A Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority (SEPTA) accident has a lot in common with other types of motor vehicle and transportation accidents: the terrifying moment you realize you are hurt, the painful recovery, the flood of medical bills arriving in the mail, and the long, hard battle to return your life to normal. However, a SEPTA accident is also much different from other types of transit accidents when it comes to filing an injury claim and securing compensation.
Because of these large, sometimes complicated differences, it is important to hire a Pennsylvania injury attorney who has experience with SEPTA cases and a track record of success. At the Law Offices of Jeffrey H. Penneys, we have both.
How SEPTA Injury Cases Are Different
If you are involved in a drunk driving accident, you hire a drunk driving accident attorney. If you are in a tractor-trailer accident, you hire a tractor-trailer accident attorney. In the same way, if you are in a SEPTA accident, it is worthwhile to hire a SEPTA accident attorney.
Here are just three ways that SEPTA accidents are different from other transportation and motor vehicle accidents:
- You have less time to file. Because of the Sovereign Immunity Act, injury victims and their families only have six months to file a notice with SEPTA.
- You may face compensation limits. Because of the Sovereign Immunity Act, you may only be able to secure a maximum of $250,000 for your injuries, no matter how severely you are hurt. If more than one person is injured in the accident, SEPTA may be held responsible for no more than $1 million in damages. A SEPTA accident attorney will be able to tell you if your injury will be subject to compensation limits and sovereign immunity laws.
- You will have to fight against a large organization. Instead of only dealing with the insurance company of another driver, you will be fighting against a government organization, not to mention a government organization that confronts accident claims thousands of times each year. Having an experienced attorney on your side with a similar amount of experience and knowledge is vital.
Questions SEPTA Injury Victims Should Ask Their PA Injury Attorney
How can you possibly know if the personal injury attorney you are speaking with is the right attorney to take on your SEPTA injury claim? Here are ten questions you can ask during your initial consultation:
- Do you have experience handling SEPTA injury cases in the past?
- Have you handled a SEPTA injury case similar to my personal case?
- What were the outcomes of these cases?
- How are SEPTA cases different from other types of personal injury cases?
- What are the most challenging aspects of SEPTA cases and how do you overcome these challenges?
- What do you see as the biggest challenge specific to my case?
- How do you decide whether or not to take on a SEPTA case?
- What percentage of your cases go to court, and do you have SEPTA accident courtroom experience?
- How involved are your clients in the case, and how available are you to speak with clients during the settlement and claims process
- How do you bill your clients?
Talk to an Experienced SEPTA Accident Attorney Today
One of the best ways to know if your Pennsylvania personal injury attorney is equipped to handle SEPTA cases is to speak to them face-to-face. Contact Attorney Jeffrey H. Penneys today to schedule a private, confidential meeting with an experienced attorney. Available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week to field your calls and questions, Attorney Penneys encourages all injury victims and their families to learn more about their potential case and their legal options.
To schedule your meeting, please call our law offices at 1-800InjuryLaw (1-800-465-8795) or fill out our online contact form.