Pennsylvania Personal Injury Resources

Pennsylvania, officially the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, is one of the original 13 colonies of the United States. It is bordered by 6 states all around and by Canada to the Northwest. The Appalachian Mountains run through the state, tying it together with the other states of New England. Unlike some states where PIP, or personal injury protection, is optional, it is mandatory in the state of Pennsylvania. PIP or “no fault” coverage is an extension of car insurance that covers medical expenses and, in some cases, lost wages.
As of 2012, Pennsylvania had an estimated population of 12,702,379 which makes it the 6th most populous and 9th most densely populated state. It had a total of 549,848 civil incoming cases. This is 4,326 cases per 100,000 of the total population. Of the total civil cases, 1,491 are tort cases, tried in the Court of Common Pleas.The Pennsylvania tort trend has gone down significantly in past decade. In December of 2012, Penn Power Co. paid $109 million in personal injury awards to the Goretzka family after Carrie Goretzka either stumbled upon or was struck with a power line, causing 7,200 volts to course through her body and kill her.This 2009 incident came right after Philadelphia was named a “judiciary hellhole” by the American Tort Reform Association. Despite their claim that Pennsylvania is rampant with lawsuit abuses, they agreed that Penn Power Co. was at fault for Goretzka’s death, and have since rescinded their claim about Philadelphia.
Like the rest of the country, in Pennsylvania, a signification portion of civil cases in the state courts are personal injury cases. These claims, also called tort claims, all involve some kind of injury to a person or to property due to the actions of another entity. Many lawsuits fall under this category, including medical malpractice, construction accidents, defective products, and traffic accidents. Traffic accidents generally make up the bulk of personal injury claims, and this is certainly the case in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania State Resources
State of Pennsylvania: http://www.pa.gov
Official Portal of Pennsylvania: http://www.pa.gov
Pennsylvania Legislature Online:http://www.legis.state.pa.us/
Pennsylvania Government Information Sites w/ Links: http://www.pa.gov/Government/Pages/default.aspx
Pennsylvania Secretary of State: http://www.dos.state.pa.us/
Philadelphia County Official Website: http://www.phila.gov/

Pennsylvania Court Resources
Pennsylvania Courts Online: http://www.pacourts.us/
Links for Pennsylvania Courts: http://www.pacourts.us/courts/minor-courts/
Pennsylvania Office of Court Administration: http://www.pacourts.us/judicial-administration/
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania: http://www.pacourts.us/courts/supreme-court/
United States Court Locator: http://www.uscourts.gov/court_locator.aspx

Pennsylvania Legal Associates
State Bar of Pennsylvania: http://www.pabar.org/
American Bar Association: http://www.abanet.org/home.cfm
Philadelphia County Bar Association: http://www.philadelphiabar.org
Center for Justice and Democracy: http://centerjd.org
American Association for Justice: https://www.justice.org

Other Pennsylvania Legal Resources
Personal Injury in Pennsylvania: http://research.lawyers.com/Pennsylvania/Personal-Injury-in–Pennsylvania.html
Pennsylvania Legal Resources: http://www.law.georgetown.edu/library/research/guides/pennsylvania.cfm
Pennsylvania Constitution: http://sites.state.pa.us/PA_Constitution.html
Pennsylvania Legislature and Statutes Online: http://www.pacode.com
Pennsylvania Rules of Evidence: http://www.pacode.com/secure/data/225/225toc.html
Federal Rules of Civil Procedure: http://www.law.cornell.edu/rules/frcp/
Pennsylvania Public Records finder: http://openrecords.state.pa.us
Daily Legal News: http://www.law.com/newswire/
Martindale-Hubbell National Attorney Locator: http://www.martindale.com
(http://articles.philly.com/2013-02-05/news/36745067_1_shanin-specter-power-line-tort-system)