Innocent people are hurt in accidents every day. Serious accidents like slip and falls or car accidents frequently leave victims unable to return to work or even get out of bed without pain. Worst of all, these victims often end up shouldering hefty bills, including vehicle repairs and the cost of personal medical expenses.
However, in many cases, financial relief is available for these innocent victims in the form of a personal injury claim. If the deliberate or negligent actions of another person caused a serious accident, call a personal injury lawyer in Allegheny County to discuss your options to recover compensation.
Call Berger and Green today at 412-661-1400.
Types of Personal Injury Cases
A personal injury can stem from almost any type of accident, but the most common we handle include:
Whether you suffered your injury while driving in your own car, riding a motorcycle or bicycle, or walking on the side of the road, if another driver caused your accident, you deserve compensation.
An accident with a semi-truck can be catastrophic. You may be entitled to compensation, but fighting a trucking company and its insurer can be especially difficult for someone unfamiliar with the laws regulating the trucking industry.
Slip and Falls
Owners of stores that open their doors to the public and other public places have a duty to keep their property free of dangerous conditions that could cause visitors to fall and injure themselves. Dangerous conditions might include snow and ice accumulation, standing water, debris, and uneven flooring.
If you sustain injuries through another person’s violent actions toward you, you may be able to recover compensation from that person.
If you sustain injury from an improperly designed or poorly maintained product, such as medical equipment, a car part, or a power tool, you may be eligible to file a claim against the manufacturer or the seller.
If a doctor or another medical provider injures you during a medical procedure, you may be able to hold the medical professional liable by filing a medical malpractice claim.
If you sustain an injury at work, you may be able to file a third-party claim as well as recover compensation from your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance.
What should I expect during the personal injury process?
If you decide to file a personal injury claim against someone, you will have to prove that his or her negligence caused your injury. To do this you will need to prove four elements:
The person you are suing owed you a duty of care. Every person owes someone else a duty of care. The duty owed depends on who the party is. For example, other drivers on the road have a duty to follow traffic laws and the owners of stores and restaurants have a duty to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe condition.
Breach of Duty
To have a valid injury claim, you must be able to prove the other party (i.e., defendant) was negligent. Negligence basically means that the person failed to perform the duty he or she owed to you.
A person can be negligent with actions or inactions.
In the examples above, if a driver backs out of his or her driveway onto a busy street without looking, he or she has acted negligently. If a store owner fails to remove snow and ice accumulation from his or her roof and it falls onto the sidewalk where customers are gathered, this inaction is also negligence.
The negligent action caused your injury. In order to win your personal injury case, you will have to connect the other person’s negligent action to your injury.
Consider the case of the negligent driver who backs out of his driveway into traffic. If you suffered whiplash in that collision, you must be able to prove that you would not have suffered your whiplash injury but for the negligent actions of the defendant.
You suffered real, measurable damages. In order to recover damages, you will need actual proof that your injuries are real. You can use your medical records, medical bills, W-2s, pay stubs, expert witness testimony, and testimony from your friends and family to prove damages.
Should I hire a lawyer?
The personal injury claims process is complicated. In most cases, you will be facing a large insurance company with years of experience tricking injured victims out of compensation. Even when the defendant was in the wrong, you could lose your personal injury case if you are not properly prepared.
The personal injury lawyers at Berger and Green have decades of experience defending Pennsylvania residents against all the tricks insurers might pull.
We will ensure you do not say anything could jeopardize your case, and if it would make you more comfortable, we can handle all communication with the insurer or any legal teams.
This means you can sit back and recover while we fight to get you the compensation you deserve. Leave the stress and hassle to someone trained to handle it and get the result you need.
How long do I have to file a claim?
Typically, you have only two years from the time of the accident to file a personal injury suit. If you file out of this time period, known as the statute of limitations, the court will likely throw your case out immediately.
This is why it is imperative that you do not delay in speaking with an attorney. Remember, it takes time to file a proper claim and negotiate for a fair settlement. Do not wait until the last minute to call us.
What damages are recoverable? How much can I get?
Every claim is a little different and so, the amount of damages for each personal injury claim is different. That being said, if you win, you can expect to recover compensation to cover the full amount of your:
- Medical costs, including current and past due medical bills, the cost of any foreseen medical requirements in the future, medications, physical therapy, or surgery, in-home care, etc.
- Lost wages and lost earning capacity
- Other financial losses
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
Berger and Green Can Help
Do not try to take on the defendant or his or her insurance company alone. The Berger and Green personal injury lawyers in Allegheny County have received years of training and know how to best handle these kinds of cases on your behalf.
We will fight tooth and nail to ensure that you get a full and fair compensation amount. Call us today for a free consultation: 412-661-1400.