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Types Of Personal Injury Cases We Address

As a personal injury law firm, John A. Caputo & Associates, P.C., can assist you in litigation, trial or settlement to collect compensation for serious or catastrophic injuries or death. Personal injury can be one of the most complicated areas of law and without the right attorney by your side, you may find yourself overwhelmed and confused.

For more than 40 years, our firm has provided residents of Pittsburgh with trustworthy legal advice.

Accidents That Our Injury Attorneys Can Assist You With

No matter how you are injured, if negligence is the cause, a personal injury lawyer can help. Following are some common types of personal injuries with which we can assist you:

  • Automobile accidents: Behaviors like tailgating and speeding often cause serious automobile accidents. As a result, other drivers and passengers may be injured. The types of injuries people sustain in car accidents vary from severe to catastrophic.
  • Truck accidents: Due to their massive weight and size, truck accidents can cause catastrophic injury and death.
  • Medical malpractice: Hospitals are the last place many people expect to be injured. Unfortunately, physicians, nurses and surgeons make medical mistakes that are capable of causing serious injury or even death.
  • Products liability: Manufacturers and product designers have a duty to the public to ensure that their products are safe and free of defects or contain sufficient warning labels. Defective products may result in any number of personal injuries or can even cause death.
  • Premises Liability: If someone’s stairs are unmaintained or a business doesn’t adequately warn customers of hazards, it’s important to call attention to this negligence.

Vicarious Liability And How It Impacts Personal Injury Claims

As a victim of someone’s negligence, vicarious liability could be the key to securing the compensation you deserve after an accident.

Vicarious liability is a legal doctrine known as “respondeat superior,” which roughly translates into “let the master answer.” Essentially, it holds one party responsible for the negligent actions of another, even if they weren’t directly involved, because the negligent party is under their control.

In Pennsylvania, vicarious liability often arises in personal injury claims involving employees who caused injuries while acting within the scope of their employment or agency. Personal injury law says the employer or principal may be held liable for the damages. This makes sense because it spreads the burden of any financial losses to the party that can (most likely) afford it the best.

This rule can significantly impact your personal injury claim as it allows you to pursue compensation from the individual who directly caused the harm and others, like their employer. For example, if a delivery driver injures you while making a delivery, the driver and the company may both be liable for your injuries and damages.

If you are an injured person in a case involving vicarious liability, working with an experienced personal injury lawyer can help you establish several key elements to hold the employer or principal accountable:

  • Employment or agency relationship: It must be proven that the individual who caused the harm acted within the scope of their employment or agency at the time of the incident.
  • Negligence: One must demonstrate that the employee or agent acted negligently or wrongfully.
  • Causation: There must be a direct link between the actions of the employee or agent and the injuries you have suffered.
  • Damages: You must quantify the damages you have suffered due to the incident in order to claim compensation.

An experienced personal injury lawyer will always look closely to see if vicarious liability applies since that opens up new avenues for compensation that may be desperately needed.

Work With An Experienced Personal Injury Attorney Today

Sustaining a personal injury can be a frustrating experience. However, you do not have to be alone. With our assistance, you can fight for reimbursement to cover medical expenses, and pain and suffering. To discuss your case, please contact us online or call 412-620-6361 for a free consultation.