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Do I have to accept the insurance company’s first offer? How do I know if I need an attorney? My baby suffered a birth injury. Should I talk to the hospital’s lawyers?  We answer questions like these and many more in our collection of Frequently Asked Questions. Feel free to browse our topics and contact us if you do not find the answers you are looking for.
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  • Will I have to go to court after a pedestrian accident if I want a financial recovery?

    Pedestrian accidents can leave victims with serious, debilitating, or even disabling injuries that result in astronomical unexpected medical bills and require long periods of recuperation. Quite often, a victim isn't able to work during recovery. Suddenly, in addition to earth-shattering physical challenges, pedestrian accident victims face devastating financial challenges as well.

    pedestrian accident going to courtFortunately, Pennsylvania law gives victims injured in accidents caused by someone else's negligence the ability to seek a compensation for related medical expenses, lost wages, loss of income, pain and suffering, and other damages. However, some victims may be hesitant to take legal action because of fear that doing so means they'll have to go to court.

    While it's true that some pedestrian accident personal injury cases make it all the way to trial, the vast majority are settled long before they ever reach a courtroom.

    That said, there's no reason to be afraid of going to court if the circumstances demand it. When an insurance company or defense team refuses to take a claim seriously or make a fair settlement offer, taking the case to trial may be beneficial.

    One thing's for certain: Pedestrian accident victims need a qualified attorney who's committed to resolving the case in the way that's best for the client—whether that means accepting a settlement or going to court.

    It's not uncommon for accident victims with no previous experience with personal injury litigation process to feel nervous, scared, or intimidated by the idea of going to court. Not to worry: experienced personal injury attorneys work closely with their clients to ensure they're prepared and know what to expect in the courtroom.

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    Our skilled personal injury attorneys can help you understand your rights and options after a pedestrian accident. Contact the Accident and Injury Law Group today to schedule an appointment for a free initial case consultation.

     

  • Should I see a doctor after a motor vehicle accident even if I don't feel injured?

    Yes! The importance of receiving a prompt medical evaluation after a motor vehicle accident simply cannot be overstated. Seeking immediate medical care not only protects your health, but also your ability to collect compensation for accident-related injuries and other losses.

    Just because you weren't rushed from the scene of the crash to the nearest hospital via ambulance doesn't mean you weren't injured.

    Some car crash injuries—including whiplash and other soft-tissue injuries—can take hours or even days to present symptoms. That doesn't mean they aren't related to the accident and that you shouldn't be compensated for them. Late-appearing injuries can be painful or, in some cases, even debilitating.

    prompt medical careCommon late-appearing injuries include neck, shoulder and back pain; severe headaches that could indicate a head injury; concussions; and internal bleeding.

    Seeing a doctor as soon as possible and stating you've been in an accident are essential steps in protecting your right to recovery. This gets the crash on record and, if you have to return to the doctor with late-appearing injuries, it allows them to be documented as being related to your recent incident.

    However, it's important to note if you end up deciding to pursue an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit for accident-related injuries, seeing the doctor once or twice usually doesn't provide sufficient documentation of an injury. Attending all follow-up visits and adhering to the doctor's treatment plan exactly can help accident victims build a stronger case.

    Our Experience Will Help Your Car Crash Case

    If you were injured in a car accident caused by another person or entity's negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Seeing a doctor after the accident can increase your odds of achieving a successful case resolution.

    The Accident and Injury Law Group's skilled attorneys can help you understand your legal rights and options. Contact us today to request an appointment for a free initial case consultation.

     

  • Can I recover damages if I was partly to blame for a motorcycle accident in Pennsylvania?

    motorcycle_on_roadA motorcycle accident can turn a rider's life upside down, leaving him or her with serious injuries and an outrageous amount of unexpected medical debt. Pennsylvania tort law allows motorcyclists hurt in accidents caused by another person or entity's negligence to pursue compensation through a personal injury lawsuit.

    Many injured motorcyclists may be hesitant to take legal action, particularly if they're concerned they might be partially at fault for the crash and their injuries.

    Fortunately, when it comes to personal injury cases, Pennsylvania follows modified comparative fault rules. This means motorcycle accident victims may still be eligible to collect damages, even if they were partially at fault. Still, in order to collect compensation, the biker must be less responsible for the accident than the other involved party.

