After you’ve been in a car accident, you may be healing from any number of injuries while facing mounting accident-related expenses. You may not know what options are available to you to move forward with seeking a financial recovery and justice for your accident.
A car accident lawyer in Lehigh Valley can help you understand how you may be able to take the next steps with an insurance claim or lawsuit. They can protect your interests during the settlement process and fight to ensure that you can seek just compensation for all the challenges you’ve experienced after your accident.
Call a team member from Cordisco & Saile LLC at (215) 642-2335 for more information. Your initial case review is free of charge. Even more, we work with clients on a contingency fee basis, meaning that we do not require upfront payments to get started with your claim or lawsuit. We only receive payment when we settle your case.
Injuries and Losses You May Be Facing After an Accident
Car accidents can leave victims with a range of physical and financial damage. Even minor injuries can cause you ongoing pain or can even affect your ability to perform your job. Severe injuries such as a traumatic brain injury (TBI) or spinal cord injury can leave you with short-term or long-term disabilities, forcing you to make serious changes to your life, your home, and even your livelihood.
Depending on the nature of your injuries, you could be facing many health-related costs. However, you may be able to seek compensation to recover the costs of the following:
- Emergency room care
- Visits to a doctor
- Physical therapy
- Diagnostic testing
- Prescription medication
- Medical equipment, such as wheelchairs or braces
You could also seek compensation for other losses the accident caused, including:
- Property damage
- Reduced earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
These are painful experiences and significant expenses that you would never have had if it wasn’t for another driver’s mistakes. A lawyer may be able to help you pursue compensation for both the financial costs of the accident and your non-financial costs, such as pain and suffering.
Your Pennsylvania insurance policy may affect your case and may limit your ability to seek compensation for pain and suffering. You may have full tort or limited tort insurance coverage. With limited tort insurance, you may face more challenges in covering some of the more intangible costs of your accident.
However, a lawyer can fight for your compensation regardless of your insurance coverage. Don’t assume what you may be able to seek through a settlement or lawsuit. Let a car accident lawyer in Lehigh Valley help you determine a value for your case.
Demonstrating Who Was Responsible for Your Injuries
In many cases, a driver’s negligence was the cause of an accident. Negligence in a car accident includes any form of careless or reckless action that can cause injury to others on the road. Such actions could include:
- Distracted driving, including the use of a cell phone while behind the wheel
- Road rage or aggressive driving
- Illegal maneuvers
- Failure to obey roadway signs
- Wrong way driving
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Failure to execute a safe lane change
- Driving a defective or poorly maintained vehicle
- Driving an improperly loaded truck
A lawyer can build a case to show that the other driver’s negligence was the cause of your accident, injuries, and losses. Your lawyer may use police records, witness testimony, footage from a dashboard camera, driver logs, accident reconstruction details, and other documentation to show who was responsible for the accident. Demonstrating that the other driver was liable will be an important part of your case.
Allow a lawyer to examine the details of your case to help you understand how you may be able to move forward. Call a team member from Cordisco & Saile LLC at (215) 642-2335 to learn more about how liability may affect your case.
How a Lawyer Can Help with Your Case
When you work with a lawyer, you will have someone who can speak for your interests during insurance settlement negotiations or even a court trial, if that route is necessary for your case. Your lawyer will gather evidence to show what happened in your accident and the effect that your injuries and other losses had on your life.
Determining How Much Your Case Is Worth
Your lawyer’s goal is to help you seek a recovery for the true cost of the accident.
For instance, if you’re facing a TBI after your accident, you may require ongoing physical therapy. Your health needs may require costly future care. A lawyer can help you determine a value for all of these costs, working to factor in the long-term expenses you will face.
Handling Negotiations with the Insurance Company
Talking and negotiating with an insurance provider may be the last thing you want to do as you recover from an accident. While an insurance company may care about your experiences, some providers will be more focused on their own financial stake in the accident. They may offer you a settlement that is far lower than the true costs of your losses, for instance.
A lawyer will be able to negotiate on your behalf, using evidence to show the insurance companies that the accident had a substantial impact on your finances and your life.
Taking Your Case to Court
Many cases settle through negotiations with the insurance provider. However, in some situations, a lawyer may believe taking your case to court will be the best way to seek compensation that truly reflects the cost of your losses.
In this event, your lawyer will prepare you for what to expect and will represent your interests in a trial.
Advising You of Relevant State and Local Laws
Pennsylvania’s laws regarding shared fault could affect your settlement amount, as your percentage of responsibility for the accident could reduce your settlement. You also have a limited amount of time to file a personal injury lawsuit in Pennsylvania. According to 42 Pa. C.S.A. § 5524, you have two years to begin the process if a lawsuit is necessary for your case. In the case that you lost a loved one in an accident, you have two years to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
Your lawyer will ensure that your case is on track and will be able to advise you of any laws that could be relevant to you.
Cordisco & Saile LLC Will Stand By Your Side
We understand the impact an accident can have on our clients’ lives. Cordisco & Saile LLC is prepared to stand by your side through every step of your case.
A car accident lawyer in Lehigh Valley may be able to fight for your compensation. Call a representative at (215) 642-2335 to learn more about how we can help. Your case review is free.