FACING SERIOUS INJURIES AFTER A PENNSYLVANIA ACCIDENT? GET THE ANSWERS YOU NEED TO PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS
The Schmidt Kramer Injury Lawyers have compiled a list of their most frequently asked questions in response to the overwhelming number of people who need help with the personal injury claim process in Pennsylvania. If you are injured and need help dealing with the at-fault party’s insurance company, read on to learn how to protect your legal rights.
Q: I represent a person who is limited tort. However, she was injured in a car accident by a driver who lives in Maryland. The driver was operating a vehicle owned by his friend who lives in York. Since the driver who caused the accident is from Maryland doe
Q: I’m an avid runner. It’s great for fitness, and I really enjoy morning and evening runs now that summer is here. But I’m concerned about being hit by a car while I run. What can I do to reduce my risks of a pedestrian accident in Pennsylvania?
Q: Do I really have to wear a seat belt? My granddad always used to say that a seat belt is death trap. He told me that if you’re going to collide with another car, it’s best if you can be thrown free to safety before the cars crash and explode. Is that righ
Q: Last month, a car struck me while I was jogging. I have been suffering intense pain in my side and lower back ever since. Is it okay for my legal rights if I seek treatment from a chiropractor rather than a physician?
Q: My car was struck by another in a parking lot when I was Christmas shopping a year ago. Nobody was seriously hurt, but my car had a little damage. The other driver refused to give me his insurance information because he didn’t want his rates to go up and
Q: My passenger and I were both injured when the car I was driving was struck by another car last summer. The young man driving the other car had his license for less than a year, and the police found him at fault. I believe we are going to settle this case
Q: A few months ago I was hurt in a Lancaster County car accident by driver who had been using drugs. Although the police found marijuana and other drugs in the other driver’s car, there was something wrong with how they handled the evidence and all criminal
Q: My teenage son was killed while a passenger in a car driven by a friend who was texting while driving. Can I file a wrongful death claim, or do I have to wait for the police to charge the driver with a crime?
Q: I recently moved to Pennsylvania from another state and I am about to buy auto insurance here for the first time. My insurance agent is highly recommending limited tort coverage, and it’s cheaper than full tort. Is limited tort insurance a good deal?
Q: I had internal injuries after my auto accident in Harrisburg. I tried handling everything myself with the people from the insurance companies, but they were rude and I just can’t do it alone. Once I hire an attorney, what happens next?
Q: What is a contingency fee? I have been looking for a good attorney after my car accident in Lebanon, and everyone mentions contingency fees—but I don’t remember them from my divorce in 2009 or my DUI case a few years before that. Is this something new?
Q: My teenage son was involved in a car crash on I-81 last night. He’s been driving under a junior driver’s license for five months. He had another teen passenger in the car with him. My son and his girlfriend had minor injuries, and there was extensive dama
Q: I have been HIV positive for about three years, and the standard treatment with retroviral drugs is no longer working for my case. Can I get my SSDI application approved more quickly through the Compassionate Allowances program?
Q: I suffered an injury at work. I now have a scar on my face. The doctor said I was not disabled and I didn't miss any time from work. Are there any benefits I can get from Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation?
Q: I have multiple sclerosis. I have been receiving SSDI benefits in Hershey for almost a year. I will be moving to Michigan soon. Will my benefits transfer, or will I have to reapply in my new location?
Q: My brother-in-law has been on SSDI for almost three years due to bipolar disorder. For the last eight months, he has been working part-time for me at my t-shirt printing shop. His wages are well below the earning limits for SSDI. Now he’s been told his be
Q: My ring finger was amputated in a work-related accident in Harrisburg. I am still unable to work, but the insurance company plans to stop paying the workers’ compensation healing benefit and start my specific loss benefit. Can it do that?
Q: I received documents called "Employee's Report of Benefits" and "Employee Verification of Employment, Self-Employment or Change in Physical Condition" from the Workers' Comp insurance company. Do I have to fill this out?
Q: I was a subcontractor installing drywall in a new building when I tripped over a cable left by the electrical contractor. I fell out of a second-story window, fractured my jaw and shoulder—and lost three teeth. I feel embarrassed about the whole thing. Wi
Q: I was splashed with a dangerous chemical at work. I’m not sure what it was, but the container had lots of warning signs. Now my skin looks burned and it is very painful to touch. My boss says I’m not eligible for health coverage because I’m not a U.S. cit
Q: I was hospitalized for several weeks after a workplace accident in Lancaster. During that time, I was told that my position was eliminated and I was no longer employed. Can I collect unemployment benefits and workers’ compensation at the same time?
Q: I’ve been dealing with pain from repetitive motion at my job, but I haven’t done anything about it because my boss gets really hostile to employees who file workers’ compensation claims. A friend told me something about a recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court
Q: I work for a restaurant chain that operates in several states. The corporate home office is chartered in Delaware. A few weeks ago I suffered a severe burn on the job in Pennsylvania. Which state’s workers’ compensation program is supposed to cover my acc
Q: I’ve had asthma all my life, but it’s been under control since I became an adult. I’ve recently moved into a new office at work, though, and since then I have had several severe attacks of asthma. One attack required an ambulance ride to the ER. What shou
Q: I was seriously hurt by a chemical burn at work. How can I determine whether my employer has to cover my medical care under Pennsylvania’s workers’ compensation law, or if I need to file a third-party claim?
Q: My job as a nurse’s assistant requires me to help lift and move patients. Recently I experienced acute back pain while working. My supervisor told me it’s my own fault for not following hospital safe lifting protocols. Does this mean I don’t get workers’
Q: I work for a demolition company in Pennsylvania. About a year ago, I was severely injured on a job site when a collapsing masonry wall struck me in the head and upper back. I still am not able to return to work. How can a Harrisburg workers’ compensation
Q: My employer and the insurance company are really pressuring me not to pursue my case after I hurt my back while lifting heavy objects at work. Can I really be fired for filing a workers’ compensation claim in Pennsylvania?
Q: I work in an office in Lancaster County. Our building is being enlarged by adding an additional wing, and that means there are lots of construction workers getting in the way of people just trying to do their jobs. About ten days ago, a heating and air co
Q: I work for a roofer. When I fell off a ladder a few weeks ago, my boss said I couldn’t file a claim for benefits because I work part-time and I was notified when hired that the job might be dangerous. Now the medical bills for my broken ribs are coming du
Q: I have reason to believe that the nursing home where my mother lives has been using medication and physical restraints to keep her and other patients under control. Should I call the police? Or should I contact an attorney?
Q: My Dad, who suffers from dementia, wandered away from his central Pennsylvania residential facility last month. He was missing for about 12 hours. Fortunately, he has no lasting problems from the experience. Does the nursing home owe him compensation?
Q: My grandma died of neglect in a Pennsylvania nursing home recently. A representative for the nursing home told us we would be wasting our time suing them, because any damages we won would just go to pay back Medicaid. Is this true?