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March 6, 2017

How a Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help You

Personal Injury Lawyer in PA

The days and weeks immediately following a serious injury-causing accident can be stressful and confusing. Many victims are dealing with mounting medical expenses, uncertainty about when they will be able to return to work, and significant physical and emotional pain and suffering.

Under these circumstances, the thought of taking steps to recover compensation from the person or business that caused you injuries may seem overwhelming. Fortunately, there is help available, and injured victims can retain an attorney from the Levin Firm without having to pay anything up front. In fact, we do not collect legal fees from our personal injury1 clients at all if we do not recover compensation on their behalf.

Here are some of the ways that retaining one of the PI lawyers of the Levin Firm can help you after you are hurt in an accident.

A Personal Injury Lawyer will Evaluate Your Claim

Not every injury-causing accident result in a legal claim. If you caused your own accident or it was unavoidable, chances are you will not be able to recover compensation from anyone else. For example, if you are hurt in a car or truck accident that occurred because you lost control of your vehicle during a snow storm, you probably will not be able to file a claim against another person.

When you first meet with an attorney, he or she will thoroughly analyze the way in which your accident occurred and let you know whether you have a claim to pursue.

An Attorney Will Investigate Your Case

In some cases, it may be necessary to conduct an investigation to uncover evidence that another person or party was negligent2 and caused your accident. Some of the kinds of evidence that may be relevant to a personal injury case include the following:

  • Video surveillance footage
  • Vehicle maintenance reports
  • Eyewitness accounts
  • Medical records
  • Cell phone records
  • Expert opinion
  • Pictures of the scene of the accident

Your lawyer will evaluate your case and determine whether your case warrants additional investigation. If so, he or she will collect evidence in support of your case and may use certain legal mechanisms to compel the production of evidence.

The Representation of a Lawyer will Protect Your Rights

As an accident victim, it is important to understand that you can say or do things that may hurt your ability to recover compensation for your injuries. In fact, insurance companies that are representing at –fault parties have been known to engage in tactics that are designed to get victims to admit partial or even full liability for an accident without even realizing it. When you have retained an attorney, however, your lawyer will communicate with the insurance company for you, ensuring that you receive the full and fair value of your claim.

Your Lawyer Will Attempt to Negotiate a Settlement

Most personal injury cases do not go to trial. When liability is conceded, what generally happens is the at-fault party’s insurance and the victim comes to a settlement agreement in which the insurer pays for the victim’s losses in return for the victim giving up his or her right to bring a claim.

While this process may sound simple, in reality, it is quite complicated. In order to come to a reasonable settlement amount, victims need to be aware of how much their case is worth. While it is simple to look at a medical bill and claim and demand compensation for the amount of the bill, what about calculating future medical expenses? Likewise, placing a value on a person’s physical and emotional pain and suffering requires an understanding of how noneconomic damages are calculated. Because of these and other issues, it is critical for victims who are involved in settlement negotiations to retain a skilled and experienced personal injury attorney.

An Attorney Will Represent You In Court

While most cases settle, some do not, requiring victims to go to court in order to get the compensation they deserve. If this occurs in your case, your attorney will file a lawsuit on your behalf and represent you in any proceedings that may occur.

Call the Levin Firm to Speak with a Philadelphia Personal Injury Attorney Today

If you have been hurt in an accident, you should make sure that your rights are fully protected by retaining an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. To discuss your case with a Philadelphia PI lawyer, call the Levin Firm today at 215-825-5183 or contact us online.

1 http://www.americanbar.org/groups/public_education/resources/law_issues_for_consumers/injury.html

2 https://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/negligence

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