Experience. Results.

Always dedicated to fighting for our clients.

For decades, the Erie personal injury attorneys at Melaragno, Placidi & Parini have been serving their communities, representing individuals and families who have been injured or lost loved ones as a result of carelessness or negligence. The firm has over 70 years of combined legal experience in representing accident victims in automobile accidents, trucking and motorcycle accidents, premises liability cases, traumatic brain injury cases, dog bites and all personal injury matters. We have a history of successful outcomes.

Your questions answered

Being seriously injured for any reason is devastating. Not only do you have to deal with the pain and suffering of the injury, but you also must worry about your medical treatment. You may have many questions for which you do not have answers, such as:

  • How will I pay for my medical bills?
  • What can I do about the money I am not able to earn at work? How will I pay bills, buy food and take care of my family?
  • Who is going to pay for the property damage to my car?
  • What is the best way to deal with insurance companies?
  • Can the negligent person be held responsible for all the damage that was caused?

These are all serious questions that deserve honest and complete answers. That is why you need an experienced and serious personal injury attorney to provide guidance and get you the fair and just compensation that you deserve.

Why choose our firm


Our attorneys have decades of eperience dealing with insurance companies on behalf of clients injured by the negligence of others. We know how they work, and we know how to beat them. Our team has direct experience in maximizing your recovery.


Our firm has over a 99 percent success rate when handling personal injury matters. When we take on a case, we expect to be able to achieve a successful outcome. If you or a loved one has been injured, we can help you get the just compensation you deserve.


Our firm has a track record of successful recovery on behalf of our clients. We help you in your fight for compensation in any matter involving the negligence of others. We are here to take over the stress of dealing with insurance so you can focus on getting your life back.

In successfully litigating hundreds of personal injury cases in Erie County, Crawford County and Warren County, the attorneys at Melaragno, Placidi & Parini have the knowledge, skills and perseverance needed to succeed in personal injury cases. Further, we have a reputation with the insurance companies of being fighters and winners.

Let a personal injury attorney take on the hassle while you recover

With experience negotiating settlements and fighting in trials, the attorneys at Melaragno, Placidi & Parini have the knowhow, drive and experience to support you and your family through this difficult time. We will:

  • Answer all questions

    We will spend as much time as necessary with you and your family and make sure all your questions are answered in a compassionate way.

  • Develop a plan

    We will develop a plan of action to make sure that you receive the maximum compensation you are entitled to for your injuries and damages.

  • Communicate

    We will contact the negligent person or company and obtain insurance information.

  • Handle insurance companies

    We will deal with the insurance companies and their adjusters and lawyers and obtain medical records and reports from medical experts, if necessary.

  • Collect evidence

    We will collect and maintain any evidence of negligence of the defendant including photographs.

  • Contact witnesses

    We will track down all witnesses and get their recorded statements as soon as possible so that the information provided is as accurate as possible and no one forgets important facts.

  • Reconstruct accident

    We will hire needed accident reconstruction experts to help prove the defendant was negligent.

  • Get compensation

    We will negotiate strongly with the insurance companies for a fair settlement. If the case does not settle, we will take the case to trial and fight for your rights.

Case successes



For man injured by falling pipe



For plow driver struck by truck



For passenger injured in truck accident



Recovery for pulmonary embolism

Free Consultation

There is no downside to contacting us. If you have questions, we have answers. And it won’t cost you a thing to get your questions answered. The initial consultation is free. We will take as long as necessary to determine whther you have the right to file a lawsuit to compensate you for your injuries.

Melaragno, Placidi & Parini

We a recognized by peers and professionals.

The lawyers at Melaragno, Placidi & Parini have been selected as Top 10 Attorneys for Client Satisfaction by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys. This distinction is awarded to attorneys demonstrating exceptional and outstanding client service. The lawyers have been selected by Super Lawyers on several occasions and are rated as 10 out of 10 by AVVO, an independent lawyer rating service.

The lawyers at Melaragno, Placidi & Parini have extensive trial experience. One has worked for the insurance companies and knows how they investigate, review, evaluate and try to reduce your recovery. We have direct experience maximizing your recovery.

With more than 70 years of collective legal experience and an exceptional history of success, you can be confident in our ability to handle your case and produce maximum results.

Get better results with a personal injury lawyer


Having an experienced personal injury lawyer on your side can make all the difference when pursing justice for yourself and your family.

Studies show that people who hire an attorney are more likely to receive compensation. When damages are awarded, people with a lawyer receive higher payouts than those who do not.

A study titled Paying for Auto Injuries, performed by the Insurance Research Council (IRC), found that people on average received a 40 percent higher settlement in car accident cases when represented by an attorney. In all cases, insurance payouts to injured people are 3.5 times higher for those who have an attorney. Let us handle the hassle and deal with the insurance companies while you get better.

