A personal injury can negatively affect your physical health, emotional well-being, and financial situation. While you may be able to attribute these losses to the actions of someone else, you can only receive compensation if you can document the extent of your losses and demonstrate how that person was responsible for them under the law. Examples of situations where you may be able to receive compensation for your losses include traffic accidents, slips and falls, and incidents involving injuries caused by using a defective product.
An Allentown personal injury lawyer is ready to help with any type of case—our seasoned attorneys can work to prove liability for an incident and show insurance companies and courts how those incidents have adversely affected your life.
The goal of any personal injury lawsuit or insurance claim is to collect the compensation needed to set things right. The first step in this process is determining how the event has negatively affected a person’s life. A seemingly minor injury can require someone to seek medical treatment frequently, destroy their quality of life, and keep them off the job for a long time.
Every personal injury claim revolves around the harm a person suffered. No matter how severe the person’s injuries, the at-fault party must always pay the cost of all necessary medical care.
Whenever an injury forces a person to miss time at work, the liable parties must provide compensation for lost income. This can include situations where a worker misses shifts because they are in too much pain or they need time to go to physical therapy. Many personal injuries permanently hamper someone’s ability to earn a living. In these situations, a legal representative can help estimate how an injury will affect a person’s future earnings.
Just as important as physical injuries is the unseen harm that affects an injured person’s inner life, such as emotional pain, suffering, nightmares, and disturbing flashbacks to the accident. As challenging as it may be to place a dollar amount on this inner turmoil, a lawyer in Allentown can work to determine the value of the emotional impact of a personal injury.
By far, the most common scenario that entitles an injured person to compensation is an accident. In these situations, one person does not intend to harm another; still, the law presumes the responsible person is liable for the harm caused to other people and the damage to their property.
Universally, these situations require an injured person to show the at-fault party had a duty to keep them safe. A person, business, or government agency who failed in that obligation can be considered negligent. For example:
When a person injured in an accident brings a negligence suit, the court will weigh the actions of everyone involved. Pursuant to Pennsylvania General Assembly Statute § 7102, the court will use the concept of “pure comparative negligence” to evaluate the actions of everyone involved in an accident and assign everyone their portion of the blame. The court will then reduce its award to the injured person by their percentage of fault. A personal injury attorney in Allentown can work to collect the evidence needed to show that someone else’s actions were the sole cause of a person’s injuries and financial losses.
Personal injuries are life-altering events that disrupt your routine. In addition to causing physical harm, accidents can reduce your quality of life, jeopardize your ability to support your family, and take a toll both physically and emotionally.
An Allentown personal injury lawyer is dedicated to showing how someone else’s negligence was the source of your distress. By proving fault and measuring your losses, an attorney is ready to pursue your case for the compensation you deserve. Reach out today to learn more about your legal options.