Brent Wieand is based in Philadelphia and represents plaintiffs in serious personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He is known as a tenacious fighter for the rights of injury victims. Mr. Wieand has been named as a Super Lawyers "Rising Star" in 2013, 2014 and 2015. If you have questions about a case or your rights following an accident, call him today for a free consultation.
- Personal Injury
- Nursing Home Abuse
- Medical Malpractice
- Products Liability
- Legal Malpractice
- Civil Rights
- Car Accidents
- Insurance Bad Faith
- SEPTA accidents
- Auto Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- New Jersey
- Pennsylvania State University
- B.S. | Business Management and minor in Natural Science
- Emory University School of Law
- Rising Stars
- Super Lawyers
- Philadelphia Bar Association
- The American Association for Justice
- Pennsylvania Association for Justice
- Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association
- PA / NJ Personal Injury Lawyer
- Nursing Home Injury Lawyer
- Brent Wieand Esquire Personal Injury Blog
- UPMC Carlisle Nurse Secretly Recorded Emergency Room Patients
2 December 2019
- Heather Glen Senior Living Fire – Nursing Home Lawyers Serving Lehigh County
24 September 2019
- Can I sue if I was injured by defective tires?
25 June 2019
- What Is The Difference Between A Chiropractor and a Medical Doctor
23 June 2019
- Can Tire blowouts be prevented?
21 June 2019
- Compensatory Vs. Punitive Damages and Which Can I Get?
18 June 2019
- Determining Fault for an Accident
18 June 2019
- Common medical malpractice claims
31 May 2019
- Do You Know What the Statute of Limitations is?
31 May 2019
- Q. What is the Pennsylvania rule on contributory / comparative negligence?
- A: Hello, I wrote a brief summary of this on my blog, which I will copy and paste for your below; however, if you would like further explanation, feel free to contact me. The general rule is that to recover damages for negligence resulting in death or injury to person, the fact that the plaintiff may have committed contributory negligence does not stop him/her from recovering where such negligence was not greater than the negligence of the defendant(s). Instead, any damages sustained by the plaintiff will be reduced in proportion to the amount of negligence attributed to the plaintiff. What does this mean? In Pennsylvania, if you are injured in an accident, you can recover monetary damages from a defendant as long as you are found to be no more than 50% liable for damages. If a plaintiff is found to be 50% (or less) liable, each defendant shall be liable for their proportionate total dollar amount awarded as damages. Currently, Pennsylvania upholds joint and several liability. Under joint and several liability, an injured party may collect the entire award against any party found to be responsible for the accident. It then becomes the responsibility of the defendants to sort out their respective proportions of liability and payment. However, this aspect of the Pennsylvania civil justice system (and injury victim's civil rights) is currently under attack. Republicans in the State Legislature are trying to pass legislation (titled the "Fair Share" Act) that would do away with joint and several liability. If this happens, defendants in many lawsuits only would pay the percentage of damages for which they are found liable - leaving innocent victims of their accidents high and dry - while saving insurance companies money. If you have been injured, and have questions about how the comparative fault system works in Pennsylvania, you should consult an experienced personal injury attorney to advise you on how these laws will impact your own individual and unique case.