Personal injury law, also known as tort law, is a complex legal landscape designed to protect you when you are harmed due to someone else’s negligence or intentional conduct. This post aims to help Pennsylvanians gain a clearer understanding of their rights within the realm of personal injury law.
The Basics of Personal Injury Law:
In Pennsylvania, personal injury law covers a wide array of incidents ranging from car accidents, slip and falls, medical malpractice, to product liability cases. If you’ve been injured due to another party’s actions, you have the right to seek compensation for your losses, which may include medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Pennsylvania’s Statute of Limitations:
One of the first things you need to know about personal injury cases in Pennsylvania is the time limit for filing a claim, known as the statute of limitations. In most cases, you have two years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit. If this deadline passes, you may lose your right to legal recourse.
Pennsylvania follows a modified comparative negligence rule. This means if you’re partially at fault for the accident that caused your injury, your compensation can be reduced by the percentage of your fault. However, you can still recover damages as long as your share of the blame is not greater than the other involved party or parties.
No-Fault Car Insurance:
In the context of car accidents, Pennsylvania is a choice no-fault state. This means that drivers can choose between no-fault insurance and traditional insurance when they get their policy. If you chose no-fault coverage, you would seek compensation from your own insurance policy first, regardless of who caused the accident.
Pennsylvania law does not cap damages for most personal injury cases, meaning there is no legal maximum amount that can be awarded for things like medical bills, lost wages, or pain and suffering. However, there is a cap on punitive damages (intended to punish the wrongdoer), which are limited to two times the amount of actual damages.
Your Right to Legal Representation:
Perhaps the most critical right to remember is your right to legal representation. Personal injury law can be complex, and having an experienced attorney on your side can ensure your rights are protected and that you receive the compensation you deserve.
Attorney Paul Walker has been representing Pennsylvanians in personal injury cases for years, advocating for their rights, and working tirelessly to secure them the best possible outcomes. If you or a loved one has been injured due to another party’s negligence, remember you’re not alone – legal help is just a phone call away.
*Disclaimer: This blog post is intended for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. The information contained herein may not apply to all situations and may not reflect the most current legal developments. Individual circumstances vary and legal interpretation may change due to differing local, state, or federal laws and regulations. Therefore, this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for legal advice from a licensed attorney. Always consult us directly for advice regarding your individual situation. Use of this site and reading this blog post does not establish an attorney-client relationship between you and Paul Walker Law.