Frequently Asked Questions on Pennsylvania Personal Injury Claims
Every year, millions of people across the country are injured in accidents. These incidents can occur anywhere, including your home, at the neighbor’s house, driving to work, while out shopping, or even walking down the street. If someone else is responsible for your injuries, you may have the legal right to bring a personal injury claim against the at-fault parties. Understandably, injured victims typically have a lot of questions on how the claims process works. To learn more about how we can help with your injury claim, contact our personal injury lawyers.
To help you prepare for your initial consultation, we’ve compiled answers to some of the most common questions we receive regarding personal injury claims in Pennsylvania.
What are Personal Injury Claims?
Personal injury claims arise from all types of accidents. Those accident types can include a car accident, dog bite, slip and fall, and more. Anyone who is negligent, is reckless, or acts intentionally could be liable. If you can prove liability against the other party, you could receive compensation for your injuries, physical damages, pain and suffering, and lost wages.
When Do I Need to Hire a Kingston Personal Injury Lawyer?
Most personal injury claims can benefit from the assistance of a skilled attorney. You may not need an attorney when the accident is very minor, and you suffered no injuries, or you only went to the doctor once or twice. If you and the insurance company are close to settling for a fair amount, you are likely better off finalizing the settlement.
Before you determine that your case doesn’t warrant hiring an attorney, contact our office first. We don’t charge for initial consultations, so you don’t have anything to lose by meeting with one of our attorneys before making a decision.
What Type of Settlement Do I Get?
Understandably, injured victims want to know how much compensation they can get for their case. However, there is no average settlement amount that personal injury claims resolve for. Every case is different, and settlements are unique. Someone who suffered catastrophic injuries in a commercial truck accident will likely receive a much higher payment than someone who had two months of treatment for soft tissue injuries.
How Do I Choose the Right Attorney?
Before hiring an attorney, you should meet with several different firms. Come prepared to each meeting and have a list of essential questions prepared. You should inquire about an attorney’s history and what experience they have with cases similar to yours. If you have a medical malpractice claim, you want an attorney who has a history of successful results. You don’t want an attorney who has never tried a medical malpractice claim and primarily specializes in motorcycle accidents, for example.
Ask about fees and costs. Most personal injury attorneys work on a contingency basis. That means your attorney will only get paid if they recover compensation in your case. Usually, attorneys will take a percentage of your settlement to cover their fees. You should always ask, though, just to be sure that you don’t choose an attorney you can’t afford.
Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer
If you’ve been injured due to someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to recover compensation for your damages. To learn more about personal injury claims and what your case is potentially worth, meet with our skilled personal injury lawyers.
Schedule a free initial consultation with the personal injury attorneys at the O’Donnell Law Offices serving clients in Kingston, Wilkes Barre, Hazleton, and Pittston at 570-821-5717, or online today. There is no fee or costs until we win your case.