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Pennsylvania Personal Injury Lawyers

Unexpected personal injuryNothing can derail your life like an unexpected injury.

Between the severe pain, mounting medical bills, and the prospects of being unable to work – it’s hard not to feel powerless. But you’re not powerless. You have rights, and you deserve justice.

Getting hurt due to the careless actions of someone else isn’t fair. They are responsible for your injuries. What is fair is getting the compensation you deserve. Our PA personal injury attorneys will help you file a claim for the damages you lost.

If you’ve been hurt in an accident of any kind, you will need a Pennsylvania personal injury attorney near you, so call our Pennsylvania office today.

Causes of Pennsylvania Personal Injury

Personal injury claims are as unique as the individuals and families they involve. No one’s situation is exactly like yours. Everyone has different facts, evidence, injuries, and event impacts on victims’ lives.

But personal injury claims – including yours – have one thing in common. The injuries happened because someone else was negligent, or careless.

Negligence In Pennsylvania Personal Injury Claims

Negligence means that someone else’s carelessness led to your accident. You didn’t ask to become the victim, you were just in the wrong place at the wrong time. As a result, you’re forced to suffer the consequences of their negligence. But somehow, you’re still the one forced to live with your injuries, medical bills, and pain.

There’s no way to turn back the clock — we wish there were. But pursuing a personal injury claim to get the compensation you deserve can help you move forward with your life. Pennsylvania law is clear: If someone else is responsible for your injuries, they owe you compensation. We’ll fight to get you every penny you’re entitled to.

Types Of Pennsylvania Personal Injury Cases

The most common causes of personal injuries include:

Not sure if you have a case? That’s okay. One risk-free phone call is all it takes to find out.

At Console and Associates, every accident victim can have an experienced personal injury lawyer in Pennsylvania evaluate their situation at no cost. There’s never an obligation or any sneaky fees to worry about. The consultation is 100 percent free.

Personal Injury Claims Process

Getting the Compensation You Deserve

After an accident, you have the right to get compensation for your injuries. But you might be surprised how many victims never get the money they deserve. They don’t know their rights or how the legal process works. Sometimes they wait until it’s too late to pursue a claim, or they fall into the trap of negotiating with the insurance company themselves and end up with far less than they should.

To the insurance company, you’re just a number. Insurers are dealing with thousands of claims. They have their profits at heart– not making sure that you’re compensated. In fact, some insurance companies are starting to use artificial intelligence to decide claims, making it easier than ever to lowball people who really need and deserve maximum compensation.

Don’t let this happen to your family. Let the highly experienced Pennsylvania personal injury attorneys at Console and Associates handle the legal process for you and protect your rights.

The Value of Your Personal Injury Case

Remember, your case is unique. Because no other situation is precisely the same, there’s no simple personal injury formula or settlement calculator to tell you what your case is worth. Only a personal injury lawyer in Pennsylvania who knows all the facts of your situation can figure out the value of your claim.

Personal Injury Value Factors

The average payout for injury lawsuits across the country is $60,000, the Statistic Brain Research Institute reported. But that doesn’t mean most claimants get this amount.

Disclaimer: Results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances

Some victims get just a few thousand or even a few hundred dollars for small-value claims where the injuries were minor. Others come away with millions of dollars, in cases where the injuries were serious and irreversible and there was plenty of insurance coverage.

Some of the factors that affect how much your case is worth include:

  • How severe your injuries are
  • How much evidence there is of the at-fault party’s negligence
  • Where your case would go to trial
  • How much insurance coverage is available
  • How sympathetic a jury would be to you and your injury
  • The reputation & ability of your lawyer

In the more than 20 years we’ve handled personal injury claims in Pennsylvania, we’ve helped thousands of victims get the compensation they deserve for their injuries.

Personal Injury Law Explained

Did you get a personal injury claim denial letter from the insurance company? Are you tired of filling out endless forms and fielding constant phone calls from your insurance adjuster?

The claims process is complex, but it doesn’t have to be frustrating. A Pennsylvania injury lawyer can guide you every step of the way and handle the details of your case.

Let’s start with the basics. A personal injury simply means that you suffered physical harm. To bring a personal injury case, your injury must be someone else’s fault.

Fault in Different Types of Personal Injury Cases:

In a car accident, the person at fault is a careless driver who disobeyed traffic safety laws. You might also be able to make a claim with the insurance company of the car’s owner, if he or she wasn’t the one driving.

In a slip and fall, a landlord or commercial property owner might be at fault. A business tenant might also be to blame. Accidents happen when property owners or tenants allow unsafe conditions – such as a wet floor, a cracked sidewalk, or a dangerous pothole in the parking lot to exist.

In a dog bite case, the owner of the dog could be at fault for failing to control an aggressive animal.

In a case of workplace hazards‚ you can only make what’s called a third-party personal injury claim if someone other than your employer caused the accident. Even if this isn’t the case, you may still have a worker’s compensation case.

In a products liability claim, the maker of a defective product may be at fault for your injuries.

