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Personal Injury

What You Need to Know About Personal Injury Law

A personal injury lawsuit is also referred to as a "tort lawsuit". A tort lawsuit is a civil proceeding, which is, essentially a wrongful act performed by an individual which causes bodily or mental harm or infringement upon another individual where the individual responsible for the wrongful act, is held legally liable. In the case of personal injury, the plaintiff (victim) will file a complaint against another individual based on the liable individual's reckless behavior, negligent behavior or even intentional wrongdoings.

Personal Injury

Overview

A personal injury lawsuit is also referred to as a "tort lawsuit". A tort lawsuit is a civil proceeding, which is, essentially a wrongful act performed by an individual which causes bodily or mental harm or infringement upon another individual where the individual responsible for the wrongful act, is held legally liable. In the case of personal injury, the plaintiff (victim) will file a complaint against another individual based on the liable individual's reckless behavior, negligent behavior or even intentional wrongdoings.

These personal injury lawsuits can occur in a number of ways, most commonly they are the result of automobile accidents, occupational hazards, tripping or falling on ones property or, intentional harm from others. A personal injury case can be settled in one of two ways. Informal resolution is done by agreeing upon a settlement though a lump sum of money or by periodic installation payments. This is done by the involved parties attorneys and insurance companies. Once a settlement is finalized, no further action is to be taken. Should one of the involved parties not agree to the proposed terms of the other, a formal resolution must be used. A formal resolution is where a lawsuit will need to be filed, for the plaintiff to achieve a desirable settlement. 

Statute of Limitations

There are time windows which apply to personal injury cases. These windows are referred to as the "statute of limitations. The statute of limitations is a period of time in which the plaintiff is eligible to file a lawsuit or claim for compensation against the liable party. The statute of limitations is determined by the state, so it will vary depending on where the incident occurred and also by the classification of claim. In Pennsylvania you must file the claim within 2 years of the date of which the injury occurred.