Personal Injury

The Porzio Plaintiffs' team represents people injured in car accidents, at construction sites, in shopping centers and other retail establishments.  We offer support to people when they are most vulnerable because their injuries keep them from work or school, or make it impossible for them to care for themselves or others.  Our experience in dealing with insurance companies and claims adjusters has provided us with the knowledge to address questions of insurance coverage and to skillfully handle settlement negotiations.  If a case does not settle, then our team is prepared to litigate and try the case to a jury verdict.

Our areas of expertise include:

Motor Vehicle Accidents
A motor vehicle accident can be devastating, often altering a person’s health and lifestyle forever.  Our attorneys investigate every aspect of our clients’ motor vehicle accident cases, including obtaining police reports and photographs, speaking with witnesses about the accident, visiting the scene of the accident, and, when necessary, retaining an accident reconstructionist.  We pursue compensation for all of our clients’ losses, including their pain and suffering, time missed from work, and out-of-pocket costs.  

We handle various types of cases arising from motor vehicle related accidents, including:

  • Automobile
  • Motorcycle and bicycle
  • Tractor trailer
  • Bus
  • Pedestrian
Premises Liability
Homeowners and business owners are responsible for providing a safe environment to all visitors.  When they fail to do so, we represent those clients who have been injured.  Our team represents clients who have been injured at restaurants, stores, hotels, homes, apartments, and other locations where they were a customer or guest.  

We represent clients who have been injured by:

  • Slippery floors
  • Uneven and poorly maintained sidewalks and stairs
  • Snow and ice on sidewalks and parking lots
  • Potholes and cracked parking lots
  • Lack of handrails
  • Uneven door thresholds
  • Falling objects
  • Inadequate lighting
  • Inadequate security
Workplace Accidents
If you are injured at work, you may receive workers’ compensation benefits to cover medical expenses and lost wages.  In addition, we represent clients in personal injury claims for workplace accidents when the injury was caused by someone other than the employer.  For example, our clients may have claims against the owners of the property or business where they were injured if that company is separate from their employer, or against other workers if employed by someone other than the client’s employer.
Drunk Driving Accidents

Our attorneys represent clients injured in car accidents caused by drunk drivers, as well as families of those killed by drunk drivers.

We thoroughly investigate these claims by obtaining files from the police department and the prosecutor’s office, reviewing photographs, interviewing witnesses from the accident, and interviewing those who were with the drunk driver prior to the accident.  When appropriate, we pursue claims not only against the drunk driver, but also against the bar, restaurant, or homeowner who served alcohol to the drunk driver before the accident.  We identify and hire all necessary experts, including toxicologists, to prove these cases.

Texting and Driving
An increasing number of motor vehicle accidents are caused by people texting while driving.  Texting while driving increases the risk of crashing and impairs the driver's ability to cognitively react to potential hazards, often causing serious injuries, property damage, and even death.  We represent victims who are injured due to this kind of negligence and obtain a recovery that will compensate them for their pain and suffering, time missed from work, and out-of-pocket expenses they have incurred.
Dog Bites
Our team represents clients who have suffered injuries from dog bites, ranging from small wounds to severe and permanent scarring.  We investigate these cases by obtaining medical records and photographs of the injuries.  We negotiate with the dog owners’ insurance companies to obtain a favorable recovery for our clients.
Sexual and Criminal Assault
Our attorneys have extensive experience representing the victims of sexual and criminal assault.  We represent the parents of children who have suffered sexual abuse to bring a claim on behalf of the minor.  These cases may involve a number of potential defendants including:

  • Clergy and church staff
  • Summer camp and day camp counselors and staff
  • Sports and youth program supervisors
  • Day care facilities and schools
  • Residential care and group homes
  • Colleges and college students
Improper Supervision of Children
When you place your child in the care of another, whether it be a chaperone, another parent, or a school, it is reasonable to expect that your child will be closely supervised.  When your child is injured because the supervision was lacking, your child may be entitled to compensation.  We have experience developing these cases with the cooperation of the child’s treating physicians who can comment on the extent of a child’s injury and likely need for future care.  We also have experience dealing with insurance companies, including homeowner’s insurance companies, to resolve these matters.
Wrongful Death
When another’s negligence not only causes grievous injuries, but also leads to the death of the injured party, then the estate may seek compensation for the untimely death of a loved one.  In wrongful death cases, the estate may seek compensation both for the injured party’s pain and suffering as well as for the pecuniary, or financial loss, to those who were dependent upon the deceased.  This does not just mean lost wages, but also the financial equivalent of the care, guidance, companionship, and support that the deceased provided to others.  Work with economists and other experts to evaluate these losses.