Common Questions About Personal Injury

I was just in an accident and the insurance carrier for the person who struck me has been contacting me and wants to discuss settlement. Should I meet with the insurance representative? Should I give a recorded interview?

Any insurance carrier who tries to settle a claim immediately following an accident is not working in your best interest. At this time you don't know the extent of your injuries and may not be thinking clearly. There is no reason to rush into any settlement and you should never feel pressured to do so. A personal injury attorney can offer an objective view as to the merits of your claim and counsel you on how to proceed.

Will I have to pay any money up front? I don't have the funds to hire an attorney.

Your case will be accepted on a contingency basis - our fee is based on a percentage of your recovery. All expenses and costs expended to document and support your claim are advanced by Goldman Law Offices. It is only upon the successful conclusion of the case that you will be obliged to pay any expenses and these will be detailed in a schedule of distribution. At our initial meeting, you will be given a copy of the Contingent Fee Agreement, which fully outlines the contingency fee arrangement.

I am unable to come to your office. Will you meet me at location that is convenient for me?

Absolutely. Should you wish to meet at your home or other location, arrangements can easily be made.

How soon after I am injured do I have to file a lawsuit?

The "statute of limitations" for each state varies - this is the amount of time you have to file a personal injury lawsuit. It is important to talk with a lawyer as soon as you suffer or discover an injury to determine when action must be taken to preserve your rights. If you are injured in a motor vehicle accident in Pennsylvania, you have two years from the date of the accident in which to file suit.

Can my case be settled without filing a lawsuit?

Our firm specializes in achieving the highest settlements for our clients without the costs involved in litigation. You case is fully documented every step of the way and we work with insurance adjusters to achieve a prompt and fair settlement of every claim. Of course, if it is determined that the insurance carrier is not properly assessing your claim, litigation is filed and we aggressively pursue a settlement or verdict that is reasonable and fair.

What should I bring with me for my meeting with a lawyer?

It is helpful to provide all documents which may be relevant to your claim. These include police reports, names and addresses of all treating physicians, copies of any medical reports in your possession, photographs of injuries, as well as insurance documentation. The declarations page for your policy of insurance is an important document to provide to us.

The accident was not my fault but I don't feel comfortable "suing" the other driver. Are there other options?

All operators of motor vehicles are required by law to have liability coverage. When you are involved in an accident where the other person is at fault, you have every right to make a claim under the liability provisions of that person's policy. That is the purpose of the coverage. Should the insurance carrier which wrote the policy not provide a fair settlement pertaining to the liability coverage, only then (and with your consent) would suit be required. You are not personally suing the driver, you are making a claim for insurance benefits that the driver has already in place.

I was struck by a car while riding my bicycle. Can I make a claim?

Yes. Our firm has handled many cases where a client was struck while riding a bicycle. Some insurance companies try to put the blame on the cyclist, rather than the negligence of the offending driver, their insured. We have successfully represented these clients and obtained excellent settlements on their behalf.

I was bitten by a dog. What do I do next?

Dog bites can cause puncture wounds and lacerations which cause scarring and may require multiple surgeries. The physical and emotional scars of a dog attack can last a lifetime. We will negotiate with the homeowner's insurance carrier for settlement of the claim, which would include compensation for medical care, pain and suffering, lost wages, as well as emotional damage caused by the attack.