When another party’s negligence injures you, you may be entitled to pursue a personal injury claim for your damages. Unfortunately, personal injury claims are rarely ever simple. To give yourself the best chance of recovering the compensation you need for your injury-related losses, call a Butler County personal injury lawyer at Berger and Green today to schedule a free consultation: 412-661-1400.
Why do I need a lawyer for my personal injury claim?
Insurance companies are in business to make a profit. Every dollar they pay out in claims is a dollar they did not put in their pocket. This is a strong financial incentive for the insurance company to make a lowball offer, to delay, or to even deny payment to you for your personal injury claim.
This determination, coupled with your injuries, medical bills, and lack of legal representation, leaves you vulnerable to the insurance company’s tactics.
With your medical bills piling up, it is tempting to take the offer the insurer waves under your nose right after your injury. What many injured people do not realize, however, is that the money the insurance company offers is all the money you will ever get for your claim, even if your injury has complications, gets worse, or if you are unable to return to work.
This means you could be leaving tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars on the table.
And even if you decline the first offer, the insurer has a whole bag full of tricks. It might try to get you to admit fault or admit that your injuries are not as serious as you claim. It might also try to get you to sign a medical release form allowing the insurer to delve into your past looking for pre-existing conditions to pin your injuries on.
The personal injury lawyers at Berger and Green deal with these insurance companies every day. We are not intimidated by their tactics and we know how to defend against them. We will stand between you and the insurance company and protect your right to compensation. We are dedicated to getting our clients everything they deserve so they can get on with their lives.
As your personal injury lawyers, we will:
- Investigate the incident and collect the evidence needed to prove your claim. This can include accident or injury reports, eyewitness testimony, police reports, medical records, employment records, cell phone records, surveillance camera recordings, etc.
- Build your case and calculate your damages. We work with experts, such as accident reconstruction experts and vocational rehabilitation experts when called for in a case.
- Defend you against the insurance companies. In addition to protecting your case from the insurer, we will negotiate with the insurer to get you everything you need. If the insurer refuses to offer you what you deserve, we will represent you in court.
What kinds of personal injury cases does Berger and Green handle?
Our team handles all types of personal injury cases including:
- Car accidents
- Slip and fall injuries
- Medical malpractice
- Product liability
- Construction accidents
- Premises liability
- Motorcycle accidents
- Truck accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Child injury claims
- Nursing home claims
- Wrongful death claims
Remember this is just a snapshot of some of the types of cases we handle. If your injury is not on this list, give us a call. We would be happy to evaluate your injury case for free.
Do I have a valid personal injury case?
To have a valid personal injury case, the at-fault party’s actions must satisfy all four elements of a negligence claim:
- S/he had a duty of care toward you.
- S/he breached that duty.
- That breach was the cause of the accident or incident.
- The accident or incident resulted in damages to you.
Consider the following example: a car struck you while you were riding your bicycle.
You discovered that the driver was texting when she hit you. The driver, who has a duty to drive safely and keep other road users from undue harm, breached her duty to you. If you can prove that the accident would not have occurred had the driver not been texting, you can prove causation. Proving damages simply means establishing your losses. If you sustained a neck injury and a broken collarbone in the accident, you can establish these damages with medical records.
You have satisfied all four elements and have a valid claim. Satisfying these elements is often more difficult than it seems. Our team can help.
How much is my personal injury claim worth?
Every case is different, which is why you need a Butler County personal injury attorney to evaluate your claim and calculate the value of your damages. While each case has unique factors, you should look for compensation for the following in your settlement:
- Medical bills
- Property damages
- Lost wages
- Permanent impairment
- Disability or disfigurement
- Pain and suffering
- Lost earning potential
Some of these damages are easily calculable by looking at the actual dollar amounts of the medical bills or lost wages, for example, but other types of damages are more complicated. How do you put a value on someone’s life never being the same? How do you measure the fair dollar amount to compensate someone for pain and suffering, or disfigurement?
Once we have listened to your story, gathered evidence, and examined your case, we work with experts to establish a fair value of your noneconomic damages.
How can I afford a lawyer to help with my Butler County personal injury case?
Personal injury victims may face thousands of dollars in medical bills with no way to pay them, especially if their injury keeps them out of work for some time.
Rather than leaving you wondering how you could possibly pay to get the help you need, we work on a contingency fee basis. This means we do not charge to handle your claim, unless there is a recovery. Our payment comes out of that recovery, so you are never left to pick up any out-of-pocket fees. This gives you the opportunity to focus on recovering while we handle your case.
Call Berger and Green to discuss your Butler County injury case for FREE.
It is important to get a good personal injury lawyer right away. The value of your claim can go down with the passage of time, as evidence fades away. There are strict time deadlines to file or you could give up your right to compensation.
Our team will ensure you file on time and will fight for your right to receive all the compensation you deserve. Call Berger and Green today at 412-661-1400 for your free claim analysis and consultation.