Sep 052013

Pursuing a car accident case in Pennsylvania depends on the factual and legal issues which vary from case to case. Most of the time, deciding whether to pursue a car accident case depends on the likelihood of a successful outcome. For some, a successful outcome may be having medical bills paid and for others, it may mean fair and reasonable financial compensation for physical injuries.

The likelihood of a successful outcome generally depends on two issues: liability and damages, and whether there is clear evidence of both. If there is one without the other, the case is probably not worth pursuing. A case in which liability is clear, but no real damage (i.e., physical injury), then the case is probably not worth the individual’s time to pursue.

For example, a driver is hit while stopped at a red light. The impact is minor. The driver seeks medical treatment and has a strained back which takes 2 weeks to recover from. The driver does not miss any time from work and visits a chiropractor twice a week for a month. This car accident scenario is probably not worth pursuing because the damages are minor. However, if the rear end impact was serious and caused the driver to suffer spinal injury like a disc bulge, herniation or protrusion, which required extensive medical treatment, the case would be worth pursuing.

Suggested Reading: Filing an Accident or Injury Lawsuit in Philadelphia – What to Expect (Part 1)

In addition, there are costs to consider. Court costs associated with litigating a car accident case in Pennsylvania vary, but range from a few thousand dollars in simple cases to tens of thousands of dollars in complex cases. For example, the cost to file a Complaint in Philadelphia for a major jury car accident case is over $500.00. Click here to see a list of Philadelphia court filing fees in civil cases such as car accident cases.

Pursuing any type of accident/injury case like a car accident or motorcycle accident in Pennsylvania is a very important decision that belongs solely to the injured individual. It is an important decision which should be made only after consulting with a car accident lawyer.

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