Pennsylvania Personal Injury Lawyers
For over 40 years, Jeffrey Reiff has been fighting for clients who have been injured as a result of the negligence of others. Mr. Reiff, along with the other attorneys at the firm, bring that experience and compassion into every case they handle.
The Reiff Law Firm has the experience and financial resources to litigate the most complex personal injury cases. If we take your case, we expect to win it. Driven by an immense passion for justice, The Reiff Firm is staunchly dedicated to winning, leaving no stone unturned and working tirelessly to ensure victory for its clients.
The Reiff Difference: A Proven Winning Strategy
Selective & Focused On Your Case
The Reiff Firm’s approach to practicing law is to only accept cases that we passionately believe in. If we take your case, we expect to win it. This guarantees that you receive our undivided attention 24/7 while we put in the hard work and long hours necessary to research and uncover the supportive evidence for your case. Your calls will always be answered and returned within hours, if not minutes. When you choose The Reiff Firm, you become part of our family. Together we will fight to obtain the award you deserve.
Accessible With Compassion
Following a life-changing tragedy involving yourself or a family member, you have more than enough to worry about while you grieve and heal. It is The Reiff Firm’s goal to put you at ease during this difficult time. With over 40 years of experience representing catastrophically injured clients and their families, we understand the impact a life-altering injury can have. The Reiff Firm treats you like family, providing the information you need to make difficult decisions, find and get the care you need, and handle details like bills and insurance. We embrace our clients’ problems as our own and work fiercely for justice.
Unrivaled Strategic Planning
The Reiff Firm always remains a step ahead of the opposition, as our team includes a former defense attorney, highly specialized experts, and over 75 combined years of legal experience. We are the law firm that other law firms turn to because of our unmatched resources and expertise. Through our combination of relentless tenacity, sophisticated accident investigation techniques, and vast knowledge of state and federal laws, The Reiff Firm can tackle even the most challenging cases. We are equipped with the network of resources it takes to fully investigate any type of accident, injury, or misdiagnosis in exhaustive detail and bring your case to victory.
Winners In The Courtroom
We have a proven track record of success and possess the financial means, fortitude and staying power to take on the world’s biggest corporations. Our reputation instills fear in opponents. We will spare no expense to hire the best experts and deploy the necessary resources, working around the clock to win your case. We have repeatedly obtained six, seven and eight figure verdicts and settlements for clients who were suffering from extremely severe injuries.
Award Winning & Top Rated
Year after year, The Reiff Law Firm consistently earns the most prestigious honors and strongest reviews in the legal industry. Jeffrey Reiff has annually been named one of “America’s Best Lawyers,” a “Pennsylvania Super Lawyer,” and a “Top 100 Trial Lawyer.” He and The Reiff Firm have received only the highest accolades from their peers and clients, consistently upholding a rating of Superb 10/10 on Avvo.com and 5/5 stars on Google.com. Since 2017, The Reiff Firm has been named one of “America’s Best Law Firms” and has proudly carried that award forward every year since.
Types Of Personal Injury & Accident Cases We Handle & Win in PA
Our attorneys are capable of handling the court system during your scariest and most difficult times. We handle a wide range of cases, from accidents and injuries that occur frequently, such as bone fractures, to uncommon accidents and medical conditions that demand highly specific knowledge, such as plane crashes. Types of claims and lawsuits we handle in throughout Pennsylvania include:
Popular Questions Related to Personal Injury LawsuitsOur Most Frequently Asked Question Related to Personal Injury
Should I Sue For My Injury?
If you were injured during a car accident, medical procedure, or some other incident because of someone’s negligence, you may have a case. A strong case will feature demonstrable injury and a liable party. Financially speaking, if you had to pay for medical bills, if you lost wages, or if your earning potential diminished, you could have a case. A catastrophic accident, pain and suffering, diminished quality of life, and emotional distress may also qualify you for compensation. Here’s the most important thing: don’t try and make these judgement calls on your own. Call us as soon as you can, and we’ll discuss your case in a free consultation.
Do I Need A Personal Injury Lawyer?
Yes, if you are filing a serious injury or wrongful death claim, you need a personal injury lawyer. You may need expert witnesses, you might have to present evidence in a procedural manner, or you may need to combat objections from the defendant or insurance company. While you may legally file your own claim, your chances of winning are dramatically higher when you have an experienced attorney at your side.
How Much Is My Case Worth?
The severity of your injury, your level of insurance coverage, and the impact of your injuries on your lifestyle or earning potential all play a part in determining how much compensation you can recover. It’s impossible to offer a black-and-white answer to this question, but if you are injured because of someone’s negligence, you can call us for free -- we’ll figure it out together.
How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit in PA?
Generally speaking, an injured individual in PA has 2 years from the date of an injury to file a claim. In the case of medical malpractice, a patient has 2 years from the data he or she knows about the injury, since the onset of these injuries can be delayed. In total, injured patients have 7 years after the incident occurred to file a claim.
