In Pennsylvania,personal injury cases are common but can be complicated. Read this brief primer on the sorts of possible personal injury cases to get a better sense of what a personal injury claim can look …
How a Pennsylvania Personal Injury Attorney Helps Clients
Accidents and injury can befall anyone, and a personal injury attorney can help. The victim may suffer lasting health problems, mobility issues, pain, and discomfort. They may also suffer a loss of income. A Pennsylvania personal injury attorney can seek restitution for injuries to a person or damage to their property.
Accidents are often distressing, and any support in moving on is invaluable. Aftercare and recuperation can be expensive. A serious accident may have a permanent impact on a person’s ability to earn. A personal injury attorney can offer a light at the end of the tunnel by seeking compensation from the responsible parties. If an accident was the result of someone else’s negligence or recklessness, then a personal injury attorney can help.
What can a personal injury attorney do?
A personal injury attorney assesses the client’s case to estimate the damages or reparations that might be due, and from whom. The attorney then prepares paperwork and documents, including statements from the claimant and any available witnesses. The attorney can also collate whatever evidence might be available to support the claim. All this preparation is for a court case to seek compensation from the responsible party.
Common types of personal injury claim
The list of accidents and misfortunes a person might endure is almost endless. A personal injury attorney commonly deals with a broad range of injury claims. These include but are not limited to:
- Injury or illness caused by negligence at work
- Injuries caused by the negligent or reckless acts of another person such as motor vehicle collisions
- Damage incurred on property as a result of another person’s actions such as slip and falls in stores or parking lots or sidewalks
- Vandalism and deliberate damage by a third party
- Loss of earnings due to time off work for an injury caused by someone else
- Injuries and loss of earnings due to being a victim of crime
- Industrial accidents
- Injuries or damage caused by negligence or dereliction of a public utility
Who is liable to pay for a personal injury claim?
If the claim is successful, the party responsible for the injury will pay. This may be a private citizen, a business, or a public entity such as a State or government department. A personal injury attorney will help identify the responsible party and begin proceedings to recoup damages. If the case is against another individual, then they will pay any resulting damages and costs. If it is against a company, then it will be the company itself rather than any individual who pays. Likewise, a successful claim against a public office or utility will be paid by the government.
Most individuals and businesses maintain liability insurance to cover claims by injured persons. Dealing with insurance companies, their adjusters and attorney can be one of the most onerous task and the assistance of an attorney can relieve you of this burden
Do you need a personal injury attorney in Pennsylvania?
Many personal injury disputes involve one or both parties representing themselves. Bringing an attorney puts you at an immediate advantage if the other party has opted not to do so. A big company or a government department will definitely bring attorneys to court. If for no other reason, you need a personal injury attorney in your corner. Calling a personal injury attorney should be top of the list for anyone making a claim.
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Posted on: May 1, 2020 by Kim Bodnar