Steven L. Chung is a Philadelphia Injury Lawyer who has successfully handled death and serious injury cases involving SEPTA, car and trucking accidents, injuries caused by toxic chemicals, slip and fall cases involving shopping centers and office buildings, and against insurance companies.






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Steven L. Chung

When you are hit by a fatigued driver of a tractor-trailer or you suffer a fatal stroke because of a delayed diagnosis by a physician, the consequences can include staggering medical bills, debilitating pain and permanent disability. While overcoming the emotional, physical and financial hardships associated with a serious injury always present serious challenges, incidents resulting in substantial injuries can be even more traumatic when they are caused by the negligent, reckless or intentional actions of another individual, company or government entity.

Philadelphia personal injury lawyer Steven Chung recognizes that victims of distracted drivers, inattentive property owners and substandard medical providers might not focus on financial compensation as their first priority. However, injury victims must eventually confront the medical bills, lost income and expenses associated with maintaining a high quality of life after suffering a significant injury. Our personal injury law firm aggressively pursues full recovery for our clients by anticipating and effectively responding to insurance company tactics designed to minimize or prevent recovery. Mr. Chung is an experienced former insurance defense attorney who fully exploits his insider's knowledge when dealing with insurance companies.

Mr. Chung's success is based on his experience as an insurance defense attorney and Judge Pro Tem has provided him with the expertise, legal knowledge and persuasive advocacy skills to obtain successful results in the full range of personal injury cases, such as:

Basis for Imposing Liability

The basis for imposing liability for damages in a personal injury lawsuit may be negligence, recklessness, intentional misconduct or strict liability.

Negligence & Recklessness

Most personal injury claims are based on the law of negligence. In basic terms, negligence refers to the failure of a party to act with reasonable care which causes foreseeable injury toward another individual to whom a duty of care is owed. If a driver commits a traffic violation or otherwise drives unsafely, for example, these types of practices typically would constitute negligent conduct.

In some cases, the standard of care imposed might be higher than the typical "ordinary care" standard imposed in a car accident or a slip and fall case. A common carrier like a train, bus or other form of mass transit that transports members of the public for a fixed fee generally owes a higher duty of care. Medical professionals also are held to a higher standard of care based on medical providers with comparable training and experience. The key is that Philadelphia personal injury lawyer Steven Chung can identify the applicable standard of care and gather the evidence needed to persuasively establish that a breach of the standard of care caused your injuries.

Reckless conduct generally amounts to a more extreme form of negligent conduct that evidences a conscious disregard for the safety of others. A drunk driver who operates a motor vehicle with a high blood alcohol level would typically be considered reckless. When parties exhibit reckless conduct, the jury might award punitive damages designed to punish and discourage such conduct.

Intentional Actions

When a party commits a physical assault, battery, rape, sexual assault or other form of intentional conduct that causes injury, this type of case is referred to as an intentional tort. These cases will often merit punitive damages. Sometimes these cases will also involve negligence by a business owner who fails to implement adequate security measures to protect victims from violent criminal acts.

Strict Liability

There are certain cases where an injury victim does not have to specifically prove any of the forms of misconduct indicated above. When a defective product causes injury to a consumer, for example, any party involved in the production or distribution chain for the product can be liable without the injury victim being required to prove the specific substandard conduct that caused the defect. Similarly, when a person violates a public safety law like a leash law or a traffic safety law, such as the requirement to stop at a red light, this might constitute "negligence per se." While negligence can be established by such a violation, this does not relieve the injury victim of the obligation to demonstrate that the violation caused the victim's injuries.

Seeking Significant Compensation for Serious Injuries

When you fall on a wet floor in a grocery store or you are struck in a crosswalk while walking across the street, you can suffer a wide range of injuries, including permanently debilitating injuries. When you suffer a catastrophic injury like a traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury, the medical and supportive care costs can easily amount to hundreds of thousands or even a million dollars over an injury victim's lifetime. Mr. Chung draws on his proven success handling catastrophic injury cases and his established network of experts to obtain the fullest compensation for his clients.

While the specific damages available in a personal injury lawsuit will depend on the precise facts and circumstances, some types of damages we might pursue include:

Philadelphia Personal Injury Attorneys - Tenaciously Advocating for Injury Victims

Steven L. Chung's success representing individuals who have suffered serious injury caused by negligent individuals, companies and government entities has twice merited his being awarded the status of Pennsylvania Rising Star by Super Lawyers. Personal injury and wrongful death claims are subject to strict timing requirements and must be investigated promptly, so you should seek immediate legal advice if you are injured. Mr. Chung offers a no obligation free consultation to evaluate your case and advise you of your rights and options. Call Steven Chung at 215-688-5777 to learn how we can help.