Skilled Philadelphia Car Accident Attorney Ready to Serve You
In all likelihood, by the time you finish reading this paragraph, somebody in the United States will have been seriously injured in a car crash. In many accidents, the person injured wasn’t even the person who caused the accident. Although these people have valid personal injury claims, the majority of them will settle their claim for significantly less than it is worth, all because they are inadequately represented. They needed an aggressive and proven Philadelphia car accident lawyer by their side.
I won’t stand by and let this happen to one of my clients. In fact, you could say that I am “two-faced.” I endeavor to treat my clients in an attentive and caring fashion, but to protect my client’s interests, I sometimes have to show a tougher, more aggressive side to stingy insurance companies who are trying to take advantage of my clients. After 22 years of practice, I know just how to handle them, I am a very skilled Philadelphia car accident attorney.
Don’t Settle for a “Buffet Lawyer”
The legal practice of many Philadelphia car accident lawyers looks something like an all-you-can-eat buffet. They serve a little bit of everything – personal accident and injury law, wills and trusts, and maybe a criminal defense case here and there. That might be the best way to prosper in the short run, but it is certainly not the best way to become the best at what you do. I practice only personal injury law, 100 percent of the time.
Although most of my clients receive settlements without ever having to walk into a courtroom, the irony of this type of law is that to maximize your chances of settlement, you have to establish a strong track record of success in court. Insurance adjusters laugh at Philadelphia car accident attorneys who seek settlement but cannot enforce their clients’ claims in court. Insurance companies know me, and they are not laughing. I am a very experienced Philadelphia car crash attorney.
Proving Your Claim
In order to prove that you are entitled to financial compensation after a crash in Philadelphia, there are three primary questions you need to answer. As your Philadelphia auto accident lawyer, I will work quickly to answer each of these questions for you and convince the insurance companies that they have no choice but to offer you a fair settlement.
What Caused the Accident?
First, what caused the accident? In heavy traffic and at highway speeds, car accidents can happen in the blink of an eye. Even seemingly minor mistakes can have dire consequences, and accident causes can range from driver negligence to safety hazards on the road. As your attorney, I will use my experience to identify all causes of your car accident, which may include:
- Distracted driving
- Drowsy, fatigued, or inattentive driving
- Drunk driving or driving while high
- Reckless or aggressive driving
- Road or vehicle defects
Who Is Legally Responsible?
Second, who is legally responsible? Determining the cause of the accident will also allow you to determine who was at fault – although the answer to this question might not be as straightforward as you think. For example, consider the fact that many people are on the clock when they are behind the wheel. Also, consider the fact that government agencies often hire private contractors to build and maintain public roads. With these types of considerations in mind, the parties that could be legally responsible for your injuries include:
- The driver who hit you
- The driver’s employer
- Another driver who caused a chain-reaction or multi-vehicle accident
- The government authority that is responsible for the road
- A private contractor that was hired to build or maintain the road
- A vehicle manufacturer or dealership
- A vehicle maintenance or repair shop
How Much Are You Entitled to Recover?
Third, how much are you entitled to recover? When negotiating for a settlement or fighting for your rights in court, you need to know the full amount you are entitled to recover under Pennsylvania law. If you only focus on your medical bills or only focus on your current losses, you are going to leave a lot on the table. As your Philadelphia car accident attorney, I will make sure you know exactly how much you are entitled to recover for your current and future losses. I will do this by calculating just compensation for your:
- Medical bills and prescription costs
- Property damage and other out-of-pocket costs
- Lost earnings and earning capacity
- Pain and suffering, scarring and disfigurement, and emotional trauma
- Other financial and non-financial losses
My Clients Speak Out
Jeffrey’s work is without question superior, and his attention to detail is spectacular. I would absolutely recommend him. – Thaddeus
I was hit from behind. The Ins. Company was giving me a hard time. I called Jeffrey and he figured the problem out in an hour. The police officer gave me the wrong numbers for the police report. Awesome job!!!! – Jamie
My Other Areas of Practice
I am a committed Philadelphia car accident attorney, and I also handle the following types of cases, among others:
Motorcycle Accidents: Motorcyclists are at risk every time they enter traffic. Motorcycle accidents are often even more serious than bicycle accidents because they usually occur at much higher speeds.
Bus Accidents: Bus accident claims, whether against SEPTA or another party, are often unique. Special restrictions apply to claims against a government entity, and it is also more difficult to seek compensation when you have to stand in line behind other victims for a limited amount of compensation. I can help you successfully navigate this legal maze.
Bicycle Accidents: Two dangers beset a bicyclist – low visibility and non-existent frame protection. Although these dangers can be partially offset by bright clothing and a bicycle helmet, bicycle accidents are more likely to result in serious injury than just about any other type of traffic accident, with the possible exception of motorcycle accidents.
Truck Accidents: The sheer destructive power of a moving truck is one of the reasons why truck drivers are so heavily regulated. Truck accidents tend to be serious, and compensation claims tend to focus on driver regulatory violations. In some cases, it is possible to sue the trucking company that hired the at-fault driver, while in other cases you must rely on the truck driver’s insurance coverage.
Medical Malpractice: Medical malpractice is so common that many people would be reluctant to seek medical treatment if they realized the full extent of the problem. Much of it goes undetected because patients are often ill-equipped to distinguish between malpractice and unavoidable medical risks. Fortunately, most health care providers are fully insured.
SEPTA Accidents: Although SEPTA offers a fairly safe way to travel, accidents do occur from time to time. Some of these accidents are caused by SEPTA or its drivers, while others are caused by a third party such as another motorist. Either way you are entitled to compensation, and in some cases, you can claim against SEPTA even when a third party is at fault.
Slip and Fall Accidents: Slip and fall accidents can result in serious injuries – broken hips, spinal injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and even death. The owner or renter of a public establishment or even a private home is legally responsible for making sure the premises are safe for guests, and failure to do so results in compensation liability.
Dog Bites: Although Pennsylvania dog bite law is a bit complex, suffice it to say that it is possible to be compensated for a dog bite even if the owner had no reason to believe that the dog was capable of aggressive behavior. The typical dog bite claim is worth tens of thousands of dollars and is covered by insurance.
Wrongful Death: Any personal injury claim can become a wrongful death claim if the victim dies of the injury. A wrongful death claim works much like other injury claims in terms of determining liability. The differences lie in who files the lawsuit, what compensation is available, and who receives the compensation.