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FAQs from our Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Auto Accident, Medical Malpractice, & Personal Injury Attorneys

What is my case worth?

At The Brod Law Firm we work hard for our clients. Our clients are often impressed with the knowledge and dedication our Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area medical malpractice and personal injury attorneys have. Since we know that obtaining compensation for your pain and suffering is as much an art form as a science, Pennsylvania auto accident lawyer, Gary Brod, and his entire team approach each case very differently.

There are many variables in determining the value of your personal injury case and every case is different. First, your claim is worth either what you agree to with the insurance company, or the amount of cash award achieved by a court verdict. Often, the compensation won for our clients by our Philadelphia, Pennsylvania medical malpractice attorneys or personal injury attorneys is significantly more than what would have been settled on with the insurance company. While there is no exact formula, and the outcome of a case depends upon the weight of all the evidence shown in Pennsylvania court, your auto accident lawyer or personal injury lawyer can review you case with you. These factors can include the force of impact in a car crash, or the clarity of the medical evidence in establishing that the injuries were caused by the negligent act(s).

For a full case assessment, you will need to meet with a The Brod Law Firm personal injury or auto accident lawyer. At that time, your attorney will consider several factors to determine the potential your case has to receive a settlement in court in Pennsylvania. First, your auto accident lawyer or personal injury lawyer will consider liability. If the other party has already assumed liability, then the value of your case is usually based upon the type and severity of your injuries, permanency of the injuries, medical bills – past and future – length and nature of any disability. At our office in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area, our medical malpractice attorneys or one of our expert personal injury attorneys will also attempt to determine the amount of lost earnings and you and your witnesses’ credibility. Since cases are often unpredictable it is difficult to come up with an exact number for your case, but based upon our experience in handling over 2450 cases we can come up with a range of value for you once we have this information.

What should I do if I am injured in an auto accident?

Since he is an expert Pennsylvania auto accident lawyer, Attorney Gary Brod is often asked if there are immediate steps to be taken after an auto accident. We advise our clients to do the following:

 

If you are injured in an auto accident, seek treatment immediately because your health and well being are the most important considerations. You should also immediately report the matter to the police, if at all possible. Then report the accident very briefly to your own insurance company making sure to advise of any injuries you notice now. We remind you that, at this time, you are hurt and shaken up and it is not a good time to give a lengthy statement to anyone that you may regret. Under no circumstances should you allow yourself to be recorded by anyone during this vulnerable time. Afterwards, contact our offices in Pennsylvania for an auto accident lawyer that can help you protect your rights.

Why do I have to use my insurance company if I did nothing wrong to cause this accident? Do I have a choice?
The long and short answer is you must use auto insurance if you have it available because it is the law in Pennsylvania. Auto accident lawyer, Gary Brod, reminds you that no matter who is at fault, you must go through your own company to pay your medical expenses up to the limit of your policy. This is classic “no fault” insurance the legislature designated to pay. You pay your insurance premium to cover you in this situation and that is what it is there for you when you need it. Often, clients ask us if insurance rates go up when the client is not responsible for an accident. While each case is different, generally your rates will not go up solely because you use your insurance for this purpose. If you have questions regarding liability and insurance costs, please ask a Pennsylvania auto accident lawyer from The Brod Law Firm to address your specific case individually.
How do you know when is the right time to begin asking for monetary compensation for my pain and suffering claim?
At The Brod Law Firm, we know that timing is everything. That is why we immediately do as much as we can to gather information and develop your case from our offices in Pennsylvania. Once your auto accident lawyer has reviewed your case and knows something about the facts and the injuries involved, we will begin to advocate and communicate with the insurance company to give them an idea of what we know and anticipate. Your personal injury lawyers will take your case very seriously and we will use whatever ammunition we have gathered to impress upon the insurance company that it must also take your case seriously. We never rest. This advocacy process is continuous until the point of resolution. Once injuries are known and our client has reached maximum medical improvement, we will then start to tell the insurance company what we think the case is worth and do whatever is necessary to achieve a maximum award or personal injury settlement in the quickest amount of time possible for our clients in Pennsylvania. Auto accident lawyer, Gary Brod, knows that his clients are eager to resolve these issues and move forward. That’s why at The Brod Law Firm we work quickly and efficiently to get you the compensation you deserve.
Why get a lawyer if the insurance adjustor keeps calling me to settle my claim?

