It goes without saying that nobody wants or expects to be sued. Nonetheless, lawsuits do occur, and when you’re at the center of one, it’s critically important to understand what you can expect, and what you should and shouldn’t do.
Regardless of the inciting matter, lawsuits can place enormous financial burdens on defendants, in addition to causing permanent damage to your reputation and the way your business is perceived by the public. If you are being sued in Pennsylvania, you need to take prompt action to defend yourself from the allegations against you.
Why Choose Berkowitz Klein to Defend You?
At Berkowitz Klein, our litigation defense attorneys have over 30 years of experience representing individuals who have been sued in Pennsylvania. Our team of lawyers brings decades expertise in the local courts of Pennsylvania to every case we handle. However challenging or complicated your lawsuit may seem, our seasoned defense attorneys are intimately familiar with all aspects of Pennsylvania and Federal law, and we know how to obtain favorable results for our clients.
Our long history of legal work has granted our firm and our clients many benefits in addition to sheer experience. Our attorneys have built up strong professional relationships within the legal community across southeastern Pennsylvania, and we utilize our working relationships to our clients’ advantage. Additionally, because we are thoroughly familiar with area attorneys and court systems, we are often able to anticipate and effectively subvert prosecuting arguments against our clients.
At Berkowitz Klein, our attorneys handle a wide range of legal issues. Some of the most common case types we handle involve matters of breach of contract, partnership disputes, insurance coverage, judgment liens, and more.
Experienced Local Counsel
We regularly represent clients from a diverse array of geographic locations and backgrounds, including Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, California, Illinois, Arizona, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, and Texas. Regionally, we serve clients in Philadelphia County, Montgomery County, Lancaster County, Berks County, Bucks County, Delaware County, Chester County, and Dauphin County.
Finally, we are cost-effective. We understand that litigation and counter-litigation can be financially burdensome, and we work to help create flexible payment plans to help alleviate the strain on our clients. Our bottom line is providing aggressive, comprehensive representation at affordable rates.
What Happens When You’re Sued in Pennsylvania
When you first learn that you’re being sued, it’s natural to feel shock and anxiety. However, if you can approach the lawsuit with a cool head and a practical attitude, you will be in a better position to effectively defend yourself and your business. The more you know about what to expect during the process of being sued in Pennsylvania, the better prepared you will be to handle the situation as it develops.
1. The Complaint
When a lawsuit against you or your business is initiated in Pennsylvania, the first stage is that you will be served with a complaint. The complaint may be served in person or through the postal service. The complaint will include information like the names of the parties involved, the relevant jurisdiction, and an account of the allegations against you.
2. The Answer
Once you have been served with the complaint, you must file an answer in response. In your answer, you can either deny or admit to the charges against you. If there are multiple allegations, all of them should be addressed. Failure to address an allegation can serve as an admission, which could have dire consequences for the rest of your case. Just as you were served with the original complaint, you must serve the plaintiff with your answer in response.
3. Counterclaims and Affirmative Defenses
In addition to filing an answer to the complaint for a lawsuit, it may be appropriate to consider filing a counterclaim or an affirmative defense. A counterclaim is a lawsuit which the original defendant files against the plaintiff. (For example, in some cases the defendant may allege libel or slander.) An affirmative defense is used to try to evade financial liability by asserting that the plaintiff has no right to claim damages. (For example, saying that the plaintiff missed the statute of limitations, and their rights to filing a lawsuit have expired.)
Once your answer has been filed, your court clerk will provide you with two dates: the date by which you must actually serve your answer, and the date you should return to court. It is absolutely crucial that you meet any and all deadlines imposed by the court system, as failure to do so could be devastating to the outcome of your case.
You should compile as much information and evidence as possible, and share everything with your attorney and insurance company as soon as you are able. You should not make any apologies, which could serve as admission of guilt in court, or any statements which could potentially incriminate you or invalidate your defense.
Contact Us for a Consultation
If you have been served or know that you are facing the possibility of a lawsuit in Pennsylvania, you need to contact an experienced litigation defense attorney immediately. At Berkowitz Klein, our Pennsylvania defense lawyers bring over 30 years of business and legal expertise to the table.
To schedule a confidential consultation with a seasoned defense lawyers, call our law offices at (610) 889-3200 (ext. 1), or contact us online today.