Accidents happen all the time, and often there is no one at fault. Other times, those accidents are the direct result of someone else’s negligence, or unintentional error, and result in serious and catastrophic injuries that change the course of a person’s life.
Personal injury is an expansive area of law that provides representation to victims of these types of accidents.
At Kolsby Gordon, we have represented hundreds of individuals for whom careless mistakes have led to injuries including quadriplegia, paraplegia, brain damage and even death. And for those individuals, securing a skilled, experienced lawyer can make a critical difference in their recovery.
Because each personal injury case is different, no two cases are approached the same way. We take exceptional care in thoroughly analyzing each individual’s case to determine the strategy that has the best chance of prevailing at court.
It is important for injured persons to know that a “statute of limitations”, or the time limit you have following an accident to file have to file a case, varies by state. In Pennsylvania, that limit is two years from the time of the accident.
However, for some civil cases, including personal injury, this statute includes what is called a “discovery rule.” Sometimes an injury is not discovered until years after an accident has occurred and, in these cases, the statute of limitations begins from the date the injury was found.
In other words, in many cases, you have two years from the date an injury caused someone else’s negligence occurs or is discovered to file.
Pennsylvania also follows a rule called “contributory negligence.” If your own negligence caused part of the injury, it may affect your personal injury case. In our state, if it is found that the underlying accident was more than 50% your fault, you are barred from getting any compensation.
Do not let this stop you from contacting a lawyer. Our attorneys have spent decades extensively reviewing potential cases and helping injured persons receive greatly-needed compensation that helps pay doctors bills and lost wages, as well as assisting in the emotional recovery of an injury.
For more specific information on the various types of personal injury cases that can occur, please click on any of the practice areas to to the right. And contact a Kolsby Gordon attorney today if you or someone you care about has been injured.