Auto Accident Lawyers
While auto accidents make up a significant portion of Pennsylvania personal injury and wrongful death claims, they are certainly not routine. It is critical to investigate each accident individually and look at case specifics such as the physical principles of the car accident, the evidence used to evaluate injuries, and the economics required to evaluate losses. At McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt, our experience in Pennsylvania auto accident litigation is extensive. We furiously fight for victims of car accidents because you are entitled to compensation for property damage, medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and for permanent injury or disfigurement.
Attorney Jim McEldrew is a skilled Pennsylvania fatal car accident lawyer. McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt provides comprehensive counsel to people who have suffered injury in accidents involving negligence by automobile operators, whether as drivers, passengers or pedestrians. We handle all types of serious and catastrophic injury claims including brain or spinal cord injury, broken bones, burns, paralysis, and amputation or loss of limb. We also handle wrongful death claims.
When you hire us to help you get full and fair compensation for a car accident injury, we will conduct a thorough investigation of the facts and circumstances of your case. We will go to the scene of the accident and work with accident reconstruction specialists, if necessary, to gather all the evidence needed to support your claim. We will locate and interview all potential witnesses, and will bring in experts when appropriate to provide clear testimony regarding the cause and extent of your injuries, as well as the full financial impact of the accident.
Please be aware that adjusters and insurers may try to take advantage of victims who are not represented by an attorney experienced in Pennsylvania accident law. Insurance companies typically do not look out for your best interests. It is not common for an accident victim to get the settlement they deserve without consulting a lawyer. We will be a staunch advocate for you with any insurance company, including your car insurance provider. We know how to read and interpret auto insurance policies, and will carefully examine your coverage to make certain you get all the benefits to which you are entitled. We will hold insurers accountable when they try to delay or deny your claim, of offer you less than you deserve. We also understand the provisions that are included in many insurance policies that cover you in situations where the party causing the injury was either without insurance or underinsured. Just because the other driver was without insurance does not mean that you are without recourse.
Uninsured / Underinsured Motorist Coverage
If you are in a car accident with a driver who does not have insurance or is underinsured, you may be able to file a claim with your own insurance company. However, even if your insurance company does in fact have an obligation to pay benefits, the process is often difficult, and claims are frequently delayed, underpaid, and/or wrongfully denied. We can help!
Seat Belt / Air Bag Injuries and Defects
In addition to fighting typical auto accident cases, McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt will fight cases involving air bag defects and seat belt malfunctions. Sometimes this will require the use of a bio-mechanical engineer to determine if a defect resulted in greater injuries than would have otherwise been the case.
Medical bills from auto accident cases
Often times, people involved in an auto accident end up with medical bills they cannot afford to pay. Surgeries, emergency room visits, extended hospital stays, and therapy are all very expensive, and can place a heavy financial burden on injured victims.
We provide our clients with complete representation after they are involved in a car accident. We will help you coordinate benefit coverage and your payments coverage. The timing and selection of which medical bills to submit to which insurance companies can be crucial to the financial outcome of any serious auto accident case. The net result of your settlement may be greatly increased simply by managing these submissions properly. Handling these matters improperly can affect credit rating and can lead to greater financial strain. There are techniques to defer payment of the medical bills, have them paid by insurance, or even have the medical bills waived or significantly reduced.
At McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt, we have over 30 years experience in litigating auto accident cases. Get an advocate to stand up for your rights. We take all car accident injury claims on a contingency basis, and will only charge you attorney fees if we are able to obtain financial compensation for your losses. We invite you to call us today at (215) 367-5151 for a free consultation if you or a loved one has been injured in an accident.