Wheelchair Accident Lawyer Philadelphia
Did you know that in 2003, there were more than 100,000 Wheelchair Related Injuries treated in emergency departments in the US, double the number reported in 1991? Tips and falls accounted for as many as 80% of injuries across all age groups of wheelchair users. Children in wheelchairs are more likely to get injured while outside the home; while adults were more likely to get injured while on a wheelchair within the home. This is according to the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS). In 2016, these numbers were even higher.
Millions of individuals around the world rely on wheelchairs to get around when they have difficulty standing or can no longer walk. Although these devices are meant to make life easier for disabled individuals, sometimes wheelchairs can lead to traumatic injuries when they are inherently defective. Just as an injury resulting from working at a hazardous workplace comes under a personal injury claim, a wheelchair accident because of a fault in the chair’s manufacturing can be bought to legal attention. If you or a loved one have been injured in a wheelchair accident caused by negligence or a defective device, you deserve compensation for those injuries.
Product Liability Laws protect consumers from coming into contact with defective products. Wheelchairs are a product by the standards of the Pennsylvania Product Liability Law, which provides that, if you can prove that the product (in this case the wheelchair) is not safe for its intended use, and therefore defective, you can recover damages for those injuries proximately caused by the defective wheelchair. For example, John Smith cannot move his legs due to a Spinal Injury, and is in a wheelchair. Due to a balancing defect in the wheelchair, John tips over and injures his head. He has a claim against the wheelchair company for the head injury, but not for the spinal issue which put him in the wheelchair. At The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. our attorneys and staff know how to handle these types of cases. If you or a loved one were in a wheelchair related accident in which there were injuries, call The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. for a completely free consultation. Remember, if you were injured as the result of a Defective Wheelchair, be sure that you save the wheelchair so that it can be analyzed.
Of the 3.3 out of every 1000 persons in the United States who use a wheelchair, an estimated 3.3% per year have a serious wheelchair related accident. Auto/Wheelchair Accidents are some of the most prevalent, and this may be due to the low angle of vision which drivers usually do not possess. At The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C., our Personal Injury Attorneys and staff have handled numerous cases involving product claims or general liability claims. Call the office today for a guaranteed free consultation.
The Types of Injuries Which Can Happen while Occupying a Wheelchair Are Many. Here Are a Few:
- Brain injury
- Cuts and Gashes
- Contusions and Bruising
- Aggravation of a previous Spinal Condition
At The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C., we are sensitive to your needs, and your time frame. We are accessible at your home and/or at our office, with or without an appointment. The consultation is always free.
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