Practice Areas

The attorneys at Melaragno, Placidi & Parini have extensive experience handling multipe types of personal injury cases. Every case is different, as every injury is different. We have decades of combined experience in cases involving car accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, slip & fall accidents, wrongful death claims and dog bite injuries.

Learn more about our personal injury services

Car Accidents

Driving always presents risks. In 2017, there were over 128,000 traffic accidents in Pennsylvania, which injured 80,612 people. In total, 2,619 of those crashed occured in Erie County. It does not matter how safely and defensive you drive, there is always the chance that you will be injured in a car crash caused by someone else’s negligent or reckless driving. These auto accidents can happen within a blink of an eye and change your life forever.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation estimates the economic impact of all crashes, injuries and fatalities topped $18 billion in 2017. That adds up to an economic loss of $1,414 for every individual in Pennsylvania. You do not want to be on the losing end of this statistic. You should be compensated for your injuries.

Dealing with insurance companies after you have been seriously injured in an automobile accident can be confusing and stressful. You cannot trust that the insurance adjuster has your best interests in mind; insurance companies are trying to pay you as little as possible to protect their bottom lines. They have an army of adjusters, investigators and lawyers on their side making things difficult for you. Our aggressive team of lawyers helps tip the playing field, giving you an advantage in your car accident case.


Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle accidents are common in Western Pennsylvania. Over the last 30 years, riding a motorcycle has become a fun pastime for thousands of Pennsylvanians. With the proliferation of motorcycle clubs, there are more and more bikes on the roads of Pennsylvania every year. Every year there are over 3,000 motorcycle related injuries in Pennsylvania. In 2016, 172 motorcycle riders and 18 motorcycle passengers were killed in a motorcycle crash. Common causes of motorcycle accidents include no being seen, distracted drivers and road defects.

A motorcycle is the deadliest type of road vehicle to use for travel. Motorcycle accidents are more likely to be deadly than accidents involving only passenger cars. Motorcycles provide no protection from impact and motorcycle riders routinely are thrown from their bikes in a crash. It is usually the motorcycle rider who is killed in an accident or who suffers serious and life-changing injuries.

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident at the hands of someone else’s negligence, the lawyers at Melaragno, Placidi & Parini will help you get the fair compensation you deserve. When you hire us, we become your advocates. We will not rest until you are fully compensated for your injuries.

Truck Accidents

At any given time, there are thousands of semi-trucks on the roads of Western Pennsylvania. Because of this, hundreds of automobile crashes each year are caused by the negligence of 18-wheeler drivers. A commercial truck can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds, and the damage caused by these vehicles is can be catastrophic.

Semi-truck crashes cause severe damage and are more likely to involve multiple vehicles, given their size and weight. Because these crashes can be violent, many types of serious injuries can result, including brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, amputations of limbs, burns and death.

Because these types of accidents are more complicated, it the best practice to hire an experienced Pennsylvania truck crash lawyer to fight for your rights and to get the compensation that you deserve. Truck drivers and trucking companies, with their insurance companies, will have a team of attorneys, adjuster and investigators on their side fighting against your claim. Make sure you have a team on your side that has handled hundreds of truck accident cases.

Slip & Fall Accidents

Slip and fall accidents are complicated cases to litigate. But the lawyers at Melaragno, Placidi & Parini have litigated successfully many such cases.

In Pennsylvania, property owners, especially businesses, are required by law to maintain a safe premise for the people that enter on their property. For example, if a grocery store doesn’t clean up something that was spilled on the floor and someone slips and falls as a result, the grocery store should be liable for the customer’s injuries. If a business fails to clear snow and ice on the sidewalks and someone slips and falls, then that business is responsible for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering stemming from those injuries.

Wrongful Death

There is nothing more devastating than the wrongful death of a loved one. When someone's death is caused by the neglect act of another, arelative or representative may receive damages from the responsible party. The lawsuit may be filed on behalf of multiple people, if they are beneficiaries under Pennsylvania law.

You may file a wrongful death claim on behalf of your loved one's state if you are a spose or child, or a step-child. A parent or siblig may be able to sue for wrongful death, if they were dependent on the person who died for support. In a wrongful death cleam you can sue for medical and funeral expenses and money you would have received during your loved ones life from their work. Children may receive compensation for a loss of parenting services, like guidance and moral upbringing.

I would recommend them to anyone and have. 

John is a great attorney.  John and his staff promptly return calls and emails when you have questions and concerns not only when the process starts but all the way to completion.  John and his staff have been a godsend throughout. I would recommend them to anyone and have. 

- Virginia

Our Attorneys

Melaragno, Placidi & Parini is conveniently located in downtown Erie, Pennsylvania. Our attorneys represent clients in matters throughout many jurisdictions of Western Pennsylvania.

Our Attorneys

Melaragno, Placidi & Parini is conveniently located in downtown Erie, Pennsylvania. Our attorneys represent clients in matters throughout many jurisdictions of Western Pennsylvania.