Thank you for spending a few moments with Georgelis Injury Law Firm – where recovering the maximum compensation for our Lancaster, PA clients is our goal and our hallmark! With drunk driving accidents, the injuries can be more severe since an impaired driver has slower reaction time.
Our drunk driving accident lawyers work tirelessly, in defense of our Lancaster clients. Our profession and our passion are dedicated to the pursuit of justice for families and individuals in Lancaster, PA and beyond who have been impacted by drunk driving. With DUI accidents, victims can collect a wide range of damages, if fault of another is proven.
With drunk driving accidents come injuries. With injuries come medical bills. With medical bills come concerns and questions about how much will be, or won’t be, monetarily covered via the at-fault party. Couple that with possible lost income or future lost wages, pain and suffering, an altered lifestyle, and property damage…and one can quicky feel overwhelmed at uncertainty of their financial and emotional future. Here is where our team of legal professionals comes into play.
Your future – physically, financially, and psychologically – can be destined to suffer if you are left with inadequate financial resources. This is why being represented by strong legal counsel is so vitally important! Insurance companies will do whatever they can to minimize your losses. Your duress is not their concern. They are most concerned about holding onto their financial assets.
At Georgelis Injury Law Firm, when our Lancaster, PA clients are under our representation, they feel confident knowing that they will never be bullied, deceived, or victimized by the system – and that’s our promise to you, as well!
Pennsylvania’s Dram Shop Law means any person or business that provides alcohol to a person who is visibly intoxicated can be held legally responsible for any injury or damage the intoxicated person may cause while under the influence.
This law applies to bars, restaurants, clubs, and even private individuals who might, irresponsibly, provide alcoholic drinks. The bottom line is, if a drunk driver were responsible for an accident that is injury-causing or property-damaging, claimants may be able to file suit against an establishment or person(s) who served the alcohol.
Pennsylvania is a no-fault state, which means anyone injured in an accident must first go to their own insurance company for compensation, regardless of who is to blame. When drivers purchase car insurance, they have an option of choosing limited tort or full tort coverage. Here’s a breakdown of what that means.
Limited Tort: Drivers who have opted to go with limited tort coverage cannot sue for damages unless the accident resulted in serious injury—which means serious impairment of a body function or serious or permanent disfigurement.
Full Tort: This option allows drivers to sue a responsible driver for any and all injuries suffered through that driver’s negligence. In this case, the driver can sue for non-economic damages like pain and suffering, loss of income, unpaid medical bills, loss of quality of life, and more.
In the case of a DUI accident where someone is injured and has opted for limited tort coverage, they can be limited to the compensation the insurance company is willing to pay. This is a critical decision when choosing an insurance policy, so we urge drivers to choose wisely.
As our client, Georgelis Injury Law Firm’s drunk driving accident lawyers would meticulously analyze the terms and conditions of all insurance policies involved to ensure compensation is received from all possible sources. The subject of insurance policies represents only one case-in-point regarding the critical importance of being represented by accident lawyers who focus their attention on this often-confusing coverage conundrum.
It would not be unusual for an insurance company to offer an accident victim the drunk driver’s entire policy amount. Would that be enough, though? At Georgelis Injury Law Firm, our mantra is, don’t just settle! Part of receiving maximum compensation involves taking a deeper dive beyond what monetary recoveries the insurance company might offer. For example, our lawyers would work towards uncovering any personal assets or finances the defendant might possess.
Most defendants wouldn’t choose to voluntarily release their assets as part of a plaintiff’s damages. If they would put up a fight – and understandably so – our drunk driving accident lawyers could take the defendant to court.
It’s important to know, from the very beginning, that if we accept your drunk driving accident claim, you will pay no out-of-pocket fees. Our accident lawyers are compensated from a portion of the recoveries – meaning, unless we win money for you, we don’t get paid. We advance all of the costs of handling your claim. Our fee comes only if and when we win your case and get money for you. Otherwise, you pay nothing! Be assured, however, that if we do take your case, we are out to win!
