The roadways of Pennsylvania are congested, poorly maintained, and populated by aggressive drivers. Accidents are an everyday occurrence in Philadelphia and all over Pennsylvania. If you are involved in an automobile accident, you may have to consider your legal options. Whether you are in a car, truck, SUV, or on a motorcycle may be a factor in the severity of the accident. Though most private vehicles are focused on the safety of the user, injuries may still occur. You could endure a wide variety of injuries that can impact your life and livelihood. Some injuries stay dormant for years before devastating your life. If you need a law firm that is proud of an unsurpassed dedication to clients, contact Mattleman, Weinroth & Miller, P.C.
What should I do after an accident?
The first thing you should do after an accident is to seek medical attention. If you believe that you are injured, you should contact medical services to examine you and document any injuries you may have at the time. When handling serious injury, a medical professional’s documentation of the accident will help you develop your case against the negligent party. Always call the police to document the accident.
PA is a choice no-fault state, what does that mean?
Pennsylvania is a choice no-fault insurance state. For those who choose no-fault insurance, this means that directly after an accident, medical bills and lost wages are covered with no regard to the fault of the accident. Many people know this coverage as Personal Injury Protection (PIP). If the negligence of a party left you with such devastating injuries that PIP cannot satisfy your needs, you may have to consider your legal options and possibly bring a personal injury suit against the negligent driver. On the other hand, if one chooses traditional insurance, anything is on the table. You are entitled to sue the other party for immediate and future medical bills and lost wages. You are also vulnerable to a lawsuit if you are blamed for the accident.
What damages are recoverable in PA?
If you can establish that your injuries are serious enough, you may be able to recover damages. Compensatory damages cover the economic impact from the accident, including medical bills, incidental expenses, loss of earnings, and more. You may also be able to collect non-economic damages, including pain and suffering. Lastly, you may have the right to sue for punitive damages, though they are not awarded in all personal injury cases. Punitive damages are made to punish and deter the other party from repeating the negligent act. There is no cap on compensatory damages. There is a cap on punitive damages of two times the amount.
Contact a Pennsylvania personal injury law firm
Mattleman, Weinroth & Miller, P.C. is honored to be a legal resource for the people of Philadelphia and Pennsylvania regarding personal injury matters, including slip and falls, medical malpractice, auto accidents, workers’ compensation and more. If you have been injured in an auto accident, you need an effective law firm. If you need a PA personal injury attorney to assess your legal situation and fight for your just compensation for your injury, contact Mattleman, Weinroth & Miller, P.C.