The facts that prove negligence, or a lack of reasonable caution on the part of the person who hurt you, matter.

In a personal injury claim, Pennsylvania personal injury lawyers use these facts to show an insurance company, or potentially a judge or jury, that you deserve compensation. The evidence proves who’s at fault, how serious your injuries are, and how much pain and suffering you experienced.

Most personal injury cases reach a settlement through negotiation, but sometimes you have to go to court to get the money you deserve. That’s why the Pennsylvania Personal Injury attorneys at our firm focus on trial preparation from day one – so we’re prepared to take your case as far as necessary.

3 Things You Can Do to Maximize the Value of Your Pennsylvania Personal Injury Claim

You can’t control many of the factors that affect how much your case is worth. But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do to make sure you get the the best results in your case. There are some things that you can do soon after your injury to help give your claim the best chance of success.

1: Get Prompt Medical Attention

“If you don’t get the medical treatment you need, the insurance adjuster will argue that you must not have been that badly hurt.”
After getting injured, the first thing you should do is seek out medical care. Not only is this the best thing you can do to aid your recovery, but it also helps support any claim you might eventually make.

But, many accident victims don’t seek medical attention in a timely manner because of different reasons – they may be concerned about how the bills will be paid, or they may not know of a good doctor that can diagnose and treat the injuries that a traumatic accident can cause. Maybe they assume they are “not that injured” not realizing that traumatic injuries can often get much worse over time.

This can not only make it harder to heal your injuries, it can also prevent you from being able to bring a claim.

The insurance company will argue that you could not have really been injured in the accident because you took so long to get treatment, or you stopped too soon. If you see a doctor immediately after your injury, they can identify any injuries and establish a record of the accident causing an injury.

Going without medical care won’t help you get better, and it definitely won’t help your claim. In Pennsylvania, your personal injury lawyer will need medical records to prove how serious your injuries were and how they affected your life. If you wait to see a doctor in the first place or miss your follow-up appointments, there’s no record to document those injuries. More importantly, those injuries you sustained could become more serious without prompt treatment.

We know that you’re busy, and that those out-of-pocket costs add up quickly. But an insurance company won’t see it that way.They’ll downplay your injuries or claim that you got them somewhere else – and we won’t have the medical records to prove otherwise.

2: Gather As Much Evidence As Possible Right Away

“Within days, even hours, the evidence you need for your claim could disappear forever.”
When you’re injured, seeking treatment should always be your first priority. But if your accident was someone else’s fault, you need to gather evidence quickly. Don’t make the mistake of thinking you have all the time in the world.

You need to prepare for and start pursuing your personal injury claim right away. The longer you wait to gather evidence or contact a personal injury attorney, the more it could hurt your claim. In Pennsylvania, you need to offer proof that your injuries came from an accident, and that the party you have a claim against is responsible.

It doesn’t take long for evidence to vanish. Visible injuries no longer look so dramatic when they begin healing. Most stores have video surveillance, but the recordings of your accident might get erased within days unless you preserve it. If your accident was due to a safety hazard, they might repair it before you can file a claim.

But the consequences of your injury may last a lifetime.

If you are able, start gathering evidence immediately after your accident. Document your visible injuries, property conditions, and any other proof of negligence. Get the names and contact information of witnesses and ask them to write down what they saw.

Remember, your health and safety should always come first. But gathering evidence now makes building a claim in the future far easier.

After seeing a medical professional, contact Console and Associates. We’ve helped other Pennsylvania residents get the compensation they deserve for their injuries. Once you retain our services, we’ll help you gather evidence before it’s too late.

3: Choose The Right PA Personal Injury Lawyer

Research shows having a personal injury lawyer on your side can more than triple the amount of compensation you get. But not every attorney has the skills needed to get you the maximum amount of money.

When you’re looking for a Pennsylvania personal injury layer, you want someone who will get you every penny you deserve.

Some lawyers might encourage you to settle for less than what your claim is worth. We won’t.

At Console and Associates, we’re proud of our success rate. We’re also proud of the reputation this gives us with our clients, because it shows we never settle for less. For insurance companies and businesses, however, that success rate serves as a warning. They know that their low-ball offers won’t work with us. This makes insurers think twice about trying to delay your claim or giving you less than what you deserve.

The right lawyer can make a big difference in the size of your claim. In the past, we’ve helped our clients get nearly 8x more than what other firms say they should settle for. The right attorney can also reduce the stress and confusion you’re forced to deal with after your injury. We understand every facet of Pennsylvania personal injury law and have years of experience trying claims in court. Our lawyers will handle the details of your case, letting you focus on getting your life back after your accident. Call us today to see what we can do for you.

Personal Injury Recovery

Personal Injury DoctorHow do you recover from a serious injury? Can you go to your family doctor, or does it make more sense to find a specialist? Where would you find a specialist? These are some of the thousands of questions Pennsylvanian’s have asked us in the last twenty years.

When you’re really hurt, it isn’t something you can just “tough out” or “walk off.” The impact of a sudden fall with a hard landing, or of a collision with a two-ton motor vehicle, is a severe trauma that your body just doesn’t have the defenses to withstand. You need medical care.

