Pennsylvania – February 11, 2022

A Penn Hills couple hurt in the Fern Hollow Bridge collapse said this week they intend to sue PennDOT, the city of Pittsburgh and the Port Authority of Allegheny County for their injuries.  The 69-year-old individuals were driving along Forbes Avenue when they were among 10 people injured as the bridge fell into a ravine in Frick Park on the morning of Jan. 28.  Since the incident they have endured traumatic spinal fractures, and stress harms related to other vehicles falling down immediately after their vehicle hit the ground below, including a large bus.  Pennsylvania has 3,353 bridges in poor condition, the second most after Iowa, according to federal data.  The Biden administration has repeatedly said it is up to local officials to determine which bridges receive how much money.  If you have been injured due to unsafe roadways and bridge infrastructures in Pittsburgh, it may be wise to hire a Pennsylvania accident attorney to determine responsibility for damage compensation.

Liability.

Determining liability after an accident on a public roadway or bridge is difficult and specialists are usually sent to the scene to identify any conditions that will give insight as to the reason behind the crash.  Insurance adjusters may try to reduce settlements for driver violations, once there is some determination of fault assigned to each driver, or entity that could have caused the accident to occur.  An experienced personal injury attorney can be of assistance when dealing with insurance companies, calculating medical expenses and future losses that will make up the total award after an accident results in injuries.   The agencies named are responsible for maintaining local and state roadways and this fact will be considered when settlements are estimated.

Damage compensation.

Insurance compensation for any loss sustained as a result of a vehicle accident may be possible in the State of Pennsylvania.  Call an accident attorney who can help support negligence by assigning  “fault” in a legal proceeding that addresses property damage, physical injuries, and wrongful death.  Damages that may be recovered include:

  • Medical bills
  • Current and future compensation losses
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of care, companionship
  • Estate administration expenses
  • Funeral expenses if a wrongful death occurs

Damage capitations.

Monetary awards in Pennsylvania have no cap on most damages, but there is a cap of $500,000 against local government claims, and a $250,000 limit on claims against the State.  Accident lawyers can be of assistance for a variety of legal actions toward fiscal recovery after any motor vehicle, personal injury, premises liability, medical malpractice, or  worker’s on-the-job accidental injury.

Talk to a lawyer about Pennsylvania hybrid insurance fault state.

Under Pennsylvania’s hybrid insurance fault system, a driver may turn to his or her own insurance company for compensation for injuries up to the personal injury protection, or “PIP”  limit, regardless of fault. Drivers also have the right to circumvent Pennsylvania’s no-fault law and proceed directly against the at-fault party under certain circumstances. An experienced attorney at Scanlon & Wojton, LLC, can be instrumental in reviewing insurance policies and adapting fault concerns against state or local entities who are in charge of roadway maintenance.

Scanlon & Wojton, Attorneys at Law

The Mitchell Building
304 Ross Street, Suite 510
Pittsburgh, Pa 15219

 

Phone:  (412) 918-1241

Fax: (412) 235-7275

 

Sources:

 

  1. https://www.legis.state.pa.us/WU01/LI/LI/CT/HTM/42/00.071.002.000..HTM
  2. https://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/LI/consCheck.cfm?txtType=HTM&ttl=42&div=0&chpt=83&sctn=1&subsctn=0
  3. couple hurt in bridge collapse to sue Pittsburgh, PennDOT | Nation/World | gazettextra.com

 

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