CIVIL VERDICTS - PREMISES LIABILITY * Estate of Joan DeMarco v. The Marquis - Decedent business tenant of apartment/office complex owner murdered by former employee of defendant in violent assault during office burglary. Plaintiff's estate alleged negligent security theory of liability against defendant. Settlement negotiated with responsible insurance company in excess of One Million Two Hundred Thousand ($1,200,000.00) Dollars prior to trial. * Khaled Bakar v. Home Properties, Inc. - Plaintiff was standing on third floor balcony of friend's apartment owned by defendant, when the floor suddenly collapsed causing plaintiff to fall to ground. Plaintiff sustained fractured ribs, non-displaced tibia fracture and herniated disc, which was treated with physical therapy and multiple epidural injections. Montgomery County jury returned a verdict in the amount of Seven Hundred and Sixty Nine Thousand ($769,000.00) Dollars. Plaintiff filed Motion for Delay Damages which was granted and case was settled for Nine Hundred Thousand ($900,000.00) Dollars. * CIVIL VERDICTS - AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENTS * Riccardo v. Kim - Plaintiff sustained fractured cervical vertebrae at C5-6 level which required two surgeries and metal screws, arising from a two vehicle automobile accident. Out-of-court settlement negotiated with responsible insurance carriers in amount of Four Hundred Thousand ($400,000.00) Dollars prior to trial. * Estate of Robert Kane v. Joseph Falco - Decedent killed while passenger in one-car accident where intoxicated driver lost control of vehicle. Wrongful death claim settlement negotiated with responsible insurance company in the amount of Six Hundred and Sixty Thousand ($660,000.00) Dollars prior to trial. * Vinnie Moss v. Baldi Transportation/Erie Insurance Company - Plaintiff awarded Two Hundred Thirty Five Thousand ($235,000.00) Dollars by jury after trial. Defendant trucking company bankrupt and uninsured. Uninsured motorist claim settlement negotiated with plaintiff's insurance company in the amount of Two Hundred Thousand ($200,00.00) Dollars. * CIVIL VERDICTS - LIQUOR LIABILITY * Gerald & Irene Kane v. Dublin Wine and Spirits and Commonwealth of PA - Plaintiff husband and wife sustained multiple injuries in head-on collision with drunk driver. Husband-plaintiff sustained head injury resulting in brain hemorrhage and coma, with substantial recovery. Wife-plaintiff sustained broken ankle. Out-of-court settlement successfully negotiated against defendants prior to trial. Husband's claim - Two Hundred Forty Thousand ($240,000.00) Dollars. Wife's claim - Ninety Thousand ($90,000.00) Dollars. (Bucks County)* Edward Pisarek v. Adriatric Club - Plaintiff police officer assaulted while on duty by intoxicated bar patron skilled in martial arts. Plaintiff sustained permanent partial hearing loss and multiple lacerations. Non-jury trial verdict in favor of plaintiff and against defendant in amount of One Hundred Fifty Thousand ($150,000.00) Dollars. (Philadelphia County) CIVIL VERDICTS - PRODUCT LIABILITY* Keith Rosenberger v. Galoob Toys, Inc. - Plaintiff sustained temporary partial loss of vision in one eye with increased risk of future glaucoma, when struck in eye by defendants' children's toy, while plaintiff demonstrated newly purchased toy for child. Out-of-court settlement successfully negotiated against defendants in the amount of One Hundred Fifty Thousand ($150,000.00) Dollars prior to trial. (Montgomery County)* Raymond Cost v. Caterpillar, Inc. - Plaintiff sustained partial amputation of his lower leg, when his foot was crushed in an unguarded pinchpoint of rotating couplings inside engine area, while plaintiff was performing maintenance of defendant's heavy trash compactor/metal shearer. Out-of-court settlement successfully negotiated against defendant in the amount of Four Hundred Seventy Five Thousand ($475,000.00) Dollars prior to trial. (Montgomery County)

It takes only a moment to throw your life into chaos — a wrong turn, a wrong step, a brief distraction — and suddenly you are facing weeks, months, even a lifetime, of pain and loss. You or a loved one could be scarred, disabled, or worse — unable to work and staring at a steadily mounting pile of overdue bills. And making it worse is when it is due to someone else’s negligence. You deserve compensation for the physical and financial costs of your personal injury, and the Chester County personal injury lawyers of McMahon, McMahon & Lentz will work to aide your recovery.

Is It Negligence?

If you are injured in an accident, receiving compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other expenses is not a given. You must prove that the negligence of others caused or contributed to the mishap. Negligence can be a matter of action or inaction. Legal proof of negligence hinges on meeting the following conditions:

  • The other party owed you a duty of reasonable care. In other words, they were responsible for taking precautions to prevent injuries.
  • The party violated that duty by their actions or failure to act. They put others in harm’s way by creating or failing to correct a hazardous situation or condition.
  • You were injured as a result of the party’s action(s) or inaction.
  • You would not have been injured had it not been for the action(s) or inaction of the other party.

If the circumstances of your accident satisfy these requirements, you may have grounds for filing a lawsuit, and you should immediately contact a Chester County personal injury attorney at McMahon, McMahon & Lentz.

Examples of Negligence Causing Accidents and Injuries

Personal injury accidents can occur anywhere, at any time. A crack in the pavement, a frayed electrical cord, a brick falling from a building site — there are scores of hazards waiting to inflict harm on people, many dangers created or ignored due to the negligence of others.

One of the most publicized types of vehicular negligence is “distracted driving,” in which drivers engage in eating, drinking, texting, checking their makeup, or other actions that occupy their attention. Even a second’s distraction can cause a wreck, so many drivers — even normally cautious ones — tempt fate on a regular basis. The Transportation Safety Group at the National Safety Council found that nearly 80 percent of car collisions are caused by distracted driving.

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, there were 4,541 traffic crashes in Chester County in 2011. More than 1,800 of these resulted in injuries, and 35 caused fatalities, for a total of 40 deaths. Crashes even took the lives of seven pedestrians.

Contact a Personal Injury Law Firm in Chester County

Proper documentation is critical in establishing negligence as the cause of a personal injury. Police reports and photographs of an accident scene can help prove negligence, as can witnesses or records of an existing unsafe condition. You should also waste no time contacting a personal injury lawyer in Chester County. Call McMahon, McMahon & Lentz today at 800-859-6262 to discuss your options and determine if negligence caused your injury and you have a right to collect damages.

And remember, we work on a contingency basis.   No Fee Unless We Win!