Generally there is a two year statute of limitations in Pennsylvania in which to file a personal injury case. Negligence means that a person or group or corporation has not used due care in its dealing with others. Negligence does not need to be intentional just careless or reckless with a disregard for others.Damages in a personal injury case can be for lost wages, loss of quality of life, loss of household services, medical bills, pain and suffering and other forms of loss which may or may not be easily quantified.Yes, sometimes the portion of your fault can decrease the settlement or award that you may receive. Typically an injured person will seek treatment and a settlement brochure which itemizes the medical bills and other forms of damages will be provided to the insurance company. If a resolution cannot be reached, then it is necessary to file a complaint in common pleas court.In some circumstances you can. If you were injured by an outside contractor or a defective product at work and the injury was caused by the negligence of that third party then you may have two cases.All cases have two parts – negligence and damages. Each case is different but you must be able to prove negligence of the party that has harmed you and once you evidence they were negligent, you must be able to show that the negligence actually caused some type of damage to you that would warrant filing a case.This can vary and depends of the strength of your evidence. Also, different courts operate on different time periods which can affect the speed of a case.A contingency fee means that the injured plaintiff can bring a case without paying an attorney by the hour and only based on the outcome of the case and a previously agreed to percentage of the amount for which the case resolves.Consultations are free so it would be in your best interest to seek the advice of an attorney before accepting an amount you are not sure about. Once a release has been signed the case is over. Again, a consultation with an attorney would be wise to determine if more action should be taken. Remember any case must have negligence and damages in order to be successful. A wrongful death claim is a claim for the death of an individual caused by the negligence of another. These types of cases are brought by a family member who claims that a loved one’s death was caused by another.
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