Philadelphia Car Accident Attorney

If you suffered a severe injury in a Philadelphia auto accident that wasn’t your fault, your main concern should always be recovering your physical and mental health. If an accident has tragically taken a loved one from you because of someone else’s negligence or wrongful actions, your priority may be grieving for your loss and comforting your family.

Trying to recover after an auto accident can seem impossible and overwhelming, thats why the aggressive, skilled, caring experienced Philadelphia car accidents lawyers at The Levin Injury Firm are here to help. You may be entitled to significant amounts of compensation if you act quickly and carefully. Call us today at (215) 825-5183 or toll-free at (877) 825-8542, or contact or chat with us online, to schedule a free consultation with a member of our team.

You should never have to worry about how you will manage financially or deal with the legal and administrative burdens that a car accident has forced on your shoulders. The Levin Firm’s top priority is to carry that heavy load. We deal with insurance adjusters and the legal process for our Philadelphia-area clients, so that you can focus on your personal recovery from injury and tragedy.

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How Our Philadelphia Car Accident Attorneys Can Help You

PA Car Accident and Injury Attorney, Gabriel Levin

Philadelphia Car Accident Lawyer, Gabriel Levin

Car accidents cause more than just physical and emotional pain. They also rob individuals and families of much-needed income while burdening them with unexpected expenses. An attorney can help victims of Philadelphia motor vehicle accidents demand compensation to help make up for those lost wages and pay for medical and other bills that pile up. When traffic accidents leave Philadelphia-area residents mourning a loved one or struggling to recover from debilitating injuries, the skilled attorneys at The Levin Firm are here to lend them support:

  • To identify the maximum compensation our car accident victim clients should receive, the experienced team at The Levin Firm gets to know clients on a personal level. We learn about our clients’ lives before and after a car accident. We listen for what they hope to achieve by seeking legal advice. Then, we aim to help them meet the needs they feel are most important to recovering from losses and injuries.
  • Our skilled legal team investigates the facts of our clients’ cases in detail to identify exactly what happened and who is to blame. We use our extensive resources and deep base of legal knowledge to investigate all of the circumstances surrounding our clients’ accidents. We aim to ensure that we have identified all of the parties from whom they may be entitled to recover damages, and we seek the maximum compensation allowable under the law.
  • If the driver who caused the accident and our client’s injuries does not have adequate insurance, the team at The Levin Firm also knows what it takes to seek compensation from our client’s own insurance company for an uninsured or underinsured claim. If our client lacks that insurance coverage, we also know how to investigate a matter to uncover other potential sources of recovery for our clients. We understand that many accidents do not have only one cause, and we work hard to identify parties whose negligent, reckless, or intentionally harmful actions led to our client’s suffering.
  • We frequently employ expert analysis or the services of accident reconstruction specialists to help guide our investigation. If our client lacks that insurance coverage, we also know how to investigate a matter to uncover other potential sources of recovery for our clients. We also may work with experts to help us calculate the size of the financial impact of a car accident on our clients’ lives. We have worked, for example, with economists who can calculate the income an accident victim would have earned had tragedy not cut her life or career short. We have also sought the assistance of medical experts to estimate the future costs of care and therapy for victims whose injuries caused permanent disabilities.
  • We begin helping clients right away by communicating with insurance companies on their behalf. At The Levin Firm, our qualified lawyers are skilled negotiators who understand how to argue for the maximum possible insurance settlement, and how to protect clients against the techniques insurance adjusters may try to use to shift blame onto our clients to save the insurance company money. If possible, we will work with insurance adjusters to recover the full amount of compensation our client deserves.
  • Although many cases can be resolved out of court via a car accident settlement with liable parties and their insurance companies, sometimes we advise our clients that the best course of action is to take a claim to court and let a judge and jury decide. We are trial lawyers through and through and are always prepared to argue our clients’ cases to a jury of their peers.

The Levin Firm represents clients injured in car accidents and the families of those tragically killed in car accidents. We are a full-service personal injury law firm. From the moment a client walks through our doors, our goal is to serve the client’s needs by recovering the maximum possible compensation for their injuries and losses. Every representation starts with our team getting to know all about our clients and their auto accident. Contact us now for a free consultation.

How Much Is a Car Accident Case Worth in Philadelphia?

There is no single answer to how much a car accident case is worth. Every car accident is different. At The Levin Firm, we aim to help our clients recover the maximum amount of compensation to which they may be entitled. In some cases, that can total millions of dollars. In others, it may be tens of thousands. Whatever our clients’ circumstances, our goal is to ensure they are not left to suffer financially from a car accident that was not their fault. The amount of damages a car accident victim may be entitled to recover will depend on:

  • The severity of the victim’s injuries and/or whether the victim died
  • The victim’s age and health condition at the time of the accident
  • The victim’s life circumstances, such as whether the victim:
    • Had a job or career
    • Supported or cared for family members
    • Was active in the community
  • How the accident happened and who was at fault
  • The potential difficulty and expense of proving the victim’s case
  • The availability of insurance to cover the victim’s losses

At The Levin Firm, we understand that money cannot solve all of the problems that a car accident creates. It doesn’t bring back loved ones who were taken from us before their time. It doesn’t take away the physical pain of a back injury or the emotional difficulty of brain damage. However, money can help victims of car accidents and their families find stability after tragedy. It can eliminate the mountains of bills that pile up, and it can pay for medical treatments and services that give victims a chance to adjust to a “new normal.”

