If you have been hurt in a motor vehicle accident that was not your fault, or otherwise injured because of the negligence of another, you may wish to retain the service of a personal injury attorney to fully and completely compensate you from the harm you have suffered. Most personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, which means there are no fees paid up front.
In Pennsylvania injured victims may recover current and future medical expenses, lost wages and damages for pain and suffering, among other things. In almost all instances, an insurance company is going to be responsible for paying any settlement or verdict, and they are in the business of minimizing payment of claims.
Accordingly, a personal injury attorney can guide you through the daunting task of filing a claim and lawsuit against the party responsible for your injuries, and work to maximize recovery for you. Almost all personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, meaning the attorney only gets a fee if a recovery is made in your case. Typical contingency fees range from thirty three to forty percent of the settlement or verdict.
The great majority of personal injury cases settle out of court if liability (fault) for the accident is not in question. However, even if fault is clearly on the side of the the defendant, most insurance companies and defense attorneys will not offer to settle a case until they engage in a thorough pre-trial investigation, known as Discovery. Discovery includes providing relevant medical records, proof of lost wages and out of pocket expenses, among other things, to the defense attorney. Discovery may also include the submission of written responses to questions, called interrogatories, or an interview of the victim under oath, called a deposition. The personal injury attorney will also be seeking relevant information from the defendant through these same Discovery tools.
Once the Discovery process is completed, settlement discussions will usually begin in earnest. As a victim and Plaintiff, you have an absolute right to accept or reject an offer. If the case cannot be satisfactorily resolved, you and your attorney can pick a jury and try your case in court.
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