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Philadelphia Injury Lawyer Blog

The Pearce Law Firm, including well-known Philadelphia injury lawyer Edith Pearce, is dedicated to the personal care of each individual case. We believe in educating our potential clients on the variety of cases being filed in the state of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The blog posts below feature accidents and events that may lead to potential law suits. Whether you need a personal injury lawyer to represent you due to car or truck accidents, slip and fall accidents, construction accidents, dog bites, or head injuries, The Pearce Law Firm works on your behalf to provide you the compensation you deserve.

Archive for Accidents & Injuries


Never Too Old to Fall Off Your Bike

July 8, 2013

Some may joke that, at 74 years old, Justice Stephen Breyer may need to put the training wheels back on his bike. News sources report the Supreme Court Justice has been cycling most of his life and suffered three serious accidents in the last 20 years. In 1993, Justice Breyer was hospitalized with broken ribs and a punctured lung when a car hit him while he was riding his bicycle in Harvard Square. In 2011, the justice broke his collarbone after an accident while riding near his home. He recently recovered in a Georgetown hospital after undergoing surgery for a broken shoulder sustained when he fell off his bicycle this April.

Whether motor vehicles are involved or not, falling or colliding into objects while riding a bike can be very dangerous and all too common. Justice Breyer was wearing his helmet and is an experienced rider, but he still received major injuries. With this type of bicycle accident, lawyer advice and services can be an important and a vital resource for families that are hurting following a bike collision. This is especially true when another party is involved or the crash involved a moving car or truck.

Bicycle accident legal representation is available to protect individual rights and offer comprehensive legal services, and The Pearce Law Firm lawyers offer experience and dedication for these cases. This type of legal counsel can help cyclists navigate the complex and confusing court system. Resources are available to ensure all cyclists receive the compensation they deserve from insurance companies and other parties involved in the accident. If you or a loved one is recovering from the traumatic effects of a bicycle accident, legal representation can help you gather evidence, determine fault, and even recover losses.

Justice Breyer’s shoulder is expected to heal, and he’ll probably get back on his bike as soon as possible. But those who are injured in an accident that was not their fault, such as being hit by a car, may not be so lucky. An attorney can help recover the compensation due. To learn more about The Pearce Law Firm and how they can help you with a bicycle accident case, visit us at: http://thepearcelawfirm.com/

Posted in: Accidents & Injuries

Lower Merion Police Investigate Hit-and-Run

July 2, 2013

NBC reported two children are recovering from minor injuries after being struck by a motor vehicle near the intersection of Lancaster Avenue in Bryn Mawr, Pa., near Philadelphia. While many details are still unclear, the accident is reported to have happened mid-afternoon in late April and was near the local hospital. Lower Merion police stated they are looking into the situation and determining the details of exactly what occurred. Parents of the children are shaken up but thankful the children did not sustain more serious injuries from the car accident. Lawyer advice and services can help the families sort through the evidence and determine if a lawsuit should be brought against the driver for negligence.

Local residents say motorists often drive too fast down these sleepy side streets and pose a danger to children playing or walking home from school. In situations like this, car accident legal representation can be helpful in providing peace of mind for families of the victims. For many parents, it can be emotionally overwhelming and frightening to learn that your child has been hit by a car or truck. It is natural to focus on the health and well-being of the child involved, but it is also important not to neglect your legal rights. By trusting the child’s legal rights to an experienced team such as The Pearce Law Firm, parents are able to focus their attention on helping their child heal instead of legal matters.

Enlisting the help of a car accident lawyer can assist families in covering the cost of expensive medical bills and provide direction regarding additional compensation. The Pearce Law Firm attorneys are experienced in handling auto accident cases and will work to answer your legal questions and determine if a lawsuit should be brought.  Protecting the safety of children as they commute to and from school is of utmost importance. Holding dangerous drivers accountable to their actions can protect other children in the future. Learn more about The Pearce Law Firm online at http://thepearcelawfirm.com/.

Posted in: Accidents & Injuries, Automobile Injury Law, Car Accidents

Slip and fall Accidents: Common Occurrences that Requires An Uncommonly Dedicated Lawyer

May 29, 2013

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one million Americans slip, fall, and suffer injuries yearly. Of those more than 17,000 people die annually because of these injuries. In fact, floors and flooring materials contribute directly to the majority of slip and fall cases yearly, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. They are also the primary cause of work related injuries. Edith Pearce and her team believe these victims should have some legal recourse to recoup medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of wages from missed employment, and more. That is why The Pearce Law Firm has a slip and fall lawyer on staff ready to assist every client.

