Do I Need a Lawyer?

Any accident — whether it’s a slip and fall at a grocery store or a collision with a vehicle — can change your life in an instant. From an increase in insurance paperwork to doctor’s visits and recovery time, even simple things like paying your bills can leave you feeling overwhelmed and unsure of what’s to come.

By taking simple steps after an accident, you can help avoid much of the stress associated with them. But remember, no matter if you’re facing a personal injury situation or a claim for wrongful death, your first step should always be to contact a personal injury lawyer.


Even if you think your accident is simple in nature and will not require civil action, having an attorney at your side can be incredibly beneficial for these simple reasons:

  1. Understanding of the law: A good personal injury lawyer knows the law inside and out, and knows how to apply it to your specific situation. If they are keeping up on changes to the law, such as our attorneys do, then your lawyer will be able to seek the best possible outcome for your case that the law provides.
  2. Experience with injury claims: At our firm, attorney Dan Doyle has more than 20 years of experience handling a variety of personal injury cases. He has decades of experience and case law to draw from, which gives him the ability to craft more personalized claims that will best suit your needs.
  3. Presence in negotiations and in the courtroom: It can be challenging conveying your needs to an insurer or a judge. You may not be able to recognize expenses that are eligible for compensation or if you are looking at a fair settlement. Attorney Dan Doyle can because he used to work for an insurance company. He knows what they are looking for and can help you craft a good claim.
  4. Attention to detail: A good lawyer should pay meticulous attention to your case and keep you aware of its movement through the legal process. At our firm, we take an individualized approach to injury and wrongful death claims, and stand as your guide through your worst hours. We leave nothing on the table during negotiations, fighting for the compensation you need and deserve.


A qualified attorney will have a thorough understanding of the time constraints you were under with these cases. It is important to understand that the Pennsylvania statute of limitations for personal injury claims is two years from the date an injury occurs. This means that an injury victim has a two-year window with which to file a claim against the alleged negligent party. If the victim fails to file a claim in this timeframe, they will lose the ability to recover any compensation for their losses, regardless of how clear the liability is or how severe the injuries are.

We also need to point out that that the statute of limitations in PA has no bearing on any deadlines put in place by insurance carriers. If your claim involves an insurance carrier, you need to file it as soon as possible so that the carrier will not delay or deny your settlement.

A lawyer at the Dan Doyle Law Group understands all of these limitations and will work diligently to ensure your claim is handled properly by every party involved.


Many people think that they can handle their insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit on their own. However, this is a risky proposition. A skilled lawyer will be an invaluable resource and will likely be able to secure much more compensation than would otherwise be available. An attorney will have the resources and legal expertise necessary to handle every aspect of the claim. They will be able to gather any evidence needed to prove liability and can handle all communication and negotiation with other parties involved.


Many personal injury attorneys, including those at the Dan Doyle Law Group, will take these cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that the injury victim will not have to worry about any upfront or out-of-pocket costs related to their case. When an attorney works on a contingency fee basis, they will not collect any legal fees until after they successfully secure the compensation their client deserves. In short, if the attorney does not win, the client will not have to pay. This type of fee arrangement helps guarantee that injury victims are able to stand up to those who caused their injuries, regardless of their financial resources.


A lawyer can do much more than just file a civil lawsuit in court. At our firm, Dan Doyle Law Group, we pride ourselves on our ability to handle everything from bank account information to insurance negotiations, setting up guardianship to seeking fair judgments in court.

If you’d like to retain our services, contact our law office by calling us or filling out this contact form. Free initial consultations are available on request if you wish to speak one-on-one with one of our attorneys before retaining our services.