Wilmington Personal Injury Lawyers
Strong advocacy for personal injury victims and their families
An accident can change your life in an instant. Whether you’re enjoying the Wilmington Riverfront, driving on I-95, working at the University of Delaware or the Christian Health Care System, shopping, or just using a product you purchased – an accident can soon become a nightmare. In tragic cases, a loved one dies ending one life and crushing families.
When any type of personal injury occurs due to someone else’s negligence, know that Silverman, McDonald & Friedman has the experience and resources to help you get justice. Our Wilmington personal injury lawyers have more than a combined 100 years of experience. We guide you through every step of the litigation process. Our lawyers have a strong track record of success negotiating settlements, often for the insurance policy limits. When insurance companies refuse to make a fair settlement offer, our skilled trial lawyers persuasively argue your case before a jury.
- Why choose the Wilmington personal injury lawyers of Silverman, McDonald & Friedman?
- Filing a personal injury lawsuit in Wilmington
- Making a claim after a vehicle accident in Wilmington
- Workers’ compensation claims for injured Wilmington employees
- Filing a premises liability claim in Wilmington
- How wrongful death lawsuits work in Wilmington
- What is the value of my Wilmington personal injury case?
- What is the time limit for filing a Wilmington personal injury case?
Why choose Wilmington personal injury lawyers from Silverman, McDonald & Friedman?
At Silverman, McDonald & Friedman, we represent injured people. We understand that one drunk driver or distracted driver can cause you and everyone in your car to suffer serious injuries. Our lawyers understand how to prove a property owner failed to protect you from falling and seriously injuring yourself. We are experienced at showing the manufacturers put their profit before your safety. We work aggressively to show that a worker’s injuries occurred while the employee was performing his/her job.
We work with professionals who investigate the accident site and speak with all relevant witnesses. Our Wilmington personal injury lawyers work with traffic reconstruction experts and product safety experts when necessary to prove how your accident happened. Our lawyers work with your doctors and independent doctors who can diagnose your injuries, explain what medical treatments you need, and discuss all the ways your injuries are causing you pain and suffering.
Our lawyers have earned the respect of our clients, insurance companies, defense lawyers, and many of the judges in Wilmington. We are skilled at showing how an accident occurred, and why the defendants are responsible. We anticipate the arguments defense lawyers and insurance adjusters make.
At Silverman, McDonald & Friedman, we pay attention to all the small details that can add up to a large damage award. These details include the cost of all your medical care, your lost income, all your pain and suffering, and all the other damages you deserve.
We understand the trauma you’re going through. We always answer our client’s questions. We’ll fight to ensure you get the justice you deserve.
To learn about our firm’s extensive list of impressive personal injury settlements and verdicts, look at our Results Page.
Filing a personal injury lawsuit in Wilmington
Silverman, McDonald & Friedman represents clients with injuries that last a lifetime, and those with injuries that heal. We represent victims who can return to work, those who will need special accommodations, and victims who can never work again.
Some of the more complex claims and lawsuits we handle involve injuries such as:
- Spinal cord damage and paralysis
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Amputations and limb loss
- Burn injuries
- Broken bones
- Soft tissue injuries
- Muscle, ligament, and nerve damage
- Fatal injuries
- Vision loss
- Hearing loss
- Internal organ damage
- Back, shoulder, and neck injuries
- Road rash
- Psychological trauma
Our Wilmington injury lawyers represent accident victims who have negligence claims because a driver, property owner, employer, manufacturer, medical professional, or anyone else who owed you a duty of care breached that duty. At Silverman, McDonald & Friedman, we represent both the injured and their families in claims involving:
- Vehicle accidents
- Wrongful death
- Unsafe premises
- Workplace accidents
- Construction accidents
- Defective products
Making a claim after a vehicle accident in Wilmington
Vehicle accidents are often deadly, and survivors often suffer catastrophic injuries. Even if you do manage to heal from your physical injuries, the psychological trauma of a car, truck, or motorcycle accident may require additional care and treatment.
At Silverman, McDonald & Friedman, we represent motor vehicle accident victims in a wide array of claims, stemming from head-on crashes, broadside collisions, rear-end accidents, sideswipes, and accidents at intersections. Whether you were hurt in a single-vehicle collision or a multi-car pileup, we are here to help. Our Wilmington injury lawyers fight for your best interests in settlement negotiations with insurance companies and represent you in court before juries. We invite you to learn more about our services for victims of:
- Drunk drivers
- Reckless drivers
- Distracted drivers
- Fatigued drivers
- Road defects
- Defective vehicle parts
We file claims against drivers, passengers, motorcycle operators, trucking companies, manufacturers, and even government agencies – anyone who is responsible for the injuries you have sustained.
