So, you need a lawyer and don’t know how to find one.

So, you need a lawyer and don’t know how to find one. What do you do? You could call a friend to see who she hired. Or, you could call a lawyer who represented you in the past to see if he can handle your matter or refer you to someone who can. Or, you could merely hire someone who runs TV ads, has billboards or has local celebrities shilling for him. After all, if you order a Big Mac because it’s on a billboard, why not hire your lawyer for the same reason?

Because there’s a difference.

If you don’t like the Big Mac, you’re out a few dollars. But if you hire a lawyer because a radio host says the lawyer is a friend – even though he potentially has no clue whether the lawyer actually is good, great, or terrible – you might end up like many of the people who call our office. They went to one of the firms that spend zillions on advertising, got shuffled from one legal assistant to another, and never knew which attorney would show up for any given hearing. And then lost their cases.

They call us, and lo and behold, we discover that the case should have been handled differently. Or that the case should have settled for more, but the lawyer handling the case needed to pay his advertising bill.

Pennsylvania lawyers are required to attend 12 hours of continuing legal education each year. On March 22nd, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued the list of attorneys administratively suspended because they didn’t have the time to meet that basic 12-hour requirement. Some of these “big name” lawyers made that list because they had so little regard for their obligations.

So, you need a lawyer and don’t know how to find one. Hopefully, you now realize that hiring a lawyer is different from ordering a burger.

Ask yourself, how seriously will they regard their obligations to you if they can’t even bother to spend less than two days taking the courses designed to keep them up-to-date on the law that impacts you – their clients? Is that the kind of person you want representing you?

You will never find anyone from our firm on that ignominious list. Why? We want to learn about current and cutting edge legal issues, and we are a firm that teaches the courses that other lawyers are required to attend. In 2017 alone, Havertown Attorney Dan Siegel taught dozens of CLE courses, was on the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, the continuing legal education arm of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, and has just been appointed Chair of the American Bar Association Law Practice Division’s Continuing Legal Education Board.

So, the next time you need a lawyer to handle your personal injury or workers’ compensation claim, skip the billboards and ask a friend or lawyer you trust. And if you don’t find someone, then hire the lawyers who are leaders not only in the courtroom but also in the rooms where lawyers learn from the experts.

What Does It Mean To Have “Limited Tort” Car Insurance?

When you were buying car insurance, your insurance representative likely asked if you wanted “Full Tort” or “Limited Tort,” and explained that choosing “Limited Tort” generally gives you a discount on your premium. But do you really understand the difference, and what you’re giving up if you choose “Limited Tort” to save a little on your premium?

If you are injured in an accident, you might realize that the minimal savings from choosing “Limited Tort” weren’t worth it. The unfortunate truth is that car accidents often leave lasting emotional and physical effects, and can alter your life. When you waive your right to recover pain and suffering with “Limited Tort,” you give up your right to be paid for those emotional and physical scars. While there are some exceptions that allow “Limited Tort” claims to pursue pain and suffering (i.e. if the other driver is convicted of DUI, the victim is a pedestrian or cyclist, or an occupant of a non-private vehicle, etc.), these are uncommon circumstances. Regrettably, many Pennsylvania drivers do not realize what they are truly giving up when they select their policy.

The first question we ask when meeting with new clients after a car accident is whether they are “Full Tort” or “Limited Tort.” On those occasions when the answer is “Limited Tort,” our clients are often shocked to learn that they may not be able to pursue a claim, despite clear liability on the other vehicle. That’s why we try we always encourage Pennsylvania drivers to choose “Full Tort” car insurance, because the minimal savings on their premium is far less than the compensation they’re giving up if they are hurt in an accident.

We regularly represent injured persons in auto accident claims in Philadelphia, Delaware County, the Main Line, and surrounding areas. While nothing can completely erase the physical and emotional impacts of a car accident, our attorneys can help you get the full value for your suffering. If you have been injured in a car accident, call our office at 610-446-3457 to set up a consultation with our attorneys. We will explain the process, guide you, and fight to get you compensation for your injuries.

Voting has closed in the Delco’s Best Lawyers poll.

Thank you for voting for the Havertown Law Offices of Daniel J. Siegel, LLC in the Delco’s Best Lawyers poll in our major practice areas: Appellate; Personal Injury; Workers’ Compensation.  Voting ended Thursday, March 8th.

Here’s why we believe we have earned your support.

