Pennsylvania – January 13, 2021
Multiple vehicle car crashes and truck accidents are more likely to cause catastrophic injury because of the variations in size and weight as pertains to trucks, and due to increased areas of impact when involving multiple vehicles to an accident encounter. Experienced car accident attorneys have years of personal injury experience building cases for comprehensive damage compensation. Legal counsel will utilize expert testimony by accident scene re-constructionists, financial professionals, and medical professionals who can convey the need for higher awards based on catastrophic injury harms, including lifelong medical treatment, prolonged pain, and suffering, and continued negative impacts to financial stability caused by diminished, or lost present and future earnings.
Insurance companies recognize certain types of injuries in accident claims as “catastrophic,” when they cause lasting damage to a person’s life, or are above a certain financial threshold. Residual injury that limits the ability to work and secure wages; assist with home and family; and expensive costs associated with medical treatment and living space renovations are addressed in catastrophic damage compensation.
In many cases, a catastrophic injury involves a permanent deformity, or loss of capacity, either physical, mental, or both, resulting from:
- a traumatic brain injury,
- loss of limb, or use of limb (crush injury, or amputation),
- brain damage, or
- spinal cord injury (paralysis).
Personal injury claims arising out of motor vehicle accidents usually highlight unexpected, and long term expenses that are incurred as a result of the damage caused by the accident. These expenses may include:
- Medical treatment,
- Lost wages and future earning capacity,
- Assistive devices (wheelchair, walker, etc.),
- Home renovation,
- Loss of enjoyment of life,
- Loss of consortium,
- Counseling for emotional distress,
- Ongoing physical/occupational or other therapies,
- Assistance from home health aides, or caregivers,
- Salary of spouse if they give up job to be caretaker.
An auto accident attorney can explain Pennsylvania’s “modified comparative negligence” rule, where an individual can still recover damages in a personal injury lawsuit, but the amount of compensation will be reduced by an amount that is equal to their percentage of fault, but a plaintiff can only seek damages from the defendant if they are less than 51 percent at fault. The state also has a “no-fault” component where victims can access payment from their own insurance companies to cover certain expenses related to the accident.
Hire legal counsel.
Experienced accident lawyers can fight for damage recovery for families suffering catastrophic loss. The laws and regulations related to motor vehicle accidents can be difficult to understand without the assistance of Scanlon & Wojton Attorneys at Law, who can assist victims of personal loss resulting from a multiple vehicle and truck accidents in Pennsylvania.
Scanlon & Wojton, Attorneys at Law
Phone: (412) 918-1241
Fax: (412) 235-7275
The Mitchell Building
304 Ross Street, Suite 510
Pittsburgh, Pa 15219