Gardner and Stevens Law Firm

KURT A. GARDNER
JOHN C. STEVENS
CONNIE J. STEVENS

Ephrata, PA 717-733-3330

Lititz, PA 717-626-7728

Lancaster, PA 717-299-0007


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Personal Injury

PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS

Quality Representation Across Lancaster County

Wrongful Death

Few situations compare to the tragedy of losing a loved one due to the negligence or recklessness of someone else. Amidst the grief, surviving family members must face loss of income, loss of insurance and other benefits as well as questions involving life insurance, social security benefits and administering an estate. The law allows both a person's estate and a person's family to separately recover for their wrongful death. The law specifically allows recovery for lost income, lost benefits and loss of companionship, but only if such claims are properly brought. It is essential that you have skilled legal representation to appropriately document, develop and present such a case. Our decades of experience in wrongful death cases will insure that you receive the best recovery, and our compassionate, personal representation will give you and your family the support you need in this most difficult time.


Automobile Accidents

A personal injury from an auto accident can leave an individual or family feeling devastated and alone. Mounting expenses plus questions such as how to pay medical bills or how to replace lost income can become overwhelming. Unfortunately, insurance companies frequently seek to capitalize on these vulnerable moments to obtain premature and unfair settlements.

Our experienced legal team members are the most skilled auto accident lawyers Lancaster, PA has to offer! We stand up against the insurance companies and to obtain the full and fair compensation you and your family deserve without the need to travel to a "big city" law firm. We give our cases prompt, personal attention, and we have the skills and experience necessary to successfully confront the insurance companies and maximize your recovery against a negligent driver. It is this record of performance which has gained us membership in the prestigious Million Dollar Advocates' Forum, for obtaining verdicts, awards or settlements of $1 million or more.


Slip & Fall

Cases involving a slip and fall or trip and fall, sometimes known as premises liability cases, are typically difficult and complex. Property owners will frequently deny liability by accusing the injured person of being negligent themself. If the property is owned by the state, borough, township or other government entity, special notices and substantially shorter deadlines will apply. We have experience handling premises liability cases including snow and ice, defective steps, defective sidewalks, swimming pools, parking lots, speed bumps, shopping malls and golf courses. Utilizing a network of experts and engineers, we are able to evaluate the dynamics of your injury as well as code violations and deviations from industry safety standards. Our experienced team will guide you through the complexities of such a case, and will make sure that you receive the maximum possible recovery.


Dog Bites

Every year vicious dogs attack and bite innocent children and adults. These cases involve unique complications, from dealing with a homeowner's insurance carrier to interacting with the local Dog Officer. Dog bite cases frequently include claims for scarring and disfigurement, and sometimes for reconstructive surgery. We have decades of experience in handling dog bite cases ranging from toddlers to senior citizens. This experience coupled with our highly developed negotiating skills will allow us to maximize your recovery.


Tractor-Trailer Accidents

Accidents caused by tractor-trailers and other commercial vehicles, by definition, place the injured person at a disadvantage. You, the individual, are pitted against large corporations and the biggest insurance companies with the deepest pockets. Multiple insurance policies often mean several lawyers are working to defend the other driver. Vehicle dynamics may be different, and special rules of the road may apply. You need a legal team with the experience necessary to handle such a claim. Our experts and engineers utilize state of the art technology from 3-D computer re-enactment of the crash dynamics to laser generated modeling of the accident scene. Our firm has successfully litigated multi-million-dollar recoveries for victims of tractor-trailer and commercial vehicle crashes. Putting us to work for you gives you the advantage you need.


Serious Bodily Injury

Our firm has the experience to handle all types of serious bodily injuries whether as a result of a motor vehicle accident, slip/trip and fall, dog bite or other matters arising out of someone else's negligence. We have experience in dealing with the overwhelming majority of insurance companies that a typical person will encounter as result of an injury. Furthermore, many of the adjusters know our firm from prior experience, which gives us an advantage as the insurance companies know that we will not settle unless it is a fair amount for our client. Many times, cases settle without the need to go to court. However, when a fair settlement offer cannot be reached, we will proceed to Court to make sure that your rights are protected and that you receive the compensation that you deserve.


Motorcycle Accidents

Accidents involving motorcycles require special attention. Injuries are frequently far more serious. "First party benefits" for the payment of medical bills and lost wages usually are not available. Other drivers are more prone than in non-motorcycle cases to claim that the motorcycle operator was driving recklessly or was simply not able to be seen due to lack of visibility. As experienced riders ourselves, we appreciate your unique circumstances. We have many years of experience representing injured riders, including successful jury verdicts.


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