Wilmington Personal Injury Lawyer
A Lawyer Who Fights For You
As your personal injury lawyer, Attorney Chong does battle with insurance companies, employers, bill collectors, medical providers, and other parties who impede your ability to focus on your physical and emotional recovery.
Jimmy Chong serves injury victims Wilmington, DE, by focusing on your financial recovery so you have one less burden to contend with following your accident.
Why Choose the Chong Law Firm?
We Care About Our Clients
The Chong Law Firm helps when you have been injured and have suffered economic losses as the result of an accident that was not your fault. Whether you are grieving the loss of a loved one or you need to heal from injuries you’ve received yourself, you don’t need the badgering and confusion wrought by insurance company representatives who do not have your best interests at heart. Our experienced personal injury lawyers will handle all of that for you.
No Fee Until You Win
We take your personal injury case on a contingent basis, which means we do not get paid unless and until you do. You will know from the very start how much your legal fees are. With the Chong Law Firm, you have no surprises.
Personal injury lawyer Jimmy Chong helps accident victims put their lives back together. As your personal injury lawyer, Attorney Chong will “do battle,” so to speak, with insurers, employers, bill collectors, medical providers, and other parties who stand to impede your ability to focus on your physical and emotional recovery. Jimmy Chong serves injury victims in the Philadelphia, PA, Lansdale, PA and Wilmington, DE, by focusing on your financial recovery so you will have one less burden to contend with following your accident.
Types of Personal Injury Claims We Handle in Wilmington DE
There are many types of personal injury claims, most of which fall under the headings of motor vehicle accidents, pedestrian accidents, wrongful death, medical malpractice, product defects, construction accidents, premises liability, catastrophic injury, aggravated assault and abuse, food poisoning, animal bites, work-related accidents, and others. The distinguishing factor is not so much how the accident occurred or what type it is, but who was ultimately responsible. If you’ve been injured through no fault of your own, and the responsibility lies with another party due to negligence, recklessness, or carelessness, you will likely be entitled to compensation for your injuries, losses, and suffering. For general purposes, an overview of the most common personal injury cases follows:
Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents often leave victims severely injured or dead. Without the protection provided by the body of an automobile, motorcycle riders are extremely vulnerable to injury, as well as the heightened risk due to drivers who fail to adequately watch out for motorcycles on the road. Jimmy Chong is an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer in Philadelphia, and such specific experience is necessary in cases such as these due to the biases and complexities that often arise when a motorcycle and another vehicle are involved in an accident.
Slip and Fall Accidents;
Sometimes, when someone slips and falls in a public place, it isn’t anyone’s fault. However, when a Philadelphia or Wilmington property owner has been negligent in providing safe surroundings and person slips and falls as a result, the property owner is more than likely responsible. Part of the responsibility of being a property owner is ensuring that their property is safe so that there will be no obstacles that would likely cause injury to visitors. Slip and fall accidents can cause minor injury, and they may also cause severe, life-altering injury. The important thing to remember is that if you think the slip and fall was not your fault, it’s imperative to contact an attorney as soon as possible to begin an investigation before the property owner has time to alter the circumstances that led to the accident. Time is of the essence in crafting a solid slip and fall lawsuit.
Damages Available in a Personal Injury Claim
If you were injured in DE and it was someone else’s fault, you can recover both economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages include medical bills, property damage, and lost wages if you had to miss work due to your injury.
Non-economic damages are available if you suffered mental or emotional trauma in addition to your physical injury, you may be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering, emotional distress, disfigurement, loss of enjoyment of life, or loss of consortium if your relationship with your spouse is affected by your injury.
Emotional and mental damage is difficult to measure and assign monetary value. In Delaware, a judge considers several factors in assessing the non-economic damages aware, including but not limited to:
- the severity of the injury,
- the potential for ongoing physical and psychological consequences,
- the injured person’s age and whether they had pre-existing conditions,
- the work or hobbies the injured person cannot pursue due to their injuries.
Delaware judges often calculate a pain and suffering award by multiplying economic damages by a number between one and five.
How Personal Injury Lawyers Help
When our personal injury law firm in Wilmington takes your case, you can rest assured we will:
- Treat you with the respect you deserve
- Give your case the time and attention it deserves
- Keep you apprised of all developments in your case
- Return calls and emails promptly
- Thoroughly investigate your accident
- Consult with medical and forensic experts when necessary
- Negotiate with defendants insurance companies
- Take the defendants to court if the insurance company offers an insufficient settlement
Determining Negligence in a Personal Injury Case
There are several factors you must prove when you are injured through someone’s negligence and you seek compensation. To prove negligence, you must show:
- Someone owed you a duty of care
- They failed to meet that duty (“breached” that duty), through act or omission
- That breach caused your injuries, and
- You have suffered some loss that can be monetarily compensated
Delaware Comparative Negligence
Delaware has strict “modified comparative negligence” laws. This means you may be able to sue multiple parties if they were each negligent and that negligence contributed to your injuries, and you may recover compensation from them in a percentage according to their percentage of fault.
This also means if you were negligent and partially responsible for your injury, your award may be reduced by the amount reflecting the percent you were at fault. If you were more than 50 percent at fault for the accident causing your injury, you may not be able to sue the other parties involved in the accident.
Delaware Personal Injury Laws
In Delaware, you have two years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury claim. If knowledge of the injury was delayed, that time limit is extended to three years.
Let Our Experienced Attorneys Help You
Our Wilmington personal injury lawyers have experience holding defendants responsible in every type of accident or incident resulting in an injury. If you’ve been injured through no fault of your own, and the responsibility lies with another party due to negligence, recklessness, or carelessness, you are likely entitled to financial compensation for your injuries, losses, and suffering. Our legal team can help you maximize that compensation. Call our lawyers today for a free consultation. Our experienced lawyers also provide legal services to the following areas:
- Philadelphia, PA
- Lansdale, PA
- Chester, PA
- Newark, DE
- Upper Darby, PA
- Hockessin, DE
FAQs about Personal Injury in Delaware
How Much Does a Personal Injury Lawyer in Wilmington Charge?
A personal injury lawyer in Wilmington should take your case on a contingency basis, meaning you pay nothing upfront for representation. In other words, your attorney only gets paid unless and until you do.
Should I Accept a Personal Injury Settlement Offer From the Insurance Company?
Insurance companies routinely offer a lowball settlement directly to someone who’s been injured, hoping you will just accept it so the matter goes away and you can focus on healing. Do not accept this initial offer. Contact a personal injury attorney right away if you’ve been offered a settlement so your lawyer can evaluate your case and tell you what it is really worth.
Will I have to Go to Court for My Personal Injury Lawsuit?
Not necessarily. Our Wilmington personal injury lawyers have a proven track record of success negotiating a pre-trial settlement. However, if the insurance company does not settle for what your case is worth, we do not hesitate to litigate in court, and in that case, you may have to take the stand to testify about the accident, your injury, and how your injury has affected you.
How Long Does a Personal Injury Case Typically Take?
Generally, most personal injury cases resolve in 1-3 years, however, if you litigate it can take much longer.
Contact the Chong Law Firm Today to See How Much Your Case is Worth
You do not have to deal with this alone. Our legal team is here to help you get the compensation you deserve for your injury.
Your job is to rest and recover. Let us handle the rest. Call the Chong Law Firm today to discuss your case, free of charge. In addition to Wilmington, our attorneys provide legal services throughout Pennsylvania and Delaware.
To schedule a consultation, call Chong Law Firm