A drunk driving accident can lead to serious injuries, an inability to work, and considerable pain and suffering. If you suffered serious injuries or lost a close loved one due to a drunk driver, a Pittsburgh drunk driving accident lawyer from Berger and Green can help you.
We can help you fight for justice and compensation. Give us a call today to learn more about how our team can help: (412) 661-1400. The initial consultation is free and there is no obligation to use our services.
Establishing a Drunk Driver’s Liability for Your Accident Injuries
A driver charged with driving under the influence (DUI) faces a possible conviction that can result in jail time, fines, or both. If convicted, the punishment they receive can serve as a form of justice for you; however, it does nothing to help your physical, financial, and emotional stress.
Pursuing a personal injury—or a wrongful death—civil lawsuit is your opportunity to secure the financial compensation necessary for your medical care. Establishing liability for your drunk driving accident is where a Pittsburgh drunk driving accident lawyer can help you.
In order to establish liability and to prepare your case for negotiations and a possible trial, the following evidence will be helpful to our team:
- The official police report of the accident
- Photos and/or video of the accident scene
- Eyewitness information
- Medical reports detailing your injuries
These are just a few examples of the types of evidence that are essential for us to review. We will gather all necessary evidence to help build a robust case on your behalf. We can also discuss your case with expert witnesses if necessary to establish liability or how your injuries happened.
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Avoid Speaking with the Insurance Company
In order to protect your best interests, do not speak with insurance companies. Soon after your accident, you will likely receive a call from an insurance adjuster asking to discuss the accident and your injuries. Their attempt to talk with you is most likely an attempt to offer you less compensation than you deserve.
If you accept an offer, you typically cannot recover any more compensation later. This is true even if your medical condition worsens. This can leave you paying out of pocket for prescription medications or therapy, for example.
Depending upon the severity of your injuries, you or a loved one may face a lifetime of expensive medical treatments, procedures, and a need for personal care. Securing a fair settlement now will help you provide for your medical needs later. Call Berger and Green today for a free consultation at (412) 661-1400.
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Recoverable Compensation in a Drunk Driving Accident Claim
The compensation you can recover depends on the circumstances of your case and the insurance you have. Potentially recoverable compensation includes:
- Medical expenses, both current and future
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning capacity
- Mental anguish
- Pain and suffering
If you lost a loved one due to a drunk driver, nothing can replace your loss. Seeking financial compensation from the driver responsible for your loved one’s death may help ease your financial stress, however. We can help you fight for damages such as funeral and burial expenses, loss of companionship, and loss of services.
Keep the Pennsylvania Statute of Limitations in Mind
Another way to protect your best interests is to file your case before the statute of limitations expires. The Pennsylvania statute of limitations for personal injury or wrongful death is generally two years under 42 Pa.CSA § 5524. The clock starts the moment you suffer your injury or your loved one dies as a result of their injuries.
Missing the deadline may bar you from pursuing compensation forever. At Berger and Green, we can ensure that your case meets all requirements and is filed in a timely manner.
A member of our team will negotiate for a fair settlement out of court. If necessary, we are ready to proceed to trial.
As personal injury lawyers, we understand how traumatic your accident or loss was to you and your family. This is why we always treat our clients with care and compassion. We also provide you with updates as they occur so you remain informed throughout the process.
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We Handle Cases with No Upfront Costs
At Berger and Green, we work on a contingency-fee basis, meaning we only collect our fee if we win your case. We advance all the costs related with investigating and establishing your case, which means you only need to worry about recovering from your injuries and spending time with your family.
If you do not recover compensation, you do not pay us for the time we spent building your case.
Get Help from Berger and Green Now
No one should pay out of pocket for medical or funeral costs that occur due to a drunk driver. Each case is different and the outcome of your case depends upon the details of your accident. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries or the loss of your loved one.
However, personal injury cases involving drunk driving can be quite complex. A Pittsburgh drunk driving accident lawyer can provide legal representation for your drunk driving injuries or loss. When we take on your case, we will:
- Gather evidence
- Build a case establishing liability
- Communicate and negotiate with the insurance company and other involved parties
- Ensure we abide by all statutes of limitations
- Prepare your case for trial, if necessary
You must act quickly before the statute of limitations for a civil lawsuit expires. Contact Berger and Green today for a free case evaluation at (412) 661-1400. If your injuries prevent you from traveling to us, we can come to your hospital room or home.