If you suffered a serious injury in an accident, it is important to understand that you have legal rights. Under the law, a negligent party that causes harm to someone else is responsible for paying the injured person’s damages. These damages could cover your medical costs and lost income and provide money to compensate for pain and suffering.
A Dunmore personal injury lawyer can gather the evidence needed to prove that someone else was responsible for your injuries. Founding partner Jon Ostroff and the rest of our skilled legal team can help you get the compensation you deserve, as we have done for over 30,000 accident victims across Pennsylvania and New Jersey. From a $5 million car crash settlement to a $5.5 million verdict for a bus vs. truck collision, we have handled it all and obtained significant recoveries for our clients.
Types of Personal Injury Cases
Many accidents result from someone’s failure to take adequate care to avoid injuring someone else. Disobeying the rules of the road, failing to warn visitors of a hazardous condition on public property, or carelessly exposing another person to a dangerous substance all are examples of negligence. Other examples of negligent accidents include:
- Car, truck, or bus crashes
- Motorcycle or bicycle accidents
- Medical errors or nursing home neglect
- Falls in stores, offices, apartment buildings, parking lots, and other public spaces
- Drownings or near-drownings in swimming pools
- Fires caused by defective products or careless storage of flammable materials
- Playground, sporting field, or schoolyard mishaps
- Dog bites or other injuries from domestic animals
A person seeking damages (plaintiff) must prove that another party (defendant) had at least partial responsibility for the accident. The plaintiff must present evidence that the accident caused an injury, and that they suffered losses as a result. If you were harmed in any type of accident caused by the negligence of another party, a Dunmore personal injury attorney can help you prove the negligence and seek fair payment for the full extent of your injuries.
Take Legal Action Right Away after an Accident
When you are harmed by someone else’s recklessness or carelessness, the insurance company for the negligent party usually is responsible for paying the claim. Insurers are often eager to resolve a claim before you retain an attorney. It is not uncommon to receive settlement offers from insurance companies before you have even been released from the hospital. They want to get to you before you get the advice you need from an attorney with your best interests at heart.
Insurance companies are not interested in providing fair compensation. They want to settle claims for as little money as possible and increase profits. By accepting an insurance company’s offer before consulting a legal professional, you are almost certainly leaving money on the table.
A personal injury lawyer in Dunmore can collect evidence of negligence and evaluate your injuries to estimate the extent of your losses. They can negotiate with the insurer to reach a fair settlement on your behalf. If the parties cannot reach an equitable settlement, 42 Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes §5524 allows two years from the date of injury to file a lawsuit. An experienced attorney understands the legal deadlines involved in these cases and can make sure that your case moves to trial if an insurer is not willing to pay you fairly.
Get Fair Payments for Past, Present, and Future Losses
The money that you can collect in a personal injury case is known as “damages.” A skilled Dunmore injury attorney can explain the damages that might be available to you in your case.
Compensatory damages include reimbursement for all the treatment and related expenses the injury required. If the injury requires continuing care, the damages a defendant pays will include sums to cover future treatment. Similarly, damages reimburse lost wages if you were unable to work during your recovery. If the injury prevents you from doing your job or forces you into a job that pays less than you were earning, you could seek reimbursement for the difference.
You can also seek damages for the physical pain you had to endure, any deformity the injury caused, the mental strain of coping with the injury, and your lost ability to participate in activities you previously enjoyed. In certain cases, the court may also allow the jury to award punitive damages, which are intended to punish the defendant for particularly malicious actions and provide you additional compensation.
Reach out to a Dunmore Personal Injury Lawyer Right Away
At Ostroff Godshall Injury and Accident Lawyers, we are committed to making things right for you after an accident that was not your fault. One of our Dunmore personal injury lawyers can work with you to hold the negligent parties who caused your injuries accountable and get you the money you deserve. Do not wait to get in touch with an attorney after your accident– schedule a free consultation today.