After an injury, the consequences can affect you for months, years, or even decades, leading to costly medical bills and missed wages. If you were injured because of someone else’s negligence, you deserve an advocate who will fight to get you the compensation to which you might be entitled.
At Cordisco & Saile LLC, we think you should worry about getting back on your feet, not dealing with paperwork and insurance companies. We will handle every aspect of your case, and we will always be there to answer your calls and emails. We will fight to pursue compensation on your behalf.
If you have suffered a personal injury, contact a Lehigh Valley personal injury lawyer today by calling the offices of Cordisco & Saile LLC at (215) 642-2335.
Personal Injury Cases
There are many kinds of personal injury cases, including:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Bike accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Slips and falls
- Pedestrian accidents
- Dog bites
- Medical malpractice
The key to most personal injury lawsuits is proving that the other party was negligent. In most negligence cases, you must prove that someone failed to adhere to a certain required standard of conduct and that your injuries and losses resulted from that failure. A lawyer can explain more about how negligence laws may apply in your particular case.
Comparative Negligence Laws in Pennsylvania
In Pennsylvania, negligence laws involve more complexity, taking into account the liability of both parties. You will be awarded compensation in a negligence case based on a calculated percentage of each party’s fault in the incident. This law is established in Pennsylvania Statute § 42-7102, which permits victims to file a claim as long as their own losses are equal to or greater than the defendant’s losses.
In essence, this means that Pennsylvania is a comparative negligence state. In comparative negligence states, your award is reduced in proportion to the degree to which you are determined to be at fault. For instance, if a jury decides you are 25% responsible for a car accident, your recovery would be reduced by 25%.
If you have questions about how comparative negligence may affect your case, contact a Lehigh Valley personal injury lawyer from Cordisco & Saile LLC at (215) 642-2335.
Auto Insurance Claims in Pennsylvania
There are further complexities to injury cases involving motor vehicle accidents. When electing auto insurance coverage, Pennsylvania allows you to elect either at-fault (or full tort) or no-fault (or limited tort) insurance. This limited vs. full tort option is described in Pennsylvania Statute § 75-1705.
In short, drivers are given a choice. When those who select a limited tort policy get in an accident, their own insurance will pay for their medical expenses and other damages, regardless of who is at fault. In other words, those who hold such policies are more limited in the kinds of losses they can seek to claim after an accident. Those with a full tort policy may pursue insurance claims or lawsuits against another driver in any case where the other driver is at fault.
If you were involved in an auto accident and suffered any injuries, it’s also important to medically document your injuries for insurance purposes. After the accident, you may have sought emergency treatment or any other hospitalizations or medical care in the days and weeks after the collision. All of this is information that will be useful to a lawyer in building your case. A lawyer can help investigate possible routes for compensation for injuries, lost time from work, or other losses.
Seeking Compensation from Municipalities
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania does not cap the amount of compensation you may receive in lawsuits against other individuals. In Pennsylvania Statute § 42-8528, it does, however, limit the amount residents may recover in cases brought against the state and its municipalities.
Actions brought against the state are limited to $250,000 for any individual plaintiff or $1 million for multiple plaintiffs. Residents might bring cases against the state for specific types of injuries and losses, such as lost wages, medical expenses, and lost property, as well as pain and suffering.
Statute of Limitations
Pennsylvania Statute § 42-5524 provides a two-year statute of limitations for personal injury cases. This means you have two years from the date of the car accident, slip and fall, or other cause of your injury to file a lawsuit. This means you should take steps to file your claim as soon as possible.
How We Can Help
When you’ve been injured, you may need to take time off work, seek medical treatment, or focus on your recovery. Let a lawyer take care of the legal details of your case so that you don’t have to.
At Cordisco & Saile LLC, we know that no two personal injury cases are alike—just like no two personal injury clients are alike. Our goal is to always put our clients’ needs first, making sure we are there for them every step of the way, ready and able to answer all of their questions while we pursue justice on their behalf.
If that sounds like the kind of advocate you want in your corner, schedule your free consultation and case evaluation with a Lehigh Valley personal injury lawyer today by calling our offices at (215) 642-2335. Our attorneys always work on a contingency basis, which means you pay nothing until we recover compensation for you.
Call us today. The sooner you call, the sooner we can get to work.