Pennsylvania – March 17, 2021
Accident victims are often left reeling when they have been injured, lost property, or loved ones have been harmed, or killed. Victims have to adjust to immediate life changes caused by possible hospital admissions, disadvantages to mobility by the loss of a vehicle, and in the worst cases, the loss of life of a loved one. After an accident, an experienced lawyer is instrumental in pursuing a victim’s right to compensation for injuries and property damage loss under Pennsylvania law.
Professional case building.
Insurance companies will often try to pay out a settlement offer to accident victims addressing immediate expenses, without looking further to potential damage that may show itself at a future date. Accident lawyers can build a strong case by sending investigators to the accident scene; reviewing police reports, witness testimony, diagnostic results, and medical reports; hiring appropriate financial experts to make valuations of loss; determining accident causes; supporting victim’s rights against aggressive insurance companies; and drafting and filing complicated insurance and legal documents. It is best to contact a knowledgeable lawyer soon after an accident results in physical injury, emotional injury, and/or property loss, or death.
Possible damage compensation.
Monetary awards are based on the ability to show damages incurred as a result of the accident named in a claim. Valuation determinations are based on the level of injury and property loss of victims of car accidents. Common damage compensation is made up of economic losses based on lost wages, medical bills, past, present, and future medical care, changes to household expenses, and non-economic damages for pain and suffering, loss of consortium, or companionship. There are cased when punitive damages are entertained and awarded if the harms were caused by a deliberate and reckless disregard of another person. The only caps on damage awards reflect a $500,000 limit against local government claims, and a $250,000 limit on claims against the State. Accident lawyers can be of assistance in damage valuations and proving they were caused by an accident.
Motor vehicle negligence.
In Pennsylvania, an accident report must be filed with the Pennsylvania Department of Public Safety within five days from the mishap if collisions result in death, injury, or significant property damage. Pennsylvania’s “modified comparative negligence” rule, allows the individual recovery of damages in personal injury lawsuits, but the amount of compensation will be reduced by assigned percentages of fault up to 51 percent of fault, at which point damage recovery is not possible. A Pennsylvania motor vehicle accident attorney can explain the nuances of comparative negligence to clients and guide their actions accordingly.
Talk to a lawyer.
Victims who have suffered harmful loss after an accident attorney in the Pittsburgh should consult with an experienced accident lawyer at Scanlon & Wojton who will fight for damage compensation by building a strong case, utilizing state and federal accident laws.
Scanlon & Wojton, Attorneys at Law
The Mitchell Building
304 Ross Street, Suite 510
Pittsburgh, Pa 15219
Phone: (412) 918-1241
Fax: (412) 235-7275