Damages You Can Recover After a Philadelphia Car Accident

Car accident victims often suffer serious injuries that have a lasting effect on their lives. When motor vehicle accidents cause fatalities, the victims’ families and loved ones suffer. In both cases, victims and/or their families may be entitled to seek money damages to compensate for the physical, emotional, and financial pain inflicted on them by someone else’s negligence or wrongful actions.

The Two General Categories of Damages

There are two broad categories of damages the victim may generally be able to recover from those responsible for causing a motor vehicle accident (subject to the insurance rules we cover below).

  • The first is called economic or special damages. These damages aim to compensate for all of the costs an accident inflicts on the victim and/or the victim’s family. Medical expenses, property damage, lost wages, and lost future income all fall into the category of special damages that a victim or a victim’s family may be able to recover.
  • The second category is called non-economic or general damages. These damages compensate the victim and/or the victim’s family for the harm that is harder to put into numbers. Pain and suffering is the most common type of non-economic damages. It places a dollar value on how much the victim and/or the victim’s family have suffered as a result of the car accident. Other categories of general damages include loss of consortium, loss of companionship, and loss of life enjoyment, all of which try to put a value on a tragic loss or on the victim’s inability to live life the same way after the accident.

You may have also heard of a category of damages called punitive damages. These damages punish the person or entity that caused the victim’s injuries and help ensure the conduct that led to the accident never happens again. In Pennsylvania, punitive damages are available only when the wrongdoers’ actions were extreme, outrageous, or intentional. It is not enough for the liable party to have been grossly negligent. Punitive damages are reserved only for the worst of the worst behavior under Pennsylvania law.

As we described above, how much these damages total depends on the facts and circumstances of the individual car accident case. An experienced car accident attorney can help victims determine which categories of damages they may seek.

The Challenges of Proving Damages

In a lawsuit, the victim has the responsibility to prove the existence and amount of damages. That is not always a straightforward task. You need an experienced car accident attorney on your side to make sure you have assembled and presented the right evidence to ensure you have the best chance at recovering the maximum award.

Proof of Economic/Special Damages

  • Lawyers often rely on documentation to prove these damages, such as medical bills that show how much money an injury has cost or pay stubs from the victim’s job to show what the victim was able to earn before the accident left him or her with a disability.
  • An experienced lawyer may also find it necessary to consult an expert, such as an accountant or financial planner, to figure out the present value of any costs the victim reasonably expects to bear in the future, such as wages the victim can no longer hope to earn, or the expense of long-term therapies and treatments. (Present value represents the amount of money you’d need to put into an interest-bearing account today to be sure you’d have enough money, after earning interest, to cover those future expenses and losses when they arise later.)
  • When it comes to proving medical damages, a doctor, specialist, or other healthcare provider oftentimes must offer expert medical testimony at a deposition or trial to prove the existence and extent of injuries. An expert medical provider may testify about the accident victim’s medical treatment, the permanent nature of the injuries sustained, and objective findings generated from medical observations and permanency evaluations. All of this expert medical testimony can potentially increase the amount of compensation an accident victim might receive.
  • The injured accident victim also has the burden of connecting injuries and damages to the car accident. In other words, the injured plaintiff must show that the injuries and damages sustained would not have occurred but for the accident. That generally requires testimony from an expert medical provider, such as a treating doctor or medical specialist.

Proof of Non-Economic/General Damages

  • Proving these damages can be even more complicated. How do you put a number on pain and suffering or on the difficulty of facing life without the companionship of a beloved family member who died tragically, or on the trauma of losing an arm, or the use of one’s legs? There is no easy answer.
  • It will depend on factors that might even seem cold and uncaring to the victim: the victim’s age and activity level, the type of injury, how difficult life is going to be after the accident. As with economic damages, lawyers may rely on experts to help explain these damages. However, ultimately, general damages often come down to a subjective determination of how bad the accident, injury, or loss was.
  • The experienced team at The Levin Firm has represented enough clients in auto accident cases to make reasonable estimates of general damages. Our attorneys’ extensive knowledge is essential to ensure a client’s claim seeks the right amount of money and to decide whether a settlement offer is fair.

What to Expect in a Car Accident Lawsuit

We recognize that litigation can create stress for our clients. That is why we pride ourselves at The Levin Firm on maintaining clear and frequent communication with our clients about exactly how their case is going. We guide our clients through every stage of the process of pursuing a claim in court, including:

  • Preparing and filing a complaint that explains how our client was injured and who we believe was responsible
  • Pursuing discovery, in which we seek disclosure of information from the other parties and respond to their requests
  • Researching and drafting pretrial motions that ask the court to rule on critical issues before trial
  • Presenting our client’s case to a jury

At The Levin Firm, we focus on doing our best to meet our clients’ needs for recovering from injuries and loss, and that means going to trial if necessary. Contact our Philadelphia auto accident lawyers who are committed to working aggressively to recover every cent we believe, based on our analysis and experience, that our client deserves.