Between 20 to 30 percent of all those who slip and fall suffer moderate to severe injuries, and it’s important that victims have an attorney they can rely on for representation. The goal of The Pearce Law Firm is to fight for our client’s rights so they can focus on healing. When you are in pain, the last thing you need to worry about are pending legal battles.

Whether you’ve suffered a hip fracture, head injury, or bone fractures, The Pearce Law Firm can help. A slip and fall lawyer will examine every possible scenario to develop a sound legal attack.

While some jurisdictions are weary of slip and fall claims, Edith Pearce and her team work hard to ensure clients receive a maximum settlement or go to trial if a proper settlement cannot be reached.  The ultimate goal is to relieve financial hardships that may develop because of the injury. Don’t wait. The sooner you call, the sooner The Pearce Law Firm team can get started on your case.

Posted in: Accidents & Injuries, Slip & Fall Injury

New Jersey Governor Candidate injured in Car Collision

May 24, 2013

In February New Jersey Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Barbara Buono, suffered minor injuries when her car was involved in an accident. She was leaving an event and being driven home by an assistant when her driver attempted to turn and collided with an oncoming car. The 59-year-old senator suffered a minor injury to her forehead.

Buono’s injury sheds light on the fact that car accidents and injuries occur in all walks of life. While Senator Buono likely had a team tasked with ensuring her safety, accidents are sometimes unavoidable. This is why you need a car accident lawyer who understands negligence, product liability, and more when dealing with personal injury cases.

Consider this: Automobile accidents continue to be the leading cause of injury and death in the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In 2008 alone, more than 34,000 deaths occurred. Many more were injured. A qualified personal injury lawyer can help you through these troubling times.

In some cases the accident may be caused by negligence. Sometimes that negligence falls on those responsible with maintaining safe and drivable roads. Other times the injury or death may be the result of a vehicle defect, which opens the door to product liability lawsuits. In the worst cases there may even be the option for wrongful death lawsuits.

If injuries occurred, you may need an experienced car accident lawyer to recoup medical expenses, loss of past and future income, mental trauma, pain and suffering, and more. Edith Pearce and her team offer just that. We will examine the situation, look at the facts, consult expert witnesses, and review paperwork, all on your behalf. The bottom line is that Edith Pearce and her team at Te Pearce Law Firm provide you with dedicated representation. We will fight for the financial compensation you deserve. The goal is to relieve you of the legal burdens so you can focus on healing.

Don’t wait. Call a Pearce Law Firm, p.c. lawyer today for more information or to schedule an appointment. The sooner you call, the faster we can get working on your case. Schedule your consultation today.

Posted in: Accidents & Injuries, Automobile Injury Law, Car Accidents, Uncategorized

A Skilled Attorney Can Help Recoup Losses Following A Bicycling Accident

April 12, 2013

Bicycling accidents happen more often than you think. It’s moments like these when people need a bicycle accident lawyer. Philadelphia, for instance, is full of children who ride their bikes which increases the potential for numerous accidents. Last month, a 10-year-old local boy from Broomall was found sprawled out unconscious on the side of the road. He was riding his bike when a Buick hit him and sped off, fleeing the scene. The accident was 100 yards from a roadside memorial for a woman killed in a separate accident.

In June 2012, the U.S. Department of Transportation released a study indicating 52,000 bicyclists were injured in 2010. Another 618 were killed.

Children aren’t the only ones prone to incidents. Adults ride too. In October, well-known author and consultant Stephen Convey died from complications of a bike injury. He was known for writing the best seller “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.”

If you’ve suffered through an accident, there may be ways to recoup your losses.  Pennsylvania and Philadelphia has laws to compensate you for pain and suffering, emotional trauma, and loss of income wages if you were injured while bicycling by the negligence of someone else. You may also be able to recoup money for medical bills. If a family member passed away, there are also avenues to take the offender to civil court and recover damages in a wrongful death lawsuit.

There are a variety of instances where you may need a bicycle accident lawyer. Philadelphia attorney Edith Pearce can help. Her skills have earned her many unique distinctions. She was named by Newsweek as one of the 20 leaders in Law, deemed a Super Lawyer by Philadelphia Magazine, and is a Member of Mensa, a society for those with the highest IQs. Call now for more information. It may result in the compensation you deserve.

