No one plans for an injury. By nature, accidents occur suddenly and without warning. If you have sustained a serious injury that was someone else’s fault, you probably have a lot of questions, such as:
- Who is responsible for paying for my injuries?
- What do I need to prove to recover compensation?
- What is my claim worth?
- Do I need a lawyer?
Berger and Green has decades of experience representing injured victims in Pennsylvania. Our Blair County personal injury lawyer would be happy to answer any questions you have about your right to compensation and filing a personal injury claim. Call our office at 412-661-1400 and schedule a free consultation.
What types of accidents in Blair County qualify for a personal injury case?
Any type of accident in which you are hurt because of another party’s negligence or carelessness may constitute a personal injury claim. The at-fault party may be an individual, a business, or an entity. Below are some common types of personal injury accidents:
- Auto accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Industrial and construction site accidents
- Dog attacks
- Defective products and dangerous medications
- Medical/pharmacy malpractice
- Birth injuries
What is “negligence” in a personal injury case?
Personal injury cases hinge on the element of negligence. In simple terms, negligence means a breach of duty of care, or a person’s failure to act in a safe manner so as not to cause harm to others.
For example, doctors have a legal duty of care to their patients to practice medicine in accordance with state and national medical standards. If a doctor disregarded the standards, e.g., failing to order a routine medical test, then his/her conduct might be negligence. Similarly, if a driver failed to uphold his/her duty by driving while intoxicated, s/he would be negligent.
In some cases, the person who caused the injury (defendant) may have willfully harmed the victim, such as in the case of assault. More often, however, the defendant’s actions are simply careless or reckless. In either case, if s/he breached his/her duty of care and caused another harm, s/he can be financially liable for the victim’s damages.
What is my personal injury case worth?
A personal injury claim can range in value from hundreds to millions of dollars. The value of your case depends on various factors, such as:
- The severity of your injuries and your prognosis
- The amount of insurance coverage available
- Whether the defendant was wholly or partly at fault for your accident
- Your estimated loss of income
- How thorough you are in documenting your injury-related expenses
The amount you receive for your case also depends on your attorney’s skills and reputation. You want to hire a lawyer that not only has good negotiation skills and a successful reputation in the county where you file your case, but also the determination and wit to stand up for you in court and pursue your case aggressively, if need be. Berger and Green attorneys have a long, successful record of winning large settlements in personal injury cases. Feel free to read over some of our testimonials and recent cases.
What is my first step to filing a personal injury claim in Blair County?
After tending to your immediate medical concerns, your first step after sustaining an injury is to explore your options with a personal injury attorney at Berger and Green. We can sit down with you, discuss your accident and injuries, and then advise you of your options. We will investigate the facts of the case, determine who the liable party is, and what type of insurance may cover your accident.
As we begin collecting evidence to support your case and filing out the required claim documents, you should collect as much pertinent information as possible that we can use to prove your claim. Gather any evidence you can find that 1) proves the other party’s fault, and 2) proves the extent of your damages. (Do not worry, we will help gather evidence, too.)
Proving fault: For example, if you suffered a back injury in a slip and fall accident at a grocery store, you can take pictures of the slippery area or the hazard that caused your fall, collect eyewitness statements and contact information, and keep a copy of the report you filed with store and all correspondence you have had with management. We can help you try to obtain any store video footage to see if your accident was caught on tape, as well.
Proving damages: You also need to prove your damages to the insurer or court. Save all your bills and receipts for your medical care and associated damages, as well as proof of loss of income and loss of benefits.
Also, try keeping a daily injury journal where you document the progression of your injuries, your treatments, your pain levels, and the impact your injuries are having on your life. This will help us understand your injuries and enable us to better relay the severity of your case to the insurance company.
Why do I need a lawyer from Berger and Green on my side?
When you put Berger and Green on your personal case, you will have a determined and qualified team advocating for your best interests. While you focus on recovering, we will work hard to prepare your claim and fight for maximum compensation.
Clients love having Berger and Green on their side because:
- We are available whenever you need us.
- We care deeply about our clients. You can expect genuine care and concern when you speak with our team members.
- We are part of the exclusive Million Dollar Advocates Forum, a distinguished group of trial attorneys who have won million or multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts.
- We have over four decades of experience helping injury victims, and have developed the skills and strategies that only come with experience.
- We will visit you in your home or hospital if you are unable to get to us.
- We do not charge you legal fees unless you win your case. There are no upfront fees on your part.
Contact us today for your initial free consultation: 412-661-1400.