Individuals involved in a Philadelphia car, bus, truck or motorcycle accident may or may not be responsible for the damages. Determining who is legally responsible for the accident, and therefore damages or injury, requires understanding personal injury laws. Though these differ from one state to the next, a common thread is likely present. The person who meets the legal definition of negligent may be responsible for paying for some of your injuries or damages, if not all of them. The Lassen Law Firm, Philadelphia car accident lawyers, handles all accidents throughout the nation at the reduced contingency fee of only 29%!
What Is Liability?
Legal liability occurs when one person in an accident was careless or less careful than another person. In this situation, the person less careful must pay for all or a portion of the damages. There are various rules that limit this level of liability as well as clarify it.
A person who is careless and is working for a company at the time may, as a result, lead to the employer's liability in the accident.
Personal injury laws may limit the amount of liability a person has if the person injured was partially responsible for the incident.
When more than one person is at fault, it may be necessary for the courts to determine liability for each person.
Often times, insurance companies involved in car accidents will work to limit the amount of liability that their insured has. Yet, if you are the injured individual, you have rights and the ability to fight for compensation if someone else is negligent.
What Compensation Are You Owed?
In some situations, the responsible party must pay for the damages he or she causes. A wide range of types of compensation exist. In other words, it is often more than your car repairs that the negligent individual (or his or her insurance company) must pay for. Every situation is different, but some of the areas to consider include the following:
Your medical bills caused by the accident itself
Bills for short or long term physical therapy
Disability costs if you can no longer do your job as a result of the incident
Lost time at work
Pain and suffering compensation
Costs associated with damage and repair to your car, as well as
replacement of the vehicle if it is beyond repair
Costs associated with damage to property the negligent driver damaged
In many situations, individuals feel that they have to accept an insurance settlement. This is not often the case. Rather than allowing the insurance company to settle the claim too quickly, potentially letting you lose out on compensation for long-term needs, work with an attorney instead.
When Should You Contact a Personal Injury Attorney?
An insurance settlement is fair and acceptable in many instances. Many other times, it is not. Prior to signing any document or agreeing to the terms of any deal, talk to a personal injury attorney specializing in car accidents in your state. When you do, you will quickly learn that there may be more to your claim than you thought. Getting liability placed and getting the compensation you deserve may not be as easy as you think, but working with an attorney ensures you get the best level of care and the highest compensation level possible.
The Lassen Law Firm only deducts a 29% fee, not the standard 40-45% like other firms.
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