Posted in: Accidents & Injuries

Motorcycle Accidents are Rife with Legal Ramifications

April 9, 2013

Zipping along on a motorcycle exposed to the elements can be a recipe for disaster. There are no seatbelts or airbags to protect you, and it’s easier to lose control. If you wreck, you are seriously injured or killed in 8 out of 10 times.

The families of motorcycle riders know this fact all too well. One man’s life was tragically cut short when he “failed to negotiate a curve” and skidded into a guardrail this past November. Depending on the circumstances of the accident, his family may be entitled to legal remedies with the help of a Philadelphia motorcycle accident lawyer.

Just a few weeks later, another motorcyclist was injured in Lawrence Township, when he drove off the right side of the road, hit a ditch, and was ejected. A friend who was following him also lost control and was ejected. It is reported that an animal lurched out into their path, causing them to swerve. Police cited both for failure to control their vehicles.

The point is that motorcycle accidents are rife with legal repercussions. For instance, were you forced off the road by another driver? Was the road faulty and thus the local municipality or state bear some responsibility for the accident? Or what if you were the driver and a passenger was injured when you wrecked? The courts allow for personal injury claims and financial allotments for negligence, but the laws can be complex and confusing. It’s important to have a motorcycle accident lawyer on your side to help. Edith Pearce has gained recognition for successfully litigating multi-million dollar lawsuits in some of the most complex personal injury cases.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a deadly or serious accident, or have suffered serious bodily harm through another’s actions, Edith Pearce, the founder of The Pearce Law Firm, can help. She’s a Philadelphia motorcycle accident lawyer who has gained national attention for handling complex personal injury cases.  She protects the rights of riders and other drivers, and she has built a reputation as a smart, caring, and dependable attorney. Contact her now from more information.

Posted in: Accidents & Injuries, Motorcycle Accidents

Helmets, Leather, and Lawyers

April 5, 2013

On Halloween 2012, Mitch Lucker, lead singer of the California-based heavy metal band Suicide Silence, lost control of his motorcycle and later died from injuries sustained that night.  He was just 28.  Mitch’s death is a high-profile example of a tragedy that impacts families and communities across the country everyday.

Motorcycles are a free-spirited form of transportation known for their great gas mileage.  Their appeal in these times of $4.00/gallon gas is evident.  In Pennsylvania, the number of licensed motorcyclists (affectionately called “bikers”) has risen steadily since 2002. Pennsylvania’s Department of Motor Vehicles considers many types of transportation to be a motorcycle, including mopeds, motor scooters, and mini-bikes.

Unfortunately, safety concerns and the risk of accidents come with the freedom of riding with the wind in your hair. Motorcycle accidents are much more likely to be fatal than car or truck accidents and can leave grieving families in a difficult financial situation.  In 2011, there were nearly one million motorcyclists permitted to drive on Pennsylvania’s roadways and 3,746 motorcycle accidents.

The impact of these tragedies on motorcyclists, their spouses, children and parents can be reduced in a number of ways.  Helmets can protect the sensitive brain area from head injuries.  Protective clothing can reduce road rash.  And a Philadelphia motorcycle accident attorney can improve the chances of a motorcyclist or his family in recovering money to help pay for medical bills and rehabilitation.  When a loved one has a motorcycle accident, it is difficult to navigate who’s to blame or how to stay afloat after the unexpected expense of medical treatment or funeral costs.  Insurance companies may make offers of money to make the situation “go away” when there are in fact legal actions that may be available.  An attorney based in Philadelphia will know the law in your community to assist you with these questions.  Although motorcycle accidents and fatalities are declining, accidents like Mitch’s still occur and a lawyer is a knowledgeable resource when a motorcycle accident takes place in the community.

Posted in: Accidents & Injuries, Motorcycle Accidents

Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help When Tragedy Strikes

April 3, 2013

Last October a Vietnam Veteran was killed during a tragic crash when a 31,200-pound truck on a turnpike struck his truck. This January the driver of the 31,200-pound truck, a Conshohocken man, was indicted for homicide in the death of the war veteran, who was also a Pennsylvania Turnpike maintenance worker. Deaths like these, while tragic, occur all too often.