There are a handful of things to keep in mind regarding a drunk driving accident. The bottom line is you want to promote and protect the defense of your case!
Admit no fault since your perception of what occurred may not be 100% accurate. Do not tell the other party involved, nor a police officer, that you accept some blame for the accident – even though there are times when both parties involved in a drunk driving accident can be found to be partially at fault. Do not apologize since that could be misconstrued as an admission of guilt by the insurance company and jeopardize the strength and value of your claim.
File a police report even if the accident was a minor fender bender. Not filing a police report could give your insurance company a legitimate reason to not cover your damages. Obtaining the other party’s information is not adequate, on its own – contact the police and make a report!
Obtain a medical evaluation since some after-effects of injuries can surface days, weeks, or further down the road. Pain that should be felt from driving accident injuries can sometimes be delayed and masked by adrenaline, especially in traumatic situations. Get checked out by a medical professional ASAP since that information could dramatically help with the defense of your case.
Waiting to seek medical attention gives the insurance company a ready-made defense to your bodily injury claim—remember that.
Avoid contact with an insurance representative since what you say could be used against you. It’s in your best interest to not speak with an insurance representative who may request a recorded statement, for example, without first consulting with a top drunk driving accident law firm. You have no legal obligation to speak to them and your statement could – without you realizing it – entirely compromise your case’s defense. Our drunk driving accident lawyers will fully negotiate with the insurance companies involved.
On the other hand, your auto insurance policy may require that you provide your insurance representative a recorded statement about the accident and your injuries. It is also in your best interest to have a drunk driving accident lawyer prepare you to give this statement, and to be present when you speak with the insurance adjuster. Don’t be swayed into speaking with insurance companies as an unrepresented victim. It is paramount to let our drunk driving accident lawyers deal with the insurance companies.
Contacting Georgelis Injury Law Firm should be one of the first steps you take after you have received a proper medical evaluation. Our professionals know the full extent of the law. Our accident lawyers go to trial for our Lancaster, PA clients if it increases the chances of our clients receiving maximized compensation. We will be with you every step of the way!
Seeking justice for our Lancaster, PA clients is always our goal. Here are a few examples of how we have helped individuals and families move on with their lives, financially: from a $2.35 million motorcycle accident recovery case to $1.45 million in compensation for a client suffering injuries in a commercial truck accident, to a $1.6 million personal injury settlement, our legal experience and compelling strategies are what make the difference between our Lancaster clients receiving maximum financial recoveries versus hugely reduced amounts!
When it comes to drunk driving accidents, we offer full legal assistance with the following, and much more:
Unfortunately, bicyclists and motorcyclists have nothing between them and the vehicles whizzing by them. As a result, injuries can be catastrophic or fatal. If you experienced injuries as a motorcyclist or bicyclist due to a drunk driver, please call our legal team immediately.
Experienced, well-credentialed and highly respected legal counsel is what you need to ensure the damages and losses you are facing, past, present and future, are fully compensated and commensurate with the severity of your injuries. The sooner we get started, the sooner we can get money in your pocket.
Georgelis Injury Law Firm deals with pedestrian collisions of all types, and every type is extremely unfortunate. Did you sustain injuries while jogging, walking your dog, entering an intersection, or retrieving something from you parked car on a street or parking lot? Drunk driving accidents can take place anywhere! Call our team concerning your drunk driving incident so we can inform you of your legal options.
Expediency is very important regarding the statute of limitations. For personal injury cases in Pennsylvania involving vehicles, the statute of limitations is two years. The clock starts running based on the date the accident occurred. Waiting too long can jeopardize your compensation qualifications. If the statute of limitations expires, you would lose your right to sue. Don’t hesitate – give our team a call!
Placing worth on an injury is legally measurable. Along those lines, our drunk driving accident lawyers are keenly aware of what compensations you would require in order to resume your life with as much normalcy, as possible.
