Allentown Personal Injury Lawyer
Accidents happen every day in Pennsylvania. And while many accidents are not anyone’s fault, there are many cases where an individual is injured due to the negligent or reckless act of another person or company. When that is the case, the injured party has a legal right to demand compensation for their accident-related losses.
A qualified Allentown personal injury lawyer can assist you in seeking monetary damages. At the O’Donnell Law Offices, we represent clients who have been injured in an accident or through some other form of third-party negligence. We can review your case, deal with insurance companies on your behalf, and if necessary pursue litigation to obtain the compensation you are entitled to under the law.
What You Need to Know About Personal Injury Claims in Pennsylvania
Personal injury claims cover a wide range of situations. Some of the more common types of cases that we handle on behalf of clients include:
- Car Accidents
- Medical Malpractice
- Product Liability
- Social Security Disability
- Truck Accidents
- Workers’ Compensation
- Wrongful Death
For most types of personal injury cases, Pennsylvania imposes a two-year statute of limitations. This means that if you are injured in a car accident, for example, you normally have two years from the date of that accident to file a lawsuit if you wish to seek compensation. In other cases, particularly those involving medical malpractice, the two-year clock will start to run when you discovered the negligent act–or should have discovered it through the exercise of due diligence.
Two years may sound like a lot of time. But many personal injury cases involve complex factual and legal questions. It is often necessary to conduct an extensive investigation before filing a lawsuit. So the sooner you engage a qualified personal injury lawyer, the more likely you are to avoid a situation where you file your case outside of the statute of limitations.
Another issue that arises in most Pennsylvania personal injury cases is that of comparative negligence. A defendant will often try to shift some–or even all–of the blame for an accident onto the plaintiff. This is because Pennsylvania law requires a judge to reduce any award of damages to account for the comparative fault of the plaintiff. And if the plaintiff’s percentage of fault is more than 50 percent, they are entitled to recover nothing under the law. This is yet another reason why it is important to sit down and review your case with an attorney before taking legal action.
Contact the O’Donnell Law Offices Today
An accident often leaves victims and their families with serious injuries that require extensive medical care and represent a substantial loss in terms of quality of life. That is why Pennsylvania law makes it possible for victims to recover damages against a negligent party. So if you need to speak with a skilled Allentown personal injury lawyer, contact the O’Donnell Law Offices today to schedule a free consultation with a member of our team.