How soon should I start a lawsuit?
After an auto accident, you should hire an attorney quickly. Why? Your lawyer will need to pound the pavement and start asking questions and getting answers from witnesses while their memories are fresh. In many cases, your lawyer should visit the accident scene and compare the police report with what he finds and who he interviews. The longer you wait, the more difficult it is for witnesses to remember the facts of what they saw and heard.
I wasn’t at fault but I’m being sued. What can I do?
Just because you’re being sued doesn’t mean you are at fault for an accident. The only thing better than a good defense, is a good offense. It’s not unheard of for the at fault person’s lawyer to sue you because he or she may see it as the best way to defend their client. Find a lawyer who will take control of your case and the other party. In the end – the real victim will prevail.
If you believe the accident wasn’t your fault and we believe it wasn’t your fault; you can counter sue. You can file a claim setting forth the reasons that the other party was at fault.
Can you help me? I was already turned down by another lawyer.
Jon Ostroff’s legal reputation has been built on taking difficult cases. Many law firms limit their practice to uncomplicated and easy cases. We take a different approach…even if a fight is required.
If we believe we can win your case and ultimately recover money for you – we take your case – even when another lawyer has turned you down. It’s that simple.
Some lawyers are not well versed in limited tort insurance; they don’t comprehend the ins and outs and all the details and exceptions. Before retaining a law firm for your personal injury car accident case, be sure to ask whether or not a lawyer is experienced in limited tort insurance cases and knows about limited tort exceptions which are vital to recovery.
Other times a lawyer may not agree with your version of what happened, or accept the police version on its face, or question whether your injuries are actually related to the accident you are contacting them about.
Give us a call at 800 818-8418. We may see things your way!
Can I afford to hire a personal injury lawyer for my auto accident?
Yes. If Jon Ostroff decides to take your case and you decide that Ostroff Injury Law should represent you – we take your case on a contingency fee basis. Make sure you hire a law firm who will advance all the costs of your lawsuit-the lawyers’ time, the expert witnesses’ fees, the mountain of paperwork, administrative staff, the court fees, and more. You should pay nothing until you are paid after your case is won.
What is the statute of limitations in PA for filing a personal injury lawsuit?
While you should always consult with an Attorney in this regard, you generally have two years to file a lawsuit against all parties who you believe were at fault or who you intend to obtain recovery from. You will waive your ability to obtain compensation from parties not sued during this time frame. Once a party is sued, they must also be properly served with the filed Complaint or Writ of Summons. One exception is when injuries were sustained by a minor. Minors have until his or her 20th birthday to properly file and properly serve a Complaint or Writ of Summons against all responsible parties.
If an at fault party is a government employee or agency and the accident occurred within the scope of their employment, an injured party has as little as six months to properly notify that agency or they may be prevented from obtaining a recovery.
The statute of limitations prevents many accident victims from obtaining a recovery for their injuries and losses than any other law in Pennsylvania. In this regard it’s critical that injured parties obtain and consult a qualified attorney.