Any Pennsylvania auto accident lawyer will give you the same answer to this question:
First, think about who is paying the insurance adjustor. The insurance company is. Let’s face it, like any business, an insurance company’s success depends on how much money it can make and keep so the insurance adjustor’s job is to pay you as little as he or she can get away with. The adjustor justifies these actions by claiming that clients who file claims are attempting to steal from the insurance company. In short, the adjustor is not your friend. The insurance company well knows the difference between negotiating with an un-represented private citizen and with our experienced personal injury attorneys. Pennsylvania clients should keep in mind that with the leverage and skill of an experienced auto accident lawyer in your corner, you are likely to receive much more compensation. Having representation is important, but having the respected, experienced representation of one of our personal injury attorneys is best.

Why should I select the "full tort" option on my auto insurance?
Attorney Gary Brod advises clients to select the “full tort” option when selecting insurance for several reasons. First, accident victims who select full tort have a right to seek money damages for pain and suffering without having to demonstrate that they sustained a serious injury. Accident victims who select limited tort must have sustained a “serious injury”, which is defined as death, serious impairment of body function, or permanent serious disfigurement in order to make a recovery for pain and suffering. Many injuries that one would think deserve compensation will not qualify under the limited tort option. If you have a question regarding “full tort” insurance, an experienced Pennsylvania auto accident lawyer at The Brod Law Firm can help.
Why do I have to "file suit" and what does that mean?
Filing suit is the actual act of filing the legal papers at the courthouse. This is done by one of our Philadelphia, Pennsylvania medical malpractice attorneys or personal injury attorneys at a Pennsylvania Court only with the client’s permission after all efforts have been made to negotiate a settlement with the insurance company. Over the past few years the insurance industry has become more aggressive in defending these cases and our personal injury attorneys find themselves in litigation more and more. This has less to do with the skill or reputation of the attorney handling the case and more to do with the insurance company’s resistance to pay monetary damages. Rest assured, at The Brod Law Firm in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area, your medical malpractice and personal injury attorneys will always keep you educated about your options throughout the process. Also, although this firm tries a good number of cases, we still resolve a large percent of our client’s cases pursuant to their wishes for a variety of reasons.
Can we settle the case without going to court?
Yes. In fact, many of our clients in Pennsylvania find their auto accident lawyer capable of settling their case. 85-90 percent of cases are satisfactorily settled before trial.
What is mediation and ADR?
Some of our major cases reach settlement conferences known as mediations – either because the parties agree, or a court orders it. No matter how the mediation is arranged, our personal injury lawyers bring the same power advocacy and experience to that forum as we do in the courtroom and we find that more often than not are able to obtain an acceptable, predictable result. Most cases settle. We believe they settle better if they are ready for trial and the cases mediated by our Philadelphia, Pennsylvania medical malpractice and personal injury attorneys are always trial-ready.
When should I suspect that medical malpractice may have occurred?

 

Our expert team of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area medical malpractice attorneys notice common trends in successful medical malpractice cases. Probably, the most likely indicator that medical malpractice may have occurred is the dramatically different or unexpected result of treatment or surgery. An example would be a serious brain injury after relatively minor surgery.

Another telltale sign is the failure of a provider to give a good explanation for a worsened condition or the sudden death of a patient.

Also, you may hear a nurse or other personnel criticize the way a procedure was performed in a way that would never be heard in court.

Call one of our Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area medical malpractice attorneys today if you feel you may have been a victim of malpractice.

Why is a doctor not automatically responsible for my damages when a surgery or medical procedure does not go well?

In order to prevail in a medical malpractice action in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania court, our medical malpractice attorneys must prove that the doctor or health care provider was negligent. A bad outcome in a surgical procedure does not necessarily mean that the doctor was negligent. In order to prove negligence, it must be proven that the outcome was not a reasonably foreseeable complication of the surgery or procedure and that the doctor deviated from the standard of care in his or her specialty.

Does The Brod Law Firm represent doctors and hospitals?

The Brod Law Firm only represents people. Our Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area medical malpractice attorneys represent adults and children who have been injured in an auto accident or through the negligence of a medical provider. This means that when you hire a The Brod Law Firm medical malpractice attorney, they will be highly experienced in plaintiff law. We do not represent hospitals and doctors in negligence cases.

Can you represent me in any state?

The Brod Law Firm has handled cases throughout the United States without having to utilize local counsel. Some of the states include: New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Florida, Texas, South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Ohio, Illinois, Louisiana, New Hampshire, Nevada, New York, Virginia, Arizona and California. If we cannot help you personally, we have a network of the most prominent ATLA counsel located throughout the United States that we can recommend from our office in Pennsylvania. The medical malpractice, auto accident, or personal injury attorneys we recommend will have at least 15 years of experience in your type of case and will be well respected in his or her field. This service is provided to you at no cost.

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