Workers’ compensation claims for injured Wilmington employees
Workers who are injured while doing their job, or who suffer an occupational illness, have the right to file a Delaware workers’ compensation claim. There is no need to prove fault. In fact, even if your negligence caused an accident, you should still be able to file a workers' compensation claim.
Injured workers are entitled to payment of all their medical bills. These bills include the care you need to improve your health as much as possible, and the medical care you need to keep your health stable. You’re also entitled to temporary work loss benefits until you reach the point of maximum medical improvement. Once your health stabilizes, you may be entitled to permanent disability benefits depending on the type of workplace injury you have.
At Silverman, McDonald & Friedman, we fight to ensure your employer does not force you back to work before you’re ready. We contest efforts by employers to end your medical treatment. Our lawyers work with your doctors and others to verify that you have a permanent injury or illness.
Filing a premises liability claim in Wilmington
Owners of commercial stores, hotels, restaurants, and any type of for-profit business have a duty to ensure their property is safe from defects that may injure customers and anyone who has a right to be on the property. The same duty to inspect and repair defects applies to nonprofits such as community organizations, schools, hospitals, and charities. Homeowners also owe a duty of care to anyone they allow to enter or use their home.
Property owners who breach their duty of care are liable for slip and fall accidents, being struck by an object such as falling merchandise, dog bites, and attacks due to negligent security. Our Wilmington premises liability lawyers work to show a property owner knew, or should have known, of a defective condition and failed to fix it or warn you.
How wrongful death lawsuits work in Wilmington
Tragically, many vehicle accidents, construction accidents, property accidents, and workplace accidents cause a loved one to die. At Silverman, McDonald & Friedman, we understand how devastating it is when a spouse, parent, or child dies due to the carelessness or fault of others.
We file wrongful death claims on behalf of the surviving family members when negligence or a product defect takes a life. Damages include the funeral bills, the loss of income the deceased would have provided, the loss of society and companionship the decedent would have given each family member, and other damages that Delaware’s wrongful death statute permits.
In workers’ compensation cases, we seek all the benefits Delaware law permits. These benefits consist of funeral bills up to a preset amount and a percentage of the lost wages that may be payable to dependents up to specific age limits.
What is the value of my Wilmington personal injury case?
At Silverman, McDonald & Friedman, our lawyers fight for all the compensation you deserve. You have the right to demand that the responsible defendants place you in the same position as though the accident never happened. Your damages include all your economic and non-economic damages. These damages include:
- Your medical bills. These bills include the cost of ER care, surgeries, hospital stays, diagnosis and treatment by your doctors, medical tests, rehabilitative therapy, assistive devices, and medications.
- Lost income and benefits. This sum includes all your lost income and all your lost business income – from the date of the accident and for the rest of your life – that are attributable to the accident.
- Pain and suffering. You hurt. It hurts to sleep, to move, or to just sit in a chair. You have aches and pains that may be unbearable. You worry about whether you’ll recover, how you’ll pay your bills, and what your injuries are doing to your family. You’re entitled to compensation for all these hurts and worries, your pain and suffering, caused by the liable defendants.
- Loss of consortium. Your spouse has the right to claim damages for any loss (intimacy, support, or otherwise) that affects that marital relationship – because of the accident.
- Scarring and disfigurement. If you lose a limb, have any scars (especially on your face), you’ll likely suffer emotionally. You may even need to spend time with a psychologist. Scarring and disfigurement damages are compensable.
- Property damage. If your car or any property is damaged in an accident, you can demand damages to repair or replace the car/property – depending on the extent of the damage.
If the defendant’s conduct is inexcusable, we demand punitive damages.
What is the time limit for filing a Wilmington personal injury case?
The best course of action is to speak with our skilled lawyers are soon as possible after an accident. In personal injury cases, the time limit is generally one day less than two years from the date of the accident. In some cases, we need to give prompt notice of the accident. If you fail to file your claim within the appropriate time limits, you may lose the right to file your claim.
Do you have a Wilmington personal injury lawyer near me?
We have offices in Wilmington, Seaford, and Newark. Our Wilmington office is located at 1010 N Bancroft Pkwy. We also have additional offices in Newark and Seaford and will travel to you if you are too injured or ill to come to us.
Call our Wilmington personal injury lawyers as soon as the accident occurs
It’s important to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after an accident occurs so your lawyer can investigate how the accident occurred and determine who is responsible. At Silverman, McDonald & Friedman, we’ll answer all your questions and guide you through each stage of the litigation process. Call 302-888-2900 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation. We handle accident cases on a contingency fee basis.