  • In 2017, we were appellate counsel, and won, two Pennsylvania Supreme Court cases, that expanded the rights of injured workers (workers’ compensation) and auto crash victims (personal injury). No other firm in Pennsylvania can say that! We won many other cases at trial, or on appeal, and settled numerous other matters without the need for trial.
  • 2/3rds of our clients are lawyers. They hire us to serve as appellate counsel or to assist them in preparing their complex workers’ compensation and personal injury cases. As part of these services, nearly 2,000 attorneys and judges read our monthly newsletter highlighting recent Pennsylvania appeals court decisions.
  • We are especially proud of our reputation for representing our friends and neighbors throughout Delaware County and the Main Line in their cases.

Our office is proud of our reputation for providing high quality legal services in an affordable client-focused manner.

We are also proud that we have been recognized by our peers in Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America.

For these reasons, we thank our clients and friends who voted in the poll for Delco’s Best Lawyers.

THANK YOU FOR NEARLY 13 YEARS OF REPRESENTING OUR FRIENDS, NEIGHBORS & COLLEAGUES THROUGHOUT DELAWARE COUNTY, THE MAIN LINE, AND THE PHILADELPHIA AREA!

Answers to Common Questions About the Unwanted Side-Effects of Some Medicine

 So, you’ve taken a drug and experienced a side-effect. Most are minor and go away quickly. But others can be serious or fatal. As a result, we’ve put together the following questions and answers to help you understand your rights if you experience side-effects from medicine.

  • When a doctor prescribes medicine, do we have to read all the lengthy print-outs, pamphlets and warning labels?
    • Manufacturers or physicians may be held liable to pay damages caused by their failure to warn a patient about side-effects of medication. Federal law requires a manufacturer to provide warnings about potential risks on prescription labels and instructions. The strongest warnings a manufacturer must provide are black box warnings. Similarly, physicians must know about these warnings, and have a duty to inform the patient about them before prescribing the medicine.
  • What if you have an adverse reaction to a drug and believe that your doctor failed to take the proper steps or that the manufacturer didn’t warn you about the side-effects?
    • The failure to warn about potential side-effects may be a basis for a lawsuit against either the physician or manufacturer or both. If a manufacturer or a physician fails to warn to patient of a risk, then either may breach the “duty of care” to the patient. Expert testimony can establish that a drug caused an injury. See Stange v. Janssen Pharma. et al., 2018 PA Super 4 (Pa. Super. Jan. 8, 2018).
  • What should I do and what should my doctor do to reduce the possibility of these side effects?
    • First, a doctor should know the characteristics of the drug.
    • Second, the doctor must also know the safe amount of the drug to prescribe.
    • Third, you should tell your doctor about any medication you are taking.
    • Fourth, your doctor should advise you of “any dangers or side effects associated with the use of the drug.”
    • Fifth, the doctor should explain to you how and when to take the drug.

If you believe that a prescription caused you injuries, contact the Law Offices of Daniel J. Siegel, LLC. We can review your situation, and we work with other law firms that handle these types of claims.

 

What Should You Do If You’re Injured In A Car Accident?

When you or a loved one are involved in a car accident, the most important thing to do is get to safety and get medical care for any injuries. However, in the midst of scary and unexpected car accidents, many people may not know what other steps to take, or think about the long-term implications of the accident. It’s important to be aware of what steps should be taken after you and your loved ones’ immediate safety and medical needs have been addressed.

  • Call 911: Call the police as soon as possible. The police can help facilitate your safety and medical care, and can file a report to initiate a record of the accident.
  • Seek medical attention: Even if you don’t think you have suffered injuries, or feel your injuries are minor, it is important to seek medical attention. Many people do not feel the full effects of their injuries upon impact, and your adrenaline can mask pain. In addition to ensuring your physical health is properly addressed, documenting your injuries is important if you need to pursue legal action.
  • Obtain contact information: While most people know you should exchange contact and insurance information with the other driver(s), it is also important to gather contact information of any witnesses to the accident.
  • Take photos: If possible, you should take photos of the accident scene. If you need to pursue legal action, photos are helpful evidence to support your testimony and your case.
  • Contacting your insurance company: While you should notify your insurance company of the accident, you should not admit fault, and only give the basic information necessary to open a claim. Keep in mind that anything you say to your adjustor or the other driver’s insurance company can be used against you in your case.
  • Contact an attorney: If you or any passengers are injured in an accident, you should contact an attorney who regularly handles these cases as soon as possible.

We regularly represent injured persons in auto accident claims in Philadelphia, Delaware County, and the surrounding area. While nothing can completely erase the physical and emotional impacts of a car accident, our experienced attorneys can help when insurance companies refuse to fully compensate you for your suffering. If you have been injured in a car accident, call our office at 610-446-3457 to set up a consultation with our attorneys. We will explain the process, guide you, and fight to get you compensation for your injuries.

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