July 19, 2017 at 8:19 pm | Driver vs. Company Liability: Who’s Responsible for My Accident?

If you’ve recently been in an accident involving a commercial truck, you will want to hire an experienced lawyer to represent you for your physical injuries as well as those to your vehicle.  Commercial trucks are typically larger than passenger motor vehicles and have a much higher potential to damage your car and cause injuries due to their size. However, even if the truck driver was clearly at fault the responsibility for whether he pays your damages or his company/employer is responsible can often be difficult to determine.   You will need a Bucks County truck accident attorney to help you navigate your claim and determine who is legally liable.

Typically, a truck accident falls under the legal theory of “respondeat superior.” A Latin phrase that roughly translates to “Let the master answer.” This maxim and legal principle essentially means that a master is liable in certain cases for the wrongful acts of his servant, and a principal for those of his agent.  Thus, a company is often liable for actions of their employee including if they cause an accident.  Not only is the company responsible for their employee’s actions, but they are also responsible for training and ensuring that only qualified, safe, and competent employees are on the road and acting in the interests of the business.

The first thing that you will need to do to hold a company legally liable for damages caused by their employee or agent, is to show that the driver is an employee of the company and that the accident occurred while the employee was acting within the course and scope of his employment responsibilities.  An experienced truck accident lawyer in Bucks County will help you to navigate the differences between an employee and an independent contractor.

Other factors also will determine who can be held accountable for an accident, where drugs or alcohol are involved or if there is an issue about an accident being intentional rather than an accident.  The bottom line is, if you’ve been involved in a truck accident, make sure that you have an experienced and qualified lawyer on your side.

If you wish to learn more about liability, you can contact our expert legal team at the Law Offices of Rovner, Allen, Rovner, Zimmerman & Nash today by calling 215-259-5958 or filling out a contact form on our web site, www.dial-law.com. For over 40 years we have been representing injured clients in Philadelphia, Bucks County, Montgomery County, New Jersey, and the entire Delaware Valley.  If you are injured in an accident call us right away at 215-259-5958 for a free consultation and to learn your rights.

June 5, 2017 at 1:29 pm | Questions to Consider before Pursuing a Personal Injury Claim

No one ever wants to imagine themselves in a situation where they or a loved one is injured in an accident, but unfortunately, many of us will have to face the reality of a being involved in an accident and getting injured due to another’s’ carelessness or negligence.  Pursuing a personal injury claim can help you and your loved ones deal with the burdens (physical, financial and emotional) of an accident, but there are some considerations that must be taken prior to that step. Before you call your trusted Bucks County trip and fall lawyer to pursue a personal injury claim, consider these questions.

Have I taken care of my health first?

The most important thing in any personal injury accident is to treat the injury immediately. If you do not have health insurance and do not know who will pay for your medical care, it may be tempting to try to find legal help first, but failure to treat the injury as soon as possible may cause the injury to get worse, which can leave you partially responsible for the severity of harm.  A good lawyer can always figure out who should be paying for your medical care, but it is the injured person’s responsibility to seek treatment where it is necessary.

Was the accident someone else’s fault?

If you’re looking to pursue a personal injury claim in court, you will need to show that another person or company is liable for the accident that was sustained by you or your loved one. If you believe that you or a good lawyer can show that another party was responsible for the event that caused the accident, consider calling a local personal injury lawyer and discussing your case.

Am I speaking to the right attorneys?

Not all attorneys are created equal! For your personal injury case, you need to contact a law firm that’s experienced in personal injury claims and knows how to get you the compensation that you deserve.

At The Law Offices of Rovner, Allen, Rovner, Zimmerman & Nash, we pride ourselves on putting our clients first, and we will meet with you to discuss your options when pursuing your personal injury claims.

If you wish to learn more about our distinguished team of legal professionals, we encourage you to contact us by calling 215-259-5958 or filling out a contact form on our website to receive a free consultation. Whether you are in Bucks County and seeking a truck accident lawyer or a personal injury attorney, you can turn to our legal experts.

