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When to Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer?

When to Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer?When to Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer?

Imagine driving along the bustling streets of Philadelphia, perhaps on the well-known Roosevelt Boulevard, a route often fraught with vehicular accidents. Your day takes an unexpected turn when another driver's negligence causes a collision. Amidst the shock, medical concerns, and insurance paperwork, you find yourself asking, "When should I hire a personal injury lawyer?" Understanding the timing within the life cycle of a personal injury case can significantly impact the outcome, especially under Pennsylvania laws and guidelines.

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Why Timing Matters

The role timing plays in the context of a personal injury case cannot be overstated. Certain stages crucially benefit from legal intervention, whether you're dealing with a motor vehicle accident, slip-and-fall, or medical malpractice. In Philadelphia, where local ordinances and state laws like the statute of limitations add complexity, professional advice can be invaluable.

Immediately After the Incident

Many believe that hiring a lawyer immediately after an incident may be premature. However, early intervention often leads to better evidence collection and witness interviews. For instance, in Pennsylvania, a property owner's duty to maintain safe conditions can be crucial in a slip-and-fall case, making immediate documentation invaluable.

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    “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.”

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    "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!"

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    "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."

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    “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

Pre-Litigation Phase

Before even considering going to court, several pre-litigation steps require a lawyer's expertise. These include negotiating with insurance companies, gathering medical records, and estimating future medical costs. In Pennsylvania, a "modified comparative negligence" rule applies, under which your compensation may be reduced if you're partially at fault. A skilled lawyer can help navigate these complexities.

During Litigation

If you've reached this stage, hiring a lawyer is not just recommended—it's essential. Complex court rules, the burden of proof, and strategic moves like filing motions could determine the case's outcome.

Settlement Negotiations and Trial

Whether you're in the chambers of a Philadelphia courtroom or in settlement negotiations, this is the stage where the stakes are the highest. A lawyer can skillfully navigate the nuances of Pennsylvania's legal guidelines, helping you secure the most favorable outcome.

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Why Choose van der Veen, Hartshorn, Levin & Lindheim?

When it comes to choosing a personal injury lawyer in Philadelphia, the team at van der Veen, Hartshorn, Levin & Lindheim distinguishes itself by its:

  • Local Expertise: An intricate understanding of Philadelphia and Pennsylvania-specific laws and regulations.
  • Client Focus: A tailored strategy developed around your specific case details and needs.
  • Aggressive Advocacy: Our lawyers are not just advisors; they are advocates who will fight tirelessly for your rights, whether in settlement negotiations or court trials.

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The Unasked Question: What Does 'Closure' Mean in a Personal Injury Case?

You now know when to hire a personal injury lawyer, but the unasked question you probably didn’t realize you should be asking is, "What does 'closure' mean in a personal injury case?" After all legal proceedings have concluded, the emotional and psychological aspects of closure become the next vital step. At van der Veen, Hartshorn, Levin & Lindheim, we understand that legal closure is just the beginning.

If you're facing the turmoil of a personal injury case and seek a legal team that prioritizes your well-being, look no further than van der Veen, Hartshorn, Levin & Lindheim. Reach out today for a no-obligation consultation and take the first step toward justice.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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