Philadelphia Personal Injury Lawyers
Serving Philadelphia, Lancaster, Bethlehem and Reading, and clients throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
At Galfand Berger we know that many people are not familiar with hiring a personal injury lawyer or what the usual steps are in an injury case. Our lawyers have found that it is helpful to explain the way these cases are handled. If you are considering pursuing a personal injury claim, you probably have a lot of questions about the procedures that will be followed, the time involved and the chances of winning. Let us explain in advance what you can expect and the steps that will be taken in your case. Here are some of the questions our Philadelphia personal injury lawyers are often asked by clients considering pursuing a claim:
What are the fees and costs associated with hiring a personal injury lawyer? Will I be charged to talk to a lawyer?
Our Philadelphia personal injury attorneys understand that most victims of accidents are not in a position where they can afford to pay a retainer agreement or an hourly rate for a personal injury lawyer to handle their case. That is why Galfand Berger handles injury cases on a “contingency fee basis.” This means that Galfand Berger will only take a fee if your lawyer is successful in obtaining a money settlement or favorable verdict in handling your claim. You will not be charged for simply talking to an attorney. Similarly, if our Pennsylvania personal injury lawyers are unsuccessful in obtaining a monetary settlement or award on your behalf, you will not be charged. There are many costs associated with pursuing a personal injury claim that are far too expensive for victims of accidents and their families to pay up front while we pursue their claims. That is why Galfand Berger will pay for all costs associated with your claim and will only recover them from a money settlement or judgment our Philadelphia personal injury lawyers obtain on your behalf.
Is a personal injury lawsuit necessary?
Unfortunately, not every personal injury claim can be resolved through the pre-suit negotiation process, and as a result a lawsuit will need to be filed. Some people feel that hiring an attorney or filing a lawsuit will be interpreted by others as “being greedy” or attempting to “get something for nothing”. Nothing could be farther from the truth. The laws of our land were created to provide justice in the resolution of disputes, and this includes disputes that concern an injury to someone because of the fault of another. One of your most important constitutional rights is to have a jury of fellow citizens from your community decide your case under the law. The United States is one of the few countries in the world with such a court system; it is a right that we are privileged to have and should cherish. The goal of our Philadelphia personal injury attorneys is to get you just compensation for your injuries.
What are the first steps my lawyer will take?
The first steps your Galfand Berger attorney will take will be to conduct a complete and thorough investigation of your accident and injuries. Information regarding the extent of the injuries and losses is necessary so that we can determine the value of your personal injury claim. Naturally, there is no attempt at evaluation until our Philadelphia personal injury attorneys have all the facts, including the scope of your recovery from the injuries you sustained and any continuing problems that may still be present. When enough time has passed for your doctors to fully understand your condition and we have all the information, we will attempt to negotiate a settlement with the insurance company for the parties who are responsible. Unfortunately, in many personal injury cases, the insurance company is not interested in settling the case or will not pay a reasonable amount to the injured. When this happens a lawsuit on your behalf may become necessary in order to obtain a favorable and fair outcome.
Will my personal injury case go to court?
Over 95% of all claims that are filed in court are eventually settled without going to trial. Even though a lawsuit is initiated, there is a strong possibility of settlement at any time. While the case is pending, there are various stages in which a settlement can occur. Our injury attorneys always hope that a settlement that is in your best interest can be made at the earliest possible time.
How much time will it take for my personal injury case to resolve?
The time it takes for your case to come to an end depends on a many factors, including whether a settlement can be reached, where the case is filed, the number of cases ahead of yours and the rate at which the other cases are concluded. The exact timeline is not possible to predict. If your case has been filed in Court, your personal injury attorney will advise you of the current waiting time if he or she is able to get this information. During this period, the investigation will be continuing and our Pennsylvania personal injury lawyers will be gathering information about the accident, your injuries and losses. The conclusion of an important lawsuit takes time.
What is the role of my personal injury lawyer?
When you hire a Galfand Berger personal injury lawyer, you are hiring an attorney who will be your advocate and will help you obtain the best possible recovery for your injuries.
Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer in Philadelphia Today
Our attorneys are experienced in representing personal injury victims. We are happy to answer any questions and review your case for free. Please call us at 1-800-222-USWA (8792) or complete our short contact form and a member of our firm will contact you.
With offices in Philadelphia, Lancaster, Bethlehem and Reading, we serve clients throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. And, remember, there is no fee unless we recover for you.