passenger-Injury Claim

If you’ve been injured as a passenger in a car accident, there is no question about your liability in relation to the accident (in nearly every case), so your claim is easier to pursue from that standpoint. At least one of the drivers involved in the accident will almost certainly be found liable for any damage that ensues. To bring a successful passenger-injury claim, it’s your job to demonstrate who’s at fault for the accident that caused you to be injured and to prove the extent of the injuries you’ve suffered.

If you’ve incurred an injury in a car accident when you were the passenger, you have legal rights that matter. Protect those rights by consulting with an experienced Philadelphia car accident attorney today. At The Levin Firm, our skilled car accident lawyers are experienced at defending passenger-injury claims, and we’re here to help.

The Car Accident

Car accidents tend to be harrowing and aren’t necessarily conducive to making the best decisions related to ensuing legal claims. Nevertheless, there are steps that you can take to help ensure the viability and strength of your passenger-injury claim:

  • If you’re not seriously injured and someone else is, do whatever you can to protect that individual’s safety until emergency medical help arrives.
  • If you’re injured, seek immediate medical attention.
  • If you are able (enlist the help of a bystander if you’re not able), ensure that you compile all available evidence at the scene of the accident:
  • Use your smartphone to take pictures and videos of the accident and accident site from every angle. Don’t leave out views of anything that could prove pertinent to your accident claim.
  • Sketch the location of the accident and include indicators of any mitigating circumstances or obstacles (such as inclement weather, bad road conditions, debris on the road, obstacles to clear vision, and any other driving impediments) and their placement in relation to the accident.
  • Obtain eyewitness testimonies to corroborate your account of what transpired, and don’t forget to record eyewitness contact information.
  • Jot down exactly what happened in your own words as soon as you can. Car accidents are overwhelming, and your memory can begin to play tricks on you or fade under the stress of the ensuing mayhem.

Your Damages

If you’ve been injured as a passenger in a car accident, you may experience intense physical, psychological, and financial consequences that are difficult to calculate at the outset. Your financial outlay may include lost wages, decreased earning potential (if the injury is chronic), and extensive medical expenses:

  • Emergency transportation from the scene of the accident;
  • Emergency medical care;
  • Appointments with doctors and specialists, including surgeons and physical therapists;
  • Surgery;
  • Aftercare;
  • Ongoing medical treatment and therapy;
  • Prescription medications;
  • Adaptive medical devices;
  • Home adaptations; and
  • Home health care.

The expense associated with car accidents can be immense, and this is not to mention the pain and suffering you’ve probably had to endure. Passenger-injury claims can become very complicated very quickly; it’s therefore in your and your claim’s best interest to consult with an experienced Philadelphia car accident attorney as soon as possible.

The Insurance Companies

A variety of insurance companies might come into play when you’ve been injured as a passenger in a car accident. Your own car insurance policy (if you have one) is likely to cover you, but how well it will do so depends upon the kind of insurance you purchased in the first place (this can be tricky to parse, but your car accident attorney will guide you efficiently through the process of determining how well you’re covered by your own policy). The at-fault driver’s insurance policy is probably another viable option.

It’s important to note that your insurance company, though it does cover you, is in the business of turning a profit and that your just compensation is not necessarily its primary objective. Yes, these companies are held to federal, state, and industry standards, but they are for-profit business concerns that endeavor to make as much profit within these parameters as possible.

Put simply; don’t trust your insurance company to fully compensate you for your injuries of its own free will. You’ll need a car accident attorney to guide your claim toward just compensation.

Additionally, you are not required to provide any insurance representative with comments related to the accident. These companies are adept at using your own words against you when it comes to compensating you for your injuries, so allow your attorney to do the talking.
It’s Complicated

Car-accident claims are often complicated, and passenger-injury claims are no exception. While it’s natural to feel overwhelmed by the process, fight the urge to simply put it out of your mind by allowing the insurance company to cover your damages – which is what you pay it to do. Your claim is too important to leave to the vagaries of your insurance provider.

