PITTSBURGH – October 27, 2020
Personal injury action.
When injury, property loss, or wrongful death occur as a result of an automobile accident in Pennsylvania, an experienced personal injury attorney can help with a claim for compensation, based on the assignment of responsibility. Speak with a Pennsylvania accident attorney who knows the particulars of a case, and can determine filing times and damage valuations.
Compensatory damages address economic loss, including lost wages, medical bills, medical care, and treatment, plus household expenses; and non-economic damages, including pain and suffering, loss of consortium, or companionship.
Punitive damages are meant to punish the individual who caused harm, or injury and loss to the victim. They are contingent upon proving that a defendant deliberately, with reckless disregard, acted in a manner to cause harm to another person, and awarded on a case-by-case basis
An accident report must be filed with the Pennsylvania Department of Public Safety within five days after a collision results in death, injury, or significant property damage. An auto accident attorney can explain Pennsylvania’s “modified comparative negligence” rule, where an individual can still recover damages in a personal injury lawsuit, but the amount of compensation will be reduced by an amount that is equal to their percentage of fault, but a plaintiff can only seek damages from the defendant if they are less than 51 percent at fault.
Under Pennsylvania’s no-fault system, a driver may turn to his or her own insurance company for compensation for injuries up to the personal injury protection, or “PIP” limit, regardless of fault. Drivers also have the right to circumvent Pennsylvania’s no-fault law and proceed directly against the at-fault driver under certain circumstances. A car accident lawyer can communicate with insurance companies on behalf of clients, or initiate legal action when it is appropriate.
A skilled personal injury attorney can help sort out any claim for damages arising out of automobile accidents, whether it was a direct result of an impact crash, or other roadway danger, and initiate a lawsuit in the appropriate amount of time. Victims are often left with severe, life altering injuries that can cause future loss and pain and suffering after vehicle collisions. Damages may include medical expenses, lost wages, and compensation for pain and suffering and future earnings.
Seek legal counsel.
Multi-vehicle car accidents can be complex, requiring involved research and time. It is wise to contact an experienced accident attorney at Scanlon & Wojton, LLC, who can exercise their best legal practices toward a positive fiscal result after a motor vehicle accident.
Scanlon & Wojton, Attorneys at Law
The Mitchell Building
304 Ross Street, Suite 510
Pittsburgh, Pa 15219
Phone: (412) 918-1241
Fax: (412) 235-7275