How to Choose the Best Personal Injury Attorney

Erie Personal Injury Attorneys

Hiring a personal injury lawyer to settle your accident case is one of the smartest financial moves when facing mounting medical bills and other accident-related expenses. An attorney knows the value of your claim according to the injuries sustained and thoroughly understands the legal process. An attorney can take a case to trial if the defendants do not want to settle out-of-court, deals with insurance companies, files your claim on time before the statute of limitations runs out and can sue multiple parties if necessary.

Hiring a personal in jury attorney is the best option for victims because:

Most accident victims do not know how much money their injuries are worth
Settling insurance claims successfully is dependent on the nature of and other subtle influences in relation to specific injuries sustained
A victim attempting to file a claim on their own can only guess at the value of their injuries
Victims trying to file on their own often lose thousands of dollars because they cannot know how much their injuries are worth
Hiring a personal injury attorney makes good use of their in-depth legal training and experience

Anytime a plaintiff attempts to represent themselves, they often find out that they do not understand the legal procedures involved in litigation or mediation of a claim. This can cost thousands of dollars in lost compensation.

Most unrepresented plaintiffs do not know which documents to file, how to accurately complete forms, how to deal with insurance companies or how to leverage the law in their favor. Insurance companies have been protecting their bottom lines for years and know how to beat plaintiffs representing themselves by taking advantage of legal technicalities.

Not having a personal injury attorney to handle your case means you may not be able to take the insurance company to court, and you may receive less compensation. Insurance companies want to settle quickly before accident victims hire an attorney. This is because they know accident victims who hire an experienced personal injury attorney receive much more in compensation for their injuries and damages.

Benefits of Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer

Insurance companies play a significant role in Western Pennsylvania car wreck cases because they often defend the at-fault driver. An insurance policy is a contract under which the motorist pays a monthly or annual premium and return the insurance company agrees to cover certain costs if the motorist causes or is involved in an accident. Some insurance is mandatory, while other types are optional. In Pennsylvania, all drivers must obtain the following coverage:

Hiring a personal injury attorney to handle your accident case means you save money because they work on a contingency fee basis
Personal injury lawyers do not ask for money upfront
Personal injury attorneys ask that you pay them a percentage of your settlement or jury award
If you do not win your case, your legal representation is free

Most accident victims do not know their legal rights and cannot adequately protect themselves. Moreover, plaintiffs do not know the applicable laws. Plaintiffs acting on their own are not always able to prove liability. To get compensation from an insurance company or the other driver, fault or liability of the other party must be proven.

Hiring a personal injury attorney can take the hardship of proving liability away from the plaintiff. An attorney can prove that the at-fault party owed the plaintiff a duty of due care. Moreover, the attorney can show that the defendant breached the duty of care to drive safely and show that the injuries sustained by the victim were a direct result of the defendant’s breach of duty. An experienced personal injury attorney can also demonstrate that the plaintiff suffered damages as a result of the defendant’s negligence. While your attorney fights for you, you can take the time to recover.

Plaintiffs also do not realize that there is the possibility of other damages that may be recovered in an accident case. Nor do they recognize the complexities of whose insurance pays for what in any car accident. For instance, in Pennsylvania, choice no-fault insurance means two things to drivers involved in a collision: if you only have limited tort coverage, you may not be eligible for damages for pain and suffering. If you have full tort coverage, you are eligible for compensation for pain and suffering.

Hiring a personal injury attorney to be your voice in an accident case means you get fair and equitable compensation and not get handed the short shrift by an insurance company wanting to avoid paying out on a claim.

Testimonials

Attorney Parini impressed me as soon as I met him. I knew right off the bat that this attorney was the person I wanted to represent me. His very intimidating posture, led me to believe he could handle anything that would come his way. The man is a winner.  

-J.C.

99% Success Rate

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.

How to Find the Best Personal Injury Lawyer

Plaintiffs searching for a personal injury lawyer frequently feel overwhelmed and uncertain. Many do not know how to go about finding the best attorney. There are many resources available for plaintiffs to find the best attorney for them. The best way to find a lawyer is through:

Attorney directories
Friend and family reccomendations
Attorney websites

Finding a personal injury attorney is an important choice. It is important to feel comfortable with the lawyer you will be working with. Before making your choice check with your State Bar Association to see if the firm you are considering has been sanctioned. Check that firm’s website for biographical information, success stories, reviews and experience. Lastly, go in for a free consultation to interview the attorney and ask questions about your case.

From our clients

Matt was awesome!!! He handled everything so I didn’t have to worry and could just focus on my recovery and get back to work. He was always available and quick to return my phone calls and emails with the answers I needed. My case was handled quickly and with no added stress to me or my family. I would recommend Matt to anyone in need of assistance after a motor vehicle accident.

-V.L.

Gene P. Placidi

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.

Contact an experienced Erie personal injury lawyer

If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident, contact a personal injury attorney. At Melaragno, Placidi & Parini, you will find personal injury lawyers with extensive experience. Our personal injury attorneys are with you every step of the way from filing the claim to the final outcome. It is crucial to choose a knowledgeable attorney that you are comfortable with.

Your Erie personal injury lawyer from Melaragno, Placidi & Parini has the answers you need to find out what your legal rights are and how to file a personal injury claim. If you have been involved in an accident, Melaragno, Placidi & Parini can help you obtain the equitable compensation you deserve.

To learn more about how we can help you pursue a claim for compensation, call us at (814) 459-5557. You can also contact us online.

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

Attorney Parini impressed me as soon as I met him.

I knew right off the bat that this attorney was the person I wanted to represent me. His very intimidating posture, led me to believe he could handle anything that would come his way. The man is a winner.  

- J.C.

Gene was awesome!!!

He handled everything so I didn’t have to worry and could just focus on my recovery and get back to work. He was always available and quick to return my phone calls and emails with the answers I needed. My case was handled quickly and with no added stress to me or my family. I would recommend Matt to anyone in need of assistance after a motor vehicle accident.

- V.L.