West View Personal Injury Lawyers
When a serious accident occurs, your life is turned upside down. If that accident resulted because of the actions, or non-actions, or another person or entity, you might recover damages through filing a personal injury lawsuit.
Your medical expenses are piling up, you do not know when or whether you can return to work, and you are scared about your and your family’s future. Our experienced West View personal injury lawyers work hard to hold the responsible party liable and make them pay for the injuries they have caused.
What to Do After an Injury
A person injured because of another’s actions must seek medical attention as soon as possible. It is also important to document the accident scene and the damage to your vehicle.
If the accident victim is too badly hurt to document the circumstances, a friend or relative should photograph the accident scene as quickly as they can following the incident. They should also document the injuries suffered by the victim.
If there were witnesses to the accident, obtain their contact information and write down or record their observations.
Types of Personal Injury Cases
While all sorts of negligent or reckless acts may cause a personal injury, the most common types we litigate include:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Slip and fall
- Defective products
- Dangerous drugs
- Medical malpractice
- Construction accidents
Sometimes, a person succumbs to their injuries. In such cases, the personal representative of the deceased’s estate in Pennsylvania may file a wrongful death lawsuit.
Pennsylvania Statute of Limitations
In Pennsylvania, the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim is two years from the injury date. The statute of limitations for filing a wrongful death claim is two years from the death date, not the injury date.
Failure to file a claim within that timeframe will likely mean that the courts will not hear it.
While two years may seem like a long time, it is critical to contact a West View personal injury lawyer in Pittsburgh as soon as possible. The sooner our investigators can start working on the case, the better, as evidence may disappear over time, and the memories of any witnesses to the accident may fade.
Pennsylvania Personal Injury Damages
In Pennsylvania, personal injury compensation, or damages, are divided into economic and non-economic categories. Economic damages include:
- Medical expenses, current and future
- Lost wages
- Property damage
Non-economic damages may include:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional stress
There is a third type of damages, known as punitive damages. These are most often awarded when the defendant acts in a particularly egregious fashion.
The term “punitive” means “punish,” and that is the intent of punitive damages. The party at fault for causing the injury is punished financially and made an example of because their behavior was so beyond the pale.
In Pennsylvania, punitive damages cannot exceed ten times the limit of the damages the plaintiff suffered.
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If you or a loved one suffers a serious injury because of the negligent or reckless behavior of another party, you need the services of a dedicated, knowledgeable Pittsburgh personal injury attorney who will make sure your voice is heard and your injuries are never minimized.
Our attorneys have recovered over $1 billion for clients, and we can help you obtain the maximum compensation for your injuries.