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Pennsylvania Personal Injury Claims: Third Party Complaint


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10/8/2010
Daniel J. O'Brien
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After a Pennsylvania personal injury lawyer files your complaint in a personal injury claim, the defendant will have a deadline to respond. The defendant might say that they are not responsible for all or part of your injuries and subsequently file a document saying a third party, who was not named in the initial complaint, is at fault. This would be considered a third party complaint.

A plaintiff could also file a third party complaint against a co-plaintiff they allege is partially responsible for their injuries. In most cases, third party complaints are filed by the defendant against a co-defendant.

Example of a Third Party Complaint

An example of a third party complaint could include a case where a driver hits a pedestrian and is sued. The driver may allege in a third party complaint that he just had his brakes "fixed" and he was driving home directly from a repair shop. The repair shop, a third party, would become the third party defendant.

The third party will be given the opportunity to defend themselves against the plaintiff and the defendant. If the court rules that the third party is not liable, that party would not be ordered to provide compensation to the plaintiff or defendant.

A Pennsylvania personal injury lawyer will work to identify all liable parties in your Pennsylvania personal injury claim, including third parties that may have played a role in the accident.

Contacting a Pennsylvania Personal Injury Lawyer

If you have been severely injured in a Philadelphia accident, you shouldn't have to suffer and pay for expensive medical bills that were caused by another person's negligence. Contact a Pennsylvania personal injury lawyer at White & Williams LLP today. We will provide a no-cost, no-obligation consultation on your case - 877-944-8396.



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