Car accident lawyers Philadelphia
Did someone hit you while failing to stop at a stop sign or red traffic light? Hit and run? DUI? Have you been rear-ended? Were you involved in an accident that resulted from someone speeding, improper lane change, tailgating, reckless driving, texting while driving, turning in front of you? Do you suspect that your accident was caused by a defect in your car or by a poorly maintained road?
You may be entitled to compensation for:
- pain and suffering
- punitive damages
- lost wages
- out of pocket expenses
- property damage to your vehicle
- medical expenses including physical therapy
- long-term care
Immediately after a car accident, you are bombarded with decisions about how to pay your bills, where to get the best medical treatment, who to trust, who to talk to, and what papers you need to sign. Here at ThePhillyLawyers we can help you every step of the way.
After an auto accident, you need an attorney who has the time, patience, and experience to help you make the right decisions. Our services are on a contingency fee basis, meaning, you pay no money unless we secure money for you.
Call ThePhillyLawyers today at 215-884-9300 for a free consultation.
In a car accident?
If you are in a car accident, there are several things you can do to protect your rights and interests. If you are able:
- Call the police.
- Never admit fault.
- Get all the following information from the other driver: driver’s name and address, owner of the car, license plate number, and insurance information.
- Take pictures of the cars, the damage, and the surrounding area—including the street, any skid marks, and any signs of obstructions.
- Go to the hospital or doctor.
- Inform your doctor of all your pains and injuries with as many details as you can.
- Call us immediately at 215-884-9300, even while at the accident scene, and we will help you further.
Why do I need a lawyer after a car accident?
There are many reasons why having a lawyer is in your best interests. Here are some of the reasons:
Insurance adjusters are trained to save insurance companies money. They are not lawyers and commonly make dubious arguments to deny that their insured client was at fault. They will pressure you to accept fault. You will need a lawyer who can stand up to insurance adjusters and preserve your rights.
The laws in Pennsylvania regarding payment for medical treatment are confusing and convoluted. A car accident attorney will ensure that your medical bills get paid in full by the right parties. Without a lawyer, your bills may go unpaid and become your responsibility.
This is also true for property damage and lost wages. Without a lawyer, you will be likely short-changed on your lost wage reimbursement and on recouping for property damage. The rules are confusing and insurance companies are often unhelpful. You will need an experienced lawyer to guide you through the process.
After an accident, you will get calls from all directions: the person who hit you, their insurance company, the hospital, the doctors, your insurance company, and the list goes on. With a lawyer, all this is managed for you. Here at ThePhillyLawyers we keep our client’s stress level minimal by handling everything and informing them every step of the way.
There is often a question as to who is at fault in an accident. In this case, you need an experienced lawyer who can quickly settle questions of liability.
After an accident, pain and suffering sometimes worsens. The effect on your life, your work, and your family is enormous, especially if your pain gets worse. A good lawyer will ensure that this is also considered in any settlement.
Call us today at 215-884-9300 and we will be glad to answer any of your questions.
What type of accidents do we handle?
- Rear-end collisions
- Disputed liability accidents
- Accidents with uninsured drivers
- Accidents with drunk drivers
- Accidents with stolen cars
- Head-on collisions
- Accidents due to a defect, pothole, or other obstructions in the roadway
- Car on pedestrian accidents
- Car on bicycle accidents
- Single car accidents
- Accidents with construction vehicles
- Accidents with tractor trailers
- Train, bus and public transportation accidents
- Amtrak and Septa accidents
- Accidents with state, city, and municipal vehicles and employees
Here are some other important things to consider:
You should not have to pay your medical bills out of pocket. The law in Pennsylvania states that medical bills should be paid by either your car insurance company or the insurance company of the person who hit you.
Full tort versus limited tort:
In Pennsylvania if you select limited tort, you pay a lower premium for your insurance, however, you are only entitled to recover money for pain and suffering if you have sustained “serious bodily injury.” A serious bodily injury is generally defined as a life-changing permanent injury.
If you choose limited tort and are unsure if you have sufficient injuries you should consult an attorney. In Pennsylvania, drivers pay a higher premium for full tort insurance, but this permits them to recover monies for pain and suffering for any legitimate injury.
Uninsured / Underinsured motorist coverage:
This is perhaps the most important and most overlooked insurance decision an individual needs to make. Without uninsured / underinsured motorist coverage, if you are hit and seriously injured by an underinsured motorist, you risk receiving nothing.
Uninsured and underinsured coverage protects you from people who have either no insurance or are under insured. Please check your policy to ensure that you have this important coverage option. If you would like to talk to an experienced attorney about your insurance options, please call us at ThePhillyLawyers.
Pain and suffering:
It can often be difficult to put a number on someone’s pain and suffering. At ThePhillyLawyers, we are experts in helping quantify injuries to make sure that our clients receive the maximum amount of money for their injuries. We have a full array of doctors and nurses working with our attorneys to best understand and explain your injuries so you walk away with the best financial settlement.
After a car accident, you are entitled not only to your lost wages up until the point we settle your case, we will also calculate your future lost earnings. We have an array of financial and medical experts who can quantify your past lost income as well as help recover for all future wage losses.
Serious injuries from car accidents include:
- neck injuries
- spinal cord damage
- back injuries
- head and brain injuries
- joint dislocation
- broken bones
- torn tendons
- herniated and slipped disks
- wrongful death
If you or your loved one has suffered serious injuries from an automobile accident, contact ThePhillyLawyers today at 215-884-9300 and find out how we can help you. Here at ThePhillyLawyers there is no cost to you until we recover damages.