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Pennsylvania Personal Injury Lawyer

Personal Injury

The attorneys of Kenneth M. Kitay & Associates focus much of their legal practice on personal injury matters including automobile accidents, slip and fall accidents, medical malpractice, and workplace injuries. If you or someone you know has been injured, you should first seek medical attention and then contact an attorney. Most personal injury cases can only be filed within two years of the accident. This rule does not apply to all cases and depends on the facts in each individual case. Therefore, you should seek the advice of an attorney as soon as possible.

Automobile Accidents

Automobile accidents include collisions that take place when there is a car, truck, motorcycle, train, bus, boat, ATM or pedestrian involved with an automobile related injury. Unfortunately, at some time in our lives, most of us will experience an automobile accident and need to seek legal representation. Determining who is at fault for an automobile accident usually requires the investigation and determination of a professional. Sometimes, an accident may be caused by a negligent driver, a defect in the automobile, bad weather conditions (Act of God), a missing or defective street sign, or a number of other factors.

You should be aware that in Pennsylvania, the Motor Vehicle Financial Responsibility Act requires insurance companies to give the insured the option of selecting “Limited Tort” or “Full Tort,” with the full tort option being only slightly more expensive than the limited tort option. If you select limited tort, you will not be able to sue for pain and suffering unless you sustain a serious or permanent injury, which has been defined by the Pennsylvania Courts as a “serious impairment of a bodily function.” Although auto-insurance companies market limited tort policies as a way for you to reduce auto-insurance premiums, the limited tort option severely reduces your ability to receive compensation for injury while only marginally reducing the premium expense. If you or someone you know has been injured or incurred financial damages as the result of an automobile accident, call the office of Kenneth M. Kitay & Associates at 1-888-KITAY-LAW for a free consultation and case evaluation.

Slip and Fall Accidents (Premises Liability)

Another name for slip and fall accident cases is premises liability. When public or private property (“premises”) is unsafe, accidents can happen. Injuries can occur in residential buildings, on construction sites, at shopping centers, parking lots and just about anywhere. The attorneys of Kenneth M. Kitay & Associates have represented individuals who have fallen on defective stairs, when a porch collapses, because of potholes in city streets, when pipes have burst inside apartments, because of absent smoke detectors, and many other circumstances relating to unsafe conditions of property. If you or someone you know has been injured on someone else’s property, call the office of Kenneth M. Kitay & Associates at 1-888-KITAY-LAW for a free consultation and case evaluation.

Medical Malpractice

Tragically, a doctor’s mistake can often have severe consequences for a patient. Medical malpractice occurs when a doctor or other healthcare professional fails to properly treat a patient and the improper treatment causes the patient to suffer a new injury. A new injury is required because it would be unreasonable to hold a doctor or other healthcare professional responsible for the original medical problem. Some examples of medical malpractice include:

  • Failure to diagnose a medical condition
  • Misdiagnosis of a medical condition
  • Failure to properly treat a patient’s medical condition
  • Failure to safely administer anesthesia
  • Failure to manage a pregnancy or deliver a baby in a safe manner
  • Failure of a nurse or other staff member to keep a treating physician informed of a patient’s condition
  • Failure to administer medications properly
  • Failure to protect a patient from a fall or other injury on hospital property

If you or someone you know has been injured as a result of the care provided by a health care practitioner, call the office of Kenneth M. Kitay & Associates at 1-888-KITAY-LAW for a free consultation and case evaluation.

Workplace Injuries

Sometimes people are injured at work. Most of the time, the only legal action they can bring against their employer or co-workers is a claim for workers’ compensation. A person who is injured at work may also have a claim against a “third party,” such as the manufacturer of unsafe machinery, the owner of the premises where the injury occurs (if different from his employer), or against another company whose employee caused the injury. If you or someone you know has been injured at work, you should have your case evaluated by an attorney. Call the office of Kenneth M. Kitay & Associates at 1-888-KITAY-LAW for a free consultation and case evaluation.