No one wants to be involved in a car accident. Unfortunately, it will probably happen. While the vast majority of the approximately six million car accidents that happen in the United States each year are minor collisions, that isn’t always the case. Car accidents can leave you severely injured, unable to work and in debt. If you have been in a car accident, it is important to contact our top personal injury attorneys. We will make sure you get the medical and financial compensation you deserve and protect you from being sued.
It is no secret that insurance companies are for-profit businesses. They hope you don’t have an accident, and when you do, they will try to settle for as little money as they can, and they will try to keep your claim out of court. Our top personal injury lawyers will aggressively pursue your case, making sure you get the benefits you need to get back on the road. We will not be pushed around by insurance companies trying to settle your claim to your disadvantage. We fight for you, so that all you have to do is rest and be well.
When you are injured at work, it may seem difficult or even impossible to do anything about it. Maybe you think it is your fault you got hurt, or maybe you are afraid your employer will retaliate against you for filing a claim, costing you your job in addition to the pain and suffering of your injury. Many employers are not well-versed in handling worker’s compensation claims, and despite robust protections for injured workers, many people who get ill or are injured at work will have a difficult time filing a claim, getting appropriate treatment or returning to the job they used to do.
Worker’s Compensation laws vary from state-to-state, but generally, all employers are required to maintain a worker’s compensation policy. In some states, failure to maintain coverage can result in criminal charges and jail time for employers.
SLIP AND FALL ACCIDENTS
Our team of professional personal injury attorneys have recovered millions in damages by knowing the laws and confidently pursuing just settlements against individuals, businesses and municipalities responsible for failing to prevent injuries to the public. We will aggressively seek compensation on your behalf, ensuring that you only have to heal and rest. We handle the hard negotiations, making sure that your claim is resolved in as short a period of time as possible. We win or it’s free. Guaranteed.
Why Choose Us as Your First Choice Personal Injury Lawyers?
Life is often messy and complicated, and when you have suffered an injury in an accident, it can seem like you are all alone with the whole world against you. Our top injury attorney’s are here around the clock to make sure that when you need representation in a car accident, premises liability injury or a worker’s compensation claim, you are treated fairly by the insurance companies and receive the medical treatment, lost wages and financial compensation you deserve. From day one, until long after your case is settled, you can count on the our accident attorney’s to represent you.
Our friendly and knowledgable staff will answer all your questions, making sure you have the peace of mind you need to recover. We are the best personal injury lawyers in Philadelphia because we care about you and your family, and want nothing more than to help put things right when you have suffered losses due to an accident. Consultations are always no obligation and totally free, so don’t hesitate to contact us. We will review your case from bottom to top, looking at every possible scenario and outcome, and provide the very best council to make sure you get the fair and just representation you are entitled to and the personalized care and respect you deserve.
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“But it’s not a serious injury”
The smartest decision you can make when you are injured in an accident is to hire an experienced personal injury attorney. At our law firm, we have decades of experience working with the courts and the insurance companies to get the best settlements for our clients. We fight for you so that you do not have to worry and stress about how you are going to pay medical bills, get your car fixed, or get back wages you have lost by not being able to work. For many personal injury attorneys, getting paid is all that matters, despite what the flashy advertisements promising you huge chunks of money say. We want to get paid, of course, but what drives us is making sure that responsible parties are held liable for the damage they cause, and those we represent are taken care of properly. Far beyond the money, we want you and your loved ones to be healthy, happy and able to move forward after a car accident, workplace injury or a slip, trip and fall caused by someones negligence.
“If you were injured in an accident that was not your fault, you deserve compensation.”
Our top professional lawyers know the unique and intricate laws of Pennsylvania better than anyone, and we know how to go up against insurance companies that would like nothing more than to settle your case as quickly and cheaply as possible. Don’t leave your health, and the financial stability of your family, up to chance. We provide the individual, personalized representation that you need when an accident results in injury to you or your loved ones. Our team of lawyers and law professionals know they can get you the very best settlement in your case. So confident are we in our ability to win, you won’t pay a penny out of pocket. We win, or it’s free. That’s our guarantee.
How Long Will it Take ?
Most Americans have seen television shows and movies depicting a courtroom drama. To our detriment, many people have the assumption that after an injury, the process is speedy and goes to trial quickly, with fiery speeches by impeccably dressed attorneys before compassionate juries, hard-nosed judges looking to stick the guilty person with the bill and settlements that leave the injured person lavishing in the good life. The reality is that this is only a reality on television or in the movies. In real life, injury claims that are handled correctly take time. The legal teams will need to scrutinize every aspect of your case, from interviewing witnesses and getting complete descriptions of the facts, to gathering and analyzing the medical treatments and long-term expectations of your recovery, to comparing the facts of your case to similar cases, a top injury attorney will never try and rush your case to settle quickly.
