New Castle, PA Personal Injury Lawyers
Pennsylvania Personal Injury Resources
- Do I Have a Case?
- Pennsylvania Personal Injury Laws
- What Damages Can I Recover?
- What to Do if You Have Been Injured
Why Choose Dallas W. Hartman, P.C.?
- Our New Castle personal injury lawyers have achieved record-setting verdicts and settlements for their past clients.
- We have won numerous awards for excellence in customer service, commitment to justice and exceptional results.
- Our attorneys know how to win. We will work relentlessly to obtain the full recovery amount you deserve for your personal injury case, even if that means going to trial.
- We operate on a contingency fee basis, meaning there are no upfront costs or fees to retain our lawyers. You do not pay us unless we win your case.
ABOUT NEW CASTLE AND ELLWOOD CITY
WHY HIRE A PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY?
Do I have a Case?
COMMON TYPES OF PERSONAL INJURY CLAIMS
Common Injuries in Personal Injury Cases
The attorneys at Dallas W. Hartman, P.C. help accident victims with all types of injuries caused by negligence or recklessness. We have years of experience representing clients with serious physical and emotional injuries.
Some of the most common injuries suffered in accidents in New Castle include:
- Bone fractures
- Soft-tissue injuries
- Scrapes and lacerations
- Neck and back injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Permanent scarring and disfigurement
- Severe internal injuries
- Birth injuries
- Fatal injuries (wrongful death)
As an injured accident victim, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your past and future medical care. This includes surgeries, treatments, hospital stays, medications, medical devices, physical therapy, rehabilitation and ongoing care. Even a minor injury can entitle you to compensation.
NEGLIGENCE IN PERSONAL INJURY CLAIMS
PENNSYLVANIA PERSONAL INJURY LAWS
How Long Does It Take to Reach a Settlement?
It is normal to want your personal injury case to end as quickly as possible. You and your family may be struggling to pay the bills and move forward after a serious accident. The amount of time it will take you to reach a settlement, however, depends on your case.
Many factors could make your settlement take longer, such as:
- The severity of your injuries
- How long it takes you to heal
- The number of defendants
- Whether there is a liability dispute
- Whether your case settles or goes to trial
In general, the average personal injury insurance claim takes about three months to settle. If, however, your case has to go to trial in New Castle, anticipate a legal process that takes one year or longer to complete. Injury trials take longer than insurance claims on average due to the amount of preparation they require, as well as how long it takes to receive a trial date in your county.
recoverable damages in a personal injury case in new castle, pa
What to Do If You Have Been Injured in Pennsylvania
If you have been injured in an accident in Pennsylvania, do not let anyone take advantage of you. Take certain steps to immediately protect your legal rights:
- Call the police to report a serious accident to the authorities. Give your side of the story to the responding police officer, but do not admit fault.
- Stay at the scene and gather evidence. Write down the names and contact information of all eyewitnesses and parties involved.
- Take photographs and videos while at the scene of the accident. Pictures of the scene can serve as proof of fault or causation.
- Go to a hospital immediately. Do not delay medical care, as this could hurt your chances of receiving an insurance settlement.
- Follow your doctor’s treatment plan. Deviating from your doctor’s recommendations can give the insurance company a reason to deny or reduce coverage.
- File an insurance claim. Contact your insurance company to file a claim within the first couple of days after the accident.
- Protect yourself from an insurance claims adjuster. Do not accept the first settlement offer or agree to give a recorded statement.
- Create an accident file. Request copies of important documents, such as police reports and medical records. Keep everything organized in an accident file.
Finally, contact a personal injury lawyer. Before you say yes to a settlement, consult with an attorney to find out if the insurance company is treating you fairly. If not, an attorney can help you negotiate for fair and full financial compensation…or else represent you in court if your case goes to trial.