Immediately seek medical treatment, and take photographs of any injuries you may have sustained. Also take pictures of the scene of the accident and what may have caused it. Make sure to preserve any evidence that you think may be relevant.
Most personal injury cases reach a settlement before a trial occurs. However, if the facts are disputed or there is a challenging legal issue, the chances of going to trial increase. Building your case from the very beginning by making sure you have all medical records and evidence can greatly increase the odds of a favorable settlement.
In Pennsylvania, generally an injured person has two years from the date of the accident in which to file a lawsuit. This is called the statute of limitations. While there are certain special circumstances where there may be additional time, it is strongly recommended to treat every case as though there is a two year statute of limitations.
The injured person makes a claim for monetary damages by filing a “complaint.” After a complaint is filed, the parties gather evidence by way of taking depositions, sending written questions, and using subpoenas to get records. During this time the court may make preliminary rulings. Typically, after depositions have been taken, the parties to the lawsuit will attempt to negotiate a settlement. If a settlement is not reached, a trial will occur.
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