Serious accidents can turn your life upside down, leaving you with debilitating injuries and unexpected bills. When someone else’s reckless or careless conduct is the cause of these losses, you have legal options. With the help of a seasoned attorney, you can seek reimbursement for your losses, including your pain and suffering.
If you were injured in an accident that was not your fault, call a Wilkes Barre personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Our experienced legal team is ready to protect your financial security, just as we have for clients in each of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties over the past 30 years.
In a previous case from a 1996 crash on Route 6 in rural PA near Wilkes Barre, Founding Partner Jon Ostroff won a $5.7 million award for a client who suffered a brain injury and facial fractures after a collision with a truck. Fast forward 20 years to 2016. Jon’s clients were injured in a crash that occurred on Route 80. Ostroff Godshall Injury and Accident Lawyers recovered over $20 million for its clients through compensatory and punitive damage verdicts, post-trial delay damages with interest and settlements that were reached before and after a 6-week jury trial.
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The Importance of Working with a Skilled Personal Injury Attorney
It is always wise to allow a legal professional to handle an the insurance company and any settlement negotiations. An attorney or seasoned adjuster will likely be handling the case for the responsible party’s insurance company. You want to show up at the table with an equal or better team, like the trial team at Ostroff Godshall Injury and Accident Lawyers.
Insurance companies will pressure you to settle your claim before you even know the full extent of your damages. Don’t give in. A knowledgeable Wilkes Barre injury attorney at Ostroff Godshall Injury and Accident Lawyers will ensure that you obtain a fair settlement.
Insurance companies will also try to minimize their insured’s responsibility for an accident. A skilled attorney can ensure that the responsible party is held accountable for their actions and fights back against unfair accusations of blame.
Proving Negligence in a Personal Injury Case
In order to be entitled to compensation for your harm and losses, you must demonstrate that another party’s negligence led to the incident that caused your injury. Negligence means that the party breached the duty of care that they owed to you.
The proof required to establish negligence depends on the circumstances of an accident. For example, in a truck crash, a Wilkes Barre attorney can prove negligence by showing that the truck driver failed to follow the rules of the road through evidence of the crash that is quickly gathered at the scene, photographs of damage, eyewitness accounts, reconstructions by forensic crash experts and more. In a slip and fall, you may be able to prove negligence through an eyewitness or photograph, revealing that a shop owner failed to repair a hazardous condition.
Sometimes multiple factors, including the injured person’s conduct, combine to cause an accident. Even if an injured person bears some responsibility for an incident, 42 Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes §7102(a) allows them to collect reduced damages, as long as they bare less than 50% of the blame.
Potential Compensation that Could Be Available After an Accident in Wilkes Barre
Damages in a personal injury case are intended to put you in the same financial position you would have been in if not for the accident. Although money cannot make up for all that you have lost recovering fair payments can help you and your family move forward after an accident.
Damages should cover all out-of-pocket expenses, including provisions for future medical care, if ongoing treatment is necessary. Damages should also reimburse lost wages and any sick time used. If the injury prevents you from returning to work or forces you to take a job that pays less, damages should account for your diminished earning capacity. Damages can also cover your reduced quality of life, including pain and suffering. A seasoned Wilkes Barre injury lawyer can help you document the ways the injury impacted your life and pursue compensation that accounts for the full extent of your losses.
Trust Your Claim to a Wilkes Barre Personal Injury Attorney
If you were hurt in an accident, you should not have to pay the price of someone else’s negligence. A Wilkes Barre personal injury lawyer can take all the actions necessary to ensure that the negligent parties are held accountable and you get the compensation you are entitled to. Discuss your case with us during a free initial consultation. You do not pay unless we recover payments for you.