If you’ve sustained a severe injury and you have limited tort coverage then you have the legal right to sue.
Regardless of the severity of your injury, you may be entitled to damages for your economic damages such as your medical costs, lost income and out of pocket expenses.
Severe Injury with a Substantial Impact
Additionally, the limited tort option in PA allows you to recover for your noneconomic damages, such as pain and suffering, if you sustained a severe injury that had a substantial impact on a bodily function (or if you fit into one of the other limited tort exceptions).
Often, a severe injury that had a substantial impact on a bodily function includes permanent and serious disfigurement, disability, and death. Courts pay significant attention to the effect of the injury on the accident victim as well as the actual injury itself. Specifically, courts may consider:
- The extent of the impairment.
- The length of time the impairment lasted.
- The medical treatment required for the impairment.
- Other relevant factors.
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