Personal Injury Cases are not about going after individuals, but instead making insurance companies live up to their end of the bargain
Pennsylvania law precludes juries from hearing the truth about civil lawsuits. Personal injury cases that result in civil lawsuits are not about the plaintiff trying to get money from the defendant. Unfortunately, that is what it looks like at trial when the only people at the defense table are the defendant and the defense attorney. The defense attorney is not even hired by the defendant. The defendant’s insurance company hires the defense attorney to represent their interests. Insurance is almost never permitted to be mentioned in a civil lawsuit even though the entire fight is about getting the insurance company to live up to its obligation to pay for the plaintiff’s injuries and damages. The defendant does not even have a choice as to whether the case settles. Their insurance company calls all the shots.
Pennsylvania law prevents the jury from learning that the fight is really all about insurance coverage, because of the fear that juries would issue higher verdicts. However, the policy to keep this information from the jury has resulted in lower verdicts because juries are worried that their verdicts will personally come from the defendant.
In addition to the more common personal injury cases Rankin & Gregory have worked in these other types of cases.
Other Types of Cases