What You Need To Know After A Serious Injury
We are creatures of habit. We work to provide for ourselves and our families. We have social groups that keep our spirits up. Many of us have regular activities that keep us physically healthy and make us feel alive. A serious injury can change all of that. It can turn your life upside down and leave you with fear, pain, limited mobility and a lot of questions. Here are some of the most common questions about the Pennsylvania personal injury process that attorney Lauren Levin Geary gets.
What kind of damages are included in a personal injury claim?
Every injury is different. A serious spine or brain injury
can require many expensive tests, surgeries and potentially long-term care. So it’s helpful to understand that every case is different; there is no one-size-fits-all legal strategy. Generally speaking, in Pennsylvania, an injured person will seek compensation that covers their current and future medical expenses, lost income and lost future income. If an injury prevents a person from doing the work they performed before the injury, then it is reasonable to also pursue loss of earning capacity related to the injury. Some cases may involve seeking damages for pain and suffering.
How much will my settlement be?
Every case is unique, and it is impossible to know the answer to that question without knowing the facts and circumstances surrounding your case. The size of your settlement depends on the severity and extent of your injuries, your degree of fault for the injuries and other factors. This is especially true with motorcycle and car accidents
, as injuries can vary dramatically.
How much does it cost to file a personal injury claim?
It costs nothing to hire an attorney. These cases are filed on a contingency fee basis. This means that you do not pay anything unless and until Lauren wins a settlement or verdict for you. The fees for representation are a percentage of the final settlement and are paid out of the settlement funds, so there are no upfront or out-of-pocket fees.
Is there a time limit for when I can file a claim?
The statute of limitations for filing a claim is two years from the date of the incident and injury. Always consult a qualified personal injury attorney to ascertain whether this statute applies in your case. Wrongful death claims
are different and are usually dated from the date of death, not the date of the injury.
Will I have to testify in court?
The vast majority of personal injury cases settle out of court. In fact, about 95% of cases settle without ever going to court. If your case does go to trial, Lauren will represent you and prepare you if testifying is necessary.
How long does it take to settle a personal injury case?
Without seeing the details of your claim, it is not possible to predict how long it will take to reach a settlement. The amount of time can be measured in months or years. The time it takes depends on myriad factors, including the complexity of the case, the willingness of the insurance company to come to the negotiating table and, sometimes, even the court’s caseload.
Get More Answers From Lauren Levin Geary
Lauren has helped people obtain maximum financial compensation after a serious accident. She will answer your questions about the process and what you can expect. Call her firm, Lauren Levin Geary, Attorney at Law, at 215-656-4050 and set up a time to talk. You can also connect via the online contact form. Lauren helps people and families throughout the greater Philadelphia area.