The injury and accident attorneys at Georgelis Injury law are extremely well-versed in evaluating and
valuing bodily injury claims. Without top-notch lawyers by your side, an accident-injury victim can fall prey to the tactics the insurance industry employs. As a result, tens of thousands of dollars, or hundreds of thousands of dollars could be left on the table. Don’t let that happen to you! At Georgelis Injury Law Firm, we will fully determine what your injuries are worth and fight the good fight to recover this maximum compensation for you!
The seriousness of you or your loved one’s injuries will weigh heavily on the final compensation outcome. A payout could range from many thousands of dollars to a million dollars, or more, depending on the severity of injuries and what level of pain and suffering one is experiencing or will continue to experience.
Pain and suffering is a nebulous concept, and it is very difficult to place a monetary value on the mental anguish someone has experienced, and will continue to experience, as a result of a drunk driving accident. Our drunk-driver accident lawyers know how to build and maximize these values due to decades of experience with bodily injury claims emanating from commercial vehicle accidents.
Bottom line: accident attorneys, predictably, attain larger settlements than what insurance companies offer the victims involved. If insurance companies employ highly skilled negotiators to limit their losses, shouldn’t you have the same legal advantage to ensure they don’t?
Our accident lawyers will look for all available insurance coverages. For example, there may be additional insurance coverage, such as bodily injury liability coverage in the form of an umbrella policy. These policies often contain at least an additional $500,000 in coverage so it is critically important to ascertain their existence. Additionally, there could be other defendants partially at fault for the accident, so their liability insurance could be in play.
In addition, due to recent changes in the laws, accident victims have been given greater access to insurance covering other vehicles in the household, so we will be sure to uncover every cent of available insurance dollar for you.
Evidence such as ‘event data recorders’, or black boxes in vehicles could make a plaintiff’s defense, rock-solid. Vehicles’ black boxes could contain powerful evidence that could prove to be invaluable for a skilled crash reconstructionist. Black box information can provide a clearer picture, corroborate other evidence, and fill in gaps to bolster the defense of one’s case against a drunk driver.
Talking with a legal professional is the first step in the right direction concerning your drunk driving-related accident. Click Get a Free Consultation and answer just a few simple questions. A vehicle-accident attorney from Georgelis Injury Law Firm will get back with you within 24 hours. Let’s turn your distress and concern into calm and confidence as we discuss the details of your claim and then, begin to move forward.
You can also take advantage of a Live Chat for immediate interaction from a member of our legal team. You can feel assured knowing you have real-time assistance, 24/7!
Our Lancaster, PA clients have peace-of-mind knowing the professionals at Georgelis Injury Law Firm are top-tier award winners. Georgelis Law Firm’s trial lawyers are credited for more than 99% of cases won and more than $70,000,000 in recoveries for Lancaster County’s injured workers and accident victims.
This history of success translates into Georgelis Injury Law Firm having been voted the #1 law firm in Lancaster County, PA – as part of Lancaster County Magazine‘s Best-of-Lancaster Survey – for 8 years running! Our lawyers have won more than 100 jury trials and successfully handled thousands of personal injury and work-related injury claims.
Georgelis Injury Law Firm is selectively comprised of two former Lancaster County Assistant District Attorneys, a former Philadelphia Insurance Defense Lawyer, and the former President Judge of the Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas.
Another component of being recognized as among the best of the best is being accessible for our Lancaster, PA patrons! Our vehicle-accident attorneys are ready to meet with you during evenings and on weekends at your home, your office, the hospital, or rehab center. We will work around your schedule and your needs.
Lost time can mean lost compensation – contact our team, right away. Our neighbors in Lancaster, PA can call 1-800-HURT NOW or 717-394-3004 for immediate assistance – 24/7 by phone – or submit a Free Consultation form on our website. Visit www.georgelislaw.com for more information on how we can assist you!
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