On average, in 2014, Pennsylvania car crashes injured 219 people each day, or about nine people every hour. While many of those injuries required only minor medical treatment, some were debilitating or fatal.
A reckless disregard for the law and the safety of others is the cause of numerous accidents resulting in personal injury – not just on the roadways, but on the job, in places of business, and in your own neighborhood. Thankfully, the legal system helps protect victims of carelessness.
For more than 30 years, Wapner, Newman, Wigrizer, Brecher & Miller has represented victims of personal injury cases in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. If you or your family has suffered an injury caused by the negligence of another, you might be entitled to compensation. Call us today for a free consultation, at (800) 529-6600.
Negligence, Personal Injury, and Your Rights
To determine negligence in a personal injury case, the court considers whether a defendant was or should have been aware that his actions could likely cause a serious injury. For example, a grocery store manager who sees a spill on the floor and makes no effort to clean it up, or to warn people about that hazard, could be found negligent if a patron slips on the spill and suffers a serious injury.
Sometimes, the court may find that the injured party shares some fault for the accident in question. Even so, Pennsylvania and New Jersey law states that when a plaintiff is partially at fault for an accident, he could still be awarded damages, as long as his share of the blame is less than the defendant’s.
Wapner, Newman, Wigrizer, Brecher & Miller is adept at litigating many types of personal injury cases, including those that involve:
- Workplace injuries
- Slip-and-fall injuries/premises liability
- Defective products
- Wrongful death
- Dog bites
- Medical malpractice and neglect
- Traumatic brain injury.
Insurance companies and corporate lawyers will do whatever they can to avoid paying a claim, or to pay less than a victim deserves. That’s why you need someone on your side when you’ve been injured due someone else’s negligence.
We understand how to defend the rights of injury victims and their families. Call us today: (800) 529-6600.
Insurance and the Law
On the East Coast, many people commute to a different state to work, which means they could be subject to two sets of state laws in a typical workday. In New Jersey, the estimated daytime population drops by 2.7 percent – almost 239,000 people – because residents are working outside the state. When so many people are crossing state lines every day, legal issues can become complicated, especially when a car crash occurs.
In Pennsylvania, the minimum liability insurance for cars covers:
- $15,000 for injury or death of one person in an accident
- $30,000 for injury or death of more than one person in an accident
- $5,000 for damage to property of another person.
Considering the average cost of a new car is about $33,000, and a major injury could result in hospitalization and surgery, the minimum coverage is hardly enough when a serious accident occurs.
New Jersey and Pennsylvania have two types of policies for drivers – one of which has lower premiums, but restricts a driver’s right to sue:
- Unlimited Right to Sue/Full Tort policies allow drivers to sue the driver who caused an accident for pain and suffering, for any injury.
- Limited Right to Sue/Limited Tort policies allow drivers to sue the other driver for pain and suffering only if the injury is serious and permanent (such as the loss of a limb).
Wapner, Newman, Wigrizer, Brecher & Miller has a team of attorneys admitted to practice in multiple states, and our understanding of insurance law and state liability statutes has enabled us to achieve successful settlements for our clients.
Personal injury cases are often a reminder of just how quickly life can change – like when a quick trip to the grocery store results in a slip-and-fall and a broken hip.
When a loved one is injured because of another’s negligence, families may be upset and confused, and another party may try to take advantage of them by pressuring them into accepting a quick settlement. That’s when you need an experienced attorney to defend your rights.
If you need help with a personal injury case, call us today at (800) 529-6600 for a no-obligation consultation, or fill out our contact form.