If you have suffered injuries in a Pittsburgh car accident and need money to cover expensive medical bills and lost wages, you may not know what to do or who to turn to for help. You may be wondering: “How can I pay my bills and support my family when I cannot return to work?”
If you are worried about getting the money and benefits you are entitled to from the insurance company, our team of personal injury lawyers that handles car accidents in the Pittsburgh area can review your case and get to work on pursuing compensation on your behalf today. We can go over the details of your accident and discuss how we may be able to help you recover the money you deserve during a free consultation with us.
Put Berger and Green’s 40+ Years of Experience to Work for You
Berger and Green has represented thousands of clients in motor vehicle accidents throughout Pennsylvania for more than 40 years. Our founding partner, Attorney Laurence B. Green, has been recognized as one of the top 100 trial lawyers in Pennsylvania by the National Trial Lawyers Association and has been profiled in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers magazine.
Attorney Green is also a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, a distinguished group of attorneys throughout the United States who have successfully obtained awards in the amount of $1 million or more for their clients.
All of our lawyers are trial attorneys with experience handling cases similar to yours. If we do need to go to trial and represent you to a judge and jury, we will not hesitate to do so. We will pursue the court award you deserve.
We Can Help You Recover Damages from Your Accident
Car accident injuries can range from minor to serious, putting people in the hospital and possibly out of work while they heal from their injuries. This can hurt their income as well as create medical bills and other expenses they may not be able to pay.
A lawyer from Berger and Green can help you seek to recover damages from the insurance company or the liable party who caused your accident. Financial compensation can give you peace of mind knowing that the at-fault party is being held responsible for your injuries. It may also help you and your family to know that you are being compensated for how their negligence has cost you.
Your recoverable damages will depend on the circumstances of your case. In general, you could be compensated for your monetary and non-monetary damages.
Monetary Damages Include:
- Past, current, and future medical costs
- Current and future lost wages
- Reduced earning ability
- Property repair or replacement
Non-Monetary Damages Include:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Physical impairment, scarring, disfigurement
- Loss of companionship
If your loved one died in a car accident in the Pittsburgh area, you might be able to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit to recover damages, such as:
- Final medical bills the decedent paid or bills that were paid on their behalf
- Funeral, cremation, or burial costs
- Your loved one’s pain and suffering before their death
- Loss of companionship
We know how stressful it can be to need money to pay for your medical care and other bills and also be out of work because of your injuries. The expenses can add up quickly, and you should not be stuck paying them out of your pocket for the injuries someone else caused.
We understand the complexities associated with the process of calculating damages. We will go through it with you step-by-step and will work with you to help you understand the potential settlement value of your case. Then, we can handle settlement negotiations on your behalf.
We encourage all accident victims to discuss their case with a car accident attorney before agreeing to a settlement.
How will My Lawyer Calculate My Car Accident Damages?
Calculating car accident damages is one of the most important parts of building any car accident case. Forgetting to include damages, misplacing bills or receipts, overlooking expenses, and failing to put an accurate price on things could lead you to agree to a settlement that does not cover your current expenses or leaves you paying for future expenses out of your own pocket.
When our lawyer takes on your Pittsburgh car accident case, a part of our job is to gather evidence and take a full accounting of your damages. This is necessary before we file an insurance claim on your behalf because we need to know what a fair settlement offer will look like before we seek a payout from the insurer.
As a part of this process, we will take steps to identify your full range of expenses and losses and document them. This may require us to:
- Retrieve copies of all accident-related medical bills
- Catalog all treatment-related expenses, including medical equipment rentals, medication, and other items
- Obtain information about your normal pay, documenting your time away from work, and calculating lost wages
- Determine if you will likely return to your previous job in the future
- Look at repair estimates for your vehicle or calculating a fair replacement cost
- Consider other expenses related to your accident, injuries, or treatment
Because we want to recover the full value of your losses and use the amount of your economic damages to help calculate your non-economic damages, when available, it is imperative that we identify and document as many expenses related to your accident as possible. Some often-overlooked expenses may include:
- Parking at the doctor’s office or hospital
- Taking an Uber, Lyft, taxi, or bus to appointments because of damage to your car
- Rental car costs
- Necessary remodeling to make your home wheelchair-accessible
- Repair or replacement of personal items, including your smartphone, eyeglasses, laptop, or other items in your vehicle at the time of the accident
Once we have a good idea of all your accident-related expenses and losses, we will add them up to get a fair value for your economic damages. This determines the range we will aim for if you have a limited tort car insurance policy.
