Catastrophic Injuries

Catastrophic injury cases involve so-called “life-ruining” injuries requiring lifelong and intensive medical care. Injuries to newborn babies as a result of malpractice. and accidents resulting in paralyzing injuries are included among these most horrific scenarios. In these cases, it is essential that the client and his care-taking family receive sufficient financial recovery through trial or settlement to ensure that the injured victim’s medical needs and living expenses are met for the rest of his or her life.

If you or a loved one have suffered catastrophic injuries as a result of medical malpractice or an accident, call one of our personal injury lawyers today for a free consultation.

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Construction Accidents

Construction sites are among the most dangerous workplaces in America. Each year, nearly a thousand construction workers are killed and five hundred thousand are injured in falls, electrocution, crane accidents, scaffold accidents, welding, cutting and brazing accidents, and accidents caused by dangerous machinery. When a construction employee is injured, he can usually receive wage and medical benefits through workers’ compensation. And when the injury is caused as a result of defective machinery, or by the negligence of the architects, project owners, other contractors, or their employees, the construction worker can bring a civil lawsuit for damages that can far exceed what is available through workers’ compensation.

If you have been injured on a construction site, call our office immediately and speak with one of our experienced investigators.

There can be many dangers on a construction site, depending on the size, complexity and the nature of the work being done. Although less than one percent of the American workforce is involved in construction 20.5% of fatalities among private employees in 2014 were in the construction industry, according to the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration: Link to: https://www.osha.gov/oshstats/commonstats.html]

 Injuries on a construction site should be taken seriously.

There may be a wide variety of parties involved at a construction site with different responsibilities, including,

  • The site’s owner,
  • General (or prime) contractor and subcontractors,
  • Construction managers,
  • Equipment and material suppliers, and
  • Architects and engineers.

The larger the project the more likely work and legal responsibilities will be delegated to a larger number of companies. If you are injured on a construction site to try to determine who is responsible you need to look at the extent of a party’s control over the premises and the degree of their control over the work itself. The construction site owner may have effectively given up control of the site to the general or prime contractor.

General and subcontractors must provide a construction site that is reasonably safe. They have a legal duty to,

  • Warn of any defects or hazards at the site and hazards inherent in the work being done.
  • Ensure that, to the degree, they have control over a part of the work being performed, that work is being performed safely. This includes the hiring of reasonably competent employees and complying with safety regulations.

Architects and engineers have differing responsibilities which should be spelled out in their contract with the site owner. Duties may cover observing the work to ensure compliance with plans and specifications as well as site inspection to make sure safety rules and regulations are being met. In addition, design professionals are held to certain standards in performing professional services and may be held liable for injuries as a result of a failure to meet those standards.

If a piece of equipment or the material being used is to blame for an injury the company that made it, marketed it, sold it, maintained or controlled it may be held legally responsible.

If you or a loved one has been injured at a construction site, contact our office. Given the number of parties involved and the potential number of defendants, this is not the type of injury you want to try to settle on your own. Statutes of limitations apply so call us today.

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FELA / Railroad Accidents

We are your transportation attorneys

The Myers Firm is made up of experienced FELA attorneys who have handled every type of railroad claim to a successful resolution. We have helped railroaders working with AMTRAK, SEPTA, Norfolk Southern, CSX, NJ Transit, Metro North, Long Island Rail, PATH, Keolis, Canadian Pacific, and many others. Our years of experience as railroad attorneys has ensured that we are familiar with every nuance of the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA), which is the law that controls all issues pertaining to railroad injuries.

Have questions? Our investigators are railroad experts who spent years on the railroad as proud union members. No one knows more about railroad litigation than The Myers Firm Team.

Call now to speak with one of our investigators: 1-800-290-6888 or e-mail us at info@MFLaw.com

The congress of the United States in 1908 found it necessary to pass special legislation to protect the rights of railroad employees injured in the performance of their work. This was necessitated by the hazardous nature of railroading. Unlike most people, railroad workers do not receive workman’s compensation when they are injured at work. Instead, their remedy is under the FELA.

In addition to the FELA, railroads are governed by the following statutes:

Safety Appliance Act (SAA) — The SAA holds the railroads liable for injuries caused by defective equipment such as broken couplers, unsecure grab irons, ladders or steps, and malfunctioning hand and air brakes.

Locomotive Inspection Act (LIA) — The LIA holds the railroads liable for injuries caused by certain defects and dangerous conditions on locomotives.

Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) — In addition to the FELA, SAA and LIA, the Federal Railroad Administration has codified extensive regulations setting forth safety standards and procedures governing railroad equipment and operations.

Recovery of Damages you are entitled to
The FELA, SAA and LIA give you the right to recover damages for:

Past and future lost wages and benefits
Past and future medical expenses
Pain and suffering
Loss of life’s pleasures
Scarring and disfigurement

If you have been injured while working on the railroad, contact us for a free consultation.

