Marina Kats, a Philadelphia injury lawyer with a focus on clients.

Marina Kats: Philadelphia Injury Lawyer

The most important reason why I became a lawyer is obvious. It is to help others in their moment of need. That answer will probably be given by most attorneys practicing law. For me it’s more than just words. This is a principle that I live by. My law firm is very unique in the sense that we are equally well equipped to handle multi-million dollar cases as well as cases of less potential value. For every person whose case we handle it is the most important case. Most firms that I know of, they either handle very large cases and they will not accept a smaller case or smaller firms will refer the large cases out, as they do not have the capability of efficiently handling the same. A Philadelphia injury lawyer at our firm will take on a case no matter the size.

 

The legal outcome is very difficult to measure. Once an attorney friend of mine choked when he was asked how he was able to get a 16 million dollar verdict on the case, he said I made a mistake on a 17 million dollar case. Since each case is so different and outcomes are difficult to predict, no two results could be compared. For example a cashier at the super market, who broke a finger, as a result of a car accident, and is unable to fully regain the use of the finger, maybe $200,000-300,000 is a good outcome. For the concert pianist with the same injury it could be a terrible result. A Philadelphia injury lawyer from Philly Lawyers would work to get the deserving outcome, no matter who the client is. Therefore the most important element in an attorney-client relationship is the trust and understanding that the lawyer really cares. The client may never find out how much lawyers know, but the client will always know how much a lawyer cares.

 

For the most part the problems can be solved among the parties if everyone dealt with each other in an honest and reasonable matter, but unfortunately that doesn’t happen in our world. I look at myself as an equalizer between the insurance company and someone who is injured in an accident. If the insurance company dealt with those individuals in a completely fair form there would not be a need for me to get involved, but most of the time the person is lost in the bureaucracy of the system. That’s when we will come in and help untangle the web of complications and give straight forward advice and a solution that can be recommended to our client’s satisfaction. I’d go to that lawyer. We help. And that’s the most important thing at the end of the day.

 

I started in college on student loans and I had to work two jobs to go through college and law school. I have built one of the most prestigious and respected firms in the tri-state area because of my humble beginnings. I understand philosophy and the importance of hard work and making it your life mission to assist others. I truly believe that the client comes first.

 

Like I stated earlier, most clients do not care how much a lawyer knows they want to know how much a lawyer cares. Our firm possesses both knowledge and care for our clients. We will and work in a community that we represent. I personally not only have a regular law degree that all lawyers are required to have but I also have a LLM in trial advocacy which translates to the highest possible degree that is attainable by an attorney. There is less than 1,000 of those degrees in the state of PA. When opposing counsel see the credentials they immediately recognize a worthy opponent. I, in my firm, have a number of verdict and settlements ranging from a million to 30 million dollars.

 

Most attorneys employed in our firm have a minimum of twenty years of experience. For example Richard Sydel was a former member of the board of directors for the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association and former board member of Governors of Philadelphia Bar Association. He had over 10 settlements on million-dollar plus cases. He has been published over 15 times and has lectured for the bar association and trial lawyers –  we hire the best so that you get the best Philadelphia injury lawyer for your case.

Rear End Car Accidents in Philly

Rear-Ended in a Car Accident? What Should You Do?

If you are ever involved in a car accident, obviously the “best” accident to have is a rear-end collision (and you are in the vehicle that is rear-ended).  The reason being that the person who is rear-ended is clearly not at fault for the car accident, especially if they were stopped, in traffic, waiting for a traffic light to change  (or at a stop sign) because clearly, there is nothing that they have done to cause the accident or anything they could have done to avoid being hit.   Liability is rarely, if ever, disputed in a rear-end collision.   If you are rear-ended, don’t panic.  First, call the police immediately to document the positions of the vehicles and to explain how the car accident occurred to the police officer.  Make sure that a report is taken.  The next thing to do (and I recommend that you do this quickly) is to take photographs of both vehicles and meet with an attorney with significant experience in personal injury law.   Obviously, if you are severely injured, go to a local hospital emergency room immediately after the police officer documents the accident.

 
When you see an attorney, you should bring with you the following information: your drivers’ license or your state ID, the appropriate insurance policies, the information that you are able to obtain from the other driver (i.e. their drivers license, insurance company name, policy number), any photographs that you obtained from the incident and the emergency room record, if emergency care was required.  The attorney will take your information and will report your claim to your insurance company as well as to the insurance company of the at-fault driver.  They will also make sure that you are receiving appropriate medical care.  It is important to check your insurance policy to see if you have selected the full tort or limited tort option.  As always, I recommend that you select the full tort option on your policy.  The attorney will monitor your car accident case and make sure all of the information is processed appropriately.  Upon completion of medical treatment, the attorney will obtain copies of your medical records and evaluate your case based on your injuries and request appropriate payment from the insurance company of the at-fault driver.  The attorney should keep you informed of all of the important developments in your case, most notably, upon the insurance putting an offer on your case.  You are always in charge of whether the amount will be accepted or if you choose to pursue your matter in court.

