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When you're unjustly injured, the attorneys of Graham & Mauer, P.C. can provide crucial information and help you seek necessary compensation. Our offices in Valley Forge and Harrisburg make us accessible to clients throughout eastern and central Pennsylvania. Call us toll-free today at 866-382-8568 for a free phone consultation, or contact us online.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. If I have been injured in an accident, do I need an attorney?

2. How can I afford to pay for an attorney?

3. What is the value of my case?

4. What is limited tort?

5. Should I give a statement to an insurance adjustor following an accident?

6. How long will it take to settle my case?

7. If I have had an accident, should I report the accident to the police?

8. If I have suffered a burn injury, should I contact an attorney?

9. If I am injured in a motorcycle crash, what are my rights?

10. If I am attacked by a dog, what are my rights?

11. If I am injured as a pedestrian, what are my rights?

12. How do I know if I have a medical malpractice claim?

If I have been injured in an accident, do I need an attorney?

If you or a loved one or a friend has been injured in an accident, you will soon find out that insurance companies have plenty of agents, claims adjustors and lawyers who are representing the interest of the insurance company.

Taking advice following an accident from an insurance company adjustor is something like asking the fox how to best safeguard your chickens. Following an injury-producing accident, you need to know what your rights are and you need to find out about those rights by speaking with a personal injury lawyer.

If you have been injured, and would like to know what your rights are, please contact the personal injury attorneys at Graham & Mauer at 866-382-8568.

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How can I afford to pay for an attorney?

There is never any charge for an initial consultation with an attorney at Graham & Mauer. With regard to personal injury cases, we are not paid until your case has concluded. Our fees are based upon a percentage of your recovery. At Graham & Mauer, we advance all costs for your personal injury case, and those costs need only be repaid to Graham & Mauer if we are successful. You pay nothing until you receive your settlement.

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What is the value of my case?

The answer to this question is based upon many factors. Personal injury cases are generally valued by considering, among other things, the circumstances surrounding the accident, the injuries you have suffered as a result of that accident, the effect those injuries have on your activities of daily living, the amount of medical bills and lost income that have resulted from the accident and the likely cost of any future medical bills or income loss.

In order to place any meaningful value on your case, it is best for us to wait until your medical treatment has been completed - in other words, when you know you have completely recovered from the accident-related injuries or your doctor tells you that this is as good as you are ever going to be, even though you may not have fully recovered to your pre-accident condition.

If you have questions about your case, please contact the personal injury lawyers at Graham & Mauer at 866-382-8568.

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What is limited tort?

Limited tort is a status created by the Pennsylvania legislature with respect to certain motor vehicle insurance policy holders. The Pennsylvania legislature has created two tort options in Pennsylvania.

Full tort means that you have all of the rights and privileges that any accident victim has to bring an action for all of your damages including pain and suffering. If, on the other hand, you have selected limited tort on your own automobile insurance policy, then you and your family members are subject to the limited tort restrictions. Those restrictions include the inability to be compensated for pain and suffering, inconvenience and other valuable losses that you suffered in the automobile crash.

The attorneys at Graham & Mauer are experienced at finding exceptions to these limited tort restrictions and welcome the opportunity to talk to you about the problems associated with limited tort automobile insurance coverage. If you have such questions, please contact the attorneys at Graham & Mauer at 866-382-8568.

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Should I give a statement to an insurance adjustor following an accident?

Certainly not. Insurance adjustors are working for the best interest of the insurance company. Insurance adjustors are usually not attorneys and are, therefore, not licensed or qualified to give legal advice. Therefore you should never give a statement to an insurance adjustor, or sign any papers offered to you by an insurance adjustor without first consulting with a personal injury attorney. Before you say anything to an insurance adjustor following an accident, you should know your rights. Always contact a personal injury attorney for a free consultation prior to signing any documents or giving any statement to an insurance adjustor following an accident.

The expert attorneys at Graham & Mauer are prepared to answer your questions and inform you of your rights. Call one of the personal injury attorneys at Graham & Mauer at 866-382-8568 to learn what your rights are.

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How long will it take to settle my case?

The circumstances surrounding each individual case dictate the complexity of the negotiations and the length of time required to settle your case. A small number of cases never settle and are tried. However, the majority of cases do settle after you have recovered from your accident-related injuries. The personal injury attorneys at Graham & Mauer work diligently for you and do not recommend a premature settlement. Our goal at Graham & Mauer is to maximize your recovery.

If you have questions, please contact the knowledgeable and experienced personal injury attorneys at Graham & Mauer at 866-382-8568.

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If I have an accident, should I report the accident to the police?

Yes. All accidents should be reported to the police and, if necessary, a police officer will investigate the accident, provide assistance to those needing help and file the required paperwork.

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If I have suffered a burn injury, should I contact an attorney?

Yes. Many people are burned every year as a result of defective products, faulty electrical circuits, improperly adjusted hot water heaters, defective hair dryers and numerous other defective or improperly installed household appliances. It is possible that a serious burn injury may make you eligible for compensation or other disability benefits. If you have suffered a serious burn, you can find out what your rights are by calling an attorney at Graham & Mauer at 866-382-8568.

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If I am injured in a motorcycle crash, what are my rights?

If you ride, you know that many motorcycle crashes are caused by inattentive drivers who pull directly into the path of an approaching motorcycle. In Pennsylvania, motorcycle riders involved in highway collisions are not subject to limited tort restrictions. However, accident-related medical bills may not be paid by your auto insurance company, as they are when you are injured in an automobile. The attorneys at Graham & Mauer understand the issues involved in motorcycle crashes. If you had such a crash and need assistance, please contact one of the personal injury lawyers at Graham & Mauer at 866-382-8568.

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If I am attacked by a dog, what are my rights?

All of us enjoy the company of a dog unless the dog has torn into our leg or arm. Some dog owners disregard leash laws in Pennsylvania and fail to restrain their pets. Sometimes these pets attack people - including small children. When these attacks occur, they can be terribly frightening and physically damaging. Dog bites often result in scars, which may require surgical repair. If you or a loved one has been attacked by a dog, you can find out what your rights are by calling an attorney at Graham & Mauer at 866-382-8568.

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If I am injured as a pedestrian, what are my rights?

Every year, thousands of pedestrians and bicyclists are struck and injured by inattentive and careless drivers. When such a collision occurs, you as a pedestrian or a bicyclist may have several sources of benefits or compensation to assist you with medical payments, lost income and other losses associated with the collision. It is possible that more than one insurance policy is available to compensate you for your losses. If you have been injured as a pedestrian or a bicyclist, you may benefit from calling and speaking with one of the attorneys at Graham & Mauer at 866-382-8568.

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How do I know if I have a medical malpractice claim?

Medical malpractice claims are based upon a physician's or other licensed professional's failure to meet the required standard of care in the treatment of patients. The fact that a particular procedure does not produce the desired outcome, or produces a tragic outcome, does not necessarily mean that there has been medical malpractice. Each profession and each procedure has its own standard of care. If you believe that you have been injured as a result of medical malpractice, whether it is in the office of a single physician or in a hospital where many licensed professionals provided you with treatment, the attorneys at Graham & Mauer are prepared to assist you in evaluating your case and determining whether you or your loved one is a victim of medical malpractice. If you have questions and want to know your rights, talk to an attorney at Graham & Mauer at 866-382-8568.

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