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When you’ve been hurt as a result of someone else’s carelessness, your claim is called a personal injury claim. You may have lost wages as a result of the accident. You may have unpaid medical bills. You have probably suffered pain and discomfort. In fact, your whole life may have changed. If you’ve been injured in Lancaster, the personal injury lawyers of Herr & Low, P.C. can help you get the compensation you deserve. Learn more about our personal injury legal services below and how accident claims work.
What Qualifies As a Personal Injury?
A personal injury is any serious damage to the body or mind that results from an accident or another party’s negligence. Some of the types of personal injury cases we handle are:
- Automobile accidents: car accidents, truck accidents, SUV rollovers
- Motorcycle accidents: head injury, broken bones, back and spine injuries
- Work-related injuries: construction accidents, industrial accidents, injuries from defective tools, machinery or equipment
- Wrongful death: caused by the negligence of another
- Slip-and-Fall accidents: accidents caused by uneven flooring, loose carpet, poorly lit stairwells, or wet, icy or oily surfaces.
- Retail store accidents: falling merchandise, injuries from hazards
- Premises liability: property owner negligence, negligent lighting or security
- Products liability: injuries from dangerous or defective products
- Job site injuries: scaffolding accidents, ladder collapse, falls, electrical injuries
- Professional negligence: accountant, realtor, architect, etc.
How Do I Know if I Have a Personal Injury Case?
An injury alone isn’t enough to establish a case. Strong personal injury cases have two important elements:
- Liability – Someone else’s negligence, recklessness or carelessness caused your injury.
- Damages – The injury caused real, measurable harm like medical bills, lost wages, or loss of normal life.
Herr & Low offers free personal injury consultations to help you determine whether you have a case. Contact us at (717) 397-7544 to schedule a consultation today.
How Personal Injury Claims Work
Although every case is different, personal injury claims start with filing a legal document called a “complaint.” Next, both sides conduct research to establish the facts of the case. This is known as the discovery phase, and it includes a deposition where the defense will ask you questions about the accident.
Next, there are pre-trial negotiations. At this point, the defendant may agree to pay you a settlement. If you accept it, the case is over. However, if you’re unable to settle the case, it will go to trial next. Even after a decision is reached at trial, the losing party can appeal the decision.
Is It Better to Settle or Go to Court?
Each case is unique; your lawyer will advise you on the best option for your particular situation. Many personal injury cases do end up settled out of court because this is typically a less expensive and less risky option for the defendant. However, your lawyer should fight for you to get the best outcome, even if that means going to trial.
How Long Does a Personal Injury Lawsuit Take?
A personal injury lawsuit may take a few months to several years. It depends on different factors, including whether the case ends up going to trial. Even after a trial is over, the appeals process can take years.
Personal injury law is complex and these cases can be lengthy. It’s important to hire a trusted lawyer who is familiar with personal injury law and will fight to get you the compensation you deserve.
We’re Dedicated To Helping Injured People in Lancaster County
At Herr & Low, P.C., we have handled claims for injured persons for 30 years. Everyone in our office — lawyers, paralegals, secretaries — knows our clients and are familiar with the problems they are dealing with. We pride ourselves on the personal relationships we develop with our clients and the level of service we deliver. We are a local Lancaster, PA law firm with offices on Duke Street.
How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer?
Attorney fees and costs are a concern to anyone who has already suffered an injury and may be suffering financially as well. We represent personal injury clients on a contingency basis. That means you will pay no attorney fees or costs unless we win financial compensation for your losses. Our fees come as a percentage of whatever we can obtain for you. If we do not make a recovery, you owe us nothing. We will give you a thorough explanation at the time of your appointment.
No recovery. No fee. Contact us for a free consultation.
What Areas Does Herr & Low Serve?
From offices in Lancaster, our lawyers represent clients throughout central Pennsylvania including Lancaster County, York County, Chester County, Dauphin County and Lebanon County.