YORK PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS
For more than 25 years, the York personal injury lawyers at Schmidt Kramer have devoted our practice to representing individuals injured by another’s negligent actions. We are dedicated to helping you obtain the maximum compensation deserved after an injury. This includes recovering damages for medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering. The legal process can be difficult to manage on your own which is why you should consider contacting an experienced York personal injury attorney. We have the legal knowledge and resources available to take on insurance companies and their legal representatives who are only working for their best interests. We are prepared to go to court and fight for your legal rights.
Our lawyers take on all personal injury cases on contingency. This means your legal consultation is free and there are no upfront costs or fees to worry about. We only charge if we help you receive the compensation you are entitled.
What to Do After a Personal Injury
The moments following a personal injury can be confusing and overwhelming. You may not know what to do or who to turn to if you or a loved one is injured because of someone else’s negligence or recklessness.
By taking the following steps immediately after your accident, you can help ensure your well-being and preserve your claim for compensation:
Seek Medical Assistance
The first thing to do after an accident is seek medical attention for your injuries, even if you do not consider your injuries to be serious or life-threatening. Sometimes injuries appear less severe at first, only to become much more serious over time. If you wait to seek treatment, your injuries could progress and become more difficult to treat.
This is why it is important to be examined by a medical professional. A doctor can conduct a detailed medical examination to diagnose your injuries and provide you with the proper treatment plan.
Report the Incident
After a personal injury, file a police or accident report. Having an official report can help prove your claim and possibly improve your chances of obtaining fair compensation from the insurance company. Ask for a copy of the report as well.
Be sure to be detailed and accurate when completing the report or providing information to the person completing the report. However, do not admit fault or wrongdoing. Let the investigation play out so all of the facts can come to light.
Even if you believe you were somewhat responsible, keep this to yourself because it could hurt your chances of recovering compensation. Your level of fault will be determined during the investigation.
Gather information at the scene by taking notes and photographs to help you remember all the details. Write down a description of what happened, where it happened, and how it happened. Take pictures of the scene, your injuries and anything else you think is important to capture.
As time passes, it can be difficult to recall information. This is why it is important to begin documenting things as soon as you have a chance. Otherwise you could forget important details that could affect the amount of compensation you can recover.
Talk to Witnesses
Whenever an accident happens, talk to witnesses who saw the event unfold. Write down the names, addresses and contact numbers from each eyewitness. Obtain a written statement if possible or take detailed notes on what they say they saw. It is possible they saw things you were unaware of that can help prove another party is at-fault for your injuries.
Contact an Attorney
When a personal injury is caused by another person’s negligence, you may have the right to file a lawsuit to pursue compensation for any damages and injuries. A qualified attorney can review the details of your accident and injury and advise you on whether or not you have a valid personal injury claim.
A personal injury lawyer in York can investigate your accident and begin collecting evidence to help hold the at-fault parties liable for your injuries. We offer a free initial consultation to review your case and discuss the kinds of compensation available to you.
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Types of Personal Injury Cases
At Schmidt Kramer, our York personal injury attorneys have helped countless injury victims over the years. The types of personal injury cases we have handled include:
If you think you may have a personal injury case, you should seek legal advice from an experienced attorney who understands exactly what you or a loved one are going through.
The personal injury lawyers in York are familiar with different types of personal injury cases and can help determine if you have a valid claim.
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Compensation Available for Personal Injuries
Personal injuries can cause physical, emotional and financial burdens over a long period of time. Depending on the severity of the injury, you may never fully return to the state you were in before the accident. Our York personal injury attorneys will fight to help you recover adequate compensation for the damages you have suffered. Compensation is one of the things that can help get you closer to the situation you were in before you were injured.
If your immediate needs are not covered by the insurance company, a lawyer can help discuss the legal options of suing the at-fault party for compensation. We have experience dealing with insurance companies and filing lawsuits to pursue compensation. We understand what it takes to be successful in both situations.
Pennsylvania law allows you to pursue various forms of compensation, including:
You may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses including the costs of all medical treatment received as a result of your injury and any required care in the future. This can include payment for hospital bills, surgeries, doctor visits, medical tests, physical therapy sessions, medications, and more.
If you suffer a personal injury, document all medical expenses by keeping records of bills related to your treatment and recovery. This information can help a knowledgeable York personal injury lawyer calculate the value of your current medical expenses and determine the estimated cost of future treatments.
If your injury has prevented you from working, you may be able to receive compensation for any lost wages. This includes wages lost when you were physically incapable of working, and wages lost when you were not at work because you were receiving treatment.
Calculating lost wages for some people can be difficult if you work as an independent contractor, business owner or seasonal worker. This is why you should consult with an attorney who can determine exactly how much income you have lost from your personal injury.
Loss of Earning Capacity
If you can no longer work or physically perform the essential functions of your job, you may be able to recover compensation for loss of earning capacity. If possible, ask your employer for a letter detailing your normal rate of pay, hours lost being unable to work, and the total amount of compensation lost as a result of your accident.
