Personal Injury Lawyer
Hazleton, PA

If you're injured in a car accident, our law firm will help you strike back

You've been hurt in a car accident that wasn't your fault. The bills are piling up. There are medical expenses, more doctor appointments, prescriptions, and physical therapy. You can't work because of your injury. But the bills keep coming.

What do you do?

You can strike back. Attorney Edward McNelis will fight for you to make sure you receive fair compensation for your losses. Since 1982, he's been helping clients who have been injured in car accidents get the compensation they deserve so they can move on with their lives. Whether you've been hurt or you lost a loved one in a crash, you need McNelis Law on your side.

The insurance company may make you an offer to settle your claim that falls far short of the expenses that added up from your car accident. They'll say it's the best they can do.

Attorney Edward McNelis knows that's never true. He has seen it happen time and time again. An insurance company denies a claim or makes a low settlement offer. They say it's all they can do. Too many times, people will just accept it. Why? Because they don't have an attorney looking out for their rights.

This doesn't have to happen to you. When you have an experienced car accident attorney by your side, you get the attention of the insurance company.

A reputation for getting results

Attorney Edward McNelis has negotiated with insurance companies to get higher settlements for clients. And when they refused to reach a fair settlement, he's taken them to court. He's been fighting for clients for more than 30 years and has the case results to prove it.

This has given him a reputation as a hard-working attorney who won't put up with any attempts to deny his clients the compensation they deserve. Insurance companies will try anything. They'll try to say your injuries aren't that bad. Or they'll try to make it seem like it's not clear who was at fault. They may even suggest it was your fault. Anything to get out of paying you what you are owed.

McNelis Law handles all types of car wrecks, including those involving pedestrians and bicycles. If you or a loved one was hurt in an accident involving a motor vehicle, you need to talk to us immediately. We also have provided a car accident FAQ page to help you prepare, along with answers to some common questions here.

What should I do if I’ve been in a car accident?

If you get into a car accident you should attempt to see if anyone has been seriously injured and needs an ambulance. If you’ve been hurt and need immediate medical attention, ask someone else to call 911 right away. Otherwise, you should:

  1. Move your car to the side of the road, activate your hazard lights, and call police to notify them there’s been a car accident. When police arrive, tell them the truth about what happened but stick to the facts. You don’t want to unintentionally say something that could be misinterpreted as admitting fault. Before police leave, don’t forget to ask how you can obtain a copy of the police report.
  2. Exchange information with everyone else involved in the crash. Get names, addresses, phone numbers, insurance company name, policy number, and license plate information. Do not discuss the accident or argue about who’s at fault.
  3. Take photos from different angles of the crash scene. Show all the property damage and any visible injuries, in detail. Tire marks, street signs, traffic signals, road markings, weather conditions, and construction are all things that you should include in your photos of the crash scene, if they’re relevant to your case.
  4. See if anyone witnessed your car accident, then get their names and contact information. A written statement from an eyewitness is an important piece of evidence.
  5. Notify your insurance company about the car accident. Stick to the facts and try not to go into too much detail. Anything you say to an insurance adjuster could be used to challenge or deny your claim, which is why it’s not advised to give a recorded statement without first consulting with an experienced car accident lawyer first. If the insurance adjuster presses you for more information or a recorded statement, refer them to your attorney.

Last but not least, you should consider talking to a Hazleton car accident lawyer to protect your rights and go over your legal options. You may be entitled to a significant financial recovery, and an experienced car accident attorney can help you get maximum compensation.

What happens if the other driver is uninsured?

If you have uninsured motorist (UM) or underinsured motorist (UIM) coverage on your car insurance policy, then your insurance company should be responsible for coverage if you get hit by someone who doesn’t have car insurance. UM and UIM coverage are not mandatory but are fairly inexpensive and can help protect you from having to pay out of pocket for a car accident caused by someone without enough insurance – or no insurance at all.

How much is my car accident claim worth?

The value of your claim is all relative to your specific circumstances and the extent of your injuries. Your car accident claim could be worth hundreds, thousands, or quite a bit more. It really all depends on the specific details of your case and how the crash has impacted your way of life. In general, if you were injured in a car accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to compensation for:

  • All your medical expenses (e.g., surgery, physical therapy, rehab, long-term care)
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Replacement services, such as household work and care for children
  • Pain and suffering
  • Punitive damages

One of the easiest ways to find out what your claim might be worth is to contact a car accident lawyer and set up a free consultation.

