Most people are not familiar with personal injury attorneys outside of what they see on television or in the movies: they have little understanding of how a personal injury attorney can help. But when you or someone you love has been injured, and the cause of their pain is someone else’s carelessness, you quickly realize that a personal injury lawyer can be your best resource for getting justice. A personal injury attorney represents those who have been hurt by the negligence of others, and whether that negligence takes the shape of an icy walkway, distracted driving, a surgical accident, a dog bite, or a pharmaceutical company releasing an unsafe drug onto the market, a personal injury lawyer is the person who will make the responsible party pay for the harm that they’ve done. Here are some of the questions that we get asked most frequently about filing a personal injury lawsuit:
What is Personal Injury: A personal injury is one that happens as a result of another person’s negligence or carelessness. There are many different types of personal injury lawsuits, including pharmaceutical negligence, medical or professional malpractice, truck accidents, pedestrian accidents, slip and all accidents and dog bite accidents, to name just a few.
How Much Does a Personal Injury Attorney Charge: Generally speaking, attorneys who handle personal injury cases work on what is known as a contingency basis. This means that if you choose to use them to represent you, you will not be charged any out-of-pocket fees and there will be no charge unless they win your case for you. If your case results in a settlement or a jury award, then their fee will be assessed as a percentage of the amount that you receive and will come out of that payment.
How Much is my Case Worth? It is inappropriate, unethical, and flat out wrong for an attorney to provide you with an assessment of the worth of your case without learning a great deal about it and doing a lot of investigating. Every case is different, and much depends upon the injury that you have suffered, the costs of your medical bills and the amount of impact that it has had on your life, including any lost wages or earning potential. Much will also be determined by whether you prefer to settle quickly out of court or whether it is necessary to pursue a trial. The best way to provide an assessment of whether you are eligible for compensation and what that compensation may be is to make an appointment with our office and discuss the case in detail.
Can’t I Just Take What the Insurance Company is Offering? It is important to remember that insurance companies are in business to hold on to their profits, so no matter how friendly an insurance company adjuster may seem, their goal is not to provide you with what you deserve, but to get out of the situation having paid as little as they can.
How Much Time Do I Have to Decide to File a Claim? The statute of limitations for filing a personal injury case in the state of Pennsylvania is two years from the date of the injury or accident, unless the case is being pursued against a government entity or municipality, in which case the time is shortened to just six months. An injury to a child is given greater leeway: these claims can be filed at any time up until they reach the age