    Comparative negligence laws can potentially reduce an injured motorcyclist's settlement—or even bar them from collecting compensation if they're more than 51 percent responsible. A knowledgeable personal injury attorney can help motorcycle accident victims find and gather information they need to build a strong case for their claim and the other party's liability.

    If You Were Hurt In a Motorcycle Accident, We Can Help

    Motorcycle accidents are rarely the fault of one single person. It's possible for both a motorist and a rider to be responsible for an accident to varying degrees. Those degrees determine whether the rider is likely entitled to compensation. Thanks to Pennsylvania's comparative negligence rules, cyclists may still be able to collect compensation for accident-related medical expenses, property damage, lost wages, pain and suffering, and damages—if they were less at fault for the accident than the involved motorist.

    If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, the skilled attorneys with the Accident and Injury Law Group can help you explore legal rights and options. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for a free initial case consultation.

     

  • How long do I have to file a bicycle accident lawsuit in Pennsylvania?

    bike_crashBicycle accidents account for just 1 percent of total traffic crashes reported in Pennsylvania. Yet according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, they still caused nearly 1,130 injuries and more than 20 deaths in 2017 alone.  

    These accidents can be horrific for victims, resulting in extensive injuries, unexpected medical debt, and other losses. Pennsylvania tort law allows people injured in bicycle accidents caused by another person or entity's negligence to seek compensation by filing a personal
    injury lawsuit.

    Sadly, severe injuries and the resulting range of necessary lifestyle modifications can make it difficult for victims to focus on exploring their legal rights and options.

    Waiting too long to take legal action after a Pennsylvania bike crash can have serious consequences. The state's statute of limitations laws dictate how long potential plaintiffs have to file a lawsuit which, for personal injury victims, is just two years from the date of the accident. Once those two years are up and the statute of limitations expires, victims cannot bring a lawsuit against the at-fault party.

    Even when injured cyclists file their lawsuit within the designated two-year period, waiting to file can be detrimental to a case. For example, evidence may be misplaced, contaminated, or destroyed, or witnesses may change their contact information, forget what they've seen, move, or die. Any of these scenarios could deal a blow to a bicycle accident personal injury case, which is why it's best to consult an attorney about situation as soon as possible.

    Consult a Knowledgeable Bicycle Accident Attorney

    A bicycle accident can be a life-changing event—usually not in a good way. If you were hurt in a crash that wasn't your fault, you shouldn't be stuck shouldering the financial burden for your injuries and losses.

    The experienced bicycle accident attorneys with the Accident and Injury Law Group can help you fight for the compensation you need and deserve after suffering an injury in Pennsylvania. Contact us today to request an appointment for a free initial case consultation.

     

  • Aren't pedestrian accident cases open and shut? Why do I need a lawyer?

    joggersIf you were injured in a pedestrian accident, your case may seem incredibly clear cut: You were walking and a motorist struck you with a vehicle. So obviously, the motorist is responsible for both the accident and your injuries. Unfortunately, it's not always that simple.

    While motorists are often at fault for pedestrian accidents, that isn't always so. In some situations, both the pedestrian and motorist may share liability to varying degrees.

    Considering that pedestrian accidents often leave victims with catastrophic injuries, there's far too much at stake to go through the insurance claims or litigation process alone and unprepared. A personal injury attorney with experience handling pedestrian accident insurance claims or lawsuits can help clients:

    • Seek compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, and pain and suffering.
    • Find, gather, and preserve important pedestrian accident evidence.
    • Determine accident liability.
    • Prove the motorist was the primarily negligent party.
    • Negotiate a fair settlement.
    • Litigate their cases in court.

    Hiring an attorney to represent your interests after a pedestrian accident may also increase your chances of receiving a larger settlement. That's not too surprising, considering that securing legal counsel shows the at-fault party and the insurance company that you're taking the matter seriously by relying on a qualified attorney's negotiation skills and in-depth knowledge of personal injury law.

    Consult a Reputable Personal Injury Attorney

    If you were seriously injured in a pedestrian accident, a personal injury attorney can protect your interests while you focus on getting better. The seasoned personal injury attorneys with the Accident and Injury Law Group can help you fight for the compensation you need and deserve to get back on your feet. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for a free initial consultation to discuss the details of your pedestrian accident case.

     

  • How much physical damage do I have to suffer in a premises liability accident to make it worthwhile to file a claim?

    broken_stairsIt depends. Slips and falls happen on a daily basis and often, they're attributed to a victim's own clumsiness or lack of attention. However, in some cases, slips and falls aren't caused by a victim's carelessness, but by a hazardous condition that a property owner failed to address.