This is where a personal injury lawyer from the Pearce Law Firm can step in. A personal injury lawyer from the Pearce Law Firm can provide you support and representation following an accident that leaves you disabled and feeling hopeless. Personal injuries can happen in a variety of instances, from a slip and fall, to machinery breakdowns to automotive accidents, and more. Whatever the case may be, if you or someone you know is injured, it is imperative a personal injury lawyer represents you or your loved one. If hired in the case of the Pennsylvania Turnpike worker, the Pearce Law Firm would have sought for compensation for the pain and suffering for the victim and his family members, loss of future income, and more. In other cases, our goal is to help secure loss of former and future income, emotional trauma, medical bills, and more whenever personal injury is involved.

personal injury lawyer from The Pearce Law Firm can walk you through these very serious situations. If injury is involved, we will investigate any and all aspects of your case and examine who was at fault, the extent of negligence, and more. In the end, we fight for your rights.

A good personal injury lawyer will work around the clock to support you. While compensation won’t always fix the damage, it will enable you to cope with financial bills and more. In many cases an insurance agent will also try to write you a quick check to avoid litigation. Before you accept that check, have a personal injury lawyer look over your case.  Statistics have shown that many injury victims receive double or triple the amount offered by an insurance company when they hire an experienced personal injury lawyer.  Contact us today for more information.

Posted in: Accidents & Injuries, Truck Accidents

When Bicycle Accidents Occur, The Pearce Law Firm is Ready to Pick Up The Pieces

March 20, 2013

Stephen Covey, the author of several bestselling books, including “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People,” was considered a pioneer in self-help literature. He co-founded the Utah-based professional services company Franklin Covey and helped millions of Americans achieve their business and personal goals.

Unfortunately, this past year, despite wearing a helmet, the highly energetic business-consulting guru died from complications of a bicycle accident. He was 79.

Covey’s unfortunate death highlights the need everyone has for a bicycle accident lawyer. Such accidents are much more common than one thinks. If a tragedy can strike someone as wealthy and famous as Covey, it can happen to anybody. Having a bicycle accident lawyer just a phone call away is critical to defending your rights or those of a loved one. Whether investigators believe the accident is your fault, or you need an experienced attorney to fight for your rights, the Pearce Law Firm can help.

We have the expertise to help you recover damages if you or a loved one was hurt or died as a result of such an accident. By acting on your behalf we will fight to recover the costs of medical bills, damages, and the emotional toll you face with the lost of a loved one. Furthermore, we will attempt to recoup monies for pain and suffering, loss of future income, and compensatory and nominal damages if applicable. In other words, we fight for you. There’s a reason why we’ve been recognized as a Super Lawyer by Philadelphia Magazine and been featured in “Philadelphia’s Top Rated Lawyers” by The Philadelphia Inquirer.

When you need a bicycle accident lawyer, look no further than our team. We provide the support and legal expertise to navigate the tricky insurance and legal issues you are sure to face. Let us to do the heavy lifting while you relax and focus on your family. Schedule a consultation to see what a bicycle accident lawyer from our team can do for you.

Posted in: Accidents & Injuries, Philadelphia Lawyer Commentary

A Recent Truck Accident Calls into Question the Need for an Experienced Philadelphia Truck Accident Lawyer

March 14, 2013

Earlier this year, a 35-year-old man was cited for illegally backing his truck into a parked vehicle and a pedestrian, 22-year-old Sarah Campbell. She suffered injuries and was taken for treatment at a local hospital. It was a common type of accident that could have occurred at a thousand different locations throughout Philadelphia.

In fact, trucks are involved in a countless number of accidents each year, often ending in injuries that are severe or even fatal. It’s up to you to protect yourself. At the Pearce Law Firm, founded by Edith Pearce, we take truck accidents seriously. When you need a Philadelphia truck accident lawyer, choose our team to fight for your rights.

We can launch an in-depth investigation into the specifics of the accident, interviewing police who were at the scene and all parties involved. We will also thoroughly examine the scene of the incident for evidence that can further substantiate your case. From there, we will assess your injuries and develop the most beneficial course of action for representation. Our goal is to help you receive compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, pain and suffering, loss of the ability to interact with your spouse (called loss of consortium), or other circumstances. In other words, we aim to seek justice in the matter and maximize your settlement.

Furthermore, you need a truck accident lawyer who understands the differences in various truck accidents. Was an 18-wheeler involved or was it a privately owned pickup truck? There are often numerous insurance companies involved, such as that of the truck driver, the trucking contractor, the truck owner, and others. The situation can be convoluted when you factor in equipment malfunctions, brake maintenance, trucking regulations, and other factors. Simply put, trucking cases are rather complex. That’s why it pays to have a truck accident lawyer working on your behalf. The Pearce Law Firm can help.  Schedule a consultation today. We don’t get paid unless you get paid.

Posted in: Accidents & Injuries, Truck Accidents