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How Do I Know If I Have A Personal Injury Case In Pennsylvania?

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Answered by: Christopher J. Marzzacco

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Being injured in an accident is a devastating thing to go through. It is made worse when the accident was another person or party’s fault.

Victims of negligent accidents should not be responsible for paying medical bills, lost wages and other accident-related damages. But it can be difficult for these individuals to deal with insurance companies and other complexities in the aftermath of an accident. Additionally, they may not be aware of their rights or the laws that affect these cases.

If your accident was caused by the recklessness or negligence of another person or another party (company, product manufacturer, etc.), you may have a personal injury case in Pennsylvania. It is advisable to speak to a personal injury lawyer to confirm that you have a case, and to help you take appropriate legal action.

Do I Need An Attorney?

Trying to deal with insurance companies (and potentially large corporations) can be nearly impossible for an accident victim. To level the playing field, it is critical to get help from an experienced personal injury attorney.

Not only is it very wise to hire an attorney, it is advisable to do so very early on.

An attorney can immediately begin investigating the accident and gathering evidence. Is there video evidence of the accident? Were there any eyewitnesses? Could an investigator or accident reconstruction expert help build a stronger case?

What Is Comparative Negligence, And Does It Matter?

In many accident cases, one negligent person or party is completely responsible for an accident. (For example, a drunk driver who fails to stop for a stoplight and collides with a car.)

But in some cases, there may be more than one party at fault. This may be another party, or it may be you, the accident victim. This is known as comparative negligence, and it can affect a personal injury case.

Generally speaking, in Pennsylvania, if the accident victim is less than 50 percent at fault, he or she can recover compensation. The judge may adjust the amount depending on the level of responsibility.

If the accident victim is found to be 50 percent or more at fault, he or she generally does not have a case.

When In Doubt, Contact An Attorney

Personal injury cases can be complex. Insurance coverage, liability, investigations, and comparative negligence are just a few of the issues that can affect a case.

Accident victims do not have to face the process alone.

If you have been injured in an accident, talk to a personal injury lawyer to determine your legal options.

Disclaimer: The answer is intended to be for informational purposes only. It should not be relied on as legal advice, nor construed as a form of attorney-client relationship.

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