Is Leaving the Scene of an Accident the Same as a Hit and Run?
In Pennsylvania, there are statutes in place that dictate what drivers must do in the aftermath of an accident— be it a fender bender or something more serious. If you were driving a vehicle that struck another car, a stationary object, or a pedestrian– and left the scene without stopping or reporting the incident, this… read more
Coal Truck Accidents in PA
Accidents involving coal trucks are extremely destructive and can result in serious injuries and deaths. And, on top of being destructive, coal truck accidents are more complicated, legally, than most other motor vehicle accidents. If you are involved in an accident with a coal truck, it is important to work with an experienced Pittsburgh, PA… read more
What Happens After a Deposition in a Personal Injury Case?
Before a lawsuit goes to trial, the parties to the lawsuit will have an opportunity to collect facts about each other’s causes of action and defenses. This process is known as “discovery,” and it can include written questions, document exchanges, and depositions. A deposition is an interview that is recorded to determine what the person… read more
What Is a Letter of Protection?
Medical treatment in Pennsylvania may be top-notch, but it is far from cheap, so when you’ve been hurt in a motor vehicle accident or other mishap, hospital bills can add up quickly. Even if you have insurance or are suing the at-fault party for your losses, it can take a long time to get reimbursed…. read more
How Long Do You Have to Report a Slip and Fall?
If you are conscious after a slip and fall, immediately notify management or the property owner. Even if you think you were not seriously injured, reporting it creates an official record of the accident. Many injuries do not appear for a day or more after falling, and failure to notify means the insurance company can… read more
Can My Car Insurance Company Request My Phone Records?
After a motor vehicle accident, your car insurance company will likely request information from you, and this may include your cell phone records. You are not required to give this to your insurer unless a court orders you to do so but refusing may affect your claim. Before deciding, it is wise to obtain legal… read more
Should I Sign a Release of Liability Form After a Car Accident?
Before you collect any compensation for injuries in a car accident, the insurance company will require you to sign its release of liability form. Many people make the mistake of signing that form too soon after the accident and before all of their losses and damages are determined. If you have been injured in a… read more
What Happens If My Car is Totaled and I Still Owe Payments On It?
If your car is totaled in an accident, you will still owe the remaining payments on the vehicle to the lender. At a time when the majority of motorists finance or lease their vehicles, this is an additional issue to deal with after a serious car accident. Unfortunately, the fact that the car is a… read more
What is the Personal Injury Claim Statute of Limitations in Pennsylvania?
If you have suffered an injury due to the negligence of another person, you are entitled to seek monetary compensation from them. This right to file a civil lawsuit is not open-ended, however. There is a deadline in Pennsylvania, known as the statute of limitations. It is a limited window of time to bring a… read more
What’s the Difference Between a Settlement and a Verdict?
When the parties involved in a lawsuit, negotiate and agree that the insurance company has offered fair compensation, and accept it– that is a settlement. If the parties fail to agree, the case goes to court, and a jury renders a verdict. Most cases are settled since insurance companies do not want to incur the… read more
Can I Recover Future Lost Income After an Injury in Pennsylvania?
Yes, you can recover damages for “future lost income” after sustaining a personal injury in Pennsylvania. However, your legal team will need to do some extra work to prove that you are eligible to collect for future wage loss and to maximize how much you receive. What is future lost income in a personal injury… read more
What Is Comparative Negligence?
Comparative negligence can be a source of confusion for individuals who have suffered injuries in accidents. Some of that confusion might stem from the fact that different states treat it in different ways. The most important thing that Pennsylvania accident victims should understand is that in our state– you can likely recover at least a… read more
How Long Does a Personal Injury Lawsuit Take?
How long a personal injury lawsuit takes from filing to completion depends on the circumstances surrounding the case. On the shorter side, these cases are resolved within eight months, but it is not unusual for personal injury cases to take 2.5 years or more for resolution. A Pittsburgh personal injury lawyer at our firm will… read more
Can I Sue If Someone Intentionally Hurt Me?
When someone’s wrongful act causes you harm, it is considered a tort. When that action is intentional, you generally have the right to pursue legal action against the perpetrator. Since intentional torts may also be crimes, it is important to discuss your case with a personal injury attorney. Criminal prosecution takes place separately from a… read more
How Are Pain and Suffering Damages Calculated?
Damages for pain and suffering may be awarded after a car accident or another type of personal injury, but how this form of compensation is calculated may seem a bit mysterious. If you have suffered an injury that someone else carelessly or intentionally caused, an insurance adjuster or jury may decide how much your pain… read more
Can My Insurer Spy on Me If I File a Personal Injury Claim?
Most people approach their insurance company as an ally, someone there to help when they suffer an injury and require compensation. The reality is that insurance companies are businesses, and they profit the most when they deny claims. In some cases, they can go to extreme lengths to do this. Sometimes, insurance companies look to… read more
What is the Average Personal Injury Payout?
There is no “average” personal injury payout since every accident, and every case is unique. The best thing to do is to talk to a Pittsburgh personal injury attorney as soon as possible. That way, you’ll have the information you need to make sound decisions about your future. The law is an inexact science Like… read more
What Will My Life Be Like After Losing a Limb?
Losing a limb is a traumatic ordeal. However, it’s possible to live a full and active life going forward, as long as you receive the expert care you need and deserve. A Pittsburgh personal injury attorney from our team can help you to understand your legal options. Managing your everyday life Gone are the days… read more
Who Will Pay for My Prosthetic Limb After an Accident?
If you lose a limb in an accident, your life changes forever. A prosthetic limb may help you regain mobility once more, but who pays for the device depends on the circumstances surrounding the accident. If the accident occurred because of the negligent behavior of another party, then the victim may file a personal injury… read more
How Do You Prove Negligence in Pennsylvania?
When an individual is hurt in an accident that is caused by someone else’s negligence, it is legally classified as a personal injury. Proving negligence in Pennsylvania requires the plaintiff to show how the defendant breached a duty of care. However, that can depend on the relationship between the parties and the circumstances of the… read more