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Philadelphia Personal Injury Lawyers

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At Galfand Berger we know that many people are not familiar with hiring a personal injury lawyer or the usual steps 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:

Will I be charged to talk to a lawyer?

No. When you call, e-mail or meet with a Galfand Berger personal injury lawyer in Philadelphia, or at one of our other offices in Reading and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and in Burlington, New Jersey, your initial consultation will always be free. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, please do not hesitate to contact a Galfand Berger personal injury lawyer today for a free consultation.

What are the fees and costs associated with hiring a personal injury 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 verdict in handling your claim. If our Pennsylvania personal injury lawyers are unsuccessful in obtaining a monetary settlement or award on your behalf, you will not be charged. Likewise, there are many costs that are associated with pursuing a personal injury claim that would be 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 pursuing your claim, and will only recover these costs from a money settlement or judgment our Philadelphia personal injury lawyers obtain on your behalf.

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 about your accident and injuries. Information about the extent of the injuries and losses is needed 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 extent of your recovery from the injuries you had and any continuing problems that might be present. When enough time has elapsed for your doctors to fully understand your condition and we have all the facts, an effort is made to negotiate a settlement with the insurance company for the parties responsible for your injuries. Our Philadelphia injury attorneys try to do this as soon as we can. Unfortunately, in many personal injury cases, the insurance company is not interested in settling the case or will not pay a reasonable amount. When this happens a lawsuit on your behalf may become necessary.

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 improper-a feeling that you are “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 due to 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. Those who criticize litigants are usually ignorant of the facts and of our wonderful heritage. The goal of our Philadelphia personal injury attorneys is to get you just compensation for your injuries.

Will my personal injury case go to court?

Over 90% of all claims that are filed in court are eventually settled without going to trial. Even though a lawsuit is initiated, there is a possibility of settlement at any time. There are various stages while the case is pending that settlement can occur. Our injury attorneys always hope that settlement, in your best interests, 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 number of 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, so the delay is difficult 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 can get this information. During the time your case is on the waiting list for a trial date, there will be many developments and things happening in your case. Investigation will be continuing and our diligent Pennsylvania personal injury lawyers will be gathering information about the accident and concerning your injuries and losses. During this time your deposition may be taken and we will have the right to take the deposition of the opposition’s witnesses concerning the facts of the accident. The conclusion of an important lawsuit takes time. Be assured that the period of time during which we are awaiting a trial date will be productively used to prepare your case.

What is the role of my personal injury lawyer?

When you hire a Galfand Berger personal injury lawyer in Philadelphia, Reading or Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, you are hiring an experienced attorney who will be your advocate and will help you obtain the best possible recovery for your injuries. To read about the significant recoveries we have obtained for our clients in the past through both settlements and verdicts across all our areas of practice, please visit our recoveries  page.  Our injury attorneys have represented clients throughout Pennsylvania, including Harrisburg, Allentown and Reading, and South Jersey, including Camden County and Burlington County.

Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer in Philadelphia Today

If you choose Galfand Berger as your injury firm, you can be certain that you have a Philadelphia personal injury lawyer pursuing your case as vigorously as possible and working to obtain the finest results possible. As officers of the court, our lawyers are deeply aware of our professional obligation to you. From the moment we are retained by you, our Pennsylvania personal injury lawyers will take all possible steps to bring your claim to a favorable conclusion. We hope that this information answers the questions that you have about your case. Our personal injury attorneys are happy to answer any additional questions you may have and review your case for free. Please call us at 1-800-222-8792 or complete our short online contact form and a member of our firm will contact you. There is no fee unless we recover money for you.

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We serve clients in Philadelphia, Allentown, Harrisburg, Reading, throughout Pennsylvania and in New Jersey. Our offices are located in Philadelphia, Reading, and Bethlehem, Pa.

We work to protect the rights of clients who have been injured as a result of car accidents, defective products, unsafe equipment and machinery, workplace accidents, medical malpractice and any other serious injuries or accidents.

Galfand Berger LLP is located in Philadelphia, PA and serves clients in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, including Bala Cynwyd, Merion Station, Wynnewood, Philadelphia, Narberth, Gladwyne, Elkins Park, Cheltenham, Wyncote, Upper Darby, Ardmore, Glenside, Lafayette Hill, Havertown, Haverford, Flourtown, Darby, Oreland, Jenkintown, Drexel Hill, Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Montgomery County, Philadelphia County.

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