Hi, my name is Tim Rayne, and I’m a Pennsylvania Personal Injury Attorney. Today’s legal tip answers the question, “I’ve been injured in an accident in Pennsylvania. What are my legal rights?” If you’ve been injured in an accident in Pennsylvania that was caused by someone else’s negligence, you have a right to be compensated, to make up for the negative impact of the accident on your life. Because we don’t have the ability to turn back the clock and make sure that the person who caused the accident acts more carefully so that the accident doesn’t happen, the only thing that the law says we can do is fully compensate the injured person, to try to make up for the impact of the accident on his or her life.
What that means in practical terms is that you’re entitled, under law, to make a claim for any way in which the accident has affected you. We’re talking a claim for medical bills, past and future, lost wages, past and future, and the negative impact on your life. You’re entitled to make a claim for pain and suffering, in terms of the physical and emotional pain and suffering that you’ve endured as a result of the accident. You’re also entitled to make a claim for, it’s called, “Loss of Life’s Pleasures,” which is the negative impact of the accident on your ability to perform your activities.
Finally, you’re entitled to make a claim for any scarring or disfigurement that you have as a result of the accident. So, under Pennsylvania law, if you’re injured because of someone else’s negligence, the law says that you have a right to be compensated, to try to make up for the accident. That’s our legal tip for the day. Again, my name is Tim Rayne. I’m a Personal Injury Attorney in Pennsylvania. Please understand that I’m not your attorney unless you retain me to represent you. I’m happy to answer any questions that you might have. Please contact me, either by phone or email. Thank you.