 
If you are rear-ended in a car accident, most likely you will receive an offer on your case and our lawyers welcome any and all inquiries regarding your matter.

 
If you have any questions regarding such accidents call us at 1-800-529-1917 or submit your car accident case details online.

Recover for your slip and fall accident

Can You Get A Million Dollars On A Slip And Fall Accident?

The answer is YES.  A lot of law firms shy away from slip and fall cases because often they are difficult to prove.  In our office, we welcome those cases and just this Wednesday, our Philadelphia office was able to recover for one of our clients well in excess of a million dollars in a slip and fall case.  The elements that have to be present in order for you to receive a recovery are:

 
1. It must be someone’s fault that caused you to fall, for example, uneven pavement, wet and slippery flooring inside the premises, accumulation of snow or ice, improper steps, failure for the building to comply with building codes, a construction defect, and there are many others.  Our Philadelphia attorneys would be able to determine if you have a case very quickly.  The first thing we recommend is to make sure that you have a photograph of the defect.  We also have investigators on staff that would be happy to go with you to the scene of the incident and take all of the appropriate pictures.  But I can’t emphasize enough the importance of you being an active participant and at least to have taken preliminary photographs.

 
2. It is crucial when you go to your doctor or the emergency room after you fall to properly articulate what caused you to come for that visit.  Oftentimes people that experience pain are concerned about the pain and forget to mention that it happened as a result of the fall or neglect to explain how the injury occurred.  The insurance companies are notorious for trying to avoid payment based on the fact that the injured person did not make a proper reporting.  If the fall occurs in a public place, I recommend that you make a report immediately to a member of the staff of the establishment where the fall occurred.  And if there is a defect that you are aware of that caused you to fall, I suggest that you point out the defect to a person taking the report.  Ask to review the report and if it is possible, request a copy of the report to take with you.  I further recommend that you seek immediate medical attention for the injuries that you sustained.  I also suggest that you call our law firm or any other lawyer as soon as possible so that an investigation can be done while the evidence is recent and easy to come by.  Normally, the process of settlement occurs after your treatment is completed so that we do not miss a compensation for any of your injuries.

 
Our attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, which means that if we do not obtain a recovery for you, you will not be charged with any costs or fees.  The first consultation in a slip and fall case is free.  We will also gladly give you a second opinion free of charge on your slip and fall case.  We handle cases in many jurisdictions in the United States.

 
Please call us toll-free 1-800-529-1917.

A Car Accident Lawyer Philadelphia Can Count On For Justice

What Do You Need To Win A Car Accident Case?

By Marina Kats, A Car Accident Lawyer Philadelphia Residents Can Trust

Besides having a great Philadelphia lawyer (and I hope you choose our firm), there are certain elements that need to be met in order to receive a recovery for the injuries that you sustained in a motor vehicle accident.

  1. You cannot be at fault for the accident.  The way to determine fault is to either consult an attorney or read the motor vehicle statutes of your particular state.  It is perfectly clear that someone stopped at a light, waiting for the light to change from red to green, and being hit in the rear by another vehicle, is not at fault for the collision.  It is also clear that if someone has the right of way and collides with another vehicle that came out from a side street, or made a left-hand turn in front of the vehicle which has the right of way, is not at fault.  There are many other cases where the situation is not as clear and the first thing your lawyer should review is the police report.
  2. The second thing that is required in order to receive a monetary compensation is your injuries. The injured person receives compensation proportionate to the injuries sustained.  Additionally, you will need a doctor’s report that causally relates your injuries to the car accident or other motor vehicle accident.  You will bring the claim against the insurance company for the person who caused the collision and based on your injuries, you should receive an appropriate recovery.  The only factor that may negatively effect whether you recover or not for noneconomic loss as a result of the injury is your selection of the tort option on your own insurance policy.  If you choose limited tort on your insurance policy (and we recommend never to select limited tort), you may lose the right to recover for your injuries if they are not serious or permanent.  However, it is for you and your attorney to determine your qualifications.

In our Philadelphia law firm, we firmly believe that if you are injured in a car accident and it is not your fault, we will do everything we can to make sure that you receive a fair and adequate recovery.  We work on a contingency fee basis, which means that if we do not obtain a recovery for you, you will not be charged with any costs or fees.  The first consultation in an automobile accident case is free.  We will also gladly give you a second opinion free of charge on your case.  We handle cases in many jurisdictions in the United States.

Please call us toll-free 1-800-529-1917.

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