When you are injured in an accident in Philadelphia, you feel the effects across many aspects of your life. Aside from the physical injuries you are now faced with, the financial hardships caused by accidents—paying medical bills, repairing damaged property, and making up for lost wages because you may not be able to work—can further complicate your healing process. When you are in this situation, skilled Philadelphia personal injury lawyers can aid you in getting your life back on track and help you get the compensation you deserve.
Accidents in Philadelphia
Being not only the largest city in Pennsylvania, but also the fifth largest city in the country, Philadelphia is bound to be a venue for serious personal injury. The most common type of personal injury is motor vehicle accidents, and Philadelphia is no stranger to these crashes. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation reported that in 2010 there were more than 10,000 accidents in Philadelphia, and these accidents resulted in 84 deaths—the highest number of traffic-related deaths of any county in the state. The high volume of commuters, tourists, and residents all contribute to the increased chance of an accident.
Empty Promises from Insurance Companies
They say they will be on your side, but in actuality your insurance company is only your good neighbor until you want them to keep their promise to help you when the unexpected occurs. The insurance companies employ the method of delaying, denying, or aggressively fighting your claim so they do not have to pay you the money that is owed to you. The reason they do this is because the insurance companies are businesses, and their main goal is to turn a profit rather than to provide a service.
They have proved this time and time again. For example, in 2007, Allstate was ordered to turn over documents detailing their methods of responding to claims. When they refused, the judge held them in contempt of court and ordered that they pay $25,000 for each day they refused to turn the documents over. They wound up paying the court $2,400,000 after failing to release the documents for 96 days. The company thought it was a better strategy to refuse those documents and pay more than 2 million dollars rather than turn them over in a personal injury case.
It has gotten to the point where in almost all circumstances the insurance company will find it better to embark on an expensive legal battle rather than to just pay out the money they owe to the claimant. Why do they do this? To discourage others from attempting to file a claim. In the insurance company’s eyes, the harder they make the process the better. If they make it difficult there is an increased chance that: the claimant will give up and settle for a lowball offer, others will be afraid or dissuaded from filing a claim, or that the policy holder will eventually die.
Knowledgeable Personal Injury Attorneys in Philadelphia
At Console & Hollawell, we prepare each case as if it is going to trial. This method allows us to best prepare our clients’ cases so that in most instances, trial is not necessary. Once the insurance companies see that we are not going to allow them to take advantage of our clients, they are more apt to settle rather than enter into a court battle against us. If you or someone you love has been injured as the result of someone else’s negligence you deserve to be compensated. We pay our insurance premiums so that we are protected in case of an accident. It is time to make the insurance companies keep their promises. Speak with a Philadelphia personal injury attorney today by calling us at (800) 455-2746.