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Common Questions About Personal Injury Law in Pennsylvania

July 06, 2021

By van der Veen, Hartshorn, Levin & Lindheim

If you have been hurt and you think it was due to someone else’s negligence, you have a lot of questions. You may know you can file a lawsuit against someone if you are hurt by their carelessness, but do not know what to expect or how to do it. Below are some of the most common questions about personal injury law in Pennsylvania, and the answers to them.

What is Personal Injury Law?

Personal injury law recognizes that when you are hurt by someone else’s negligence, you have the right to file a claim against them for your losses. Typical damages in a personal injury case include medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering. To be successful with your personal injury claim, you must prove another person acted negligently, and that their carelessness caused an accident that resulted in injury.

When Should I Contact a Lawyer?

Under Pennsylvania law, you only have a certain amount of time to file your claim. The statute of limitations, or time limit, for person injury claims is two years from the date of injury. To ensure you file on time, and that you do not forfeit your right to claim damages, you should contact a lawyer as soon as possible after your accident.

How Much is My Case Worth?

The value of your claim will depend on the facts of your case and the quality of lawyer you choose. You can receive compensation for all of your injuries and losses, including pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life. It is crucial that you work with an attorney that will accurately value your case and help you secure the full settlement you deserve.

Can I File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit if My Loved One was Killed?

Tragically, accidents are sometimes so serious that accident victims do not survive them. When that is the case, you may be able to file a wrongful death and survival claim based on your relationship with the deceased. Immediate family members such as spouses, children, and parents, can file a wrongful death claim if their loved one is killed due to someone else’s negligence.

Can I File a Personal Injury Claim After a Workplace Accident?

Most claims associated with workplace injuries in the state are workers’ compensation claims. However, if a third party unrelated to your employer caused your injury, you may also file a personal injury claim against that party. For example, if a defective piece of equipment caused your injury, you can file a claim against the manufacturer.

Do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer in Pennsylvania?

Personal injury claims are complex and it is always recommended that you speak with a Philadelphia personal injury lawyer. At van der Veen, Hartshorn, Levin & Lindheim, our knowledgeable attorneys can advise on the merits of your case and the legal options available. Call us today at (215) 486-0123 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.


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