Personal Injury Lawsuits – Frequently Asked Questions
What Is A Personal Injury Lawyer?
The term “personal injury lawyer” refers to attorneys who specialize in handling cases where an individual or individuals have been injured as a result of the negligence or intentional conduct of another individual or company.
What Kinds Of Cases Do Personal Injury Lawyers Handle?
As noted above, personal injury lawyers litigate cases involving a wide variety of personal injuries. Some law firms only handle certain types of personal injury cases. However, the Philadelphia personal injury lawyers at Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC handle cases involving the following types of personal injuries:
- Car accidents
- Premises liability cases
- Slip and fall injuries
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Dog bites
- Assault and battery
- Product liability
- Nursing home negligence
- Workers’ compensation claims
When Should I Hire A Personal Injury Lawyer?
If you have been injured as a result of a car accident, slip and fall, work injury or have otherwise sustained injuries as a result of someone else’s negligence or intentional conduct, you should consult an experienced personal injury attorney immediately. There are many issues that will need to be addressed right away, and if you are not familiar with the legal process and the law governing your claim, you will not necessarily know what you should and should not do, and whether, for example, you should give a recorded statement if asked by the other individual’s insurance company or fill out any forms sent by the insurance company. A knowledgeable attorney will be able to answer these questions, and, more importantly, will help to lighten your load by dealing directly with the other parties involved and their insurance carriers, enabling you to focus on your treatment and getting better. Additionally, your attorney will likely need to investigate your claim and obtain photographs and other evidence if appropriate. If you delay in hiring an attorney the attorney you ultimately hire may not be able to properly investigate your case because the evidence may have disappeared or no longer be easily obtainable. Lastly, there can be time-sensitive requirements that must be complied with for certain kinds of cases, and if you fail to comply with the requirements you may be barred from pursuing a claim or filing a lawsuit in the future.
Do I Need A Personal Injury Lawyer?
Many potential clients ask whether they need or should hire a personal injury lawyer. The answer is a resounding yes, and for many reasons. The first, and most important reason, referred to above, is that there are oftentimes legal requirements that must be satisfied following a personal injury. You may not be aware of what these requirements are, and may unknowingly fail to comply. Your failure could result in your inability to seek compensation for your injuries in the future. Additionally, your personal injury attorney will help get your claim set up, conduct a prompt and thorough investigation, and advise you regarding the value of your case and make sure that you obtain fair compensation for your injuries. Insurance companies often attempt to settle cases directly with the injured party before the person retains an attorney, and the insurance companies almost never offer what the case is worth until the person has an attorney. The insurance companies also do not always accurately inform injured parties of their rights because it is not in their best interests to do so. A knowledgeable lawyer will make sure that you know exactly what your rights are and are not misled or lied to by the insurance company.
How Much Does A Personal Injury Lawyer Cost?
You should never pay an out-of-pocket fee to a personal injury lawyer. The injury lawyers at Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC do not charge any fee for the initial consultation, regardless of how long the initial meeting lasts and whether or not the potential client hires our firm. If you hire one of our attorneys to represent you in your personal injury case, the fee will be contingent, which means that we only get paid if we obtain compensation for you. Typically, the attorneys’ fee in a standard personal injury case is 1/3 of any compensation we are able to obtain for you. Our fee with respect to workers’ compensation claims is typically 20% of any benefits obtained. Additionally, in every case we incur costs to obtain medical records, retain experts, and to file your lawsuit if necessary. We never ask our clients to pay these expenses directly. Instead, we pay all case related costs and they are reimbursed at the time of settlement. Unlike many law firms who pass these costs on to their clients at the time of settlement by deducting the entire amount from the client’s share of the settlement, we split these costs evenly with our clients, meaning that we calculate our attorneys’ fee after deducting the file costs so that the entire amount is not charged to our clients.
What Will Happen During My Initial Consultation?
During your initial consultation with one of our Philadelphia personal injury lawyers, our attorney will obtain basic information from you such as name, address, date of birth, etc. We will then obtain specific information regarding the details of your car accident, slip and fall, work injury or other personal injury related matter. You should bring any paperwork you may have been provided at the scene of the accident from the other driver, the police or any witnesses present. You should also be prepared to forward any photographs that you may have taken depicting the scene of the accident, cause of the accident, or the condition of any vehicles involved in the crash for car accident cases. We also ask that you bring copies of any discharge paperwork that you received at the emergency room if you sought emergency medical treatment. After we obtain all of this information from you we will let you know whether we believe that we will be able to obtain compensation for you. We will then ask you to sign a contingent fee agreement hiring our firm and authorizing us to act on your behalf, as well as standard medical authorizations that will enable our firm to obtain your medical records. We will explain the legal process to you and answer any questions that you may have. If you have not yet begun treating with a doctor or other healthcare professional and are looking for a recommendation, our personal injury lawyers will help you select a treating doctor near where you live and will help you schedule the first appointment as well as provide the doctor’s office with all necessary insurance information.
