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Representation for Victims of Injury
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries or harm due to the negligent or wrongful actions of another person, it is crucial to have a dedicated legal team by your side. At Luxenberg Garbett Kelly & George, we specialize in representing victims of various serious accidents and injuries, as well as families who have lost loved ones unjustly.
Our services extend to clients throughout Beaver County and neighboring communities. Our approach is centered on providing compassionate and individualized legal counsel tailored to each client's specific needs. We genuinely care about securing the justice you deserve and maximizing your rightful compensation, and we will go above and beyond to achieve those goals.
What Is a Personal Injury?
Personal injuries are injuries to your body, mind, or emotions that are caused by the negligent or wrongful actions of another person or entity. Personal injuries can result from car accidents, slip and fall incidents, workplace accidents, defective products, dog bites, and more.
If you have been injured due to the negligence or wrongful actions of another person or entity, you may be eligible to file a personal injury claim. Our Beaver County personal injury attorneys can help you understand your legal options.
How Our Team Can Assist You
Since 1933, our firm has been representing individuals and families in Western Pennsylvania in a wide range of personal injury, wrongful death, workers' compensation, and insurance bad faith cases.
Our personal injury practice encompasses various areas, including:
- Car accidents
- Workplace Injuries
- Motorcycle accidents
- Truck accidents
- Bus and public transit accidents
- Uber and Lyft accidents
- Drunk driving accidents
- Hit-and-run accidents
- Distracted driving accidents
- Injuries to vehicle passengers
- Bicycle and pedestrian accidents
- Airplane crashes
- ATV accidents
- Defective products
- Dangerous drugs
- Road defects
- Dog bites
- Slip and fall incidents
- Premises liability
- Construction accidents
- Industrial accidents
- Oil and gas accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Birth injuries
- Emergency room and hospital negligence
- Nursing home abuse and neglect
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
Above all, we are dedicated to helping our clients navigate the legal process with minimal stress. We understand that this is already a challenging time in your life, and you should not have to worry about dealing with insurance companies to secure a fair settlement. Let our Beaver County personal injury attorneys handle the legal complexities of your case so that you can focus on the most important aspects: your medical treatment and recovery.
What Is the Statute of Limitations on Personal Injury Cases?
Pennsylvania, like other states, has a statute of limitations governing the filing of personal injury lawsuits. This means you have a limited timeframe within which to initiate your lawsuit. If the statute of limitations expires, your case is likely to be dismissed, and you will lose your right to seek damages.
In Pennsylvania, the following statutes of limitations apply:
- Two years from the date of injury when the injury was immediately discoverable
- Two years from the date of discovering or reasonably should have discovered the injury when it was not immediately discoverable
- Two years from the date of death in wrongful death cases
Exceptions may apply, such as cases involving injuries to children or claims against government officials or agencies. However, it is always advisable to take action sooner rather than later, regardless of the specifics of your case. The earlier you contact our team, the sooner we can investigate your claim, gather evidence on your behalf, and negotiate with the insurance company for a fair settlement.
How Do I Prove That Another Person or Entity Was Negligent?
To prove that another person or entity was negligent, you will need to show that they owed you a duty of care and that they breached that duty. To breach a duty of care means that the defendant failed to act reasonably given the circumstances.
Examples of situations where a person or entity may have breached their duty of care include:
- A driver who runs a red light
- A driver who drives while intoxicated
- A driver who fails to stop at a stop sign
- A driver who hits a pedestrian
If you can show that the defendant breached their duty of care, you will then need to show that the defendant's breach of duty was the cause of your injuries. In other words, you will need to prove that your injuries would not have occurred if the defendant had acted reasonably.
Finally, you will need to prove that you suffered actual damages. If you suffered only emotional trauma or mental anguish, you will not be able to file a personal injury claim. But if you can prove that you suffered physical injuries, such as a traumatic brain injury or a broken bone, you may be able to file a personal injury claim.
What Types of Damages Can Be Recovered in a Personal Injury Case?
The specific damages and overall value of your case depend on various factors, such as the severity of your injuries, the cost of medical care, and the degree of fault, if any. However, most personal injury claimants may be entitled to the following types of compensation:
- Emergency medical expenses
- Hospital and ambulance fees
- Co-pays and medication costs
- Medical devices and equipment
- Surgeries and other treatments
- Ongoing medical care
- Rehabilitation and physical therapy
- Future medical expenses
- Lost income, wages, and benefits
- Loss of future earnings
- Lost or reduced earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress and trauma
- Costs associated with in-home assistance and care
- Future expenses related to the injury
In addition to these compensatory damages, it may be possible to seek punitive damages in certain cases. These damages aim to punish defendants for gross negligence, willful or wanton conduct leading to injury, or intentional infliction of harm.
At Luxenberg Garbett Kelly & George, we meticulously evaluate our clients' cases to determine the types of damages they may be entitled to and the potential value of their claims. Our goal as your legal team is to recover every penny you are owed, even if it requires taking your case to trial.
Is Pennsylvania a No-Fault Car Insurance State?
Pennsylvania follows a no-fault car insurance system, similar to several other states. Under this system, anyone driving a passenger vehicle in Pennsylvania must carry no-fault insurance, also known as personal injury protection (PIP) insurance. In the event of an accident, injured drivers and passengers can file PIP claims with their own auto insurance providers to receive compensation for certain covered losses.
Unfortunately, PIP insurance does not cover non-economic damages resulting from an accident, such as pain and suffering. Moreover, due to its limited coverage, it often falls short in meeting the full extent of an accident victim's economic damages, including medical expenses and lost wages. In such cases, eligible individuals may have the option to step outside the no-fault system and file a third-party claim against the at-fault driver's insurance company, or even sue the at-fault driver directly for damages. Meeting the state's "serious injury" threshold is usually necessary to pursue this course of action.
If you have been involved in a car accident in Beaver County or the surrounding areas, we urge you to contact an experienced and knowledgeable personal injury attorney at Luxenberg Garbett Kelly & George immediately. Our team can review the details of your case and help determine if you have grounds for a third-party claim or lawsuit. We offer free consultations, and we only collect attorney fees if we recover compensation for you.
Contact Our Firm for a Free Consultation
If you have suffered serious injuries or if a loved one has tragically died due to another person's negligence or wrongful conduct, turn to the team at LGKG. We provide highly personalized legal representation driven by a genuine passion for helping individuals and families in our local community. For nearly 100 years, we have been a trusted source of legal guidance and representation for those affected by others' negligence, and we are prepared to fight for you as well.
We've been designated Pennsylvania Super Lawyers for over 15 years, and we have Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating for legal ability and ethics as determined by peers in the legal community.
We have been a staple in this community for over 80 years representing our friends and neighbors.
ResultsWe have recovered over $200 million in verdicts and settlements for our clients.
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ExperienceOur team has over 100 years of combined legal experience.
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