Many injury victims have the same general questions in the days and weeks after an accident. Below, I’ve answered the most common questions I hear from accident victims and their families regarding hiring a Pennsylvania personal injury attorney and filing a Pennsylvania personal injury claim.
How long do I have to file a personal injury claim in Pennsylvania?
Under Pennsylvania law, accident victims have two years from the date of the incident to file a personal injury lawsuit. If your injury is not discovered until after the incident, you have two years from the day of discovery to file. If you are a minor, you have two years from the date of your 18th birthday to file.
How long will my personal injury claim take?
The answer to this question varies considerably, depending upon the details of your case. A straightforward case with lots of evidence and few complications could be settled in a matter of weeks or months. If your case involves catastrophic injuries, a complicated incident, or a powerful entity (such as a hospital or trucking company), it could take much longer. Your case will also take longer if insurance company negotiations fail and your case goes to court. Keep in mind that since I don’t get paid until you do, my legal team works as quickly and efficiently as possible to resolve claims.
How much is my PA personal injury claim worth?
How much compensation you deserve depends upon the details and circumstances of your case, such as how badly you were harmed, how carelessly the other party acted, how much pain and suffering you endured and the cost of your medical expenses. When you hire a personal injury attorney to help you with your case, he or she will carefully calculate the economic and non-economic damages associated with your accident to determine fair compensation.
Do I really need a personal injury attorney? Can I settle with my insurance company without help?
The insurance company may tell you that you don’t need an attorney to help you file your personal injury claim and settle your case, but you should know that not hiring legal help may come with a cost. Not having a legal advocate at your side during settlement negotiations may result in being paid much less than you are owed. You will not have a lawyer to inform you of your rights, or to send the message that you are serious about securing just compensation. You will also not have a partner who is familiar with insurance company tactics to deny, delay, and underpay claims.
Will I have to go to court if I file a personal injury lawsuit?
Most personal injury claims are settled out of court between the injury victim and the insurance company with the help of a personal injury attorney. However, sometimes negotiations fail and the insurance company will not agree to a fair payout. In these cases, I will not hesitate to bring your personal injury lawsuit to court so that a judge or jury can hear your case.
Contact My Law Office for a Free, Private Personal Injury Case Review
I hope the above answers help you understand the basics of personal injury law, but I also want to answer questions about your specific accident and your specific claim. This is why I offer all Pennsylvania accident victims and their families a no-obligation, confidential case review. To schedule a meeting, please call me at 1-800InjuryLaw (1-800-465-8795) or fill out my online contact form and I will get back to you. I am available to take calls 24 hours a day, seven days a week.