When someone’s carelessness causes an accident that harms you, you should not be forced to bear the consequences of the injury without support. Under the law, a negligent party can be held responsible for compensating people who are harmed by their neglect. A New Castle personal injury lawyer can help you secure the damages you deserve, which may include pain and suffering, medical expenses and lost wages.
At Ostroff Godshall Injury and Accident Lawyers, our winning team has recovered millions for clients across the state. Founding Partner Jon Ostroff does not back down from a fight and will push back against insurers who try to pay you less than your claim is worth. In one case against Greyhound Bus Company, Ostroff Godshall Injury and Accident Lawyers’s trial recovered over $21.3 million in verdict and settlements after a bus driver fell asleep and caused a crash on I-80 in western PA. This case included the largest recorded verdict against Greyhound in Pennsylvania. Let us get to work for you– contact our office today.
Seeking Compensation for a Personal Injury Claim
There are many losses you might suffer due to an injury. “Damages” is the legal term for the compensation one is entitled to from an accident. A New Castle accident attorney can help you accurately calculate your damages and compile the evidence necessary to prove your losses. We understand how to preserve key evidence and will work with experts to prove your losses and the other party’s fault for your accident.
Economic damages include all injury-related costs that have a fixed or easily estimated value. These include:
- Medical expenses, including testing, rehabilitation, pharmacy, and mental health support
- Home renovations necessary to accommodate disabilities related to injuries from an accident
- Household services, such as cleaning or yard work, that you could not perform due to your injuries
- Injury-related medical care, equipment, and support that you will require in the future
Economic damages also cover income lost because of your injuries. This includes unearned wages, the value of fringe benefits lost or used, and any reduction in future earning potential caused by your injuries.
Losses that are subjective and trickier to calculate are referred to as non-economic damages. Depending on the circumstances, compensation for physical pain and suffering, disability, psychological suffering, disfigurement, and lost enjoyment of life all could be elements of a non-economic damages award.
When the behavior of the party who caused the injury was shocking or outrageous, courts may allow a jury to consider and award punitive damages. Punitive damages might be available if the at-fault party maliciously put the injured person in danger or was so reckless as to be indifferent to the risk that someone would be harmed. For example, you could receive punitive damages if a drunk driver caused you a severe injury or if a manufacturer intentionally allowed a dangerous product onto the market with the knowledge that it could harm someone.
An injury attorney in New Castle can evaluate the evidence in your case to determine whether seeking punitive damages are appropriate. We will work with you to make sure you are compensated for the full extent of your losses, through compensatory damages and if punitive damages are appropriate, we will pursue them aggressively as well.
Caps on Damages Apply in Some Cases
Some states try to discourage litigation by limiting the damages a plaintiff are eligible to recover. Pennsylvania does not restrict damages in most personal injury cases, but some limitations might apply in specific circumstances.
For example, sometimes the state or a local government is at fault for someone’s injuries. Perhaps an injury occurred in a government building, or a public employee driving for work caused a wreck. 43 Pennsylvania Statutes §8528 limits the damages you can recover from some governmental entities. A personal injury lawyer in New Castle can provide more guidance on whether damage caps might apply in your case.
Get in Touch with a New Castle Personal Injury Attorney
Whether your injuries were caused by a car crash, slip and fall, dog attack, medical error, or other negligent accident, you should not have to suffer financially because of someone else’s neglect. A New Castle personal injury lawyer can help you hold the negligent parties accountable.
Let a seasoned attorney from Ostroff Godshall Injury and Accident Lawyers bring certainty and security to your family. Reach out today to discuss your case and your compensation options.