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Personal Injury Litigation


If you've suffered or experienced any of the following, Howard is your personal injury lawyer for a hassle-free lawsuit and well-earned justice.

Brain Injury
Brain injuries, also referred to as "brain damage," are caused by a wide range of internal and external factors. Traumatic brain injury (TBI), the most common category of brain damage, stems from physical trauma or head injury caused by an outside source. TBI usually leaves the victim with a diminished or altered state of consciousness, and it may even lead to permanent or temporary impairment of cognitive, physical and psychosocial functions.

Workers' Compensation
Workers' compensation is a form of insurance that provides wage replacement and medical benefits to employees who are injured because of their job -- either while working or as a result of the work. When an employee chooses to pursue workers' comp, he or she waives the right to sue his or her employer for negligence.

Motor Vehicle Accident
Traffic collisions may result in injury, property damage and/or death. Individuals involved in motor vehicle accidents can be held financially liable for injuries to passengers and drivers, property damage and fatalities. Because these costs often exceed the average driver's annual income, most U.S. states require drivers to carry liability insurance. However, in the event of severe injuries or fatalities, victims may seek damages in civil court -- compensation that may significantly exceed the value of insurance.

Tractor Trailer Accidents
Tractor Trailer accidents are complicated, usually far more severe and handled differently than typical motor vehicle accidents. Investigators of the trucking company are often involved immediately at the scene of the accident to gather information and evidence. This is to protect themselves and their drivers from financial responsibility. Therefore it is imperative to contact an attorney who is knowledgeable and familiar with the vehicle codes and regulations involving commercial trucks.

Insurance Bad Faith
Insurance companies owe a duty of "good faith" and fair dealing to the persons they insure. Unique to the United States' legal system, insurance bad faith is a tort claim that an insured person makes against his or her insurance company for acting dishonestly or failing to comply with the agreed upon contract. This tort claim can be made in addition to a standard breach of contract claim.

The tort-contract distinction is significant because contract claims do not allow for provisions of punitive or exemplary damages, while tort claims do. Therefore, the victim of an insurance bad faith case may be able to recover a larger amount than the original face value of the policy -- especially if the insurance company acted particularly egregiously.

Bus Or Train Accident
Bus and train accidents are rare, but when they do occur -- more so in large metropolitan areas, like Philadelphia -- they can be quite severe due to the size and speed of the vehicles. These are often complex cases that require qualified and diligent legal assistance to acquire compensation.

Bus accidents may involve a SEPTA bus, a school bus or any commercial bus or shuttle. An operator's negligence can cause a passenger to slip and fall, which may result in minor injuries, like cuts and bruises, or larger damages that range from broken bones to permanent brain injuries.

Injuries from train accidents -- which may result from a derailment, collision, equipment failure or inadequate/nonexistent safety devices -- can be quite critical, such as spinal cord injuries and debilitating damage that requires surgery or even results in death. According to the Federal Railroad Administration Office of Safety Analysis, there were 11,185 total train-related accidents and incidents in 2011. Of the 689* fatalities, 245 occurred from a highway-rail incident, which involves any impact between a rail and a highway user at a crossing site -- this includes motor vehicles and other highway, roadway or sidewalk users at both public and private crossings.

*Most fatalities involve trespassing incidents, not incidents at crossings.

Homeowners Insurance
Homeowners insurance covers accidents that may occur on a homeowner's property, such as all-terrain vehicle incidents, injuries from faulty products and slip-and-fall mishaps. While a homeowner's insurance policy can provide much-needed compensation, this damage reimbursement is not easy to obtain. These policies are not only complex, but insurance companies may also attempt to avoid paying the full compensation. That's why it's crucial to have a competent personal injury lawyer on your side for these cases.

Large Case Personal Injury Litigation
These cases are simply personal injury lawsuits that involve larger entities -- large corporations, heavy claims and/or victims with substantial resources.

Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice is professional negligence, either by act or omission, by a health care provider in which the treatment provided does not meet the accepted standard of practice and causes injury or death to a patient. Most cases involve medical error.

Standards and regulations for medical malpractice vary according to the country and jurisdiction in which the negligence occurs. Medical professionals often obtain professional liability insurances to mitigate the risks and costs of medical malpractice lawsuits.

Premises Liability
A landowner is liable for certain accidents that occur on property, or "premises," that he or she owns or is responsible for. Premises liability law regulates the compensation that a landowner must provide for persons who are injured on these premises.

Compensation may be awarded to persons who suffer injuries caused by a variety of hazardous conditions, such as open excavations, uneven pavement, standing water, crumbling curbs, wet floors, uncleared snow, icy walkways, falling objects, inadequate security, insufficient lighting, concealed holes, improperly secured mats or defects in chairs or benches.

Products Liability
Manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, retailers and anyone who makes products available to the public are held responsible for any injuries those products cause. Product liability is traditionally limited to products in the form of tangible personal property.

Wrongful Death
Wrongful death is a claim in common law jurisdictions against a person whose negligence or unlawful acts are responsible for another person's death. The claim is made through civil action, usually by close relatives of the decedent, in an effort to receive compensation for their losses. Every state has a wrongful death statute, although the specific laws may differ greatly.

The Compensation You Deserve And The Attorney You Need

Personal injuries happen anywhere -- on the road, at work or even at home. They often happen in a matter of seconds, but the consequences can be devastating and long-lasting ... or even permanent. When you've suffered an injury due to someone else's negligence, you deserve compensation and you deserve someone to fight for it.

You need an attorney with the resolve to fight for your rights and the levelheaded aggression to go head-to-head with insurance companies. You need an experienced professional who's strategic and thorough, with the proven strategies to win fair and full compensation to pay for your recovery. This compensation covers past and future medical bills, lost income and any disability, disfigurement, physical pain and emotional distress.

With a team of industry experts -- his "feet on the street" -- and his proven methodologies that have won cases for hundreds of clients, Howard is your solution to restitution and resting easy about your personal injury litigation.

He doesn't get paid unless he obtains a recovery on your behalf.

Plain and simple: Howard doesn't get paid until you do. He handles your personal injury claim on a contingency basis so legal bills don't compound any financial stress from your injuries.

Act Now, Don't Regret Later

Pennsylvania law limits the amount of time during which you can file your claim for relief. You need to consult your attorney immediately following your injury, when witness recollections are fresh and evidence is available. Howard works around your schedule and limitations, offering appointments on weekends and evenings. If need-be, he'll make house calls to ensure the timely and thorough investigation of your claim.

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