Finding A Personal Injury Doctor

Getting medical help for a personal injury might not be as easy as you’d think. For one thing, your doctor – the primary care physician you’ve trusted with your health, maybe for years – might refuse to treat you.

This isn’t personal. But when an accident causes your injury, the situation becomes a lot more complex. Accidents can present billing complications, forms, and deadlines that a general practitioner isn’t equipped to deal with. And, unfortunately, you’re the one who suffers because of it.

The good news is that you don’t have to handle this alone.

Your family doctor might not be able to treat you, but there are plenty of knowledgeable doctors out there who can and will – and we can help you find them.

During our more than 20 years of practicing personal injury law in Pennsylvania, we’ve met physicians across the state who know how to treat the most common injuries sustained in accidents and how to handle the complexities of medical billing. Some will even work with you so you won’t have to worry about paying your portion of the bills until your case resolves.

What kind of doctors you’ll see depends on what kind of injuries you suffered. For example:

  • You may see an orthopedic doctor or surgeon if your injuries include damage to the spine, muscles, joints, or another part of the musculoskeletal system.
  • If you sustained nerve damage or a brain injury, you might see a neurologist.
  • For pain, you may need to see a chiropractor and work with a specialist in pain management.
  • You may work with physical, occupational, and other types of therapists to regain your physical strength and retrain your body.

The possibility of having to see so many doctors and deal with the hassle of ongoing treatment can be overwhelming. Remember, once you put your claim in the hands of our personal injury lawyers in Philadelphia Pennsylvania, you no longer have to worry about your case. With no annoying legal concerns to distract you from recovery, you can focus on getting better.

Paying For Your Medical Bills

All of the medical treatment you need comes with a lot of medical bills. How medical bills work after an accident can get complicated.

  • Car Accidents: In many cases, the quickest way to get treatment is to have your own car insurance company cover your medical bills. Then, their own lawyers will go after the company insuring the at-fault driver. Depending on your car insurance policy, however, you might have to go through your health insurance company instead.
  • Other Personal Injury Claims: You might have to rely on a health insurance policy to cover your medical bills. Depending on where your injury occurred, this might be your policy or the one of the at-fault party. In either case, you’re at the mercy of these insurers billing decisions. They’ll determine what doctors you can see and what treatment you receive.
  • Paying Out Of Pocket: If you don’t have health insurance, you might have to pay for all of your expenses out of pocket. Even if someone else caused your accident, their insurance company might not pay your bills until you prove they are at fault. After a successful claim you might get this money back, but that could be months or years after you get the bills.

The cost of long-term personal injury treatment can easily cost thousands and tens of thousands of dollars – and likely more, if you have to have surgery. But don’t take our word for it. The average non-incapacitating injury costs around $24,000, while the average incapacitating injury costs $74,900, the National Safety Council reported.

Even if you’re only paying a deductible and copays, your personal injury expenses can add up quickly. For many accident victims, it’s only once the medical bills start coming in that it becomes clear they need a Pennsylvania injury lawyer.

Questions About Personal Injury Medical Bills

Trying to put your life back together after a personal injury is hard enough even before you consider medical bills. Then there are the questions:

  • If there are multiple insurance companies, who pays for what?
  • How do you handle insurance disputes and denials?
  • What if you were a passenger at the time of the accident and you don’t have insurance?
  • What if you really can’t afford your copays?

First, take a deep breath. Then, let us do what we do best and handle it. When we talk about your situation during a free consultation, we’ll help you figure out what insurance coverage applies to your case.

  • We’ll deal with any insurance billing issues for you. Our in-house PIP department will handle any issues that crop up with your personal injury protection (PIP) insurance coverage.
  • If you have an unusual situation and aren’t sure if there’s insurance coverage for you, we’ll do the digging necessary to find out.
  • If you can’t afford your medical expenses, we’ll write a Letter of Protection. Basically, this document requests that your doctor treat you now and accept payment later, after your case resolves.
  • You may have outstanding medical bills at the end of your claim. We’ll work with your doctors to negotiate down these bills as much as possible so you get to keep more of your money.

Medical bills are an unavoidable part of a serious accident. But stressing over them doesn’t have to be. When you contact a PA personal injury attorney at Console and Associates, we take care of them for you.

Pennsylvania’s Personal Injury Lawyers

When you retain our firm to help you with your personal injury claim, you’re doing a lot more than just hiring a lawyer. We understand the complexities of Pennsylvania’s personal injury law thanks to more than 25 years helping our clients win their claims. Our experienced team takes care of everything so you can take the time you need to recover.

If you let us file a claim on your behalf, we’ll fight for every dollar you deserve without charging a dollar for our services up front. Everything, from the first call to the settlement, won’t cost you anything out of pocket. If, for some reason, we can’t settle your claim, you don’t pay anything. Really. You lose nothing by contacting our Pennsylvania personal injury lawyers but have everything to gain. Give us a call today.

Disclaimer: Results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances

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