If you have been in a car crash in Pennsylvania, you probably have lots of worries.
Your first priority should be taking care of your injuries, but there are also worries about your financial situation and how the crash will affect your future and your family. You worry about paying your bills and your living costs, especially if the injury affects your ability to work and you no longer have a vehicle.
Then there is the stress of dealing with insurance companies. What if you say something wrong and it damages your case? How do you know how much your settlement is worth and whether to agree to what the insurance company offers?
You will want to know what underinsurance is. You will need to know if you have signed any waivers or sign-downs reducing your underinsurance coverage. You will need to know about the insurance coverage of the other driver or drivers. You will want to know whether the other driver who was at fault for the accident was at work and, if so, what levels of insurance may exist.
The way to ease these worries and ensure you get the highest settlement possible is to hire an experienced car accident attorney who knows how to deal with the issues, and to do so promptly.
If you or a loved one has been injured or someone has died in a vehicle crash, you may be entitled to a settlement to cover medical, doctor, hospital and rehabilitative expenses, loss of future wage horizon, disfigurement, property loss, and loss of life’s pleasures prior to death. However, your case must be handled correctly, or you may never collect the compensation you are entitled to.
Clifford A. Rieders of Rieders, Travis, Humphrey, Waters & Dohrmann knows the courts and the system. Our seasoned Pennsylvania vehicle crash attorneys have helped hundreds of people file successful personal injury lawsuits. With decades of experience and an excellent reputation in the legal community, we are well-positioned to handle even the most difficult cases.
We offer a free consultation to discuss the facts of your individual situation, so call or contact us online today.
Three Things You Never Worry About When You Hire a Car Accident Attorney
The following are examples of things your attorney will handle, so you no longer need to worry about them:
1) Dealing with Insurance
Insurance companies are concerned about their own bottom line and will always try to get you to accept the lowest settlement possible. These companies have teams of lawyers and adjusters who begin evaluating your claim right away, so you need an attorney on your side immediately.
Your attorney will handle all dealings and communications with insurance companies, protect your rights, and keep you from falling into traps the adjusters try to set to get you to damage your own claim. Your attorney will work to secure first-party benefits and other forms of payment you might be entitled to. Insurance companies know that attorneys will not be pushed around and will negotiate realistically to prevent the expense of going to court. Pennsylvania has a system of insurance that not only concerns fault and whether there is a “serious injury” if you have limited tort, but also un and underinsurance. These are extremely complicated areas of the law where the courts are constantly issuing new decisions.
2) Dealing with evidence, laws, proving liability, and court matters
Evidence from a crash can evaporate quickly, as witnesses disappear, and damaged vehicles are towed away. An experienced car accident attorney can ensure that all of the evidence is properly preserved and have pictures taken to validate your injuries and damages.
Your attorney knows how to use the law to your advantage and the best way to prove the other party was at fault. Attorneys will take care of paperwork and legal matters, negotiate with insurance companies, gather witnesses, and determine whether to accept a good settlement or take your case to court. If you do go to trial, attorneys know what juries look for in making a determination, and they have connections with expert witnesses to help prove your case. They know how to argue your case before a judge and jury to get you the settlement you deserve. Of course, there can be no guarantee of results. Every case is different. Both legal and factual issues will dictate the course and scope of your recovery.
3) Calculating damages
Calculating your damages is complicated and requires considering numerous factors. In Pennsylvania, damage compensation falls into two categories:
- Economic damages – expenses which can be objectively calculated, such as past, present and future medical and hospital expenses, , doctor, rehabilitation costs and other so-called “out of pockets.”
- Non-economic damages – costs which are more subjective, such as the loss of life’s pleasures and emotional damages. Loss of life’s pleasures only applies prior to death.
If a case goes to a jury, there are factors that are often used to calculate a dollar figure for non-economic damages, such as the type, extent, and severity of injuries and how they affect your daily life and activities, including your personal relationships and whether you will be able to return to work.
Contact Us for Help
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car crash, let the skilled and experienced Pennsylvania car crash attorney Cliff Rieders of Rieders, Travis, Humphrey, Waters & Dohrmann help relieve your worries and get you the best settlement possible.
Cliff Rieders wrote the book on Financial Responsibility Law, which is the law that governs auto and truck collisions in Pennsylvania. Cliff Rieders teaches the law to other experienced attorneys. He is a Nationally Board-Certified specialist for Civil Trial and Civil Practice and Procedure, a cum laude Phi Beta Kappa graduate of New York University as well as Georgetown University Law Center. Rieders is a life member of the American Law Institute, which publishes recommended legal principles utilized throughout the United States. He is a Past President of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, formerly Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association. Rieders has won numerous awards and recognition from the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, and he received the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority recognition award. Cliff Rieders was a founder of the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority and served on same for 15 years.
Rieders was a Law Clerk in the federal court system for one of the most well-known and longest serving federal judges in the country, the Honorable Malcolm Muir. Cliff has received the George F. Douglas Amicus Curiae Award, as well as the Milton D. Rosenberg Award from the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers. Rieders is on committees and organizations that write the law in many fields of practice. Cliff Rieders was involved in the writing of the Mcare Act, which governs medical liability actions in Pennsylvania, and he wrote the book on medical malpractice that lawyers use in the state. Cliff has authored a number of other textbooks and articles and he frequently teaches the law to other experienced lawyers. Cliff Rieders is admitted in state and federal courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States. He is admitted in state and federal courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States.
At Rieders, Travis, Humphrey, Waters & Dohrmann, we offer you experience, knowledge, compassion, and a long history of results. Do not delay. Call or contact us online to set up your free consultation today.