What Is Personal Injury?
A personal injury attorney specializes in representing individuals who have suffered an injury that was caused by the negligence, recklessness, or otherwise legally wrongful conduct of another. In our society, the law recognizes that we owe each other a reasonable duty of care. When that duty of care is breached, a personal injury lawyer, such as the Lancaster personal injury attorneys at Haggerty & Silverman can help to ensure that you receive due compensation.
With more than 25 years of professionalism, the law firm of Haggerty & Silverman demonstrate time-tested skills needed to successfully represent those who have suffered personal injuries due to a wide array of circumstances. When you need aggressive representation, our attorneys will be there for you every step of the way. Whether you or your family member have suffered a personal injury that is temporary or catastrophic, a Pennsylvania personal injury lawyer at Haggerty & Silverman can help you receive a full and prompt settlement. Each personal injury attorney is a zealous advocate on behalf of our personal injury clients, from our pre-trial preparation- to depositions and written discovery- and all the way through to settlement discussions and trial if necessary.
To determine whether or not you have a personal injury case please complete our online personal injury case form and one of our experienced Lancaster based personal injury attorneys will contact you.
Ask The Legal Experts At Haggerty & Silverman!
Q: What factors go into determining how much money can be recovered in personal injury cases?
A: There are a combination of variables that are calculated including medical expenses, therapy expenses, pain, suffering and punitive damages.
Q: How long do I have to decide whether or not I would like to pursue a case?
A: The statute of limitations in Pennsylvania and New Jersey is 2 years from the date the incident. In certain cases, the statute of limitations can be extended to discovery, which is when you become aware of the harm or negligence caused.
Q: Do most people who suffer a personal injury file a lawsuit?
A: No, most cases will actually settle before a lawsuit is filed. However, even if you file a lawsuit there is still a good chance that you will settle before you go to trial. In many cases, the suit is filed in order to take depositions properly to evaluate the case or for other strategic reasons.
Q: Can anyone make a claim for punitive damages?
A: No, punitive damages are only available in instances of intentional misconduct or extreme recklessness. In other words, you have to prove gross negligence.
Q: Are there alternatives to court?
A: There are two alternatives to court both of which fall into a growing area of the law, ADR or alternate dispute resolution. The first is meditation, which is a settlement conference by a trained mediator. The second is arbitration, which is when both parties agree on an arbitrator who will act as the judge and jury deciding fault and awarding damages.