Not all accidents result in legal claims. Some accidents do not result in injuries. Some accidents are unavoidable and not caused by the carelessness of another person. Some accidents are actually caused by the carelessness of the victim.
In order to have a valid Pennsylvania Personal Injury case, you need to be able to prove that you suffered injuries because of someone else’s carelessness. In Pennsylvania, you can recover if your carelessness contributed to causing the accident, but not if you were more than fifty percent responsible for the accident. In addition, in Pennsylvania, any monetary award that you receive for your injuries is reduced by the percentage of your responsibility for the accident. So, if you were twenty percent responsible for the accident, your recovery is reduced by twenty percent.
The compensation that you can recover in court includes your past and future lost wages, past and future medical bills and reasonable compensation for your pain and suffering and the negative impact of the accident upon your activities.
CAR ACCIDENT CASES – Car accidents are the most common Personal Injury cases. If you are injured in a car accident caused by another driver’s carelessness, you have the ability to seek compensation for those injuries.
MOTORCYCLE AND BICYCLE ACCIDENT CASES – Motorcyclists and bicyclists face grave dangers when riding on the roads and highways. Careless car and truck drivers cause countless accidents each year resulting in serious injuries and deaths. If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle or bicycle accident, you may be entitled to money compensation for your injuries and losses.
PEDESTRIAN INJURY CASES – Car and truck drivers have an obligation to look out for pedestrians, but each year thousands of pedestrians are seriously injured or killed by careless drivers.
SLIP AND FALL CASES – It is common for injuries to occur from a slip or trip and fall. Such accidents include things like slipping on spilled liquids in stores, slips on ice or snow, trips on defective sidewalks, falls down defective stairs and other defective conditions on properties that cause accidents. If you fall and are injured on another person’s property, you may have a Personal Injury case.
DEFECTIVE PRODUCT CASES – Another common cause of injury is from defective and dangerous products. If you have been injured while using a product, you may have a Personal Injury claim if the product was defectively designed or manufactured or if it did not have proper instructions or warnings.
MEDICAL MALPRACTICE CASES – If you have been injured as a result of improper medical care, you may have a valid medical malpractice Personal Injury claim. If it can be proven that your medical provider failed to treat you with reasonably competent medical care, you might have a Personal Injury case and be able to recover compensation for your injuries.
CONSTRUCTION ACCIDENTS – There are federal regulations and other safety standards mandating safe construction procedures on worksites. Even so, many contractors and subcontractors are either unaware of or ignore these safety rules and regulations leading to serious injuries or deaths caused by accidents. If someone is injured or killed in a construction accident, there are potential legal claims to be pursued.
DOG BITES – Dog owners have a legal obligation to restrain and control their dogs to prevent attacks and dog bites. In the event of injuries arising out of a dog bite or attack, legal claims for compensation can be pursued.