How to Choose a Personal Injury Attorney
With so many choices, it can be hard to narrow your search down to the right law firm. First of all, we recommend finding a lawyer that has extensive experience in catastrophic or wrongful death cases; these cases require a great deal of investigation, calculation, and proof, and a successful track record in these areas speaks volumes. Secondly, find a firm that has handled cases similar to yours. For instance, if you were injured by a semi truck, find someone who has specifically litigated on behalf of commercial truck injury victims. Third, you’ll want a law firm with experience working with or fighting insurance companies. Insurers will often try to save money by denying claims, and they may even commit outright fraud — you need to know how to fight back.
There are other considerations as well: does the law firm have a substantial amount of positive reviews? Are they recognized by professional organizations, and have they won awards? Do they list their positive outcomes? Ultimately, it’s a deeply personal choice, and we hope you make the right one. We have countless positive reviews and 35+ years of experience obtaining rewards for clients, and we would love to work with you.
How a Personal Injury Lawsuit Works in Pennsylvania
As noted above, personal injury lawsuits are filed in situations where the negligence of another person or a corporation caused an accident that resulted in you being injured in some way. At the heart of these cases is proving negligence on the part of the individual or company that you are suing. Negligence is typically proven by a lawyer showing four things: that there was a duty, that there was a breach of that duty, that this breached caused the accident, and that damages resulted from that accident.
Demonstrating that the Defendant Had a Duty to Protect You
The first component of a negligence case is showing that the defendant had a duty of some sort to protect you from the accident that occurred. This duty can be laid out in a particular statute or set of standards, or it can simply be based on what a reasonable person in the defendant’s place should have done in the situation. For example, a factory owner generally has a duty to inspect the equipment used by their employees to ensure safe working conditions. This duty is enforced in federal laws and guidelines by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA). On the other hand, the reasonable person standard would apply to two people lifting a piano into an apartment window above a busy city street. They have the duty to prevent injuries by securing the piano as a reasonable person in their position would, despite the lack of a specific statute regarding this situation.
Demonstrating the Defendant Breached their Duty to You
Next, you will need to prove that the individual or corporation breached whatever duty they had to you. So, in the example above about the piano movers, say they fail to secure the piano as a reasonable piano mover would. If it falls and injures a pedestrian below, they may be in breach of their duty to prevent such injuries by taking reasonable precautions. Another example would be the case of a doctor who performs a surgery on you and makes an error that a reasonable doctor in their position would not have made. The doctor may be in breach of the duty of care they have regarding their patients.
The next part of proving a negligence case is showing that the breach of the duty was what caused your injuries. This can often be the trickiest part of the case, and where an experienced Philadelphia personal injury lawyer like those at the Reiff Law Firm can make the biggest difference for you. Returning to the example of the piano movers, it would probably be fairly obvious to a judge or jury in that situation that their negligence was what caused the piano to fall on the person below. However, in other cases, it can be much more complicated. For example, it can be difficult to show that a mistake during a surgery was the cause of an injury or death and that the injury or death would not have occurred anyway because of the person’s underlying condition. Your lawyer will need to conduct an extensive investigation, interviewing witnesses and collecting evidence such as medical records and the reports of doctors in similar surgeries, in order to prove causation.
Determining and Pursuing Monetary Damages
The final thing that must be shown for a negligence case to be successful is that there are damages that can be paid out for the injury to make a person whole. So, for example, if someone spills water on your dress and you sue them, the court is likely to find that there are no damages to be paid, considering that the water will dry fairly quickly. Even if they believe you breached a duty of reasonable care and caused the spill, the case will not be able to succeed because there are no damages, such as hospital bills, lost work time, or compensation for pain and suffering, to be paid out.
Damages in personal injury cases can take many forms, as they will depend on the type of injury caused and the specific context of the accident. Damages can include hospital bills, costs for physical therapy, costs for long-term medical expenses resulting from the injury, such as the necessary use of a wheelchair or medication, the cost of damage to your property, and funeral costs in a wrongful death case. It can also include less easily calculated expenses such as loss or future earnings due to the your inability to work after the injury, damages for the pain and suffering, both emotional and physical, caused by the injury, and loss of consortium, meaning loss of a life partner, child, or parent, in wrongful death cases. In certain cases, punitive damages may be possible as well.
The amount of damages will also vary greatly depending on the context of the situation and the type of damages claimed. Many personal injury cases result in high payouts, especially if the injury was serious. However, it is important to note that Pennsylvania follows a system known as “comparative fault.” This means that, if you are found to be partially at fault for the accident, the damages you receive will be reduced.
For example, say you are injured in a car accident where the driver ran a red light. However, you were also speeding 20 miles over the limit when the accident occurred. If the jury determines that you are 30% at fault due to your speeding, you will only receive 70% of the damages you claimed. A skilled trial lawyer like those at the Reiff Law Offices can work to convince a jury that the injury was wholly the fault of the other individual or corporation.