Personal Injury Claims Overview

Overview of Personal Injury Claims

Understanding Your Case

Personal injury laws extend rights and protections to those who have suffered an injury due to the negligence of another . Personal injury is a legal term that refers to an injury to the victim's body, mind, or emotions, as opposed to injury or damage that was inflicted upon someone's property.

Why You Need A Personal Injury On Your Side

If you have suffered an injury you believe was caused by another person's negligent, reckless, or wrongful actions, and you are interested in learning whether or not you are eligible to recover compensation under Pennsylvania personal injury law, it's important to consult an attorney.

An attorney can easily assess the circumstances leading up to your accident or injury, determine who is at fault, and help you pursue a claim against the appropriate parties for maximum compensation. Learn if you have grounds for a personal injury claim.

How To Recover Compensation in a Personal Injury Claim

In the majority of personal injury cases, the victim has the burden of proving the defendant somehow caused the accident or contributed to the circumstances that led to their injury.

If the victim can successfully prove that another person, group of people, company, or municipality is somehow responsible for their injury and thus legally liable, they may be entitled to compensation for:

  • pain and suffering
  • psychological trauma
  • decreased quality of life
  • lost earnings
  • medical bills
  • property damage


However, in order to prove liability for an injury, it is often necessary to establish that the defendant had a specific duty or responsibility, and that he or she failed to uphold that duty or responsibility, thus causing an injury or accident. For example, truck drivers are expected not to drive too many hours, drink on the job, or send or receive text messages while driving. When a truck driver fails to take the appropriate amount of rest breaks, sends or receives text messages while driving, or drinks on the job, he or she will likely be held accountable for paying damages to the victims of the truck accident.

Discuss Your Accident with a Philadelphia Injury Attorney

It's hard to summarize all that Pennsylvania personal injury law entails in one page. If you are interested in learning more about your legal rights and options following some type of accident or injury, a Philadelphia personal injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Thomas J. Murphy, Jr. would be happy to sit down with you during a free consultation and address all of your questions.