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Pennsylvania Personal Injury Overview

Personal injury law involves civil claims in which an individual is injured through the negligence, recklessness or intentional misconduct of another person, a company, or property owner. A personal injury lawsuit may arise from physical or emotional injuries. Personal injury law compensates individuals injured as a result of another’s negligence or intentional misconduct. Personal injury laws vary from state to state. If you believe you have a personal injury claim, you should contact a personal injury lawyer in Pennsylvania to evaluate your claim.

Pennsylvania follows a system using the modified comparative negligence – 51% rule.  In states following a modified comparative fault – 51% rule, an injured party can only recover if it is determined that his or her fault in causing the injury does not reach 51%.  If the injured party was 50% or less at fault, he or she may still recover damages.  However, if a plaintiff’s fault reaches 51%, he or she recovers nothing.  In other words, a plaintiff may have caused half of the accident and still recover damages from the court, but if it is found that the plaintiff’s fault was responsible for more than half of the accident, that plaintiff is barred from receiving any damages determined by the court.  Here, as in a pure comparative negligence state, a plaintiff’s recovery is reduced by the degree of his or her fault.  For example, if Debbie sued Dave for damages she suffered in a car accident involving their vehicles, and Debbie was 51% at fault, Debbie would not recover anything from Dave.  If, however, Debbie was 40% at fault, she could recover damages, but the damage award would be reduced by her portion of the fault in causing the injury.  Therefore, a finding that Debbie suffered $10,000 in damages would result in Debbie receiving an award reduced by 40%, or a final award of $6,000. 

Click here to read about contributory vs. comparative negligence.

A statute of limitations is a type of law that restricts the period of time that a person may initiate legal proceedings.  Time limits can vary depending on the type of case and the state where the particular cause of action occurred. To learn more about statutes of limitations, read our Statute of Limitations page. To see a state by state comparison chart for the personal injury statute of limitations for each state, read our Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury Actions page.

Pennsylvania Statutes of Limitations

In Pennsylvania, the courts follow a modified joint and several liability approach in entering judgment against multiple defendants.  A defendant found to be 61% or more negligent in causing the injury is jointly and severally liable, making that defendant subject to the entire judgment amount.  Defendants may also be subject to joint and several liability in cases involving intentional torts, intentional misrepresentations, release of hazardous substances, and violations of the liquor code.  A defendant less than 61% negligent will be responsible only for the portion of damages proportionate to his or her share of the negligence. 

Click here for more about Joint and Several Liability.

One of the best ways to research personal injury lawyers in Pennsylvania is to contact courts in PA and ask them for information about the personal injury attorneys who utilize their legal facilities when they bring personal injury cases to court. We have compiled a list below of some courts in Pennsylvania to get you started:

Supreme Courts
Pennsylvania Supreme Court

Supreme Court
468 City Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Pennsylvania Supreme Court

Supreme Court
801 City-County Building
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Pennsylvania Supreme Court
Supreme Court
434 Main Capitol
P.O. Box 624
Harrisburg, PA 17108

Superior Courts
Superior Court of Pennsylvania – Philadelphia
530 Walnut Street, 17th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Superior Court of Pennsylvania – Harrisburg
Main Capitol Building, 4th Floor
100 Pine Street
Harrisburg, PA 17120

Superior Court of Pennsylvania – Pittsburgh
City-County Building, 8th Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15241

Commonwealth Court
Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania
624 Irvis Office Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120

Common Pleas Courts
Adams County
Adams County Courthouse
117 Baltimore Street
Gettysburg, PA 17325

Allegheny County
300 Frick Building
437 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Armstrong County
Armstrong County Courthouse
Second Floor
Kittanning, PA 16201

Beaver County
Beaver County Courthouse
Third Street
Beaver, PA 15009

Bedford County
Bedford County Courthouse
Annex #1
Bedford, PA 15522

Berks County
Berks County Services Center
633 Court Street
Reading, PA 19601

Blair County
Blair County Courthouse
423 Allegheny Street
Hollidaysburg, PA 16648

Bradford County
Bradford County Courthouse
301 Main Street
Towanda, PA 18848

Bucks County
Bucks County Courthouse
55 East Court Street
Doylestown, PA 18901

Butler County
Butler County Courthouse
P.O. Box 1208
Butler, PA 16003

Cambria County
Cambria County Courthouse
200 South Center Street
Ebensburg, PA 15931

Carbon County
Carbon County Courthouse
P.O. Box 166
Jim Thorpe, PA 18229

Centre County
Centre County Courthouse
Room 208
Bellefonte, PA 16823

Chester County
Chester County Courthouse
Two North High Street
West Chester, PA 19380

