Whitehall Personal Injury Lawyer
Whitehall Township in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania is a beautiful place to live – with historic farms and covered bridges near modern developments, retail shopping destinations, and nearby tourist attractions like Dorney Park. This idyllic lifestyle can change in the blink of an eye due to sudden, catastrophic injury that happens through little to no fault of your own. If another person’s reckless or negligent behavior causes your family harm, you can call our Whitehall personal injury lawyers at Chaffin Luhana to handle your matter with expert efficiency.
Types of Personal Injury Claims We Handle
A personal injury lawyer can handle any type of claim resulting in serious physical or emotional harm – as opposed to a property damage claim, which an insurance agency would typically handle. Common lawsuits in the personal injury arena include:
- Automobile accidents
- Automobile defects
- Dangerous drugs
- Defective consumer products
- Defective medical devices
- Missed diagnoses
- Sexual assault
- Toxic contamination
- Workplace accidents
What Personal Injury Lawyers Do
At Chaffin Luhana, we value client wellbeing above all. When you walk into our office, you’re immediately taken care of. We make sure you have access to the best medical care professionals, specialists, and therapies available in our area. We take strides to alleviate some of the financial stress you’ve been suffering and make sure you have transportation to the court as needed. We’re not just skilled litigators; we’re friends, too.
How Much Does a Case Cost?
Your personal injury case may include a litany of complex legal services, including:
- Explanation of your legal rights and answers to your questions.
- Recommendations to medical care providers in Whitehall.
- In-depth accident investigation, deposition-taking, eyewitness interviewing, subpoenaing.
- Hiring damage assessment experts and medical witnesses who will vouch for you.
- Document preparation and filing with the courts, including advances for any fees due.
- Mediating or arbitrating an agreement outside the courtroom.
- Arguing before judge and jury with supporting evidence (if necessary).
- Legal advocacy on your behalf in dealing with insurance companies, creditors, and third parties.
- Overcoming objections in appeal and ensuring the defendant adheres to the payment schedule.
Pennsylvania Personal Injury Laws
When you work with Chaffin Luhana, you’ll have access to a knowledgeable personal injury attorney who truly understands all the subtle nuances of Pennsylvania personal injury law. Our expertise not only helps ensure your paperwork is completed to court standards, but that we are able to legitimize and maximize your claim to compensation. Some laws that may affect your personal injury lawsuit include:
Statute of Limitations – Pennsylvania courts generally allows plaintiffs UP TO TWO YEARS from the date of the injury to file their claims for compensation in civil court. When you are suing a government entity or government-funded entity, you must file a notice of intent within SIX MONTHS.
Discovery Rule – While most claims fall under the standard statute of limitations, there are certain exceptions granted when the discovery of harm falls outside the two-year window. We commonly see this in cases of sexual abuse, where an incident in adult life triggers episodic memories and psychological trauma years later or in complex medical claims where the initial cause of harm is not immediately known. Under the discovery rule, plaintiffs may have UP TO TWO YEARS after the “discovery of harm,” rather than the initial date of injury.
No-Fault Car Accidents – Motor vehicle accidents are “no-fault” in Pennsylvania, meaning that your own car insurance provider will cover your medical expenses for most accidents, regardless of who was liable. However, if your injury meets the “serious injury” threshold, you can step outside the no-fault system and pursue a personal injury claim.
Shared Fault – Pennsylvania follows a “modified comparative negligence rule,” which allows for reduced compensation based on your amount of legal blame, so a common defense strategy is to try to shift as much of the blame onto you, the plaintiff, as possible. If you were to receive a $20,000 damage award, but you were found 25 percent “at fault,” you could only collect $15,000. If you’re found to be more than 50 percent to blame, you will be unable to collect any compensation.
Strict Premises Liability – Pennsylvania homeowners are held strictly liable for their dogs, whether their pets have displayed a history of aggression or not. If a dog bites you, the owner is responsible for paying you.
Injury Damage Caps – There are no limits to personal injury damages, but the amount of punitive damages that can be awarded is capped at “two times the amount of actual damages.” So, if you’re awarded $20,000 in medical expenses and lost time off work, you could feasibly collect up to $40,000 more in punitive damages.
Expert Representation with No Upfront Fees
Chaffin Luhana is a nationally recognized personal injury firm with over $1 billion recovered by our attorneys on behalf of clients throughout their careers. Our expertise in personal injury law has been recognized by Law 360, The National Law Journal, Law Dragon, the American Association for Justice, and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
Our unique team includes state and federal prosecutors, judicial law clerks, large firm defense attorneys, court-appointed leaders, and a social worker. We’re so confident we can help you; we offer free consultations to all prospective clients and contingency-based legal representation. That means you pay us nothing unless we win money on your behalf. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain by seeking the best attorneys to defend your claim.