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Delaware County Personal Injury Lawyer
One of the most important things to note when looking for a personal injury lawyer in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, is that you need a specialist, not just a general attorney. Specifically, you need someone who understands the specifics of your case, not someone who practices personal injury law in general.
Fortunately, at Morgan and Morgan, we have an army of over 900 personal injury attorneys specializing in different practice areas, ensuring that our clients get excellent legal representation throughout the claims process and even further down the line if they need to file a lawsuit. If that's what you are looking for, contact us now for a case evaluation at no cost to you.
Overview of Morgan and Morgan Personal Injury Lawyers in Delaware County, PA
At Morgan and Morgan, a huge section of our legal team specializes in car accident cases. If you have a viable claim, we may be able to help gather evidence, determine liability, and pursue a claim against the at-fault party or their insurance provider.
Cases involving slips, trips, or falls on someone else's property due to hazardous conditions are also very much part of what we specialize in. We're also among the very few injury firms with the resources to handle medical malpractice and negligence claims.
Additionally, if you or a loved one has been injured by a defective or dangerous product, a Morgan and Morgan defective product attorney can help you hold the manufacturer, distributor, marketer or any other party down the supply chain accountable for your injuries.
Did you also know that Morgan and Morgan files the most employment-related cases in the country? So, if you're injured while performing your job duties, you may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits. In addition, depending on the specifics of your case, you may also be able to pursue additional compensation if there was negligence on the part of a third party, such as a contractor, delivery driver, or equipment manufacturer. That's why you need a case evaluation with us to determine whether you have a viable case and if multiple parties may be responsible for your injuries.
Last but not least, if you've lost a loved one due to someone else's negligence or intentional actions, our wrongful death lawyers may be able to file a claim or lawsuit to recover damages on your behalf.
Keep in mind that the practice areas we've mentioned above are just examples but not the entire list of cases we may be able to help you with. To learn more about the kind of cases we handle, visit the Practice Areas section of our website.
Why You Should Hire a Morgan and Morgan Personal Injury Lawyer In Delaware County
When you have a personal injury claim in Delaware County, the decision to hire a lawyer can be highly beneficial to your case. It's even better when you work with a top-rated attorney, preferably from Morgan and Morgan. Here's why.
Personal Injury Lawyers Are More Experienced Than You Are
You need someone with experience and expertise in handling cases similar to yours. Whether it's a case of product liability, slip and fall, wrongful death, premises liability, or anything in between, you need an expert in that particular field. At Morgan and Morgan, our attorneys have a deep understanding of Delaware County's complex laws, regulations, and court procedures related to different personal injury claims.
Injury Laws Are Complex and Overwhelming
Dealing with a personal injury case in Delaware County can be overwhelming, especially if you're unfamiliar with the legal process. Things like the modified comparative negligence rule, no-fault laws, the statute of limitations, and the always-contentious issues of liability will ultimately decide the trajectory of your case. Our lawyers will guide you throughout the entire process, explain your rights, outline the legal options available to you, and help you make informed decisions about your case, such as pursuing a settlement or taking the battle to court.
Your Lawyer Can Help Maximize Your Settlement
The personal injury lawyers at Morgan & Morgan want to help you maximize the compensation you pursue for your injuries and losses. This is because we care about your interests and also due to the fact that compensation for these kinds of cases is usually final. If you don't get things right the very first time, it's nearly impossible to reopen the case, even if you later find out that you deserved much more than you bargained for. To maximize your claim, we will assess the full extent of your damages, even if it means waiting a little bit longer to file a claim while you recover and then negotiate with insurance companies or the opposing party to seek fair and just compensation on your behalf.
Your Attorney Knows How to Build a Strong Case for You
To build a strong personal injury case against the other party, you need a thorough investigation and powerful evidence. The process of building such a case is usually complex and requires a lot of resources and footwork. It's even more complex when several parties are involved. But that shouldn't be much of a problem when you hire a Morgan and Morgan lawyer. They have the resources and experience to build a solid foundation for your claim.
When you hire our lawyers to represent you, you'll have a dedicated team of legal representatives who will fight aggressively for your rights and interests. They will take care of communications and negotiations with the other party, giving you peace of mind as you focus on recovering from your injuries.
Our Lawyers Will Fight for You in Court
If going to court is the best pathway to obtaining the compensation you deserve, you can count on an injury lawyer from Morgan and Morgan to fight for you in court. That's partly because we train our lawyers to prepare for any scenario and be ready to do everything it takes to help our clients secure a fair outcome for their cases.
