Do you have any questions on how to find an attorney and the legal process? Get the answers you need here at Liever, Hyman, & Potter:
What Kind of Lawyer Do I Need?
The legal world is a complicated environment with countless nuances to take into account. As a result, there is a wide range of specialized attorneys dedicated to specific legal areas, such as criminal lawyers who handle criminal defense. With so many fields, it can be difficult to determine which kind of lawyer is best suited for your circumstances. If you call Liever, Hyman & Potter and offer an overview of your situation, then they can help narrow down what kind of personal injury lawyer is best suited to handle your case. Our law firm was founded in 1959 and is knowledgeable in numerous areas of personal injury law.
Do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?
After sustaining a severe injury, you will need to pay medical bills for treatment, potentially miss time at work, and experience pain and suffering. With a qualified and skilled lawyer’s assistance, it is possible for you to receive fair and full compensation for these damages. A knowledgeable attorney will increase your chances of reaching an acceptable settlement agreement and receiving more compensation than you would on your own. Additionally, personal injury lawyers can help settle a liability dispute to determine who is responsible for an accident.
How Will I Know I Have a Case?
No one has to make this important decision by himself or herself. Contact Liever, Hyman & Potter and set up a free consultation to go over your situation in detail. Our attorneys will be able to tell you whom you can sue and what you can expect to recover, based on the facts of the accident and the laws in Pennsylvania. In most scenarios, you will have a case if someone acted carelessly under the circumstances and caused your injuries. Applying this standard is more complex than it may initially appear, which is why it is important to consult us.
When to Call a Lawyer After a Car Accident?
Those who sustain severe injuries in a car accident should reach out to a lawyer shortly after the crash takes place. Not only will a professional car accident attorney help you gather vital evidence before it is lost to help your case, but they can also handle communications with your insurance company and deal with the careless driver’s insurance company.
What Should I Do if an Attorney or Insurance Adjuster Calls Me?
You should never speak with insurance adjusters for someone else involved in the accident. While they may sound friendly and sympathetic to your case, they are almost certainly trying to get statements from you that would reduce or eliminate the liability of their insured. This is also true when an attorney for another person contacts you.
How to File a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit?
Like the previous question, filing a medical malpractice lawsuit starts with contacting a lawyer. However, it is crucial that we have sufficient information before filing the claim because malpractice claims can be significantly more complicated than other lawsuits. Our dedicated attorneys will collect all of your medical records and thoroughly review them.
Your medical malpractice attorney must determine whether the case warrants a lawsuit before they file with the court. If we do go forward, we will rely on highly qualified doctors who will be able to explain why you or your loved one were wrongfully harmed by medical treatment.
What Are the Steps in a Personal Injury Lawsuit?
The personal injury lawsuit process is often complicated but can be broken down into several steps, which are as follows:
- You are injured due to another’s negligence and are owed compensation and money damages.
- You contact our firm to handle your case. We will meet with you for free.
- We will investigate the accident to learn everything about the incident and establish a case.
- We will file a demand for compensation and money damages from the defendant’s insurance company
- If the case does not settle at that time, we will file a lawsuit with the court.
- Each side in the lawsuit will exchange facts with each other to establish the facts of the case in a process known as the discovery phase.
- A trial before the judge and jury takes place to determine who is at fault for the injury. However, the case may settle so that no trial is necessary.
- A decision is reached. If your claim is successful, then you will receive an award for money damages for your injuries. If anyone does not agree with the ruling, an appeal can be made.
How Do I Pay for a Lawyer in a Personal Injury Case?
Liever, Hyman & Potter takes cases at no charge and we collect our fees as a percentage of the settlement or judgment that we obtain for you. Therefore, if you do not receive any money from the case, your attorney will not either. This agreement is known as a contingency fee.
What Happens if the Accident Occurred on the Job?
If you were injured while at work, you might have multiple options for compensation. You will be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits through your employer, which will cover your medical bills and a portion of your lost wages. These may provide lump-sum payouts, which the workers’ compensation attorneys at Liever, Hyman & Potter can negotiate for you. If an individual other than your employer or a coworker caused your accident, you might have an additional personal injury claim against that third party. For instance, if the equipment that injured you was defective, you may be able to sue the equipment manufacturer.
How Long Will it Take to Settle?
There are not many personal injury cases that go to trial, as the majority end in a settlement with the defendant’s insurance company. However, the amount of time it takes to reach a settlement is difficult to predict and can differ greatly by case. Claims involving substantial injuries valued at a large sum of money damages will usually take longer to settle because the insurer will fight harder over it. Settlements may also take longer to reach if the case is complex or if the fault is unclear. Hiring the right attorney can motivate an insurer to make a fair offer earlier in the process since they know that the skilled lawyers at Liever, Hyman & Potter are behind you 100%.
How Do I Pay My Medical Bills?
The defendant’s insurance company will not pay bills until liability is established. Instead, you will have to cover these expenses first. Following a motor accident, you will be able to use Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage under your auto insurance to pay your medical bills. Your own health insurance coverage can also be used after any kind of accident occurs. If you were injured while at work, you can use your workers’ compensation benefits from your employer to pay your bills.