Further, it’s important to act quickly, Pennsylvania implements a two-year statute of limitations (from the accident date) for bringing car accident claims.

If You’ve Been Injured as a Passenger in a Car Accident, Consult with a Skilled Philadelphia Car Accident Attorney

Car accident claims are often complicated, but The Levin Firm in Philadelphia is here to help. Our dedicated car accident attorneys have the experience, skill, and compassion to aggressively advocate for your claim’s most positive outcome, so please contact or call us at 215-825-5183 today.

Nov 26

CAN CAR ACCIDENTS CAUSE PTSD?

Car Accident Lawyer in PA

You woke up last night again, sweating after re-living your traumatic car accident in your dreams. You felt the impact, heard the crushing metal, and startled awake from the fear. The National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (“PTSD”) reports that stressful reactions, such as nightmares or flashbacks, are normal after traumatic events—but if certain symptoms last longer than three months, are causing you greater than average distress, and are disrupting your work or home life in a way unrelated to your physical injuries, you may suffer from PTSD. Although we typically associate PTSD with war veterans, any type of traumatic event, including a serious car accident, can trigger it. So what should you look for if you believe you are suffering from atypical mental and emotional symptoms after a car accident, and what are your options for compensation in Pennsylvania?

Signs and Symptoms of PTSD
As stated previously, it is normal to suffer from stress-related symptoms a few weeks or even months after a car accident. The problem, however, can develop when these symptoms linger and you do not improve during the following months. There are generally four types of PTSD symptoms:

Reliving the traumatic event, or re-experiencing symptoms – These include nightmares, flashbacks, or “triggers” that occur when you see, hear, or smell something associated with the traumatic event, and they cause abnormally stressful reactions.
Avoiding situations that remind you of the event – These include avoiding driving or riding in a car or keeping obsessively busy so you don’t have to discuss or talk about the accident.
Negative changes in beliefs or feelings – This includes a change in the way you think about others, including changed feelings about loved ones, avoidance of relationships, forgetting about parts of the event, not being about to talk about the accident, or experiencing symptoms of paranoia, alert for danger, or sudden anger or irritability. You may have a hard time sleeping or concentrating, or loud noises or surprises may abnormally startle you.
If you experience any of these symptoms for a lasting time or the severity is hurting your work and home life, seek immediate medical attention from a specialist. Linking your PTSD symptoms to your car accident with medical records is essential if you wish to seek compensation for your mental anguish.

Diagnosing PTSD
Like a broken leg, you can suffer PTSD as the result of a traumatic car accident. Unlike a broken leg, however, it can be harder to prove that you are suffering from PTSD, as opposed to natural post-traumatic stress associated with the accident. According to the University of Pennsylvania, you don’t have to experience a physical injury to develop PTSD as the result of a serious Pennsylvania car accident. Whether you were the driver, passenger, or witness to a horrible accident, even the absence of an injury can lead to mental scars that a medical professional must explicitly diagnose.

Importantly, PTSD can also occur in children, but studies indicate that young children do not continue to relive the experience as adults do. Instead, they may begin to dream about the car accident—but those dreams often turn into more general nightmares about monsters or danger. Because children may have difficulty expressing their fears and relating the start of those fears to the aftermath of the car accident, parents, teachers, and pediatricians must look for and recognize these unique signs of PTSD in children that they might otherwise attribute to a scary movie.

Compensation for PTSD After a Car Accident in Pennsylvania
In Pennsylvania, mental and emotional losses after a car accident are compensable injuries. This means that your insurance company, the liable driver’s insurance company, or the driver would face responsibility for compensating you for expenses such as your counseling, lost time from work, and mental anguish if you are able to prove that the PTSD is directly linked to the accident.

For example, what if a military combat veteran is involved in a serious car or motorcycle accident and as a result develops PTSD? The defense attorney on the case may try to disprove that the PTSD was caused by the car accident and instead claim that it developed after combat trauma. In this and similar cases where an injured individual has experienced more than one serious trauma throughout a lifetime, documented medical evidence of the trauma, as well as affidavit testimony from witnesses such as family, friends, and co-workers, can link the onset of symptomatic behavior to shortly after the traumatic car accident. You need the help of a Pennsylvania PTSD car accident lawyer who is familiar with these tactics and knows what you will need to provide the court and insurance companies to prove your case.

