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Apr 30, 2021 - Car Accidents

Tactics Used by Insurance Companies to Reduce Liability

If you’ve suffered a personal injury caused by a car or truck accident, an accident caused by unsafe conditions on someone else’s property, a manufacturer’s defective product, a construction accident, an animal attack, or a pedestrian, bicycle, or motorcycle accident, you’ll likely be dealing with an insurance company that is obligated to pay for your damages.  It’s important to understand that insurance companies are just like any other business: their primary goal is to make money. Even your own insurance company will likely try to offer you an undervalued settlement amount with the enticement of a quick payout. If you or a loved one have suffered an injury or serious injury in Pennsylvania, contact a Bethlehem accident attorney at Drake, Hileman & Davis before talking to your insurance company about anything beyond the very basics, such as contact or policy information. How Insurance Companies May Try to Reduce Their Liability Most insurance companies have time-tested strategies for bullying you into accepting a lowball settlement offer. Some of these tactics are discussed below. Claim Denial Insurance companies often outright deny accident claims for various reasons, the most common of which are lack of proper filing forms or non-coverage of your injuries. In this way, they can reduce their bottom line. The company hopes that by denying your claim, you will simply give up and go away. Claim Delays Another common insurance company tactic is to delay claims, hoping you’ll tire of the process or that you’ll let the statutory time for […]

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Apr 28, 2021 - Personal Injury

Ways Social Media Can Hurt Personal Injury Claims

In today’s society, it’s second nature to share your life with family and friends using social media. Nonetheless, social media users who have a pending personal injury claim have to refrain from sharing any details regarding their claim and exercise extreme caution in general. Sharing your profile information,  comments, posts, pictures, and videos on social media can undermine your claim by giving opposing counsel information that they can, and will, use against you. If you or a loved one have suffered an injury or serious injury in Pennsylvania, contact an Allentown personal injury lawyer at Drake, Hileman & Davis before posting anything on social media. How Social Media Can Damage Your Claim Although social media can foster many positive changes, it can hurt your chances of success when you’re bringing a personal injury claim. If you say something on social media that hurts your claim, it will damage your chances of recovery, even to the extent of a dismissal of your claim. Anything you say or show has the potential to call the facts of your claim into doubt or even just make you look bad in front of a jury. Your Social Media Posts May Be Subject to Discovery Requests Remember that during the “discovery” phase of your claim (in other words, the fact-gathering phase), defendants have the legal right to seek as much information as they can about you, including information that is not public record. Even if you’re using privacy settings, an opposing lawyer can request (or […]

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Apr 23, 2021 - Slip and Fall

Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents

Slip and fall accidents, sometimes known as slip, trip, and fall accidents, send thousands of people to emergency rooms across the U.S. every year. These accidents can cause a wide variety of injuries, from scrapes and bruises to even death. If you or a loved one have suffered an injury from a slip and fall accident in Pennsylvania, let the Bethlehem slip and fall lawyers at Drake, Hileman & Davis help. What Are the Most Common Causes of Slip and Fall Injuries? Slip and fall accidents are among the most common accidents experienced by their unfortunate victims. These accidents often result from someone else’s negligence or failure to maintain a safe environment on their property. Some of the most common causes for slip and fall accidents include: Inadequate Safety Maintenance. When a property owner fails to safely maintain their property, visitors are often the victims of slip and fall accidents. In particular, unsafe working environments, such as construction sites, are also the cause of numerous work-related slip and fall injuries. Environmental Conditions. Dangerous environmental conditions are also responsible for a large number of slip and fall accidents. These conditions may include debris on floors, poor lighting, cables run across walkways, and even open desk drawers or misplaced furniture. Particular Industries. Some industry workplaces or professions, such as construction, restaurants, custodial, and factories, are simply more prone to slip and fall accidents than others.  Flooring Conditions. Uneven and wet floors, and even transitions from one type of flooring to another type, […]

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Apr 16, 2021 - Wrongful Death