Suffering from a permanent physical disability such as a traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury may also allow you to pursue compensation for the way your disability directly affects your decreased and future earning capacity. Consult with a personal injury attorney in York to discuss if your ability to earn money in the future will be impacted as a result of having a permanent disability.
Pain and Suffering
Compensation for pain and suffering depends on the type of injury and the duration of your recovery time. It accounts for any physical pain suffered and the severe discomfort endured during the accident and after your injury.
It can be difficult to calculate the monetary value of these damages because there are no bills for pain and suffering. Having a qualified York personal injury lawyer on your side who knows how to gather any relevant evidence to properly value pain and suffering damages can help you obtain the amount of compensation you deserve.
Loss of Companionship
In personal injury cases, loss of companionship damages relates to the impact your injuries have on your relationship with your spouse. This can include the inability to be affectionate or maintain a sexual relationship. It can also lead to emotional pain if your marriage ends in a divorce.
Recovering compensation for loss of companionship most often requires medical proof of sexual disability. Dealing with insurance companies may require you to also provide a written statement from your spouse describing intimate details which can make you uncomfortable. A personal injury attorney in York can handle negotiating these issues with insurance companies or claim adjusters on your behalf.
In addition to recovering compensation for physical and emotional injuries, you are entitled to compensation for property damage that resulted from the accident. This can include damage to any vehicles, clothing, cellphone, jewelry, or other items.
You can obtain compensation for the cost of replacing or repairing personal property damages. Our York personal injury lawyers can help you gather receipts for any damaged items and calculate the fair market value for each item.
Contact Schmidt Kramer so we can determine the amount of compensation available to you. We understand that recovering compensation for a personal injury cannot change what happened, but it can hopefully help you get closer to where you were before you were injured.
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Proving a Personal Injury Case
Every personal injury case has four elements of negligence that must be proven in order to obtain the compensation you are entitled from the at-fault party. These include:
- Duty of care – This means the at-fault party was legally obligated to act in a reasonable manner to not cause you any harm or injury. We must show that he or she had a duty of care to behave the way a reasonable person would in a similar situation.
- Breached duty of care – This means that the at-fault party acted or failed to act as a reasonable person, breaching his or her duty of care. We must show that the at-fault party breached the duty of care in some way. For example, a duty of care could be breached if the other driver was speeding or driving under the influence of alcohol.
- Causation – This means there is a distinct link between the breach of duty of care and any injuries suffered. We must show that you would have not been injured were it not for the negligent actions of the at-fault party.
- Damages suffered – This means there were damages suffered as a result of your injury. We must show that your injuries led to damages, such as medical bills or lost wages from missing work.
If these elements are present, you may have a valid personal injury case and be entitled to maximum compensation. Call our personal injury attorneys in York to schedule a free, no obligation consultation.
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Statute of Limitations for a Personal Injury Claim
There is a limit on the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit after suffering some type of harm. This law is called a statute of limitations and once it expires, you lose the right to file a lawsuit. The statute of limitations for a personal injury claim in Pennsylvania is two years from the date of the injury.
You may be able to obtain compensation through an insurance claim, but it can be a complicated process. It can take longer than you think, and the statute of limitations will continue to run while you are dealing with the insurance company. This is why it is so important to contact a York personal injury attorney to get the process started right away.
Our lawyers at Schmidt Kramer understand the time restraints that apply to your specific situation. We know how to deal with the insurance claims process while being prepared to file a lawsuit if we are unsuccessful.
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Why Do I Need a Lawyer?
Seeking compensation after an accident can feel overwhelming. Even if you are not at-fault for your injuries, it is your word against the word of the insurance company. Insurance adjusters are experienced at reducing settlement amounts and will always put their best interests above yours.
Hiring a personal injury lawyer can ease your mind because they can help negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf and fight to recover the compensation you need.
There are many benefits to having an attorney handle your personal injury case, including:
- Representing your best interests and fielding settlement offers
- Personally handing your case and answering any questions you may have
- Collecting critical pieces of evidence to build a valid claim
- Investigating your accident scene thoroughly to prove the at-fault party was negligent
- Interviewing eyewitnesses who were present during your injury
- Documenting and calculating all of your losses for adequate compensation
- Confirming that all insurance claims, court documents and other paperwork is filed correctly and in a timely manner
Everything we do at Schmidt Kramer is to ensure your needs are met first and foremost. Having an experienced York personal injury lawyer on your side can make all the difference in your case. The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can help you recover compensation. Our knowledgable attorneys have been recognized by some of the top legal organizations nationwide, including Best Lawyers® and Super Lawyers.
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Contact a York Personal Injury Attorney Today
If you or someone you love suffered an injury caused by someone else’s negligent or reckless actions, you have legal rights. Contact one of our knowledgable personal injury attorneys in York to review your case and determine if you have a valid claim. We are dedicated to defending your best interests and fighting to obtain the compensation you are entitled.
At Schmidt Kramer, we have decades of experience helping personal injury victims like yourself and will aggressively pursue all options available to recover compensation for any economic and emotional damages suffered.
Our lawyers work on a contingency fee basis which means no upfront costs or fees unless we help you recover favorable compensation.