Plains Township Personal Injury Lawyer
Going back to its days as a company town in 1762, Plains Township has always been a center of conflict. A year later, a dispute between the Iroquois and Delaware spilled over into a frightful battle that wiped out the town. Beginning in 1769, the Pennamite-Yankee Wars, part of the French and Indian Wars, raged in the area. The story has a somewhat happy ending. Much later, Plains Township became a coal mining and manufacturing center that attracted thousands more residents to the area.
The people in this part of Luzerne County have never shied away from conflict. Likewise, the tough Plains Township personal injury lawyers at The Needle Law Firm never back down from a fight. Instead, we go toe-to-toe with insurance company lawyers and fight for the compensation injury victims need and deserve. This compensation usually includes money for economic losses, such as medical bills, and noneconomic losses, such as pain and suffering.
Kinds of Personal Injuries
No one is immune to serious trauma injuries or long-term medical conditions. These things can strike anyone at any time. Some examples include:
- Dog Bites: When animals suddenly attack people, the knockdown alone often causes head injuries, broken bones, and other serious injuries. Then, when dogs bite, their teeth cause severe tearing lacerations as well as deep puncture wounds. Additionally, many victims, especially child victims, must deal with substantial emotional injuries, such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
- Car Wrecks: Today’s cars and trucks are much safer than they were in the 1990s. These vehicles are also much bigger and faster than they were back in the day. No engineering or safety restraint advances can possibly contain all the force in a high-speed collision. As a result, these victims usually sustain permanent injuries.
- Falls: More fall victims are rushed to hospital emergency rooms than any other personal injury victims. Frequently, these individuals have pre-existing conditions, like poor eyesight or an old injury, which increase the risk and/or severity of fall-related injuries. These injuries include broken bones, head injuries, and internal bleeding. The emotional effects may be even worse than the physical effects.
Other personal injury cases our Plains Township personal injury lawyers handle include medical malpractice, large vehicle crashes, and on-the-job injuries.
What to Expect in a Personal Injury Case
Almost all personal injury claims settle out of court. However, if the insurance company disputes legal responsibility, the extent of damages, or any other key issue in the case, and the company usually does so, almost no cases settle right away.
To kickstart settlement negotiations, attorneys usually file legal paperwork. In addition to pressuring the insurance company into settlement, this move preserves the victim’s legal right to compensation.
Informal negotiations usually move into high gear once medical treatment and discovery are at least substantially complete. At that point, attorneys can estimate the amount of future medical expenses. Additionally, since insurance companies must put all their cards face up on the table during discovery, attorneys can measure the strength of their claims.
If cases remain unresolved as the trial date approaches, most Luzerne County judges appoint mediators. These professionals ensure that both sides negotiate in good faith. “Take it or leave it” is not a good faith negotiating position. As a result, mediation in Pennsylvania has about a 90 percent success rate.
Contact an Experienced Luzerne County Personal Injury Lawyer
Injury victims are entitled to substantial compensation. For a free consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney in Plains Township, contact The Needle Law Firm. We do not charge upfront legal fees in these matters.