Contact a Philadelphia Personal Injury and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Lawyer Today
Whether you were a driver, passenger, pedestrian, or witness to a traumatic car accident or wrongful death, PTSD is a real injury. You deserve compensation for injuries both seen and unseen, and you should not feel embarrassed to seek the medical help and related compensation you need for those injuries. Mental injuries can damage your home and work life as much or even more than physical ones, so it is important to contact an attorney who understands the impact such injuries can have on you and your family. The Levin Firm has the experienced Philadelphia PTSD and car accident lawyers you need to help fight for your right to compensation after a traumatic car accident. Whether PTSD is your only injury or one of many, contact The Levin Firm today for a free, no-risk consultation online or at (215) 825-5183.

Nov 12
                                          
                                                 Philadelphia Car Accident Attorney

Attorney Gabriel Levin is known as a tenacious fighter who protects his client’s interests as though they were his own; he has tried hundreds of cases and handled a large variety of civil matters, from minor injuries to the catastrophic. Mr. Levin prides himself on preparing every case for trial. While some attorneys view trial as a last resort, he prepares with the assumption that his client’s case will be decided by the jury. Clients know that Gabriel Levin is a very responsive attorney, keeps client fully informed, and always gets back to them in a timely manner.

As a client of Gabriel Levin, you can rest assured that he will personally handle every aspect of your case, from your initial consultation to all communication regarding the progress of your case. This is due to the fact that unlike many other personal injury firms, we do not delegate tasks to a paralegal or an inexperienced associate attorney. When you come in to our office to discuss your case, you will meet personally with Mr. Levin. In addition, while many other firms and attorneys are difficult to contact once your suit has been filed, Mr. Levin maintains an open line with his clients and ensures that he is personally available to his clients throughout the duration of their cases.

Our commitment to personal service for our clients makes the client experience at The Levin Firm significantly different that from other personal injury law firms. Gabriel Levin has over 10 years of experience practicing law in Pennsylvania, and has obtained millions of dollars in compensation for his clients. He is dedicated to helping people injured by the negligence of others recover for their losses through the civil court system.

EDUCATION:
J.D – Temple University – James E. Beasley School of Law – 2002
A.B – Franklin and Marshall College – 1999

WORK EXPERIENCE:
The Levin Firm (Owner) 2005 – Present
Public Defender (Philadelphia Public Defender) 2002 – 2004

ASSOCIATIONS:
Philadelphia Bar Association (Member) 2005 – Present
Temple University School of Law Mock Trial Team (Member)

AWARDS:
Super Lawyer (Super Lawyers) 2015, 2013
Super Lawyer (Pennsylvania Super Lawyers) 2014
Top 40 Under 40 in PA (The National Trial Lawyers) 2013
Rising Star (Super Lawyers) 2012
Rising Star (Pennsylvania Super Lawyers) 2011, 2010
Top 40 Trial Lawyer In PA. Under 40 (The National Trial Lawyers) 2012
Victor Jaczum Award (Temple University) 2002
Regional Champion (American Association for Justice) 2002, 2001
Barrister Award (Temple University) 2001
Regional Champion (North East Criminal Justice Trial Division) 2001
National Champion (American Association for Justice) 2001
Distinguished Major (Victor A. Jackson Award) 1999

PUBLICATIONS:
The Levin Firm Blog (Philadelphia Personal Injury Blog – 2013)

CONTACT:
(Philadelphia Office)
The Levin Firm
1500 John F Kennedy Blvd #620
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Phone: (215) 825-5183
Email: levin@levininjuryfirm.com

(Montgomery County Office)
The Levin Firm
516 DeKalb St
Norristown, PA 19401
Phone: 267-427-2620

(Bucks County Office)
The Levin Firm
922 Bustleton Pike 1st Floor
Feasterville-Trevose, PA 19053
Phone: (267) 427-2621

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