Firm Logo
Call for a Free Consultation215-486-0123

What is a Personal Injury Lawyer?

What is a Personal Injury Lawyer?What is a Personal Injury Lawyer?

A Comprehensive Guide With Philadelphia Case Studies

Imagine you're driving through the bustling streets of Center City, Philadelphia. The iconic Liberty Bell and Independence Hall are far behind you as you navigate the usual traffic congestion. Suddenly, out of nowhere, a distracted driver slams into your car. Your vehicle is damaged, and more importantly, you're injured. What comes next? Medical bills, insurance disputes, and perhaps even loss of employment. In situations like these, you don't just need medical doctors to stitch you back up—you also need legal professionals who specialize in making you whole again in the eyes of the law.

If you've ever found yourself entangled in a personal injury case in Philadelphia or anywhere else in Pennsylvania, you've likely heard the term "personal injury lawyer." But what exactly does that mean? It's much more than a legal title; it's a beacon of hope and support for those who have been wrongfully injured.

What Does a Personal Injury Lawyer Do?

A personal injury lawyer is a legal professional who represents individuals who have been injured, either physically or emotionally, due to the negligence or wrongdoing of another person, company, government agency, or any entity. These lawyers are experts in a specific field of law known as "tort law," which covers civil wrongs and damages to a person's body, property, or reputation. From road accidents and medical malpractice to slip-and-falls and workplace injuries, personal injury lawyers cover a broad range of issues.

Our Consultations Are Always Free

Contact Us Today

The Significance of Pennsylvania Laws on Personal Injury Cases

Pennsylvania has its own set of laws and statutes that govern personal injury cases. These laws can be complex and intricate, requiring an in-depth understanding of Pennsylvania's legal landscape. For instance, Pennsylvania employs a "modified comparative negligence" rule, which means that if you are found to be partially at fault for your injury, your compensation will be reduced by your percentage of fault.

Why You Need a Qualified Personal Injury Lawyer for Your Case

Navigating the complexities of personal injury cases in Philadelphia requires more than just a legal degree. It requires a nuanced understanding of local laws, a network of resources, and a relentless commitment to achieving justice for clients.

At van der Veen, Hartshorn, Levin & Lindheim, we pride ourselves on our dedication to client success. We go above and beyond to provide personalized legal guidance tailored to the specifics of your case. Our approach sets us apart in a few key ways:

  • Local Expertise: Being deeply ingrained in the Philadelphia community allows us to understand local nuances that can significantly impact the outcome of your case.
  • Broad Spectrum of Services: Whether you're dealing with a car accident on the Schuylkill Expressway or a slip-and-fall in a Center City shop, our services cover a wide range of personal injury cases.
  • Resourceful Litigation: We're not just about settlements. If a case requires it, we are prepared to take it to court to ensure our clients get what they rightfully deserve.

So, why do you need a personal injury lawyer for your case? The answer goes far beyond legal representation. A personal injury lawyer is your advocate, your counselor, and your biggest supporter when life takes an unexpected turn for the worst. However, not all personal injury lawyers are created equal.

Written Reviews

  • Two-Time Success: A Consistent Legal Powerhouse
    Play Video

    “These guys are the dream team of Philadelphia. I’ve had two injury cases taken care of by these guys, and the end result was exactly what I was promised. I thank god for having such efficient attorneys. I will continue to recommend friends and family because every case is treated as if it is the biggest case.”

    - Kevin R. / Client
  • Seamless Experience: Legal Excellence Meets Compassionate Care
    Play Video

    "Wonderful experience with this law firm after getting hit last summer. The whole staff is on top of things and communicates well. A special shoutout to the attorney who handled my case and negotiated my medical bills. I was able to get the care and treatment I needed with minimal stress because they handled it all!"

    - Amanda A. / Client
  • Effortless Recovery: Comprehensive Care and Exceptional Communication
    Play Video

    "Going with this law firm for my auto accident case was the best advice anyone ever gave me. I was very impressed with my results and the way they handled my case and me."

    - Ant F. / Client
  • Prompt and Precise: An Automobile Settlement that Stands Out
    Play Video

    “I wanted to thank you for the excellent work you did as my attorney with the settlement of my automobile accident. I know you have a lot of clients, so your prompt responses and attention to detail really meant a lot to me.”

    - Jarrett H. / Client

How van der Veen, Hartshorn, Levin & Lindheim Stands Out

What distinguishes our firm is our unwavering commitment to our clients' well-being, both in and out of the courtroom. Whether it's relentless asset recovery efforts or fighting tooth and nail against obstinate insurance companies, we go the extra mile to secure justice.

By adhering to these principles, van der Veen, Hartshorn, Levin & Lindheim stands as a beacon of dedicated legal advocacy in Philadelphia and throughout Pennsylvania. Our role extends far beyond the courtroom, making a meaningful difference in the lives of those we represent.

Our practice extends beyond mere legal representation. We consider it a priority to establish an empathetic understanding of our clients' needs, enabling us to advocate more effectively on their behalf. We also keep a close eye on local laws and statutes that may affect personal injury claims in Philadelphia and throughout Pennsylvania, ensuring that our clients have the most current and effective legal advice.

