Injuries can occur as a result of many different types of accidents. You may get hurt in a car accident, or when you slip and fall down some steps or in a store. Sometimes, the injury is simply a random twist of fate. In other cases, however, someone is actually responsible for causing your injury either through an intentional wrongful or illegal act or because they are negligent in their dealings with you.
If someone is negligent and causes you to suffer harm, the law in Pennsylvania allows you to hold the negligent person or entity responsible. Personal injury or tort laws give you the right to make a claim against people who cause car accidents, who don’t maintain their properties or who otherwise do something that leads to you being hurt. In order to make your claim and get the compensation that you deserve under Pennsylvania personal injury law, it is advisable to contact an experienced personal injury attorney. The personal injury firm of Lawrence R. Dworkin has represented many injured victims and we can put our legal expertise to work for you on your case.
In the state of Pennsylvania, you must prove that the defendant in a personal injury lawsuit is negligent. You can do this by showing that he/she fell short of acting with the level of care that a reasonable person would have shown in the same situation. You can also prove this by showing that the defendant violated a law designed to ensure safety, such as a law against going through a stop sign or the law against speeding. If you can prove negligence and you can show that the negligence was the direct cause of harm or injury, you can receive compensation for your injuries.
A Pennsylvania personal injury lawyer will help you to negotiate with a defendant (and with the insurance company representing the defendant) in order to try to settle your claim outside of court so you don’t have to actually try the case in court. When you settle out of court, the insurance company agrees to pay some lump sum amount. If you agree to take the money, then you have to release the defendant and insurer of all further claims arising out of the same accident or injury. Your lawyer will assist you in determining if a settlement is fair and in getting the best settlement possible.
When your case doesn’t settle, your Pennsylvania personal injury attorney will help you collect the evidence you need to prevail in court and get the damages that you deserve. Gathering evidence for your case might include talking to eyewitnesses, hiring experts, getting medical records, interviewing the police and otherwise finding information that supports your story about how the injury happened.
At the personal injury law firm of Lawrence R. Dworkin, we can help with all aspects of making a claim, including negotiating settlement or going to court. We handle a variety of different types of personal injury cases including:
To learn more about how we can help you in these or other personal injury actions, contact us today using our online form or via phone at 610-566-0610.