Clarion County
Clarion County Courthouse
Main Street
Clarion, PA 16214

Clearfield County
Clearfield County Courthouse
230 East Market Street
Clearfield, PA 16830

Clinton County
Clinton County Courthouse
230 East Water Street
Lock Haven, PA 17745

Columbia County
Columbia County Courthouse
P.O. Box 380
Bloomsburg, PA 17815

Crawford County
Crawford County Courthouse
903 Diamond Square
Meadville, PA 16335

Cumberland County
Cumberland County Courthouse
1 Courthouse Square
Carlisle, PA 17013

Dauphin County
Dauphin County Courthouse
Front & Market Streets
Harrisburg, PA 17101

Delaware County
Delaware County Courthouse
Media, PA 19063

Elk/Cameron Counties
Elk County Courthouse
P.O. Box 416
Ridgway, PA 15853

Erie County
Erie County Courthouse
140 West Sixth Street Room 201
Erie, PA 16501-1030

Fayette County
Fayette County Courthouse
61 East Main Street
Uniontown, PA 15401

Franklin/Fulton Counties
Franklin County Courthouse
157 Lincoln Way East
Chambersburg, PA 17201

Greene County
Greene County Courthouse
Waynesburg, PA 15370

Huntingdon County
Huntingdon County Courthouse
223 Penn Street
Huntingdon, PA 16652

Indiana County
Indiana County Courthouse
Fourth Floor
825 Philadelphia Street
Indiana, PA 15701

Jefferson County
Jefferson County Courthouse
200 Main Street
Brookville, PA 15825

Lackawanna County
Lackawanna County Courthouse
200 North Washington Avenue
Scranton, PA 18503

Lancaster County
Lancaster County Courthouse
50 North Duke Street
P.O. Box 83480
Lancaster, PA 17608-3480

Lawrence County
Lawrence County Government Center
New Castle, PA 16101

Lebanon County
Lebanon County Courthouse
400 South Eighth Street
Room 308
Lebanon, PA 17042
717-274-2801, Ext. 2350

Lehigh County
Lehigh County Courthouse
455 West Hamilton Street
Allentown, PA 18105-1548

Luzerne County
Luzerne County Courthouse
200 North River Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711

Lycoming County
Lycoming County Courthouse
48 West Third Street
Williamsport, PA 17701

McKean County
McKean County Courthouse
500 West Main Street
Smethport, PA 16749

Mercer County
Mercer County Courthouse
103 North Diamond Street
Mercer, PA 16137

Mifflin County
Mifflin County Courthouse
20 North Wayne Street
Lewistown, PA 17044

Monroe County
Monroe County Courthouse
Stroudsburg, PA 18360

Montgomery County
Montgomery County Courthouse
P.O. Box 311
Norristown, PA 19404

Montour County
Columbia County Courthouse
P.O. Box 380
Bloomsburg, PA 17815

Northumberland County
Northumberland County Courthouse
201 Market Street
Sunbury, PA 17801

Perry/Juniata Counties
Perry County Courthouse
P.O. Box 668
New Bloomfield, PA 17068

Philadelphia County
336 City Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Pike County
Pike County Courthouse
410 Broad Street
Milford, PA 18337

Potter County
Potter County Courthouse
Room 30
Coudersport, PA 16915

Schuylkill County
Schuylkill County Courthouse
401 North Second Street
Pottsville, PA 17901

Snyder/Union Counties
Snyder County Courthouse
P.O. Box 217
Middleburg, PA 17842

Somerset County
111 East Union Street
Suite 212
Somerset, PA 15501

Susquehanna County
Susquehanna County Courthouse
P.O. Box 218
Montrose, PA 18801

Tioga County
Tioga County Courthouse
118 Main Street
Wellsboro, PA 16901

Venango County
Venango County Courthouse
Liberty Street
Franklin, PA 16323

Warren/Forest Counties
Warren County Courthouse
204 Fourth Avenue
Warren, PA 16365

Washington County
Washington County Courthouse
1 South Main Street, Suite 2004
Washington, PA 15301

Wayne County
Wayne County Courthouse
925 Court Street
Honesdale, PA 18431

Westmoreland County
Westmoreland County Courthouse
Main Street
Greensburg, PA 15601

Wyoming/Sullivan Counties
Wyoming County Courthouse
One Courthouse Square
Tunkhannock, PA 18657

York County
York County Government Center
45 North George Street
York, PA 17401