Sunday, September 11, 2011

SEPTA Bus Strikes Girl on Bike

On September 5, 2011, a child riding her bike was injured when she was allegdly struck by a SEPTA bus Monday morning at the  intersection of 67th and Dicks Avenues before noon.  The 7 year old girl was transported to the 7-year-old girl to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in stable condition.
The girl's injuries appear to be non-life threatening.

It is always important whether you are riding a bike or walking on the street to be aware and careful of vehicles around you.  Accidents can happen at any time resulting in serious injuries. 

Please be careful.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Philadelphia Car Accident - How Much May Injuries Be Worth

Steven L. Chung, Esquire

I am often asked by my clients:  "How much is my case worth?"   Some of the factors that are taken into consideration include:

Pain and Suffering:   An insurance adjustor or jury will look to the nature of the injury, the severity of the pain, and how long the plaintiff is likely to be in pain to determine the damages to be awarded.

Medical Expenses: This includes medical expenses incurred to treat an injury, such as doctor’s visits; medications, orthopaedic devices, hospital expenses; fees for a chiropractic doctor or physical therapy.  These expenses may be recoverable if they were caused by the accident.  An expert can be used to an offer an opinion regarding the cost of future medical expenses.

Mental Anguish:  Damages may be recovered for mental or emotional distress suffered as a result of an accident or injury. This may include excess nervousness, fright, anxiety, worry, loss of dignity, humiliation, grief, shock, and/or embarrassment. If the injured party has been scarred or disfigured by the accident, mental suffering is recoverable for this type of emotional injury.

Lost Wages: You may recover the amount of money lost or did not earn because of an accident. 

Loss of Earning Capacity: You may also recover the amount of money that you could have earned in the future but wer not able to because of your injuries.  Past earnings is often used to evaluate your future earning loss. 

Loss of Consortium: Thisconcerns the loss of the benefits suffered by the non-injured spouse.  The uninjured spouse may recover for the loss of companionship, affection, comfort, solace, phyiscal assistance around the house, and sexual relations. When evaluating the value of the loss, consideration is given for the stability of the marriage, the couple’s individual life expectancies, how much care and companionship were given to the uninjured spouse, and the degree of such losses.

Property Damage: You may recover the value of your car or the cost to repair your vehicle.

You are not establishing an attorney-client relationship by reviewing this website or by contacting us. An attorney-client relationship is not established until you receive a signed agreement letter from the firm.  Each case is different and a lawyer should be consulted for an evaluation of your claim.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Philadelphia Police No Longer Respond to Minor Car Accidents

According to the Philadelphia Police Department, there are approximately 70,000 car accidents in Philadelphia each year.  In order to reduce costs, the police department adopted a policy in 2010 of not responding to minor accidents.  This policy, however, can pose a significant problem for victims of car accidents since serious injuries can, and do, result from "minor" car accidents.  These injuries may not evident at the scene of the accident.  Every victim of a car accident is different and each body responds differently to trauma. 

Things you should do in if your involved in a car accident in Philadelphia:

1.    Call 911;
2.    Tell them of your accident and ask them to send a police officer to the scene;
3.    Write down the name, address, phone number, driver's license number, license plate, type of vehicle and passengers with regard to the other vehicle involved in the accident;
4.    Take photos with your cell phone, or a camera, of the vehicles involved in the accident and the accident scene;
5.    Write down the names and contact information of any witnesses;
6.    If injured, go to a hospital or doctor;
7.    Visit your family doctor;
8.    Keep a journal of pain, lost wages, expenses, or anything else related to the accident;
9.    Take photographs of any bruising or injuries;
10.    Contact a lawyer to protect your rights.

Steven L. Chung, Esquire has helped clients obtain millions in settlements for victims of personal injuries.  He is a former Assistant District Attorney and is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Florida.  If you have any questions about a car accident and would like to sepak with a Philadelphia Car Accident Lawyer, please call us at (215) 688-5777 or visit us at  or at