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Personal injury Q and A

Pennsylvania residents who have been injured due to the negligence of other individuals may have the right to seek compensation for their losses. In order to do this one has to file a personal injury claim in a state civil court. This week's column will address some common questions that some may have about personal injury claims.

The first question is: What actions should one take directly after an accident? After being involved in an auto collision or other accident in which one is injured, there are certain steps that one should take. These include:

  • Collect evidence
  • Document details of the accident and any resulting losses
  • Collect witness information

The second question is: Must one notify the responsible party with the intent to file a lawsuit? There is not just one straight answer to this question. There are definitely good reasons to notify the responsible party, even if there are no plans to file a claim right away. An experienced personal injury attorney can provide more information about this topic.

Finally, the third question is: Is there a statute of limitations for personal injury claims? Yes. Every state has set limits for how long one has to bring a civil claim in an injury case. In Pennsylvania, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is generally two years from the date of injury, though there are some exceptions.

Obviously there are many more questions that Pennsylvania residents may have regarding personal injury claims. A skilled attorney will be able to answer any questions one has and provide answers that address the specific concerns of one's case. With the right assistance and under the right circumstances it is possible for injury victims to take the steps necessary to seek relief for their losses.

Source: FindLaw, "First Steps in a Personal Injury Claim", Accessed on Aug. 14, 2017

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