What to Expect
At Schwartz & Blackman you can expect us to give you the highest quality legal advice and representation. We understand the enormous physical, mental, and financial hardships which can result from serious injuries sustained in an accident. Below you will find some answers to the most common personal injury questions.
What can I expect at the first meeting?
At Schwartz & Blackman we understand how difficult it might be to consider consulting with an attorney, particularly when you have suffered a devastating loss. We will work to make sure that you, as our client, understands the “who, what, where, when, and why” of the litigation process.
Your experience starts with a first meeting. We will take the necessary time to discuss the specifics of your case. We may request that you provide a narrative of the events regarding your accident. Thereafter, we will obtain all relevant records and materials and commence a thorough investigation to get statements and photographs of the accident scene. We will prepare all necessary pleadings to make certain all deadlines are met.
After our first meeting, much work may be done by phone, mail and email. Our office will contact the insurance company. Our office will contact your medical providers and the other party’s insurance company and/or lawyer. You will be advised not to discuss the case with anyone other than your doctor and your attorney.
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Here are some typical questions you might have:
I’ve been injured – now what?
First, go see your doctor and take care of your health, even before you consider taking any legal action. Be sure to keep all information regarding your medical appointments, since good records of your injury and treatment are important for your case.
How long should I wait before I file a claim for my injury?
You should seek professional help immediately to determine when your claim should be filed. For example, if you have been denied your social security or disability benefits, your appeal must be filed shortly after you receive your denial notification.
If I get hurt on the job, what should I do?
You should immediately report the incident to your employer or supervisor to avoid being denied any disability or workers’ compensation benefits. If you have been denied benefits, contact our office immediately and we will help you obtain the compensation benefits you are entitled to receive.
How much will it cost?
Our office handles personal injury cases on a contingent fee basis. This means that in the event that there is no recovery, you will not be charged. Our office also advances the reasonable and necessary costs to prepare your case for trial.
Does my spouse have a claim, also?
Yes, your spouse may have a claim. It is called a claim for “Loss of Consortium.” This claim involves not only loss of intimacy but also those daily jobs that one partner does for the benefit of the partnership.
Will I have to go to trial?
Every case that we accept is taken with a view toward trial. In most situations, a properly prepared case ready for trial can very well settle. The ultimate decision to accept a settlement is a choice that the client makes.
If you have any question or simply wish to discuss any aspect of your potential case, please call our office. There is never any charge. 215.925.4451
The personal injury and accident lawyers at Schwartz & Blackman handle cases in the Pennsylvania and New Jersey area, including:
- PA: Berks County, Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Montgomery County, Philadelphia County, Allentown, Lehigh Valley, Norristown, Philadelphia
- NJ: Atlantic County, Burlington County, Camden County, Gloucester County, Mercer County, Middlesex County, Monmouth County, Camden, Cherry Hill, New Jersey shore cities