The truth is that the very last thing you want is for your case to be settled quickly. A quick resolution almost always means the insurance company won, and frequently leaves the injured party exposed to ongoing financial and medical losses with no recourse. It may seem like the insurance company is trying to do “the right thing” by taking responsibility and getting you paid, but that is not what they are offering. Getting you paid quickly releases the offending party from responsibility, so weeks, months or years later, when you are suffering from injuries that won’t heal or trying to fix the disastrous damage done to your credit rating, they don’t have to deal with you. Our accident lawyers are here specifically to prevent the added tragedy of an insurance company leaving you broken and defeated after you have already suffered injuries, lost time and money, and have been shut out in the cold to fend for yourself.
We have all seen the “injury mill” attorneys and their high-dollar, tricked-out advertisements, the firms referred to as “ambulance chasers” in countless jokes. You may have even visited one of their websites and seen the ridiculous claims of the stacks of cash they will put in your pocket if you sign up to have them handle your car accident or trip and fall claim. With dozens of attorneys and hundreds of legal professionals covering vast areas, these flashy outfits are often little more than scams. They can’t offer you the personal, one-on-one representation that is so important to putting your mind at ease and truly understanding your case. For many of these types of firms, you are just a number, a source of income, and one more thing that needs to be “handled.” Sure, they can get you some type of compensation, but they are always looking to shove you out the door to make room for the next batch of cases.
Why Choose Us as your Law Firm ?
We won’t brag about the hundreds and hundreds of cases we have successfully litigated, only to treat you like you don’t matter. While we have won hundreds of cases and millions in settlements, what we brag about is how safe and secure you will feel when our team takes your case. We employ only the very best attorneys and legal professionals, because anything less is a disservice to our mission. When you call our office, no matter what time of day or night, we will go the extra mile to answer your questions, making sure you know exactly who is handling your case, what the status is, and what steps will be coming. Peace of mind is knowing that you are never alone when dealing with an injury caused by an accident, and that is what motivates our accident attorneys.
Perhaps the only thing worse than hiring an ineffective lawyer that doesn’t care about you is taking on the insurance companies by yourself. The teams of lawyers these companies field look forward to attacking people who represent themselves. They know they can push and threaten, holding up your case unnecessarily for weeks just to make you sweat, then ramming an unfair settlement down your throat when they know you are desperate. No matter how simple, straight forward or cut-and-dry you think your case should be, hiring a top injury attorney will prevent the predatory practices of insurance companies bent on shutting you up, giving you the power to pursue a truly fair settlement on your terms. When you hire our attorneys, you will have the very best representation on your side, and the insurance companies will know that you are not some number to be eliminated. We get respect from the insurance companies because they know we are willing to fight the long fight to get the justice for our clients they entrust us to win on your behalf.
The decision to hire an attorney to represent you in a car accident claim, worker’s compensation injury or a premises liability slip, trip and fall is not an easy one, and we know you are inundated with the number of attorneys promising you the moon and stars for the price of your soul, all while guaranteeing that everything will turn out alright. The trust you place in us is the most valuable and important thing we can seek. When we represent you in your claim, you become part of our family, and as a member of our family, we will never back down from pushy, abusive insurance companies, we will never recommend that you accept a settlement that is less than what you deserve and we will never leave you alone, hurting and scared.
I Don’t Need a Lawyer, Do I?
We hear it all the time- clients come to us and say, “I was in an accident years ago, but I didn’t think I needed a lawyer. I didn’t get the settlement I thought I would, so this time I am hiring a personal injury accident attorney to handle my claim.”
Frequently, people will say that their case is “cut-and-dry,” “simple,” or not worth enough to justify the expense of hiring a professional injury lawyer to pursue their car accident case, worker’s compensation claim or personal injury complaint.
Don’t make the mistake of thinking that your case is too simple to hire a lawyer to litigate. At our law offices, no case is too big, or too small, nor too complicated, or too simple. Our decades of experience have taught us many things, and one of the most important is that thinking you don’t need an accident attorney to handle your case is a grave mistake. Most often, you will lose benefits you are entitled to receive, financial restitution to replace wages lost because you can’t work, and the care and insurance that comes with knowing that the injury you suffered will forever be taken care of by professionals. Sometimes, not hiring an attorney results in an even worse situation, leaving you broke, broken and unable to move forward, catapulting your otherwise pleasant life into a death spiral of turmoil and chaos.
We have seen this type of scenario unfold countless times in the many years we have litigated personal injury claims. Someone will attempt to settle with an insurance company over a minor injury, such as a small car accident, or a trip and fall that resulted in a minor sprain, only to run into a wall of legal language that is complex and often is used to hide pitfalls that an individual who is not familiar with the law may stumble right into.
When it comes to the law, ignorance is not bliss, and insurance companies, opposing attorneys, and sometimes even the courts will take advantage of what you don’t know. Our team of attorneysknow all the dirty tricks and how to negate them. We have seen every crazy, bizarre, unnecessary thing insurance companies and opposing attorneys will try in order to get their clients off without taking full responsibility for the reason you were hurt in an accident.
