Pennsylvania Personal Injury Legal FAQs
1) Do I have a case?
Generally speaking, if you have been injured due to someone else's negligence you do have a good case. Please note that the term "injured" includes the worsening of a pre-existing condition as well as any new injury.
2) How much is my case worth?
The value of a personal injury case is usually determined by the severity of the injury. Some of the factors that determine this include what the medical records say, what effect the injuries have had on a person’s life, the amount of any lost wages now and in the future, out of pocket medical expenses, etc. There is no set formula for determining the value of a case. Every case is different because every person is different.
3) How long will my case take?
On average most cases take about a year to a year and a half. Some cases are concluded more quickly, it depends on the type of case.
4) Who pays my medical bills?
It depends on the type of case you have. Generally speaking, in car accidents use your own car insurance, in work accidents your employer's worker's compensation insurance and in most other kinds of accidents use your health insurance. Please note that there can be complicated rules about which insurance company pays medical bills and insurance companies can be strict about submitting medical bills in a timely fashion.
5) Will I have to go to court?
In my experience about 90% to 95% of injury cases do not involve the filing of a lawsuit. Of those few cases which do involve filing a lawsuit, most do not ever result in a trial.
6) Should I go to the doctor?
To anyone who is hurt, whether or not the injury is from an accident, I certainly recommend that you seek medical attention and follow medical advice. I care about my clients and I want to see them fully recovered and completely healed as quickly as possible. In addition to helping you make a full recovery quickly, getting medical attention when you are hurt has the additional advantage of creating a record of your problems, the doctor's findings, diagnosis, recommendations, treatment plan, etc.
7) Am I doing something wrong by hiring a lawyer and pursuing my claim?
No, not at all. Quite the contrary. One reason personal injury laws exist is so that people don't try to take the law into their own hands. Another reason is to encourage people and businesses to behave more responsibly. Standing up for your own rights makes things safer for your neighbors.
8) How do you get paid?
You do not pay me unless and until the case is successful and you are paid. When you are paid I am paid, and not before.
9) But what about...?
Please let me know if you have any additional questions. I would be happy to speak with you.