Wrongful Death of a Minor Child

There are very few, if any, more tragic circumstances than the loss of a minor child. When a child dies because of someone’s negligence, the law recognizes that parents have a claim to recover for the child’s wrongful death. If you have lost a child due to some other person or entity’s behavior, contact a Stroudsburg wrongful death lawyer at Drake, Hileman & Davis for help. We understand that you are experiencing indescribable suffering and will handle your wrongful death claim with compassion, respect, and effectiveness. Wrongful Death in Pennsylvania  “Wrongful death” refers to the death of a person resulting from a wrongful act of another person, including negligence, vehicular manslaughter, manslaughter, murder, or intentional acts (or “torts”) such as assault and/or battery. When this occurs, the deceased person’s beneficiaries are entitled to bring a wrongful death claim in civil court, which is not precluded by any criminal charges against that person or entity. Wrongful deaths of minor children are commonly caused by someone else’s negligence, such as negligent driving, or premises liability, such as leaving the gate to a swimming pool open. Who Can Be Beneficiaries in a Wrongful Death Claim? In Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Wrongful Death Act (“the Act”) controls who can be considered a beneficiary in any Pennsylvania wrongful death claim. Generally speaking, beneficiaries include the spouse, children, or parents of the deceased person. Parents are required to show dependency on the victim to be considered beneficiaries.  Although complete dependency is not required, if either or both […]

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Apr 9, 2021 - Personal Injury

What Causes Paralysis?

Paralysis is the loss or impairment of voluntary movement in a body part, most often caused by a problem somewhere along the chain of nerve cells that deliver the signals from your brain to the body part muscles that tells them to move. If you or a loved one have suffered a paralyzing injury due to someone else’s negligence or intentional wrongful act, let an Easton personal injury lawyer at Drake, Hileman & Davis help. Types of Paralysis There are many types of paralysis, all with varying levels of seriousness, including: Complete Paralysis. This type of paralysis is when you can’t move or control your paralyzed muscles in any way and also may not be able to feel anything in those muscles. Partial or Incomplete Paralysis. This type of paralysis is when you have some feeling in your paralyzed muscles and possibly some control over these muscles.  Permanent. This type of paralysis is when muscle control never comes back. Temporary. This type of paralysis is when some or all muscle control returns. Localized Paralysis. This type of paralysis affects only one specific area of your body, such as your vocal cords, hands, feet, or face. Generalized Paralysis. This type of paralysis is more widespread and usually depends on where your brain or spinal cord injury is located. Generalized paralysis can be further categorized by how much of the body is paralyzed: Monoplegia only affects one limb, for example, an arm or a leg. Hemiplegia affects only one side of the […]

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Apr 2, 2021 - Personal Injury

Recovering from Back Injuries

If you have injured your back, it can be a disheartening and debilitating challenge to overcome. Nonetheless, with some simple lifestyle changes, plenty of rest, and competent medical care, you can substantially increase your odds for a full recovery. If your back pain persists and does not at least start to get better within a few days, it’s best to see a healthcare professional for advice on how to proceed. Back injuries are among the most severe types of injury you can suffer from. Even more frustrating is the fact that back injuries often don’t become symptomatic for days, weeks, or months after an accident. If you’ve suffered a back injury caused by a car or truck accident, an accident caused by unsafe conditions on someone else’s property, a construction accident, or a pedestrian, bicycle, or motorcycle accident, let the Bethlehem back injury lawyers at Drake, Hileman & Davis help. The Do’s and Don’ts of Caring for Your Back Injury A few tips on recovering from a back injury can go a long way towards the healing process and a shorter and more certain recovery. Some of the do’s and don’ts include: Do’s Immediately after you experience back pain, stop whatever you were doing to cause the pain and apply ice to numb the area and reduce inflammation. Ice should be applied for about 20 minutes every 6-to-8 hours for 2-to-3 days. Remember not to apply ice directly to your skin but use some type of damp cloth or a […]

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Mar 31, 2021 - Personal Injury

How Do I Know if My Back Injury is Serious?

Back injuries are a common result of many automobile accidents. During a collision, the forces in play are powerful indeed, and your back is comparatively not nearly as strong. Injuries to the back’s bones, joints, connective tissue, muscles, and/or nerves can cause pain and severe discomfort.

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Mar 29, 2021 - Easton Car Accident Lawyer

Whom Can I Sue After a Car Accident?

For many people, especially newer drivers, driving can be a fun experience. Rolling down the highway, listening to music, and turning your thoughts away from any personal difficulties, can be an exhilarating and liberating experience.  However, all of this disappears in an instant if you’re unfortunate enough to be involved in an automobile or motorcycle accident. If you’ve been in a collision, you probably have many questions, especially if you’ve been injured or have property damage.

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Mar 22, 2021 - Personal Injury

How Much is Pain and Suffering Worth in Pennsylvania?

If you have been hurt due to someone else’s negligent or wrongful intentional conduct, you’re probably wondering just how much compensation you can recover for pain and suffering. Pain and suffering is a term used to refer to the compensation you may recover for the physical or emotional distress resulting from an injury.

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