How can a car accident lawyer help me?

If you’ve been injured in a car accident that wasn’t your fault, an experienced car accident lawyer can:

  • Help you get the medical care that you need
  • Launch a thorough investigation into your car accident
  • Gather evidence to build a strong case in your favor
  • Track down and interview eyewitnesses
  • Consult with accident reconstruction experts
  • Handle communication with the insurance company and negotiate a settlement on your behalf
  • Represent you in court, if needed

How much does a car accident lawyer cost?

Most car accident lawyers represent crash victims on a contingency fee basis, meaning the client pays nothing unless the attorney obtains a financial recovery for the client. If and when compensation is awarded, the car accident lawyer will then take a percentage of the award for their fees. This percentage varies from law firm to law firm.

How did your accident happen?

When you first meet with Edward, he'll review the facts of your case. He'll listen as you describe what happened. He'll go over all the paperwork related to your accident. Police reports, medical records, repair bills. If needed, he'll visit the accident scene and talk to witnesses.

He will also determine the compensation you should receive for your accident. This compensation could include medical expenses, living expenses, lost wages and damages for pain and suffering.

Then, he'll work to get you that compensation. He'll negotiate directly with the insurance company. If the insurance company won't do the right thing, he'll take them to court.

If you've been injured in a car accident in the Hazleton area, you need an experienced attorney who will fight to protect your rights. Contact us to schedule a free consultation. Learn more about how McNelis Law can help you get the compensation you deserve. You owe us nothing until we get results.

Texting While Driving

Sending, reading or writing text messages distracts the driver and is very dangerous. Instead of paying attention to the road, the driver is focused on his or her phone. Despite a state ban on this behavior enacted in 2012, texting while driving is on the rise. Texting drivers often hit pedestrians or cause rear-end collisions because they aren't paying attention to the cars in front of them. Our legal team will comb through cell phone records and interview witnesses to prove that the driver who hit you was at fault. McNelis Law will help you strike back.

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Distracted Driver

Distracted driving means engaging in any behavior that takes the driver's attention away from the road - talking on the phone, eating, operating a GPS or changing the radio station. When a driver's eyes are not on the road, even for a few seconds, it greatly increases the risk of a crash, especially a rear-end collision. We're here to make our roads safer by helping those injured by distracted drivers strike back. McNelis Law will interview witnesses and find the evidence needed to hold the distracted driver accountable and get you the compensation you deserve.

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Speeding

Many drivers involved in car accidents were driving faster than the posted speed limit. The faster a car is going, the longer it takes to bring it to a complete stop. Speeding not only makes accidents more likely, but also makes the injuries sustained more severe. You need a lawyer who will help you take control and strike back. Attorney Ned McNelis will consult police reports and investigate the accident scene to help you fight for the compensation you deserve - contact us today.

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Drunk Driver

Alcohol and driving is a bad combination that often leads to serious injury and, in many cases, death. Drunk drivers frequently cause head-on collisions and other serious accidents. There are severe legal penalties for drunk driving, yet thousands of crashes in Pennsylvania each year are alcohol-related. McNelis Law will consult police reports and speak with witnesses to help you get full compensation after your drunk driving crash, which may involve punitive damages from the drunk driver or a "dram shop" case against the establishment that served him or her alcohol.

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Asleep at the Wheel

Drowsy driving-driving while extremely tired-is as dangerous as driving drunk. When a driver is exhausted, he or she is not fully aware of road conditions, has slowed reaction time and impaired judgment. The driver may actually fall asleep at the wheel. Because fatigued drivers rarely slow down before impact, there may not be any skid marks - and our investigation of the accident scene will pick up on this key detail. We'll also speak with witnesses who may know that the driver who hit you left work or home extremely tired.

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Hit and Run

Pennsylvania law makes it a felony to leave the scene of an accident, but some drivers do it anyway. They may be driving without a license or insurance, or they may already have outstanding arrest warrants. If the driver isn't found, we can help you file an uninsured motorist claim with your own insurance. If the police do find the driver, we may be able to sue for punitive damages. Either way, McNelis Law will stay with you every step of the way.

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