Personal Injury in Pennsylvania

In order to be compensated for the injury, you will first need to show proof that you were injured as a direct result of another individual’s carelessness. You can also be injured by the negligence of a group of people. If you were also at fault for your injury, you may not recover the full amount that you would recover if the injury had been entirely someone else’s fault. This is called “comparative negligence” law.

You should preserve as much evidence as you possibly can, including damaged automobiles, photographic evidence of the injury or damage, and any clothing that you were wearing at the time of the injury.

You must inform the party you consider responsible that you are in the process of filing a lawsuit against them.

 

Pennsylvania Personal Injury at a Glance

Pennsylvania Personal Injury Laws

Statute of Limitations

2 Years
Damages Recoverable Lost wages, future earning ability, medical expenses, pain and suffering, cost of household help, property damage
Strict Liability Product manufacturer may be liable for injuries caused by a consumer product
Joint Liability Defendants are proportionately liable for damages
Contributory Negligence The plaintiff may recover damages based on proportion of fault as long as the plaintiff's share of fault is less than that of defendants.

What Costs Are Covered?

Under personal injury law in Pennsylvania, you may recover the costs of any medical treatment resulting from the injury, whether it took place before the current date, is continuing currently, or is assumed to be required in the future. You may also collect money for mental, emotional, or relational damages that are due to the injury. If any of your property was damaged by negligence, it is also eligible for the personal injury claim. You can collect on a personal injury claim for time lost from your job, permanent disability or disfigurement, or a decreased ability to make money that resulted from the injury.

If you need to hire a lawyer to confirm the amount and extent of your damages, a Pennsylvania personal injury lawyer will be able to point you in the right direction.

If you were injured while using a product, you may be able to file a personal injury claim. For this to be successful, you will have to present proof that the item you were using was dangerous due to a defect, and that this defect, and not your manner of using the product, led to your injury. You may also prove that you sustained damages. The company that manufactured the product will then be considered responsible for the injury or damage.

Important Details

There is a two-year statute of limitations on personal injury claims. This means that you should file your claim as soon as possible.

Before contacting the insurance adjusters or representatives with information about the injury, it is highly advisable that you speak to a Pennsylvania personal injury lawyer skilled in personal injury law.

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