Were you injured in an accident while vacationing or visiting Pennsylvania? Our attorneys understand the serious shock, hurt and trauma that you must be experiencing. You or your loved one have suffered severe injuries, leading to medical treatments, pain and emotional distress. Where should you turn in your time of need?
While few vacationers and tourists are prepared to pursue a lawsuit after suffering a severe injury on their trip, it is a possibility that has to be given serious consideration.
Why You Should Consider Filing A Lawsuit
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania offers powerful legal protections to injury victims, especially those injured as the result of someone else's negligence. Under the strong tradition of civil common law, negligent parties can be forced to answer for their misconduct, and be held liable for any financial damages incurred by the victim. These rights, though premised in state law and tradition, are extended to both residents and tourists.
Despite these powerful rights, many people are hesitant about the idea of filing a lawsuit. That's especially true when you were injured far from your home state or country. Why put yourself through the trouble of legal action when you'll be miles away?
The answer is simple - because you're hurt and medical expenses have begun to pile up, because your injuries may come to affect your home and work life, even making it impossible to work at all.
You deserve justice, no matter where you are from, and no matter how you were injured. If your injuries are the result of someone else's negligence, you can demand justice in the courts of Pennsylvania; indeed, this is your absolute right as an accident victim.
Car Accident In Another State
Depending on the circumstances of your accident, you may have a case for compensation. But how do you know? The vast majority of injury lawsuits in the United States are based in the legal theory of negligence. The concept of negligence recognizes that certain people owe other people a duty of care - an obligation to act with reasonable care and concern for the well-being of others.
Consider the example of an auto crash while visiting another state.
Generally, in all states, drivers have a duty to others on the road to operate their vehicles in a careful manner, obeying the rules of the road and focusing on driving, because operating a motor vehicle is an inherently dangerous activity. However, this duty comes with a price. When a driver fails to follow the rules of the road, and this results in severe injuries to another, they can be considered negligent. Negligence is a careless or reckless disregard for the safety of others. It's also the basis of most personal trauma lawsuits.
Can I Use A Lawyer From Another State?
Our experienced attorneys have spoken to hundreds of tourists who were injured while vacationing in Pennsylvania. Some were visiting friends and family, while others were taking business trips. We've consulted with both foreign and domestic travelers - people who were injured in car accidents, slip and fall accidents and sexual assault cases. We've talked to a husband who lost his wife to a drunk driving crash; a woman who came to the United States for surgery, but found herself the victim of medical malpractice; and an international tourist who was assaulted by an assailant one night.
One thing all of these people share is that they were scared. Far from home, many in a completely new country, our clients felt as though they had nowhere to turn. Most had no idea about their rights under state law. They felt lost and alone, yearning to return to their homes.
We told them what we tell all of our clients, and it's what we'll tell you now. If you were injured, a battery of strong state laws protect you. As an injury victim in Pennsylvania, state legislature grants you powerful legal rights after suffering injuries. If your accident was the result of someone else's negligence, you may have the right to file a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible party, pursuing financial compensation and justice in a court of law.
Where Would I File The Lawsuit?
In most cases, you will be required to file your lawsuit in the state where the accident occurred, unless your claim involves a corporation or business entity headquartered elsewhere. The upshot? If you were injured in Pennsylvania, you will most likely be required to pursue your claim for compensation in that state, rather than your home state.
But you don't have to stay here to pursue your case. You can return home, and focus on your recovery, while our experienced travel accident attorneys handle the legal issues for you. The dedicated legal team at Justice Guardians is prepared to fight for your rights, no matter where you are. There is no requirement that the plaintiff in a civil case remain in the state where the case is filed. You can go home.