Frequently Asked Questions
How does personal injury litigation work in Pennsylvania?
Personal injury litigation is a legal process that involves seeking compensation for injuries caused by the negligence or recklessness of another person or entity. In Pennsylvania, personal injury lawsuits are governed by state law, as opposed to federal law – which sets forth the rules and procedures that must be followed in order to pursue a claim.
If you have been injured in an accident in Pennsylvania, it is important to understand the state’s laws related to personal injury litigation.
In this article we’ll go over some of the key areas of personal injury litigation and how it works within the state of Pennsylvania.
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What are the statute of limitations in Pennsylvania?
The statute of limitations for filing a personal injury lawsuit in Pennsylvania is two years from the date of the injury. This means that you have a limited amount of time to file a lawsuit, or you may lose your right to seek compensation for your injuries.
What is comparative negligence?
Pennsylvania follows the rule of comparative negligence, which means that if you are found to be partially at fault for your injuries, your compensation may be reduced proportionately.
For example, if you were awarded $100,000 in damages but were found to be 20% at fault, your compensation would be reduced to $80,000.
What types of damages are awarded in Pennsylvania personal injury case?
In Pennsylvania, you may be eligible to receive compensation for a variety of damages related to your injury, including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. There is no cap on the amount of compensation that you can receive for economic damages such as medical bills and lost wages.
However, there is a cap on non-economic damages such as pain and suffering, which is currently set at $500,000.
What are some different types of personal injury cases in Pennsylvania?
Personal injury lawsuits can arise from a variety of accidents, including:
- Car accidents
- Slip and falls caused by dangerous premises
- Medical malpractice
- Defective products
- Hunting accidents
If you have been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be eligible to file a personal injury lawsuit to seek compensation for your damages.
How do I find and choose a personal injury attorney in Pennsylvania?
If you are considering filing a personal injury lawsuit in Pennsylvania, it is important to choose an experienced attorney who understands the state’s laws and procedures. Look for an attorney or law firm that has a track record of success in personal injury cases and who will work tirelessly to ensure that you receive the compensation that you deserve.
If you’re unsure of where to turn, please feel free to reach out to our team for a free assessment of your case. Our experienced team will work with you and help guide you through every step of the legal process.
Answered By:Attorney Jason Schiffman
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Jason M. Schiffman, Esq. is an experienced litigator practicing primarily in the fields of personal injury, products liability, estate litigation, and corporate litigation. Attorney Jason Schiffman has personally served as lead counsel in the litigation of over four hundred cases or claims.
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