In Pennsylvania, we have a “comparative negligence” standard that is applied to full and limited torts involving personal injury, property damage and wrongful death in automobile collisions, slip, trip and fall accidents and worker’s compensation claims. For someone not familiar with these terms and how the law applies them in various cases, it becomes quite easy to see how insurance companies and opposing attorneys can reduce the liability of their client by knowing the law and using that knowledge against you.
Let’s say, for example, you are driving through Philadelphia on your way to have lunch with a friend. A light rain is falling as you accelerate from a stop light that has just turned green. A car traveling the opposite direction suddenly turns left right in front of you and your cars collide in the intersection. You had a green light and the other driver clearly turned into you, and witnesses saw it happen. Sounds cut and dry, right? Not so fast. Lets say you did not have your headlights on, creating a situation were your vehicle was not easily visible to the other driver. The other drivers insurance company argues that you are at least partially responsible for the accident because you did not have your headlights on as required by law in Pennsylvania. The court may agree, and using the comparative negligence standard, could reduce your claimable damages proportionally or entirely. In some cases, the court may even determine that the accident was your fault, making you liable for the injuries and damages suffered by the other driver.
Our personal injury attorneys, in the above example, would be able to discuss the intricacies of the law with you before the courts can impose a decision. We fight on your behalf, ensuring that loopholes in the law are not used against you to allow the insurance company to wriggle out of paying your damages.
That is one reason why our attorneys only get paid when we win. We don’t want to see you lose benefits you deserve, receive shoddy, inadequate medical treatment and be left to pick up the pieces of your life alone. We don’t want you to worry about the cost of litigation when all you should be concerned with is your health and wellbeing. We want to help you, and we want to make sure that those who cause injury are prevented from being able to hurt even more people.
In most cases, insurance companies looking to settle a claim with someone who is not represented by an attorney will make a low-ball offer and claim it is the best deal you will get, even if it doesn’t cover all your expenses. They will drag a claim out, forcing you to pay medical bills and damages to your property out of pocket, with no guarantee you will ever get that money back. When you hire our attorneys, we handle everything from step one until long after your claim is done. We arrange with medical providers and physical therapists to get you the care you need with no out of pocket expense, coordinate with repair facilities to get your vehicle fixed or replaced, even set up a rental vehicle as needed.
Generally, legal fees claimed by your attorney are around 33 percent of the settlement amount. While this amount can seem high, it is important to understand that typical settlement pay outs for injured individuals with legal representation received payouts that were 340 percent higher than unrepresented individuals, according to survey data compiled by Martindale-Nolo Research in 2017. They found that the average injury settlement nationwide was $52,600, with typical ranges from $3,000 to $75,000. Most notable was the finding that represented individuals received, on average, settlements above $60,000, while 30 percent of unrepresented individuals received no settlement at all.
Very few attorneys will recommend accepting the first offer made by an insurance company, and for good reason. The data from Martindale-Nolo found that individuals who accepted the first offer received an average settlement of $11,800, while negotiated settlements were significantly higher, averaging $42,000. A personal injury lawyer is essential to the negotiating process because we know the laws, and we know what the insurance companies look for in order to make excuses for cutting your settlement down. We are here to protect you, not profit off of your suffering.
How important is having a personal injury attorney to handle your accident claim?
The research discussed above found that nine out of ten injured persons who had legal representation received a settlement. Conversely, about half those without representation got nothing. Imagine being stuck with emergency room bills, specialist visits, physical therapy bills and medication costs all out of pocket, just because you thought you might save thirty-three percent.
Then, there is the other part, and a question we are asked frequently- How long until I get my settlement? Many people believe they will get a settlement quicker by not having a lawyer represent them, and data supports this assumption. Injured people responding to the Martindale-Nolo survey reported that an agreement was reached in an average of seven months for those without a lawyer. Representation pushed the settlement time frame to nearly 16 months.
What we like to explain to our clients is that the longer time frame works to your benefit. It is often the case that injuries you sustain take a long time to heal, and once a settlement is reached, that’s it. You are barred from pursuing further compensation. So if the sore neck injury you received in an accident turns out to be a slipped disc, but you rushed through a settlement, guess what? You are stuck with an injury that might never heal on its own, and can cost upward of $50,000 to have surgically fixed if the damage does get worse. Further, symptoms of arthritis can take years to surface, and if you have quickly settled your case, it is likely there is no recourse for you other than to suffer.
What we would like you to know, more than anything, is that our attorneys are here to help you. We want to see you healthy, happy and in control of your destiny. There are many uncertainties surrounding an accident, whether it is a car collision, slip and fall, or a work-related injury, nothing is ever simple, and no case is ever straight forward or cut-and-dry. Don’t take chances on your future by assuming that someone will do the right thing when their actions caused you to be injured. Hire a top personal injury attorney and get the settlement you deserve.
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