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Erie, Pennsylvania Personal Injury Lawyers

Experienced Personal Injury Attorneys Help Accident Victims Get Compensated for the Negligence of Others in Erie County, Crawford County, and Throughout Pennsylvania

Accidents happen. It’s part of life. However, when a so-called accident was caused by another party’s negligence and you were harmed, the law provides a way to obtain compensation for your damages. Wage loss, medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other costs associated with your injury may be recovered by filing a personal injury claim.

Attorneys at the Erie, Pennsylvania law firm of Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C. seek compensation for victims’ losses and damages in a wide variety of personal injury cases. We have the knowledge, experience, and skill needed to build strong cases for our injured clients.

The Personal Injury Cases We Handle in Erie, PA

Our law firm undertakes personal injury claims involving:

Such cases often involve the use of investigators and experts who help tell the story of the accident and the effect it had on your life. We dig deep to find the best legal strategy for each case. This gives clients the best chance of obtaining the compensation they need and deserve.

How We Help Erie Accident Victims Recover Money for Their Injuries

We believe strongly that well-informed clients are the key to successful outcomes in personal injury cases. Victims of personal injury are under a lot of stress and want to feel confident that they have the support needed to work through the legal process. As a personal injury client with Purchase, George, & Murphey, you can expect ongoing updates about the progress of your case. Our experienced attorneys will make sure that you understand the choices you need to make along the way. Over the years, we have found our “client partnership” method of addressing personal injury cases to be highly effective.

What You Can Expect from a Successful Personal Injury Claim in Erie, Pennsylvania

Although each case is different, a successful Pennsylvania personal injury claim can result in compensation for:

  • Medical expenses, including hospital stays, doctor visits, medications, and surgery
  • Lost income (past and future) if you are unable to work because of your injuries
  • Physical therapy
  • Durable medical equipment
  • Cost of home remodeling for accessibility
  • Pain and suffering
  • Disfigurement
  • Disability

Why Hire Us to Handle Your Erie Accident Claim?

Our lawyers and the rest of the legal team at Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C. are experienced, compassionate, and highly knowledgeable. In addition, two of our attorneys are former insurance company counsel who know all the strategies used to limit the amount paid to injured clients and who now put that knowledge to work for our clients. Visit our testimonials page to see what our clients say about their personal injury case results.

Contact Our Erie Attorneys About Your Personal Injury Case

Contact us today by calling 814-273-2010, completing the contact form, or using our online chat service. We look forward to talking with you and getting you started on the road to financial and legal recovery as soon as possible.

Frequently Asked Questions About Personal Injury Claims in Erie, PA

Although anyone can suffer a personal injury, most accident victims have very little idea what to do to hold the responsible party accountable.  Our experienced personal injury lawyers at Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C. are here to help.  

Here are some answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about personal injury claims in Erie and Western Pennsylvania:

FAQ: I was injured in an accident. How do I know if I have a valid personal injury claim for compensation?

In some cases, it may be clear that someone’s negligence caused your accident and should be held responsible for your injuries. Most personal injury cases are not so clear. You might not even know exactly what happened to cause the accident—because accidents happen quickly. Our personal injury lawyers have decades worth of experience evaluating potential personal injury claims. We know what to look for to determine whether you have a claim. We can even conduct an investigation to get the evidence needed to support a finding that someone else’s negligence caused your injuries. The best way to know is to schedule a free case review with an experienced injury lawyer.

FAQ: What is a personal injury claim?

A personal injury claim is a claim for compensation for an accident victim who suffered injuries. The accident and injuries in a personal injury case must have been caused by someone else’s negligent or reckless behavior. Personal injury claims can stem from any number of different accidents, from car accidents, motorcycle accidents and truck accidents to slip and fall accidents and dog bite incidents.

FAQ: What types of compensation am I entitled to recover in a personal injury lawsuit?

Available compensation—or “damages”—are divided into three basic categories: (1) economic damages, (2) non-economic damages and (3) punitive damages. Economic damages include compensation for actual expenses, things like:
– Medical bills,
– Lost wages,
– Property damage,
– Rehab costs,
– Diminished earning capacity,
– And more.
Non-economic damages are the more subjective damages designed to compensate you for how the injury has impacted your life. Pain and suffering, emotional distress, diminished quality of life, and loss of the company of a loved one are all examples of non-economic damages.
Punitive damages are rarely awarded unless the at-fault party acted intentionally or was so reckless that a court finds it appropriate to award additional damages just to punish that person.

FAQ: How much compensation will I be entitled to recover in a personal injury lawsuit?

The actual compensation award available is different in every case. Factors that are relevant in determining the level of compensation you will receive include:
– The severity of your injury and whether it was permanent,
– How the injury impacted your life,
– Whether you can return to work or return to work in the same capacity,
– How the accident occurred,
– The available insurance coverage or financial ability of the at-fault party to actually pay.

FAQ: Is there anything that I should keep to help make sure I get fair compensation for my personal injury?