May 2, 2017 at 8:42 pm | Receive Compensation for Your Slip and Fall Accident

According to the National Safety Council, you have a 1-in-127 chance of dying from a fall. Grim, right?

Prepare for more unfortunate statistics:

  • Over 700,000 people are hospitalized each year because they have fallen.
  • Falls are the sixth leading cause of death
  • Falls accounted for 32,000 deaths in 2014
  • These accidents cause over eight million emergency room visits each year

Slip, trip and fall accidents can take place in a variety of different places such as a workplace, house, supermarket, hotel, restaurant, stadium and movie theater. The list can go on, but the common thread is that you can get injured due to the negligence of a landlord, property owner or property manager.

What are some common causes of slip, trip and fall accidents? Here are just a few:

  • Potholes
  • Broken concrete
  • Untreated ice and snow
  • Unlevel concrete
  • Slippery floors
  • Dangerous sidewalks
  • Tripping hazards
  • Low ceilings
  • Broken steps
  • Oily surfaces

Thankfully, you can turn to our professionals at the Law Offices of Rovner, Allen, Rovner, Zimmerman and Nash for legal assistance. If you have suffered such an accident in the Philadelphia region, you can contact a slip and fall attorney to set up an initial consultation.

With over 40 years of experience, our law firm has the knowledge and resources to help you obtain just compensation for your slip and fall accident. We use a number of different methods to support your premises liability claim, and our legal team will also go the extra mile by performing visits to the site of the accident, interviewing witnesses, and reviewing medical records.

We employ and listen to the advice of expert engineers, architects and property managers to research and learn all safety and property management situations which are at issue when proving a case. When you hire a lawyer at our firm, we do all of this to win your case, and you never pay a fee unless we win the case by getting you paid for your injuries and damages.

If you are interested in learning more about our law firm or wish to speak to a Philadelphia-area slip and fall lawyer, you can reach us by calling 215-259-5958 or filling out a quick contact form on our website. We suggest that you contact us in a fairly quick manner as the investigation of slip and fall cases are time-sensitive.

April 3, 2017 at 8:17 pm | Understanding the Difference between Limited and Full Tort Auto Insurance

Spring is finally here. The snow and cold weather are now in the rearview mirror, and you are driving along with the windows down and your favorite band turned up loud. You’re in a good mood until the unexpected happens.

The traffic light turns yellow, and the driver of the car in front of you slams on the breaks, deciding at the last second not to go through the light. Thankfully, you are paying attention and can stop in time to avoid hitting the indecisive driver’s vehicle. Unfortunately, the driver behind you wasn’t as vigilant. The next thing you know, your car is slammed from the rear in a big crash that results in your receiving whiplash and damage to your vehicle.

At the Law Offices of Rovner, Allen, Rovner, Zimmerman & Nash, we represent drivers, passengers, pedestrians and anyone involved in an auto accident. When choosing a personal injury or worker’s compensation lawyer in Philadelphia from our firm, you are making the decision to go with experience and reputation.

We use our 40-plus years of practice to both secure favorable legal results for our clients and educate them on various aspects of the law. With that being said, knowing the difference between limited and full tort is important. Many law firms will not even handle cases where you have limited tort insurance.  At Rovner, Allen, Rovner, Zimmerman & Nash we will fight for you regardless of whether you are full tort or limited tort.  So, how do these legal options affect you after you’ve been in an accident?

Limited Tort

Limited tort offers you savings on your monthly car insurance bill, but it often isn’t worth it in the long run when you want to seek reimbursement for your pain and suffering. For just a little savings you give up thousands of dollars of your rights against the person that is at fault.

With limited tort insurance, the person that is at fault does not have to pay for your non-economic damages like pain and suffering unless you sustain what is called a serious injury.  Only serious injuries are covered under limited tort. These instances include if someone was killed, suffered a serious impairment of a bodily function or sustained a permanent or serious disfigurement. Insurance companies will fight these cases by claiming that your injuries do not meet the threshold.

