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A Personal Injury Attorney Helping Injured Clients In Lackawanna County

Suffering an injury in an accident caused by a negligent person or entity can be devastating. Not only do you need financial compensation to pay for hospital bills, but also for covering lost wages and property damage. Unfortunately, the at-fault party and their insurance company might be reluctant to provide the compensation you deserve, which is why having an experienced attorney on your side can help you maximize your chances of a successful recovery.

If you or a loved one sustained an injury caused by negligence or recklessness in Lackawanna County, look no further than Thompson Law. With more than 19 years of legal experience, attorney William D. Thompson can protect your rights and best interests throughout the legal process and fight for the most favorable outcome in your case.

Common personal injury cases the firm handles include, but are not limited to:

  • Car accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Medical malpractice
  • Premises liability
  • Wrongful death

Mr. Thompson will sit down with you and learn the details of your case during a free initial consultation.

Pennsylvania Personal Injury Laws

If you suffered an injury in Pennsylvania, you have two years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury lawsuit against the liable party in civil court. Failure to file a lawsuit within the two-year deadline will result in the court refusing to hear your case, which means you cannot recover any compensation.

In order to succeed in a personal injury lawsuit based on negligence, you must prove the following elements:

  • The liable party owed you a duty of care to follow the laws or act in the
    safe manner

  • The liable party breach this duty by acting negligently or recklessly

  • The liable party’s breach caused the underlying accident and your injury

  • You suffered damages as a result of the injury

In many accidents, however, multiple parties share some blame regardless of who is at fault. If that is true in your case, Pennsylvania has a “modified comparative negligence” law, which means the damages you’re entitled to will be reduced by your percentage of fault. For example, if you were awarded $100,000 for an accident but the jury also finds you 20 percent at fault, you can only recover $80,000. If you are more than 50 percent at fault, you are not entitled to any amount of financial compensation.

When it comes to car accidents, Pennsylvania has a no-fault insurance system, meaning you would file a claim with your own insurance company, no matter who is at fault. Your insurer will cover your medical bills and lost wages.

Schedule A Free Consultation Today

Scranton personal injury attorney William D. Thompson can conduct a thorough accident investigation, gather evidence, negotiate with insurers, and help you get the compensation and justice you need to make the best possible recovery from injury. For more information about Thompson Law‘s legal services, contact the firm online or call 570-846-2819.