Damages a Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help You Recover
The whole point of hiring a personal injury lawyer is to recover the damages you may be entitled to. The specific damages will depend on the uniqueness of your case.
Also known as special damages, economic damages are discernible and quantifiable losses with a specific monetary value. In simpler terms, these are direct financial losses you incurred as a result of your injury.
Examples of economic damages include the following:
- Costs related to hospitalization, surgeries, medication, rehabilitation, therapy, medical equipment, and any other expenses directly related to your medical treatment.
- The income you lost due to your injury, including wages, salaries, bonuses, and other benefits.
- Compensation for loss of future earning potential if you suffer long-term or permanent disability that affects your ability to work and earn a living in the future.
- Compensation for damage to your personal property.
On the other hand, non-economic damages are usually immaterial losses that are not so easy to place a monetary value on. Common examples of these damages, typically referred to as general damages, include compensation for the following:
- the physical pain and discomfort you have experienced as a result of your injury.
- the emotional and psychological effects of your injury, such as anxiety, depression, fear, insomnia, and loss of enjoyment of life.
- an injury that has negatively affected your relationship with your spouse or partner, such as the loss of companionship, affection, support, and intimacy.
- the inability to engage in activities and hobbies that you previously enjoyed due to your injury (diminished quality of life).
Many different factors will come into play when calculating economic and non-economic damages. For example, the jurisdiction (Delaware County in this case) and the specific circumstances of your case will play a role. That's why you need a lawyer to help calculate and assess the extent of your damages and file a claim that seeks to compensate you adequately for what you've gone through as a result of the injury you or a loved one sustained.
An Overview of Delaware County's Personal Injury Laws
Earlier, we mentioned that the jurisdiction would impact your case. Take Delaware County as an example. While many different factors come into play, we'll look at three key aspects:
The No-Fault System Explained
Delaware County operates under a no-fault system when it comes to auto insurance. In layman's terms, if you're injured in a car accident, your own insurance company will cover medical expenses and lost wages, regardless of who was at fault.
In some cases, you may be able to step outside the no-fault system and sue the at-fault driver. However, for this to work, your injuries must meet certain thresholds, such as having suffered serious injuries.
That said, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania does not explicitly mention the specific injuries that should be considered 'serious'. So it's up to the courts to decide on a case-by-case basis.
Modified Comparative Negligence Laws
The state follows a modified comparative negligence system in these kinds of injury-related cases. Here, the court will determine the percentage of fault assigned to each party involved in the accident, and as long as you are not found to be 51% or more at fault, you can still recover damages. However, your awarded compensation will be reduced by the percentage of fault assigned to you.
Statute of Limitations on Personal Injury Cases
In Delaware County, the general statute of limitations for personal injury cases is two years from the date of the accident or injury. You'll need to file a claim within this timeframe if you wish to preserve your right to compensation.
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How Can I Maximize My Personal Injury Settlement?
Here are some strategies to help maximize your personal injury claim:
- Ensure you receive prompt medical treatment for your injuries for the sake of your health and well-being and to also establish a clear link between the accident and your injuries.
- Collect and preserve any evidence related to the accident and your injuries, such as photographs, videos, witness statements, and medical records.
- Document all expenses and losses incurred due to your injury.
- Don't be too excited to settle the case, especially if you are still undergoing medical treatment or have not fully recovered.
- Contact Morgan and Morgan for a free case evaluation and possible legal representation by an experienced personal injury attorney.
Does Delaware County Impose Any Caps on Damages Recoverable in a Personal Injury Lawsuit?
The state limits the damages you may be able to recover only under certain circumstances.
If filing a lawsuit against a government employee, there is a $250,000 damage cap. On the other hand, lawsuits targeting government agencies in Delaware County and Pennsylvania as a whole usually have a $500,000 damage cap.
In a medical malpractice case, you cannot receive over 200% of your compensatory damages (economic and non-economic) as punitive damages. In addition, 25% of these damages will go to the state's MCare fund, not directly to the plaintiff.
How Can Morgan and Morgan Personal Injury Lawyers in Delaware County Help?
As the nation's largest and most powerful injury firm, we have the resources to take on the liable party regardless of their size. Our attorneys are skilled negotiators who never settle for less unless it is the best offer. For example,, we have recovered more than $15 billion so far as compensation for over 300,000 clients we've worked with.
The best part of working with a Morgan and Morgan attorney is that you get access to powerful legal representation without paying any upfront fees, and that's because we charge our clients on a contingency basis.