Frequently Asked Questions About Personal Injury Lawsuits In Pennsylvania
After an accident or injury, you may have numerous questions about how to proceed. At the Bellwoar Kelly, LLP, we’re committed to helping injury victims like you seek compensation and justice. We encourage you to review the frequently asked questions and answers below to learn more about the personal injury claim process. For specific guidance on your situation, contact our legal team in West Chester and Pottstown, Pennsylvania.
Do I Have A Personal Injury Case Worth Pursuing?
Your right to recover damages through a personal injury lawsuit depends on many factors. The foundation of any injury claim, however, is that you suffered an injury because someone else did something wrong. For instance, if you tripped and fell in a grocery store because of a spill that went unnoticed, you may have a claim against the store for negligence.
Some claims may not be worth pursuing — for example, if the injuries were too slight or the evidence lacking. Yet you should never make assumptions without consulting an experienced injury lawyer.
How Much Is My Claim Worth?
The value of a personal injury claim depends on numerous factors, including:
- The severity of your injury
- The expenses you’ve incurred as a result of the injury
- The pain and suffering you’ve endured
- Whether the wrongdoer engaged in egregious misbehavior (for example, drunk driving)
A settlement for an accident victim who suffers permanent disability and can no longer work will be substantially larger than a settlement for someone who suffered a minor sprain and missed a few days of work.
To accurately value a claim, our attorneys review medical records, the circumstances of the injury and any potential long-term aftereffects. Recovery can include damages for medical expenses, property damage, lost work, pain and suffering and more.
Should I Accept An Offer From An Insurance Company?
Insurance companies rarely offer a fair initial settlement. The amount may seem adequate at the time, but the ongoing costs for severe injuries can be astronomical, especially if you can no longer work or care for yourself. Seek legal counsel before accepting any offer from an insurance company.
How Long Do I Have To File A Personal Injury Lawsuit?
In Pennsylvania, the statute of limitations for standard personal injury claims is generally two years from the date of the injury. However, stricter deadlines apply in some cases — for example, those involving a government agency or municipality. Don’t wait until the deadline is almost up, however. It is best to start the process as soon as possible to allow for a full investigation of the accident and evidence collection.