Looking for an Injury Attorney? In Pennsylvania? In the Pittsburgh PA area or USA?
Have you been hurt? You probably have some questions you are pondering:
Most common types of Personal Injury
The most common types of personal injury claims are accidents at work, road traffic accidents, tripping accidents, assault claims, accidents in the home, product defect accidents (product liability) and occupational. The term personal injury incorporates medical and dental accidents (they lead to numerous medical negligence claims yearly) and conditions that are often classified as industrial diseases cases, including asbestos and peritoneal mesothelioma, chest diseases (e.g., emphysema, pneumoconiosis, chronic bronchitis, silicosis, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and chronic obstructive airways disease), occupational deafness, vibration white finger, occupational stress, contact dermititis, and repetitive strain.
Depending upon the intent or negligence of the responsible party, an injured party may be entitled to monetary compensation from that party through a settlement or a judgment. In the United States, this system is complex, controversial, with critics calling for various forms of tort reform. Attorneys may represent clients on a "contingent fee basis" in which the attorney's fee is based on a percentage of the plaintiff's eventual compensation, payable when the case is resolved, with no payment necessary if the case is unsuccessful. Legal aid from the government may not be available; for example it was largely abolished in England in the late 1990s and replaced with arrangements whereby the client would be charged no fee if her or his case was unsuccessful.
Statutes of Limitations
In the United States, each state has different Statutes of Limitations - laws determining how much time you have to file your claim. Different injury types have different statutes of limitations. Rape claims, for an example, quite often have a longer statute of limitation than other injuries.
Damages - Compensation
Amounts of compensation for personal injury will primarily depend on the severity of the injury. Serious injuries (such as a broken bone or bones, severed limbs, brain damages, mobility loss) that cause intense physical pain and suffering may receive the highest injury settlements.
Aside from compensation for injuries, the injured person may get compensated for lifelong effects of the injuries.