If you opted for a full tort car insurance policy, suffered permanent or disfiguring injuries, or meet another exception to limited tort, we will also calculate the value of your non-economic damages, including your pain and suffering losses.
How We Can Help with Your Pittsburgh Car Accident Case
When you agree to let a Berger and Green lawyer handle your Pittsburgh car accident case, we will manage it entirely. All you need to do is focus on healing from your injuries. As you can imagine, this greatly reduces your stress about the whole process, whether you are filing an insurance claim or a lawsuit.
When we take you on as our client, we will:
- Explain all of your rights and how Pennsylvania laws apply to your case
- Gather evidence that supports your case for damages, including police reports, photos, and video
- Identify liable parties in your accident and prove their negligence
- File an insurance claim or civil lawsuit on your behalf, if necessary
- Negotiate with all parties involved in your case, including other attorneys and insurers
- Take care of all paperwork and meet all legal deadlines
- Keep you updated on all case developments
Berger and Green Lawyers Know How to Deal with Insurance Companies
From the moment you talk with us about your car accident case, we go to work, protecting your rights to compensation for your full range of damages. This is one of the most important roles of a personal injury lawyer, although it is often overlooked.
We want you to be aware that insurance company representatives want to pay out as little as possible. They will try to get you to admit to being partially at fault or make other mistakes that could reduce your claim or hurt your chances of a lawsuit.
When our attorney handles all communications about your case, this is unlikely to happen unless the opposing side has strong evidence showing that your actions contributed to your accident. Even then, your attorney can work to mitigate the effect this has on your financial recovery.
Our firm’s lawyer will also build a strong case that will support negotiating a settlement with the insurance company or winning your case in court. This requires us to gather evidence, prove fault and liability, and document your accident-related damages. We can even call in expert witnesses to bolster your case, something you likely would not have the resources to do on your own.
We will Seek to Get You Fair Compensation for Your Injuries
Your attorney will handle all communications and negotiations with the insurer, demanding they pay out a fair settlement. Of course, if legal action becomes necessary, our car accident lawyer can take legal action on your behalf. Our legal team understands Pennsylvania’s laws that are related to taking this type of case to trial, including the statute of limitations that applies to your case.
You Must File Your Case Before the Deadline Expires
Taking legal action is on a timetable in Pennsylvania. If you want to hold liable parties accountable in your accident, you are encouraged to start as soon as possible. The state allows injury victims two years to file an injury lawsuit, as outlined in PA CSA §5524.
The countdown to the deadline starts on the date of an injury. If you are filing a wrongful death action, it starts on the decedent’s death date. You must file a lawsuit before the statute of limitations runs out, or the court will likely refuse to hear your case. This means you will not be able to compel the liable parties in your case to compensate you for your accident or injuries.
You May Be Asking, “Can I Afford to Hire a Lawyer?”
Berger and Green understands that cost is a key factor for many people as they decide whether to hire an attorney for their case. Our law firm works on contingency, which means our clients pay us no hourly or upfront fees. This arrangement allows us to start on your case promptly and eases the burden of having to pay for legal services upfront.
Our payment is an agreed-upon percentage of the award our client receives. If we don’t win their case, we do not get paid. We cover all the details of a contingency fee pay arrangement with you upfront before you sign on with us as a client.
What Types of Injury Cases do Berger and Green Lawyers Handle?
Our auto accident attorneys can assist you with any of the following injuries:
- Brain injury
- Catastrophic and serious injury
- Wrongful death
- Broken bones
- Knee injury
- Shoulder injury
- Back injury
Call Berger and Green for Help with Your Pittsburgh Car Accident Case
If you have been in a car accident in the Pittsburgh area that has left you or a loved one seriously injured, or if a loved one has died as a result of the car collision, call the Berger and Green legal team today for a free consultation and learn how our lawyer may be able to help you. We can discuss your legal options and the next steps during a free case review.