    In Pennsylvania, owners and managers are required to make their properties reasonably safe for visitors or tenets, or warn them of potential hazards.

    Those who fail to maintain the safety of their properties may be held liable for accidents and injuries that occur as a result.

    Simply being injured on someone else's property isn't enough to move forward with a premises liability claim, as victims and their attorneys must be able to show:

    • The defendant owned, operated, or leased the property in question.
    • The defendant's failure to appropriately maintain the property—or to warn of potential hazards—amounted to negligence.
    • The plaintiff sustained injuries.
    • Those injuries were a direct result of the defendant's negligence.

    Even when slip-and-fall victims have grounds for a premises liability claim, they may wonder if their injuries are serious enough to warrant the hassle of going through the complex and often-frustrating personal injury legal process.

    The answer differs for everyone. It depends on the severity of the injury and the effect it has on a victim's life. For example, a minor injury such as a bruised knee or elbow that required little-to-no medical treatment or time off work may be uncomfortable—but it probably isn't worth pursuing. Yet if the victim sustained a serious condition, such as traumatic brain injury, which requires extensive medical treatment and time away from work, moving forward with an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit may be beneficial.

    Consult an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney

    If you were seriously hurt in a slip-and-fall accident, the knowledgeable personal injury attorneys with the Accident and Injury Law Group can help you understand your legal rights and options. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment for a free initial case consultation.

     

  • How much does it cost to hire a bicycle accident lawyer?

    bike_accidentIt depends on a variety of factors. Being involved in a serious bike accident can be a confusing, frustrating and painful experience.

    In addition to being physically injured, many people are unable to work temporarily—but sometimes permanently. They may also be burdened by an astronomical amount of unexpected medical debt.

    These and other factors often create emotional distress as well.

    Victims injured in bicycle accidents caused by someone else's negligence may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, property damages, lost wages, loss of earning capacity (if applicable), pain and suffering, and other damages. Bicycle accident victims can pursue compensation through insurance claims or personal injury lawsuits.

    Regardless of which route they take, there are benefits to seeking legal representation of a knowledgeable and experienced personal injury attorney. This is especially true when he or she has a track record of successfully resolving bicycle accident cases.

    With everything else going on, people often worry they can't afford the cost of hiring legal counsel. Most personal injury lawyers understand that financial concerns can be overwhelming, especially after an accident. However, this should never prevent someone from pursuing well-deserved justice and compensation.

    Many personal injury law firms—including ours—often free initial case consultations and work on a contingency fee basis. This means that bike crash victims can discuss their cases with an attorney for free before retaining them. They'll only pay for legal services if the case is resolved in their favor and they receive a settlement. The attorney would then receive a portion of that settlement, rather than requiring payment upfront. Sometimes, additional fees may apply, which is why it's a good idea for victims to discuss payment terms with an attorney during their initial consultation.

    Consult a Skilled Bicycle Accident Attorney

    If you were injured in a bike crash, it's important to understand and protect your right to financial recovery. A personal injury attorney who understands the complexities of bicycle accidents can review the details of your case and help you weigh options for compensation.

    Don't let financial woes prevent you from receiving a fair settlement. Contact the Accident and Injury Law Group today to schedule an appointment for a free initial case consultation with a member of our experienced legal team.

     

  • Why is it so important to see a doctor after a car crash?

    medical_attentionAfter being involved in a car crash, accident victims need to put their health and safety first. That means seeing a doctor as soon as possible after the crash, even if they don't think they're injured. It may sound like an inconvenience, but there are a number of reasons why motor vehicle accident victims will ultimately be glad they sought timely medical attention.

    Not all car crash injuries are immediately apparent. Soft-tissue injuries, for example, are notorious for showing up days or even weeks after an accident. Seeing a doctor right away—ideally, within 72 hours of a motor vehicle crash—ensures the accident is on record, making it easier to connect late-appearing injuries to the incident.

    In addition to seeking prompt medical care, it's also important for car accident victims to:

    • Follow their doctor's treatment plan to the letter
    • Return to the doctor if new symptoms present
    • Attend any and all follow-up visits

    This shows insurance adjusters and defense attorneys a victim is doing their part to recover from their injuries.

    Delaying medical care after a car accident can have devastating consequences on a crash victim's personal injury case. Defense lawyers or insurance adjusters may claim the injuries sustained weren't that serious—or were caused by an incident unrelated to the car accident in question. Seeing a doctor ensures the accident and resulting injuries are well-documented by a medical professional.

