Unfortunately, because the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority (SEPTA) is governed by The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, public transportation accident victims often have limited options when seeking compensation from SEPTA. This is because of “governmental immunity.”
For this reason, it is imperative for SEPTA injury victims and their families to seek the assistance of a Pennsylvania injury attorney with SEPTA experience and knowledge of both the Sovereign Immunity Act and the Political Subdivision Tort Claims Act.
At the Law Offices of Jeffrey H. Penneys, we can help you understand how much your case is worth, which state laws may affect your compensation limits, and your best route to collecting damages. Call us today to learn more at 1-215-771-0430.
SEPTA Accidents & The Sovereign Immunity Act
Sovereign immunity acts are designed to protect federal and local governments from liability. While many agree that the basic concept of sovereign immunity is outdated and simply unfair, it is still the law in many states.
In Pennsylvania, the Sovereign Immunity Act prevents SEPTA accident victims from collecting more than $250,000 in damages from the transit authority for their injuries. It also prevents SEPTA from paying out more than $1 million in damages for any one accident, regardless of how many people were injured in the accident.
Simply put, the Sovereign Immunity Act compensation limits make it more difficult to receive fair compensation in cases where injuries are severe or in cases that involve multiple people.
The Sovereign Immunity Act supplies five different types of compensation to accident victims and their families:
- Lost wages, loss of future wages, and loss of future earning capacity
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Loss or damage of property
The Importance of Acting Quickly
Under the Sovereign Immunity Act, injury victims only have six months after the accident to file a written notice with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania detailing the accident and the damages. If a notice is not filed within this time frame, the victim may be unable to ever present an injury claim.
In addition, once the $1 million in damages has been allocated to injury victims, no more compensation is available, no matter how valid your case is or how severe your injuries are.
For the two above reasons, it is imperative to act quickly in the wake of a SEPTA accident. A SEPTA accident attorney can help you file your notice and expedite many other steps in the claims process so that you can avoid these common compensation pitfalls.
Consult with an Experienced Attorney about Your SEPTA Accident & Injury Case
As you can see, SEPTA accidents are more complex than many other types of motor vehicle accident and injury claims. They have shorter timelines, fewer opportunities to collect compensation, and more restrictions. For these reasons, choosing a PA injury lawyer with extensive experience with SEPTA cases can help ensure that you receive the maximum amount of compensation available under the law.
While the Sovereign Immunity Act and Political Subdivision Tort Claims Act make it more difficult to receive the compensation you need to recover from your injury, there are a few limited loopholes and strategies that can help you get the financial support you need. Speak with SEPTA accident lawyer, Jeffrey H. Penneys, Esquire, today to learn about your best options for legal action by calling 1-215-771-0430 or by filling out our contact form.
We offer SEPTA injury victims and their families a free, private consultation. Tell us your story and take the first step toward securing compensation today.