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Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice is one of the most serious health risks facing our country today. In 1995, the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee reported that medical malpractice injures 1.3 million hospitalized Americans annually and kills 100,000 people each year, making medical mistakes the third leading cause of preventable deaths, behind only cigarette smoking and alcohol abuse. Sadly, the response from the medical community and its insurers has been to launch a massive campaign complaining against malpractice lawsuits and seeking to impose limits on the amounts juries can award to the families of patients killed or catastrophically injured by medical error.

Medical malpractice cases are complex and hard-fought. It is important that injured patients secure legal representation by experienced trial attorneys with the know-how, will, and resources to investigate the case thoroughly, marshal the evidence needed to prove that the physician breached the standard of care, and see the fight through to the courtroom and verdict. The Myers Firm is committed to prosecuting medical error that injures our clients and we fight hard to hold health care providers accountable for their mistakes.

If you believe you or a loved one may have been injured through medical malpractice, you can have the case reviewed by an independent physician hired by your attorney. The Myers Firm has access to a large group of experienced and honest physicians who aren’t afraid to review another doctor or hospital’s medical care and to tell the truth in court if they find malpractice. Call one of our personal injury lawyers today for a free consultation.

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Motor Vehicle Accidents

Every year, tens of thousands of Americans die in motor vehicle accidents caused by other drivers who speed, tailgate, run stop signs and red lights, fall asleep, drive drunk, text on their cell phones or tamper with their radios while driving. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics show that in 2001 alone, more than 41,000 Americans were killed and 3,000,000 more were injured in motor vehicle accidents.

In the event that you are involved in an automobile accident, even if you are not at fault, you will be forced to deal with your insurance company. Do you have “full tort” or “limited tort”? Are your “Uninsured Motorist” and “Underinsured Motorist” coverages sufficient? Who will pay for your medical bills?

Our Philadelphia accident attorneys have handled every type of motor vehicle accident case and have resolved every type of insurance issue that may arise during your case. We have battled with the insurance companies and won. If you or a loved one have been involved in a motor vehicle accident, you can feel confident that The Myers Firm will help you get compensated for your injuries.

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Nursing Home Abuse

One and a half million Americans are presently living in 17,000 registered nursing home and elder care facilities. This number is expected to rise to 5 million people within thirty years. Many nursing homes try to maximize profit by using under-trained and unqualified help. Conservative estimates state that one of three homes in America will be affected by abuse of an elder relative in a nursing home.

The Myers Firm is at the forefront of this type of case. We are familiar with the signs of nursing home abuse, the codes of standards, nursing home requirements, State Agency rules and the various types of abuse suffered by nursing home residents. Call one of our Philadelphia injury attorneys today for a free consultation.

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Premises Liability

Premises liability actions traditionally fall into three main categories: Fall and Crush Injuries, Criminal Attacks & Dram Shop Actions. The personal injury attorneys at The Myers Firm can assist you with all types of these cases.

Fall and Crush Injuries
Thousands of Americans are injured each year because people and companies fail to keep their sidewalks, stairs, and indoor walking areas level and free of debris, ice, snow, and other substances. Many people, for example, slip in grocery stores when an item falls off a shelf and spills into the aisle. Other people have been seriously injured at large home improvement stores by unsecured items falling onto them from overhead.

Criminal Attacks
Another category of premises liability cases are those that arise from criminal attacks caused by a landlord’s failure to provide sufficient security. Increasingly, newspapers are reporting incidents of female tenants who have been attacked in their apartments by unknown assailants. People are also being attacked in poorly patrolled shopping mall and restaurant parking lots, train stations, and other highly trafficked areas. Many states now impose liability on landlords and other property owners who negligently fail to provide adequate security to protect tenants, customers, shoppers and employees from foreseeable criminal attacks.

Dram Shop Actions
Every year, many Americans are injured as a result of drunk drivers, or drunk patrons in bars and restaurants. Many states impose liability on the operators of bars and restaurants for injuries their intoxicated patrons cause to other people. If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident caused by a drunk driver, or have been assaulted by a drunk person inside of a bar or restaurant, please call us today for a free consultation.

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Unsafe & Defective Products

Every year, thousands of Americans are injured by defective and dangerous products at home and at work. Unsafe automobiles, machinery lacking adequate hand-guards, appliances that spark and cause fires are all examples of defective products.

It’s obvious when you’ve been injured using a product. Whether that accident is the result of a legally defective product is not always so clear. Most manufacturers are sophisticated litigants. They have in-house attorneys and large outside law firms who go to great lengths to defeat potential injury claims involving their company’s products. And they begin building their defense the minute a potential case is reported to them.

To know whether you have a case against a product manufacturer, have your situation reviewed by a skilled attorney working in conjunction with an engineer or other experts familiar with the type of product involved. The personal injury attorneys at The Myers Firm have access to a network of knowledgeable and trustworthy experts who can inspect and test products and determine whether they are unreasonably dangerous or defective. Don’t sit on your rights while they are working hard to fight against you.

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