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What Are The Damages Awarded in Pennsylvania Personal Injury Cases?

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Personal injury claims are common in Pennsylvania. They cover a wide range of injuries, from car accidents to slip and fall incidents. The amount of compensation depends on several factors, such as the severity of the accident, the extent of the injuries suffered, and whether or not the person was at fault.

Personal injury claims are complex. If you've been injured in an accident, you'll want to seek legal advice from an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. You may need medical attention, and your health insurance may cover some of this cost. It's important to keep all documents relating to your claim, including any police reports, witness statements, photographs, hospital bills and other evidence.

Common Types Of Damages Recovered In Personal Injury Lawsuits

There are three main types of damages that a victim may be awarded in a settlement.

Economic Damages

Economic damages are compensation for the victim due to financial losses because of their injuries. They are designed to reimburse the injured and can include lost wages, medical bills or expenses, the cost of living with a disability, property damage, personal care expenses, and funeral costs if the accident resulted in wrongful death.

Non-Economic Damages

Non-economic damages are less straightforward and do not necessarily have a set monetary value. These can cover pain and suffering, loss of companionship, loss of enjoyment of life, reputation damage, mental trauma, and other emotional traumas. An experienced personal injury attorney can help calculate these general damages base on the age and health of the victim before, as well as looking at occupation, income, and the severity of the injuries affecting the future life.

Punitive Damages

Also known as exemplary damages, punitive damages can also be recovered in rare cases in Pennsylvania. Punitive damages are typically awarded when the defendant's actions are willful and they show no regard for others.

In Pennsylvania, there is also a cap on punitive damages that apply to different types of personal injury lawsuits.

How Much Can Be Recovered For Injuries?

It is always recommended to obtain legal advice after being in any sort of accident. Justice Guardians can provide you with a detailed analysis of your case and advise you on the best course of action. A personal injury claim is one where someone suffers physical harm as a result of another person’s negligent actions. Negligence involves failing to take reasonable care when performing a task, or doing something wrong.

All types of cases reward different amounts so it is nearly impossible to set a number. Many factors influence the amount awarded and it can depend on: the type of case, how many people were involved, the extent of injuries, and the lifetime effects of the accident.

  • When determining the value of your case, it is important to consider the following questions:
  • How much did the defendant owe you in damages?
  • What was the total cost of medical treatment?
  • Was anyone else involved in the accident?
  • Did you lose income due to the accident?
  • Were you able to return to work?
  • Will you need future medical care?
  • Have you lost your ability to enjoy activities such as skiing, swimming, etc.?
  • Has the accident changed your lifestyle

Often insurance companies do not want to pay victims the full amount, or may even deny claims depending on the type of case. It is important to work with an attorney who has experience communicating with insurance companies so you can be awarded what you deserve. Victims who represent themselves don't typically know what they should be asking for, or may leave out important documents when filing a lawsuit.

Common Types of Personal Injury Cases

Negligent conduct can lead to a number of different types of personal injury claims. These include:

Car Accidents - Motor vehicle accidents happen every day. Many people suffer minor injuries while others end up in emergency rooms. Sometimes, however, the consequences of a motor vehicle accident can be more severe than initially thought. For example, if you were hit by a truck traveling at high speed, you could sustain life-changing injuries.

Slip & Fall Accidents - Slipping and falling accidents often occur because there is a dangerous condition present in public places. Examples of these conditions include uneven surfaces, slippery floors, broken stairs, and poorly maintained walkways. Slip and fall accidents can cause serious injuries, particularly among older adults.

Dog Bites -  Most dog bites involve dogs running loose and attacking people without provocation. However, some attacks are provoked. Dog owners must ensure their pets are kept securely leashed, especially around children.

Medical Malpractice - Doctors are expected to provide the best possible care, but sometimes can be negligent and cause more harm than good.

Workers Compensation - Many jobs are quite dangerous and require specific training and certifications. It is possible to get hurt in many environments, even when paying full attention.

There are many other types of personal injury accidents.

Why Hire A Lawyer for Personal Injury Lawsuits?

When you are injured in an accident, it is important to understand that the law can be very complicated. You need a lawyer who will help you navigate through this process and get the compensation you deserve. If you have been involved in an auto accident or any other type of personal injury accident, then you should know that there are many things that you need to do before filing your claim with the insurance company.

The first thing you must do is hire a personal injury attorney. This person will act as your advocate throughout the entire legal process. They will ensure that you receive fair compensation for all injuries that you suffered from the accident. In addition to acting as your advocate, they will also represent you at trial if necessary. It is always best to work with a lawyer who has experience handling similar cases. Their expertise will make it easier for you to win your case.

Justice Guardians offer free case consultations for all types of personal injury accidents in Pennsylvania and will fight tirelessly to get the full amount of compensation that victims deserve. Contact a local Pennsylvania personal injury law office today.

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David Petrone
Date Published: March 31, 2022
David Petrone is a personal injury attorney at Justice Guardians.
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