How Long Will My Personal Injury Case Take?
Your personal injury claim may take up to a couple of years to resolve. Under the law, we have up to 2 years from the date of injury to file a lawsuit with respect to most personal injury claims. While we do not wait 2 years to do so in most cases, we also do not rush to file suit where you are still receiving active medical treatment because we would not be able to get you full and fair compensation at that time. Your selected attorney at our firm will be speaking to you regularly to obtain treatment updates from you so that we can determine the appropriate time to file suit if we are not able to resolve your case with the insurance company prior to filing suit. It is therefore very important that you update your attorney if you have been discharged from treatment, scheduled for surgery, referred to a new physician and the like. Please refer to our blog post, How Long Will My Car Accident or Truck Accident Case Take?, for additional information regarding the timing of personal injury lawsuits and what to expect.
How Much Is My Case Worth?
There are many factors that play a role in determining how much your personal injury case is worth. In addition, the other party’s insurance coverage, in addition to your own coverage, may factor in depending on the type of case. You can also check out our settlements and verdicts page and read about some of the results the lawyers at Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC have obtained for our clients.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to someone else’s negligence or intentional conduct, contact one of the Philadelphia personal injury lawyers at Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC today or call (215) 875-7030 to schedule your free consultation.
What is Pain and Suffering?
The laws of Pennsylvania and New Jersey provide compensation to individuals injured as a result of the actions of others, whether intentional or the result of somebody else’s negligence. But, how will you know what compensation you are entitled to if you are injured, whether as a result of a slip-and-fall in a parking lot or retail store, an intentional assault by a third party, or a motor vehicle accident if you are not familiar with the laws pertaining to injuries and suffering? And, how will you know what the law says about what you can recover?
And why should you be familiar with any of those laws if you yourself are not an attorney? You shouldn’t, but the Philadelphia personal injury lawyers at Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC are, and they are ready to help you with your claims for pain and suffering resulting from your injuries.
The consequences of slip-and-falls, assaults, or other traumatic injuries can be both immediate and long-term. In the beginning, you may have injuries which force you to lose time from your job or prevent you from performing the job duties you performed before the accident, which can also result in lost wages. This can be especially true if your earnings are based on performance, and you are unable to perform your job as you did before the injury.
A man with an injury lying down, uncovering bandages on his torso.
As time passes, you may experience long-term effects from the injuries. In addition, the medical expenses incurred at the time of the original incident may still be outstanding, and a delayed reaction may only cause more medical bills.
All of these things and more are why you should engage an attorney with the experience and knowledge necessary to ensure that you fully recover for your pain and suffering resulting from your injury. The Philadelphia personal injury lawyers at Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC, handle these types of cases, and we handle them well.
Our personal injury attorneys are familiar with the laws of Pennsylvania and New Jersey as they pertain to these situations. They know the time limits that are imposed by each state for filing such claims, as well as where the cases should be filed, so that there is no delay in getting your claim started.
You can reach our offices by calling (215) 875-7030 and setting an appointment for a free initial consultation. You can also visit our contact us page and fill out the simple online form. Once you have completed and submitted the form, a Philadelphia personal injury attorney will contact you within 24 hours of its receipt in our office.
Remember, the initial consultation is free, and we don’t collect until we win your case.
What is Negligence?
Negligence is the claim that an individual failed to exercise the standard of care a reasonable person would in the same situation. The concept of negligence can help injured people to obtain monetary damages in civil suits, including restitution from physical injuries, property damage, unearned wages, and more. To prove negligence, an injured person must prove the alleged offender had a duty to the injured person or general public, failed to carry out that duty, and caused injury or losses as a result.
What is Comparative negligence?
Comparative negligence assigns some portion of fault to both parties, including the injured party. This legal theory is used to obtain monetary damages when the injured party’s actions contributed to their injuries in some way. When an attorney proves comparative negligence, the injured party may receive only a percentage of restitution, rather than the full amount.
What is Strict Liability?
Strict liability refers to cases wherein fault is automatically assigned and the injured party need not prove a party was negligent. Strict liability is common in cases involving auto defects, dog bites, and abnormally dangerous activities, such as explosion accidents. Strict liability is sometimes imposed to encourage manufacturers to handle their products with more attention and care.