Frequently Asked Questions
» Where are you located?
Our main office is located at 512 Walnut St., Allentown, PA.
» In what states does the firm practice?
We are members of the Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York Bar Associations, and are admitted to other states on a case-by-case basis.
» What is full and limited tort?
In the state of Pennsylvania, when you purchase Limited Tort you give up the right to receive compensation for pain and suffering if you are injured in a car accident. If you have never been injured in an auto accident, you may not realize the pain and suffering that a person goes through. Car wrecks can lead to serious injuries and long-term disabilities that last for months or even years. Many people are unfamiliar with insurance terminology and don't understand what it really means to have Limited Tort auto insurance. They choose Limited Tort because they believe that:
1. It saves them a few dollars (approximately 15% on their premiums)
2. They'll never be injured in a car accident
Did you know that by choosing Limited Tort, you sacrifice full protection for you and your family members who are covered under your car insurance policy? Limited Tort not only puts you and your family at risk in your own car, but it even applies when you or your children are injured as passengers in someone else's car or even as a pedestrian. There are some rare and strict exceptions to Limited Tort that would enable you to collect money for pain and suffering under limited circumstances.
When you purchase Full Tort, you are allowed under law to seek money for your pain and suffering due to any injury you receive in an auto accident. This is, of course, provided that someone else is at fault for the accident. Choosing Full Tort on your policy instead of Limited Tort does cost a little more on your car insurance premium, but it could mean thousands of dollars to you if you are injured in an auto accident. Having additional money to help you through a difficult time in your life is well worth the investment today.
Required minimum under Pennsylvania law:
Our law firm's recommended minimum:
» What are your office hours?
We are available between 8:30 AM and 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Extended evening and weekend hours are also available by appointment.
» Do you accept walk-in clients?
Most of our clients schedule appointments ahead of time, but we are always willing to see our clients at their convenience (time permitting).
» What is the rate structure at Scherline & Associates?
We represent the seriously injured on a contingency basis. All other cases are billed by an established set of fees. Please contact us for specific information about the services you desire, and their related fees.
» What is a contingency fee?
In simple terms, Scherline & Associates receives a percentage of any settlement or award that we obtain for you. We pay all costs unless we recover for you. If there is no recovery, you owe us nothing.
» Is there a fee for initial consultations?
Your initial consultation with us is always free, and it places you under no obligation whatsoever.
» What do I need to bring to my initial consultation?
If you were injured in a serious accident, you should bring any and all investigative reports, photos, police reports, names of witnesses, your medical and employment information, and auto/health insurance information.
» How long does the consultation last?
Generally, about one hour.
» What happens during the initial consultation?
We will discuss your legal issue, and outline the relevant factors and options that are available to you or your business. We will recommend and pursue a course of action that is best for you, and estimate the time and any legal expenses involved.
» What kind of updates about my case will I receive?
As your case progresses, our office will supply you with regular progress reports and copies of all correspondence and documents, and always maintain an open communication between yourself and the attorney handling your case.
» What kinds of cases does Scherline & Associates accept?
The majority of our cases are serious personal-injury claims, but the firm also performs a significant amount of legal work in criminal, real estate, civil, wills and estate proceedings.
» How many attorneys are on staff? What are their backgrounds?
The Scherline & Associates firm has 11 lawyers. They are distinguished alumni of some of the finest educational institutions in the country. Our attorneys all live in the communities in which they practice.
» How long have you been in business?
Scherline & Associates was founded in 1976, and has grown from a sole practice to a firm employing more than 30 people.
» ¿Habla Español?
Yes, we do! We also utilize several interpreters for clients who speak other languages.
» May I request a particular attorney?
You may, but most of our attorneys are highly qualified to handle all types of serious injury cases. In some instances, several attorneys are assigned to a case for maximum effectiveness and optimum results.
» What is the Statute of Limitations on personal injury lawsuits?
Generally, there is a two-year Statute of Limitations on personal-injury cases, but some exceptions may apply, depending upon the type of case and the state in which you were injured. You should always consult with an attorney to verify the Statute of Limitations on your particular case. If you fail to file your case within the time allotted by law, you might be barred from making a financial recovery.
» How much is my injury case worth?
The value of each case is determined by a number of factors. The most important is proving that the responsible party was negligent, thereby causing physical an/or emotional harm to the victim or claimant. Once the negligence is proven, the injured party will recover financial damages based upon the severity of injuries, length of treatment, marital status, occupation, the amount of wages lost, and numerous other considerations.