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Personal Injury Attorneys

Pennsylvania Personal Injury Attorneys

Being injured or having a loved-one seriously injured or killed, is extremely difficult and painful. Whether your case occurs in Erie, or anywhere in Western Pennsylvania, it is crucial to retain an exceptional personal injury attorney as soon as possible. If you have been injured, talk to us before you speak with any insurance companies.

Car Accidents

As Erie Pennsylvania car accident lawyers, we have over 40 years of combined legal experience to help injured people recover from insurance companies. Whether you have just been in an accident and are overwhelmed by the insurance process or whether the insurance company is refusing to give you fair compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages, we are here to take over the stress of dealing with the insurance so that you can focus on healing and getting your life back. We will guide you every step of the way and fight to get you what you deserve

Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle accidents and the often devastating injuries that accompany them are often the result of distracted drivers who are more frequently being distracted by their phones or failing to check their blind spots and have spent the hard months of winter not thinking about our two-wheeled friends sharing the road. At Melaragno, Placidi & Parini we are experienced Erie Pennsylvania motorcycle accident attorneys that know how to navigate the challenges of representing someone in a motorcycle accident. If you’ve been injured riding a motorcycle, call us to discuss what we can do to help you be financially taken care of with your medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages.

Truck Accidents

Due to the laws of physics, Truck crashes often lead to devastating injuries and death. Large commercial vehicles have a much greater size and magnitude than passenger vehicles, such as cars or vans, and can “weigh 20-30 times as much,” which often means devastating. In 2015, there were 141,292 crashes involving large commercial trucks, in which 4,197 people died and 70,915 were injured. If you or a loved one has been in a truck accident, please do not hesitate to contact the law firm of Melaragno, Placidi & Parini today.

Wrongful Death

When the death of a person is caused by the wrongful act, neglect or the fault of another, his or her personal representative may maintain an action for damages against a person or entity which is responsible for causing the death of another. The lawsuit may be filed on behalf of all beneficiaries providing they are statutory beneficiaries and have a right to recover compensation under our statute in Pennsylvania.

Beneficiaries are entitled to join in a wrongful death claim on behalf of the estate of the deceased. The action shall be for the benefit of a wife, husband, child or children, including step-children of persons who death shall have been so caused. If there is not a wife, husband or child, a wrongful death action may still be maintained for the benefit of parents, sisters or brothers, providing each are dependent upon the deceased person for support and who are residents within the United States at the time of the death.

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.

Accidents Happen Everyday

Whether it is a car, motorcycle or truck accident, an accident at work, or wrongful death, an accident can occur at any time or place. Personal injury accidents frequently result in serious or catastrophic injuries; not all personal injuries are fatal. Most personal injuries consist of broken limbs, wounds, amputations, concussions, disfigurements or other bodily harm.

The National Safety Council (NSC) says that 47.2 million people were non-fatally injured in 2017. The NSC reports that 169,936 people died as a result of preventable injuries. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 243,039 people were fatally injured in 2017.

The National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA) cites 5.5 million car crashes every year. The NHTSA reports that at least 3 million people are injured, and 40,000 die in car accidents every ear. According to statistics from the CDC, motor vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Truck accidents cause 60,000 injuries and 5,000 deaths.

Workplace accidents are also common. The construction industry is the most dangerous, with 300,000 personal injuries reported every year. Approximately 1,000 of those injuries are fatal. According to the NSC, 924 people died from preventable work-related injuries.

If you or someone you loved has been injured or died, it is critical that you retain an experienced personal injury attorney right away. Talk to Melaragno,Placidi & Parini today.

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.

Preventable Death Statistics

  • The CDC states the number of deaths from unintentional, preventable injury accidents climbed 5.3 percent between 2016 and 2017
  • Preventable deaths result in a loss of 466 lives per day in the United States
  • In 2017, the U.S. saw its highest number of preventable deaths in recorded history: 169,936
  • An American citizen dies every three minutes due to a drug overdose, car crash, a fall, drowning, a choking incident or another preventable accident
  • Accidental injury is the No. 3 cause of death for the first time in U.S. history

Top 10 Causes of Preventable Injury Deaths in 2017

  1. Poisoning (including drug overdose): 64,795, +11.1%
  2. Motor vehicle: 40,231, -0.2%
  3. Falls: 36,338, +4.8%
  4. Suffocation by ingestion, inhalation: 5,216, +8%
  5. Drowning: 3,709, -2%
  6. Fires, flames, smoke: 2,812, +3%
  7. Mechanical suffocation: 1,730, -2.9%
  8. Natural heat, cold: 1,269, +6.7%
  9. Struck by, against: 806, +2%
  10. Machinery: 572, -6.2%

Personal Injury Laws

Personal injury lawsuits are also referred to as civil litigation. In a personal injury suit, two or more parties are involved in a legal dispute seeking compensation for a negligent act that caused them harm or resulted in the death of a loved one. If the case cannot be settled, the parties to the dispute go to trial so a judge or jury can decide the matter.

Every Tort Claim Can Be Simplified Into Two Issues:

The liability or fault of the defendant
Damages caused by the accident

The most important questions asked are: Was the defendant liable for damages the plaintiff sustained, and, if so, what is the nature and extent of the damages caused by the accident? If a plaintiff can prove liability and damages, they are typically awarded compensation for their loss. The presence of negligence to prove liability is key to personal injury suits.

Car accidents are the most common area resulting in personal injury lawsuits. A plaintiff can file a negligence claim if a driver who did not drive with due care, attention and caution injured them in a crash. A breach of the duty of care that results in injuries means a plaintiff can recover compensation. However, no-fault states like Pennsylvania operate under different rules, and plaintiffs need to discuss their options with an attorney.

Negligence reaches far beyond car accident claims and forms the foundation for most personal injury lawsuits. This includes lawsuits on issues like wrongful deaths, dog bites, motorcycle accidents, and construction accidents.

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.

How To Win a Negligence Claim

To win a negligence claim, the injured person has to prove four elements that demonstrate the person that caused the personal injury acted negligently. Those four elements are:

Duty – the defendant owed a legal duty of care to the plaintiff
Breach of Duty – the defendant breached that duty
Causation – the defendant’s actions/inaction caused the plaintiff’s damages
Damages – economic and non-economic claims including past, present and future pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, disfigurement, loss of consortium, emotional distress, lost wages, medical bills and other out-of-pocket expenses

Why Hire Our Law Firm

Having an experienced and knowledgable attorney on your side will ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve. After a devastating accident, you and your family can recover while our firm fights for your rights and compensation.

While most personal injury cases settle out-of-court, and only four percent of them go to trial, it is vital that you have a firm to represent your best interests. Studies show that people who retain an attorney are more likely to get compensation. Moreover, compensation is higher.

According to a report from the U.S. Department of Justice:

Plaintiffs were successful 61 percent of the time in car accident cases
Plaintiffs were successful 50 percent of the time in intentional tort cases
The success rate for plaintiffs was 39 percent in premises liability cases
The success rate for plaintiffs was 38 percent in product liability trials
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.

Contacting Our Firm

At Melaragno, Placidi & Parini, we are intimately familiar with personal injury accidents and realize that each accident is not the same, so our approach to each case is also different. Your Erie personal injury lawyers from Melaragno, Placidi & Parini have your back. If you have been involved in a personal injury accident and sustained serious injuries or a family member died, and you wish to discuss filing a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit, Melaragno, Placidi & Parini stand ready to help you navigate the legal process and 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.

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