When you suffer from an accident caused by another party’s negligent actions, you should not have to deal with the consequences without compensation. You may be able to seek financial recovery from the responsible party in Philadelphia under personal injury laws.
A Philadelphia personal injury attorney from Morelli Law Firm will represent you in settlement negotiations or a lawsuit against the responsible party. We offer a free, no-obligation case review to accident victims to get started.
How Much Is Your Personal Injury Case Worth?
A good settlement offer will reimburse you for your financial losses related to your injury and cover your future medical needs. Because every injury case is different, the amount will vary. Our goal, ultimately, is to help you get a settlement or judgment that brings you as close to how you were pre-accident as we can.
If you sustain several injuries or require an aggressive treatment plan, your case may be worth quite a lot of money to get there. Our past case results include:
- $265 million for victims of the 2015 Amtrak train derailment
- $102 million for a forklift accident resulting in brain injuries
- $40 million for medical malpractice
- $12 million for a fatal bus crash
Morelli Law is one of the most well-known personal injury law firms in Philadelphia. We have an extensive record of success in high-value cases, as you can see on our results page.
Our Personal Injury Practice Areas
Just about any kind of accident that someone could cause because of negligence may fall within personal injury laws. These cases are based on “tort law.” This category of law allows you to recover financially when you are injured because of someone else’s wrongdoing.
Some types of injury cases that our firm handles involve:
- Medical malpractice: Medical malpractice is the cause of numerous deaths each year. When a physician’s actions fall beneath the accepted standard of care, it can constitute negligence.
- Defective drugs: If a defective drug harms you or your loved one though you took it as directed, you may be eligible for a product liability case against the manufacturer.
- Collisions: Car and truck accidents are the most common personal injury cases. Drivers can be negligent behind the wheel in multiple ways, such as by texting, speeding, drinking and driving, or falling asleep at the wheel.
- Nursing home abuse: Nursing home residents can be the most vulnerable to others’ negligence. If your loved one was taken advantage of physically, emotionally, or financially, or they experienced neglect at the hands of staff, you could seek to hold the facility accountable.
If you believe that someone else’s negligence caused your or your family member’s injuries, no matter what the situation, a representative from our firm can discuss your case for free. We may be able to assign a personal injury lawyer in Philadelphia to represent you.
It’s important to choose a lawyer that has experience in your kind of case. Not all personal injury lawyers have the same breadth of experiences as our firm does. The practice area drop-down on this page will show you the cases we usually take.
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Recoverable Damages in a Personal Injury Case
When someone acts negligently or recklessly, it can lead to accidents that cause severe injuries, as well as emotional and financial damages. Some of the damages you may be able to recover in a personal injury case include:
- Ambulance services and emergency room care
- Medical bills, including treatment, therapy, and medication
- Estimated future costs of medical care
- The financial loss of income from wages
- Pain and suffering
Wrongful Death Lawsuit
If your family member died due to the negligence of another party, you may be able to recover compensation in a wrongful death lawsuit, per PA C.S.A. §8301. This type of legal action could allow you to recover a different set of damages, such as:
- Your loved one’s medical expenses
- Funeral and burial costs
- Lost wages
- Loss of companionship and guidance
Our compassionate team of attorneys at Morelli Law can review your case to determine what damages you qualify for and how to best move forward with your case.
Working with a Personal Injury Lawyer on Your Case
When you work with a personal injury attorney in Philadelphia from our team, you can concentrate on your recovery while we:
- Answer your questions and provide legal advice
- Handle all legal deadlines, paperwork, and communications for you
- Identify the liable party
- Gather evidence of their liability
- Work with medical providers to assess the costs of your injuries
- Calculate lost wage information
- Negotiate a settlement with the insurance company
- Take your case to trial if they do not make you a fair offer
We will handle as much of your case as possible to limit any further harm or stress you experience from the incident. Our goal is to secure your damages from the liable party so you can move forward.
Is It Worth Hiring a Philadelphia Personal Injury Attorney?
Besides taking over the legal burden of your case, hiring a personal injury attorney can mean the difference between a settlement that meets your needs and one that doesn’t. Insurance companies will protect their own best interests, which means paying you as little as possible.
Your lawyer will negotiate for the settlement you need to pay for your medical needs, both past and future. Additionally, we can handle all communications with insurance so that you don’t accidentally say anything that might hurt your case. We will protect your right to compensation and advocate for you.
Proving Liability for Your Damages
When you work with a Philadelphia personal injury attorney, our firm will investigate the incident that led to your or your loved one’s injuries to determine who the liable party is. We can then gather evidence of their liability, which may include:
- Photos and videos
- Witness statement
- Police reports
- Your medical records
- Testimony from accident reconstruction experts
Once we have gathered this evidence, we can present it to the responsible party’s insurance company for settlement negotiations or submit it to a judge. If the responsible party’s insurance company is unwilling to make you a fair settlement offer, our team is not afraid to take your case to trial.
Is Trial Always Necessary?
A trial is actually the last resort when you and the insurer cannot come to an agreement over a settlement offer. Only about 10% of personal injury cases go all the way to trial, though some case types have trials more often.
A trial is a risk for both sides because it puts the final decision into the hands of the court. You could get much more for your injuries than you could otherwise, but you also could lose your case and get nothing.
Personal injury attorneys in Philadelphia work on a contingency basis because of this risk. If you don’t win, then we didn’t do our job well and we don’t deserve to get paid. The choice to go to trial is always yours, but we will advise you whether the risks are worth the rewards in your unique situation.
How Do I Receive My Settlement?
If you get a settlement offer you like or win your case, here’s how you get paid. Your lawyer will be responsible for making sure you get paid as agreed into an escrow account. There may be a deadline the other side must comply with, and there are steps your lawyer will take if they do not pay to force the issue.
After the money is in the escrow account, we take a percentage of the total amount as our contingency fee, then forward the rest to you. This can be done through a bank transfer or by cutting a cheque.
If you have a structured settlement, which is where you receive regular smaller payments over time, your lawyer will work with you to arrange the transfer of the payments and the payment of their fee under the settlement.
PA Statute of Limitations in Personal Injury Cases
Pennsylvania law allows for victims to seek compensation in personal injury cases. You have every right to pursue financial compensation if you’ve been injured because of someone else’s actions. But Pennsylvania’s statute of limitations means you have to file within a specific time after the accident takes place if you plan to sue.
In Pennsylvania, you have up to two years to file a personal injury lawsuit, according to Pa. C.S.A. §5524. If this time limit expires before you take legal action, you could lose your right to recover compensation in a lawsuit, even if you have strong evidence on your side.
However, other filing deadlines could apply if certain factors are involved. A Philadelphia personal injury attorney from our team can discuss what timelines pertain to your case once we begin our investigation.
Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer in Philadelphia Today
If someone’s negligent act has injured you, you are not alone. A Philadelphia personal injury lawyer from Morelli Law Firm may be able to represent you. Doing so would allow us to fully manage your case while you focus on your treatment and wellbeing.
Call us for a free, no-obligation consultation with a member of our team. Our firm wants you to have peace of mind and to be able to focus on your recovery when we handle your case.