Yes. You should remember to keep every piece of documentation related to the accident—including all medical bills, paperwork given to you by the doctor, any documentation related to your missed work or missed social activities and any other documents related to your accident and injury. This type of hard evidence can be extremely useful for your lawyer in arguing for your right to full compensation.

FAQ: What if the at-fault party claims that I am partially responsible for my accident? Can I still recover compensation in a personal injury lawsuit?

Yes, as long as you are not found to be more than 50% responsible for the accident. Your compensation award will be reduced under Pennsylvania’s modified comparative negligence rule. For example, if you are awarded $100,000 and found to be 30% responsible for the accident, your personal injury award will be reduced to $70,000 (by 30%).

FAQ: Are there any actions that I should not take in order to increase my chances of getting the most compensation available?

You should refrain from giving any statements to the insurance company, especially recorded statements, without first talking to an experienced personal injury lawyer. Insurance adjusters often try to get accident victims to make statements that could reduce the insurance company’s liability. Even innocent statements can be used against you later. Additionally, stop posting on social media until your case is resolved. Social media posts can often be obtained even if you think your privacy settings will keep your information private. It’s best to simply stop posting to avoid giving the insurance carrier ammunition to challenge your claim.

FAQ: Do I have to go to court to recover compensation for my personal injury?

In most cases, we can reach a fair settlement agreement outside of court. However, we are fully prepared to advocate on your behalf in court if necessary to get you the compensation we need. At Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C., our lawyers take our clients’ preferences seriously. We always make sure you understand the options so that you can make an informed decision.

FAQ: What types of considerations are important in deciding which personal injury law firm to hire?

The experience and proven track record of your personal injury lawyer are obviously highly valuable. Some lawyers may not specialize in personal injury or may not be familiar with your jurisdiction—meaning that they could make mistakes that could ultimately cost you money. It’s also important to get information about your firm’s billing practices. For example, Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C., we work on a contingency basis. That means you do not have to pay us attorneys’ fees up front—in fact, you only pay if we win compensation for you. Also, make sure that your actual attorney will be available to handle your case—which includes answering your questions throughout the process and keeping you informed.

FAQ: How soon do I have to decide whether to file a personal injury claim?

While acting sooner is always better, Pennsylvania law gives you a two-year timeframe (known as the “statute of limitations”) to file a claim. Certain exceptions exist in the case of minors and in some medical malpractice injury cases.

Schedule a Free Consultation to Discuss Your Erie, PA Personal Injury Claim Today

The first step to ensuring you receive fair compensation for a personal injury is to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer.  At Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C., our skilled injury lawyers are here to help answer any questions that you have. Your case review is always free, so call or contact our office today to schedule your appointment.

Personal Injury Case Results

$2,250,000

Car Accident

At approximately 50 mph, a young woman’s vehicle collided with a truck. Both vehicles were totaled. Client suffered multiple injuries including complex fractures and a myocardial contusion.

$325,000

Commercial Truck Accident

A truck driver rear-ended our client who was then trapped inside the wreckage and had to be freed through the use of hydraulic power equipment. Our client suffered a midshaft femur fracture.

$225,000

Car Accident

Our client was hit from behind at a red light. He was diagnosed with strains, sprains and contusions and within a year of the accident it was determined that his injuries were permanent and disabling.

$260,000

Insurance Claim - Car Accident

Prior to our involvement, the insurance company had offered our client nothing from his under-insured motorist benefits. They ended up increasing their evaluation to over 600% above the initial offer.

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  • "I want to thank you for all you have done for me regarding my case. I am extremely pleased by the way you handled the entire ordeal. When [my husband] and I first met with you, I was impressed by the way you handled yourself. You made it very clear that cases like these usually take time and that you clearly would do all you could. You showed respect, understanding and compassion."

  • "Tim George provided legal advice and guidance for my mother-in-law after a severe car accident. I found him to be experienced, responsive, compassionate, knowledgeable and honest. While working with Tim, I felt as though her situation was in trustworthy hands, and he helped ease the stress associated with this process. Thanks to Tim my mother-in-law had a successful outcome and this helped her to focus on healing. Tim’s entire staff was very helpful, kind and professional throughout counsel. I would highly recommend Attorney Tim George to anyone seeking legal representation that is fair, honest and will keep your best interest and unique needs at the forefront. Should the situation arise, I would not hesitate to seek representation from Attorney Tim George again."

  • "Eric has represented me on a personal matter a well as a business related matter. Each time, I was given first class attention to each and every question I had. Eric takes a hands on approach to his clients and will fight to insure your legal rights are protected. I would strongly recommend Eric for any legal issues you may encounter."

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Mr. George and his entire office staff were very kind and helping me through my first ever experience with the law. He was able to get me exactly what he said he would in the outcome of my trial. The entire staff was very informative and kept me up to date on everything. Very pleased with my experience and would most definately recommend him to others.

Allison, July 8, 2017