  • $35.1 Million
    Personal Injury
  • $10 Million
    Personal Injury
  • $4.8 Million
    Personal Injury
  • $4.25 Million
    Personal Injury
  • $3.25 Million
    Personal Injury
View All Case Results

Real-World Scenarios: Cases Handled by Our Philadelphia Personal Injury Attorneys

Jesse Darwish*, a young newlywed, was enjoying a motorcycle ride on a July 4th weekend. His life turned upside down when an uninsured driver made a negligent left turn, causing a catastrophic accident. Despite wearing a helmet, Jesse was severely injured, with the most devastating being a traumatic brain injury that left him quadriplegic. His family sought the assistance of Michael van der Veen, a dedicated attorney from van der Veen, Hartshorn, Levin & Lindheim. Although the negligent driver had limited financial assets, van der Veen pursued the case relentlessly and secured a $31.5 million judgment. The pursuit didn't end there; van der Veen continues his unwavering efforts to collect any available assets for Jesse, assuring his family they are not alone.

This real-life account embodies the vital role a personal injury lawyer plays in advocating for victims.

Tractor-Trailer Accident: Fighting Against the Odds

Take Ricardo Hill* as another example. A nine-year-old boy, Ricardo was struck by a tractor-trailer driver while crossing a busy road in Philadelphia. The insurance company representing the driver denied responsibility. Michael van der Veen filed a lawsuit against the trucking company and the driver, standing firm through a grueling trial. In the end, a settlement offer of $10 million was accepted, ensuring Ricardo's long-term medical and support needs would be met.

Bicycle Accident: Advocacy Beyond the Courtroom

Jennifer Watson* was hit from behind by a drunk driver while riding her bicycle. Though she was initially misdiagnosed at the emergency room, van der Veen promptly had her hospitalized for a thorough examination. Jennifer had a fractured spine and required immediate surgery. van der Veen went beyond just securing a $4.8 million judgment for Jennifer; he also helped her get her day in court against the drunk driver, who had a long history of moving violations.

*Names have been changed to protect the privacy of the individuals involved.

We Don't Get Paid Unless We Win Your Case.


The Question You Didn't Know to Ask: Why is the Right Personal Injury Lawyer Crucial?

You may be thinking, “Any lawyer can manage a personal injury case, right?” This leads us to a new question—one you perhaps didn't realize you needed to ask: Why is choosing the right personal injury lawyer so crucial? The answer lies in the nuances of personal injury law and how intricately it's tied to your life, your health, and your future.

Do you merely want someone who will file papers for you? Or do you want a legal partner who will navigate the intricate maze of Pennsylvania laws, negotiate with insurance companies, and stand beside you in court if needed? At van der Veen, Hartshorn, Levin & Lindheim, we offer more than just legal services; we offer peace of mind.

If you or a loved one has been wrongfully injured, don't hesitate to reach out to us. Your journey toward justice and recovery starts here.

Contact van der Veen, Hartshorn, Levin & Lindheim for a free consultation, and let us be your legal voice in the challenging times that lie ahead.

Contact Us for a Free Consultation

Results matter. Real-world outcomes demonstrate a lawyer's efficacy and commitment. Therefore, as you explore your options, don't just focus on the immediate concern; dig deeper to understand how well a personal injury law firm can represent you.

For residents in and around Philadelphia, van der Veen, Hartshorn, Levin & Lindheim offers more than just legal services; we offer proven, tangible results.

For more questions about personal injury cases or to discuss a potential claim, don't hesitate to contact us for a free consultation today.

At van der Veen, Hartshorn, Levin & Lindheim, we proudly extend our personal injury legal services across a broad range of locations throughout Pennsylvania, ensuring that wherever you are, top-notch legal support is never far away. Below is a concise list of the geographic locations that detail our offerings:

Click on your locality to learn how our unrivaled experience in personal injury law is tailored to meet the unique needs of residents in these specific areas.

Notable Case Results

Always Pursing the Best Possible Outcome

Assault Injury

$1 Million

Tractor-Trailer Accident

$10 Million

Bicycle Accident

$4.8 Million

1 / 4

In the Media

Throughout the years, our firm and our individual attorneys have been recognized in both local and national media for our extensive legal knowledge, experience, and record of success. Our attorneys frequently appear in the media to provide insights and information on various legal matters, including high-profile cases.

    1 / 2

Choosing the Right Firm Can Make All the Difference

  • Unrivaled Record of SuccessWe have won tens of millions of dollars for injured victims, and have achieved countless "not guilty" verdicts for clients faced with criminal charges.
  • No Challenge too BigOur firm has handled some of the biggest cases in country, including representing the President of the United States.
  • Personalized RepresentationWe understand that every case is unique. Therefore, we tailor our approach based on the facts of the case and the needs of our client.
  • Uncompromising PassionOur competitive nature is one of our strongest qualities. You can be confident that no other firm will outwork our team.
  • Holistic ApproachNot only do we want to excel legally for the client, but we also want to make sure we are strengthening their mind, body and spirt.
  • Supporting the CommunityOur team engages in many community events and regularly donates time and resources to many charitable organizations in Philadelphia.

Talk to Our Experienced Team

Home to Philadelphia’s most accomplished attorneys, van der Veen, Hartshorn, Levin & Lindheim pairs diverse practice experience with a passion-driven, comprehensive law practice—all for the client’s benefit.

Firm Logo
Allentown Office609 Hamiltion St,Suite 7Allentown, PA 18101Map & Directions
Philadelphia Office1219 Spruce StPhiladelphia, PA 19107Map & Directions
Montgomery County Office411 Cherry St.Norristown, PA 19401Map & Directions
Follow Us
Make A Payment