Often your insurance company will trick you into getting limited tort insurance by telling you that it is “full coverage.”  Full coverage just means that your insurance meets the state requirements; it does not give you the right to recover for your non-economic injuries without argument.   Limited tort insurance only benefits the person that is at fault in allowing them to cause you harm and damage but not have to pay for it.  In New Jersey, this same concept is called the Limitation on Lawsuit or Limitation on Right to Sue policy.  The exceptions and ways to overcome the limited right to sue or verbal threshold in New Jersey is a bit different than in Pennsylvania but our lawyers will be able to review and explain your situation.

Full Tort

With full tort insurance, you have the right to seek damages from the person at fault for all pain or suffering, regardless of how significant that pain or injury may be.  Full tort insurance costs a bit more but gives you the most protection.  In New Jersey, this is called no limitation on lawsuit or no threshold.

Your choice of getting limited tort or full tort comes down to the level of protection that you want. No matter what type of insurance you have, one of our lawyers will thoroughly review your claim and will explain all of your insurance options and fight for you to receive just compensation.  Remember that once an accident occurs, you cannot change your insurance choices.  Make the best choices now, before an accident happens, and call us if you have questions or need your policy choices reviewed.

You can find out more about the differences between these thresholds and full and limited tort by contacting the Law Offices of Rovner, Allen, Rovner, Zimmerman & Nash at 215-259-5958 to receive a free consultation from a personal injury or worker’s compensation attorney in the Philadelphia region.

February 27, 2017 at 1:21 pm | Workers’ Compensation: Understanding What a Claim Involves

A workplace injury can be devastating to you and your family. In addition to getting proper treatment for your injury, you can be burdened with medical bills and lost wages, making the need to timely file a workers’ compensation claim crucial.

If you are searching for a workers’ compensation attorney in the Philadelphia area, look no further than the Law Offices of Rovner, Allen, Rovner, Zimmerman & Nash. Our goal is to provide you with comprehensive representation and work with you every step of the way to make sure you get the full just compensation you deserve and are entitled to receive under the law.

You are likely eligible for workers’ compensation benefits if you suffered an injury while working or have fallen ill due to do a work-related condition or incident. Often times, employers try to force injured workers back to work before they have fully healed and they are still not physically able to perform the same job as before they were injured.  A workers compensation claim can protect an injured worker from being forced back to the job when they are not able to perform.  These injuries can be something simple or more complex. Here is a short list of some common workplace injuries:

  • Back injury
  • Broken bones
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Loss of a limb
  • Vision-related injury
  • Hearing loss
  • Temporary or permanent disability
  • Cancer

Unfortunately, some injuries can result in death. The surviving dependents of the deceased worker could also be entitled to benefits. Workers’ compensation laws have been established to protect the financial security of the victim and their family.

In the Numbers

According to the United States Department of Labor, there were approximately 2.9 million cases of non-fatal workplace injuries and illnesses reported by private industry employees in 2015. Just how prevalent were these cases?

The Department of Labor’s report states that a non-fatal workplace injury or illness occurs at a rate of three cases per 100 full-time workers, which is actually a decline from five cases per 100 workers in 2003.

Scope of Benefits

If you do find yourself in need of workers’ compensation benefits, you or your dependents can receive:

  1. Payments for Lost Wages
  2. Payments for your Medical Bills
  3. Medical Care
  4. Death Benefits
  5. Specific Loss Benefits

You also may be able to bring a claim against a non-work related entity for negligence and causing you harm, where you may be entitled to damages for pain, suffering, and loss of life’s pleasures.

Importance of Experienced Representation

Hiring an experienced workman’s compensation attorney in Philadelphia from a law firm such as the Law Offices of Rovner, Allen, Rovner, Zimmerman & Nash will provide you with results you seek. Our attorneys have a history of success when securing workers’ compensation awards. We understand what it takes to get you your just benefits and will be there for every stage of your case.

If you are interested in finding out more information about our workers’ compensation representation, we encourage you to call 215-259-5958 or fill out a form on our website.