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Personal Injury FAQ

Answers from Our Philadelphia Personal Injury Lawyers

At Shrager & Sachs, we work closely with our clients to ensure that all of their questions are answered and they feel confident about the course of their claim. We've compiled a few of the questions we hear most often, but please contact us if you don't find an answer to your question here.

What is a personal injury case?

The personal injury field is broad and covers several claims, including slips and falls, automobile accidents, construction accidents, medical malpractice, and wrongful death. Every personal injury case is unique, and our experienced attorneys are available for free consultations.

What is negligence?

Personal injury cases hinge on the plaintiff’s ability to prove that their injuries were caused by the defendant’s negligence – in other words, the defendant’s careless or reckless behavior. Examples of negligent behavior include driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, speeding, failing to maintain safe premises, failing to design and/or manufacture safe products, etc.

Proving negligence means proving the following four elements: 1) the defendant owed a duty of care, 2) the defendant breached that duty, 3) the plaintiff was injured, and 4) the defendant’s negligence resulted in damages to the plaintiff. Proving liability for an accident can sometimes be a complex task, so it is a good idea to work with an attorney who can guide you through the legal process in pursuit of maximum compensation.

Can I afford to hire a personal injury lawyer?

Personal injury lawyers typically work on a contingency fee basis - if you win your case, the lawyer will be entitled to a percentage of your award; if you don't win your case, you owe nothing. Many lawyers will cover the costs of preparing the case and are reimbursed when the case is settled or won. A lawyer may ask the client to pay for case-related costs if the case is lost, but most firms simply absorb the costs. Our attorneys at Shrager & Sachs will discuss the financial arrangements of your case with you before any action is taken.

What is medical malpractice?

Medical malpractice occurs when a medical professional's negligence results in an injury that would not have happened otherwise. A medical malpractice case is typically defined by a failure to provide standard, reasonable care. Medical malpractice covers a wide range of injuries, and we can review the details of your injury to determine if you were a victim of medical malpractice.

How long do I have to file my lawsuit?

A lawsuit must be filed within a certain period of time known as the statute of limitations. For example, medical malpractice cases have a two-year statute of limitations that begins when the injury or medical mistake is discovered. The statute of limitations is different for most claims, and it is crucial to contact us as soon as possible for a free consultation.

What is product liability?

Manufacturers have a responsibility to provide consumers with safe products, and state and federal laws provide remedies for victims of defective or dangerous products. A defective product is typically defined as any product that does not perform as reasonably expected or any product that injures consumers. Our firm has handled several product liability claims including defective tires, faulty highway design, and pressure-treated lumber.

I was injured in an auto accident. What should I do?

Whether you've been involved in a minor fender bender or a fatal collision, you should contact us immediately. We can help you negotiate with insurance companies and navigate the claims process. Auto accidents can be expensive, painful, and complex, and we're here to help.

What is a class action lawsuit?

Class action or mass tort lawsuits are filed on behalf of multiple litigants to recoup their losses and compensate them for injuries sustained as a result of a negligent action or defective product.

Why should I choose Shrager & Sachs?

Our experienced attorneys have more than 100 years of combined experience, and we have handled more than 100 cases resulting in settlements or verdicts exceeding $1 million. Our attorneys strive to protect the rights of victims of negligence, and our goal is simple: settle your case professionally and quickly.

Will Shrager & Sachs take my case?

Many factors determine whether or not a lawsuit will be successful, and each claim is unique. We recommend contacting us today for a free consultation. We can learn more about your claim, your injuries, and your expectations, which will help us decide whether our firm should represent you.

Contact Shrager & Sachs today!

Our firm is ready and available to help you. Contact us and we can discuss your legal situation with you, helping you understand your rights and options as you move forward with your claim. We can provide you with the competent counsel you need to recover compensation for your injuries.