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Car Accidents

Erie Car Accident Attorneys

No matter how careful you are when you get into your car and drive the roads and highways of western Pennsylvania, there is always a chance that you might get into a car accident. You can be the most defensive driver out there, but all it takes is another distracted driver or someone driving too fast to crash into you, causing serious injuries. Being injured in a car crash can turn families upside down. Not only do you have to deal with the pain and suffering of the injury and medical treatment, often you also have to worry about who is going to pay your medical bills or how you will pay the mortgage and put food on the table if you are disabled from work. You have all of these questions but do not know where to turn.

The lawyers at Melaragno, Placidi & Parini can help. Combined, we have decades of experience in helping clients who have been seriously injured in car accidents. Contact us so that we can help you through this difficult time. The initial consultation is free so there is no down side to contacting us and have all of your questions answered. We will spend as much time with you as needed and be honest and compassionate about whether you have a viable case and your chances of winning the fair compensation you deserve for your injuries.

How can an experienced lawyer help your car accident case?

Sometimes when people are injured in automobile accidents, they think they can deal with the insurance companies on their own and try to get a fair settlement for their injuries. Attempting this would be a mistake. The insurance company has an army of adjusters, investigators and lawyers on its side all working to make sure you get as little money as possible. You should have an aggressive team of experienced Pennsylvania car accident lawyers working for your rights and for the fair compensation. The attorneys and staff at Melaragno, Placidi & Parini have successfully litigated hundreds of serious auto accident cases on behalf of their clients and have recovered millions in damages from negligent drivers and their insurance companies.

If you retain the lawyers at Melaragno, Placidi & Parini we will immediately begin to do whatever is necessary to bring your case to a successful conclusion and to get you the fair compensation that you deserve.

There are many things that we will do to fight against the negligent defendant and their insurance company. Here are just a few of the things that the staff and attorneys at Melaragno, Placidi & Parini will do to make your car crash case a success:

Take detailed photographs and measurements at the scene of the crash, noting the lengths of any skid marks and locations of the vehicles. This information is useful in determining and proving fault. If necessary, we will hire an accident reconstruction expert who will use all of this evidence to recreate the scene of the accident.

Collect and maintain any evidence at the scene of the accident that might be relevant and make sure to ensure the “chain of custody” of the evidence is secure so that it can be used in court without claims of evidence tampering. Some types of physical evidence could be pieces of the various vehicles involved as well as dash camera footage.

Immediately track down all witnesses and parties to the crash and get their recorded statements. This is extremely important because over time people’s memories fade and become less useful and less reliable. Sometimes, trials in car and truck accident cases take place years after the date of the crash. So, these recorded and transcribed statements are useful to refresh witnesses’ memories.

Acquire the police accident investigation report and any documentation, photos or measurements taken by the police while investigating the crash. Again, this information can be used by the accident reconstruction expert.

Most modern vehicles have what is called the “black box” just like they have in airplanes. A vehicle’s black box records real-time data about the vehicle such as distance, speed, braking and what the driver is doing right before a crash. This information can be helpful in recreating the cause of the accident.

Make sure your medical bills get paid and make sure you recover enough money to pay for any future treatment you may need.

Obtain all of the relevant medical records that demonstrate your injuries. Hire medical experts to render opinions about the seriousness of your injuries, disabilities and the devastating effects they have on your life going forward.

Make sure your lost wages are reimbursed and make sure you recover enough money to pay for any future lost wages you may suffer.

Make sure you are reimbursed for any property damage you might have suffered in the crash.

Locate and put on notice any and all insurance policies that can be used to fully compensate you for your injuries.

If the case does not settle, aggressively litigate the case in front of a jury and show the insurance companies that they cannot bully you around.

From our clients

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.

Automobile crashes can be complicated cases

Many questions and issues can arise as to who is at fault and what types of insurance will be available to compensate you for your injuries. The best thing to do is to contact an experienced Pennsylvania car accident lawyer who can provide answers to all of your questions and to help you through this difficult time.

Highly experienced automobile accident attorneys

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.

What is the value of your case?

One of the main reasons why you want to have an experienced car accident lawyer on your side is that an attorney should know how to value claims and should know how to win the most compensation for you in your claim against a negligent driver. An inexperienced attorney may value your case too low. Further, an inexperienced attorney may not know the right techniques and arguments to win your case.

How much your case is worth is a complicated question and the answer is affected by many variables. But, only one thing is true: You will not be able to win the full amount of damages that you deserve without first contacting an experienced Pennsylvania car crash attorney. Only with a lawyer fighting for your rights will you be successful. The variables that will affect how much money you can expect to recover are the following:

  • The seriousness of your injury and length of your treatment — will there be any aspect of your injury that is permanent such as scarring or will there be a full and complete recovery;

  • The amount of medical bills — this includes past medical bills as well as medical bills that you might incur in the future that are related to your car crash injuries;

  • The amount of lost wages — and just like with medical bills, this number counts both past lost wages as well as future lost wages due a lower earning power caused by an ongoing disability;

  • The amount of lost wages — and just like with medical bills, this number counts both past lost wages as well as future lost wages due a lower earning power caused by an ongoing disability;

  • How much insurance coverage are you able to get access to — this issue involves how much are the insurance policy limits of the at-fault driver to cover your injuries. Also, do you have underinsured or uninsured coverage if the at-fault driver does not have insurance or does not have enough insurance. You may have suffered injuries that an average person would agree should be worth millions of dollars. However, you will only receive the policy limits of the various insurance policies that are in play.

What are serious injuries caused by car accidents?

Some car crashes can be very violent events, especially if it involved an 18-wheeler or large vehicle. Some of the injuries that can happen are likely to be very serious and sometimes fatal. Obviously, varying factors will dictate what types of injuries might occur: size of the vehicles, speed of the vehicles, whether seat belts and air bags were being used, how old the vehicles are, etc. Here are some of the more common injuries seen in automobile crashes:

Broken Bones
Brain injuries: Including Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), concussions, contusions, skull fractures, and brain hemorrhages (bleeding on the brain)
Spinal cord injuries: Broken vertebrae, damaged spinal cord causing paralysis, herniated discs, bulging discs, nerve damage
Soft tissue injuries to the neck, back or knees: Soft tissue injuries refer to injuries not of the bones but of the connecting tissue in the body such as muscles, ligaments and tendons. One injury that fits this category is a serious whiplash injury to the neck muscles and cervical spine
Joint injuries: Including shoulders and hips
Amputations: Amputations of the limbs, especially when someone is ejected from the vehicle
Fatal injuries Unfortunately, during very violent accidents, some people can lose their lives. These types of lawsuits are called Wrongful Death lawsuits

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.

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.

How much will it cost to hire a Pennsylvania car accident lawyer?

That is the great thing about hiring the lawyers at Melaragno, Placidi & Parini, it will not cost you anything. Even the initial consultation is free. If you have been injured in a Pennsylvania car crash and you need a lawyer, you will not have to pay us anything up front. We do not charge you an hourly rate.

The only way we get paid is if we are successful in winning fair compensation for your injuries and pain and suffering. If we win or settle your case, we will get a percentage of the settlement or award. You will not have to pay litigation expenses up front. We will pay the expenses necessary to win your case, and if we are successful, we will take the costs out of the settlement or jury award. There is no downside for you to retain us. You need a team of professionals looking solely out for your best interests.

The lawyers at Melaragno, Placidi & Parini have been selected as Top 10 Attorney for Client Satisfaction by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys 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. We will take as long as it takes to help you determine if you have the right to file a lawsuit to compensate you for your injuries. Call us at (814) 459-5557.

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.

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