    Consult an Experienced Car Accident Attorney

    After a motor vehicle accident, insurance company representatives and the defense counsel will do anything they can to reduce their financial obligation to accident victims. Don't settle for less than what you deserve without consulting an attorney.

    If you were injured in a car accident caused by someone else's negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, property damages, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Contact the Accident and Injury Law Group today to schedule an appointment for a free initial case consultation.

     

  • What types of birth injuries could be caused by failure to respond to fetal distress?

    baby_distressDoctors, nurses, and other OB/GYN personnel often use fetal monitoring devices to evaluate an unborn baby's wellbeing at prenatal checkups, and during the labor and delivery process.

    Fetal monitoring allows medical providers to watch for signs that an unborn baby may be in distress, such as decreased or fluctuating heart rate, hypoxia, stained amniotic fluid, oligohydraminos (amniotic fluid deficiency), and placental abruption.

    When fetal distress is detected and the cause is treated in a timely manner, birth injuries may be avoided. However, if doctors and nurses fail to recognize fetal distress or treat its cause, serious birth injuries may be the result.

    Birth injuries associated with a failure to respond to fetal distress include:

    • Fetal bone fractures
    • Fetal organ damage
    • Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy, which is brain damage caused by oxygen deprivation
    • Developmental delays
    • Cerebral palsy
    • Erb's palsy
    • Stillbirth

    Many of these conditions may result in the need for expensive long-term and sometimes lifelong medical treatment. If the birth injuries were directly caused by medical negligence, victims may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, loss of earning capacity, pain and suffering, and other damages.

    Depending on the circumstances of the case, medical malpractice birth injury victims may have grounds for legal action against the negligent doctor, nurse, or other medical provider, as well as the hospital or medical facility where that defendant works or has privileges.

    Consult an Experienced Birth Injuries Attorney

    Having a baby diagnosed with a birth injury can be a frightening and confusing experience with long-term ramifications. That's why it's so important for medical malpractice birth injury victims to understand and protect their legal rights right away.

    The knowledgeable and skilled attorneys with the Accident and Injury Law Group have helped numerous birth injury victims in Pennsylvania successfully resolve their cases. Contact us to schedule an appointment for a free initial case consultation.

     

  • Where do slips and falls commonly occur?

    warning_signSlip-and-fall accidents are more serious than most people realize. In fact, they send over one million people to the emergency room each year, according to the National Floor Safety Institute.

    Sadly, despite being almost entirely preventable, slip-and-fall accidents can happen just about anywhere people walk.

    Some of the most common places that slip-and-fall accidents occur include:

    • Public areas. When slips and falls happen in public places, such as on a sidewalk or in a park, restroom, library or other public building, the government entity responsible for maintaining those places may potentially be held liable for injuries and other losses. A knowledgeable premises liability lawyer can advise regarding the specific challenges of seeking compensation from a government agency.
    • Parking lots and parking garages. Poorly-maintained parking lots and garages may have slip-and-fall hazards such as inadequate lighting; unsafe handrails or guardrails; puddles of oil or other vehicle fluids; and cracked or uneven pavement. When someone is injured in a parking lot or garage slip-and-fall, the property owner, manager, or person in charge of maintenance may be liable.
    • Office buildings. Defective or worn floors, stairways, elevators or escalators—as well as slippery floors in break rooms and bathrooms—are just a few of the slip-and-fall dangers in office buildings. An experienced premises liability attorney can help clients determine who might be liable.
    • Restaurants and bars. Spilled food and drinks are common in restaurants and bars, as are inadequate lighting and defective flooring. The restaurant/bar or property owner may be liable, or may share in liability.
    • Grocery and retail stores. These stores can contain numerous slip-and-fall hazards, from wet and slippery floors to defective surfaces. A skilled attorney can help clients identify the appropriate party to name in a lawsuit.
    • Homes. Slip-and-fall accidents can also occur in peoples' homes. When they do, homeowners' insurance may cover the victim's injury claim.

    Consult an Experienced Premises Liability Attorney

    Property owners, managers, and others have a duty to take reasonable steps to prevent visitors or patrons from injury.

    If you were injured in a slip-and-fall accident caused by another person or entity's negligence, the seasoned legal team with the Accident and Injury Law Group can help you understand your rights and explore your options. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for a free case consultation.