- Bicycle, car, truck and motorcycle accidents;
- Pedestrian accidents;
- Severe injuries, most notably head, brain and spine injuries;
- Construction accidents;
- Premises liability (slip and fall, unsafe conditions, negligent security);
- Product liability (for defective or potentially dangerous products); and
- Medical malpractice.
The attorneys at The Pearce Law Firm, P.C. have experience in all these areas, and are not afraid to use it to help you. When you have been injured, you need someone who is well versed in how to navigate the difficult legal details.
What Damages Can I Recover?
Many times, people do not bother bringing suit because they are uncertain they will receive any damages, or may receive too little to pay their bills. However, the involvement of an attorney will often help push an insurance company or defendant into making a better settlement than they might otherwise have offered.
There are three different types of damages that are recoverable in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. They are:
- Economic damages. These are the damages that can be easily measured or calculated – for example, your medical bills, lost wages, and the like.
- Non-economic damages. These are the more non-quantifiable categories, where a number may be arrived at, but only after careful determination.
- Punitive damages. These are damages intended solely to punish the party deemed more at fault for the accident. Generally, these can only be awarded when the behavior of the person who caused the accident rises above mere negligence, but has been described as outrageous or with reckless disregard for the injured party. Punitive damages are often capped, due to the fact that they are awarded essentially at the discretion of the fact finder. This is the case in New Jersey, as well as in Pennsylvania.
Most personal injury lawsuits are attempting to recover both economic damages and non-economic damages. Non-economic damages are usually being awarded for things like pain and suffering and loss of consortium (deprivation of normal marital relations). Punitive damages are quite rare, awarded in Pennsylvania only for conduct deemed to be “outrageous.” In New Jersey, the conduct must have been malicious, oppressive, wicked or fraudulent.
Let Us Help You
When you have been injured, the last thing you want is to feel helpless, like you have no control. The Pearce Law Firm, P.C. serves Hollywood, PA and several other cities, and we do our best to keep you in the loop at all times. We pursue the most appropriate strategy for your case, with your input in mind at all times. Contact our Philadelphia offices today for a free initial consultation.