The people of Kittanning, PA are known for their hard work, but you or your loved one may not be able to work because of a serious injury. You may have even lost a loved one due to injuries that may have been preventable. Whether it is you or a loved one who has suffered harm, you may hire a Kittanning personal injury lawyer to help you seek fair compensation for the losses that you have endured. A lawyer can handle your case from the moment that you conduct a free consultation until your insurance claim or lawsuit is resolved.
Call Berger and Green today at (412) 661-1400 for a no-cost discussion about how we may represent you or your loved one in your case for compensation.
The Legal Standards for Liability
A personal injury lawyer may be familiar with the standards by which someone could be responsible for your losses. Whether you seek compensation for an injury or a loved one’s passing, there are legal thresholds for determining whether someone is responsible for your hardship.
The American Bar Association (ABA) alludes to the standards of liability in a personal injury case, and they are:
- Intentional acts
- Strict liability
Your lawyer can determine which of these standards apply to your case, as more than one may be relevant. It is possible that more than one party is at fault for your losses, and that more than one legal standard for liability applies to those parties.
Personal Injuries May Come from Many Different Circumstances
Before determining the standard for liability in your accident, your lawyer will need to know precisely what caused your losses. There are many different events and circumstances that may lead to a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit, including:
- Car, SUV, and small truck accidents
- Commercial truck accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Trip and fall accidents
- Injuries that occur in the workplace
- Animal attacks
- Defective products
- Sexual abuse
- Medical malpractice
Any one of these circumstances can leave lasting physical and psychological trauma and may be the result of actions or failures that could have been prevented. When you hire a lawyer, they will work to gather all of the facts surrounding your accident and then determine all of the parties who have some responsibility for your injuries or loved one’s passing.
Insurance coverage may be applicable and sufficient in certain cases, while in others it may be either non-applicable or insufficient to cover your losses. In certain circumstances, your lawyer may pursue an insurance settlement only to find out that, for one or more reasons, insurance will not provide you with the compensation that you deserve.
A Kittanning personal injury lawyer from Berger and Green will remain flexible, following the path that is most appropriate for you to seek compensation and adapting as necessary to changing circumstances. Call Berger and Green today at (412) 661-1400 for a free consultation.
For a free legal consultation with a personal injury lawyer serving Kittanning, call (412) 661-1400
A Personal Injury Lawyer Can Manage Your Claim or Lawsuit
If you hire a personal injury lawyer after an incident resulting in fatal or non-fatal injury, you may generally expect them to complete one primary goal: secure compensation. You may also expect that they will defend your rights, and they can.
Your unique personal circumstances may determine how your lawyer goes about seeking compensation. Their two primary options may be:
- A lawsuit
- An insurance claim
Insurance may be a viable option for seeking compensation under many different circumstances, including but not limited to motor vehicle collisions and workplace accidents. If you file an insurance claim in pursuit of compensation, then your lawyer may:
- Draft and file your claim
- Advise you against making any statements that could negatively affect your claim
- Review all evidence related to the incident in question
- Familiarize themselves with any specific policies that are relevant to your claim
- Interview witnesses whose accounts may affect liability
- Determine the value of your covered losses
- Determine whether insurance should be sufficient to cover your losses
- Engage in settlement negotiations with insurance companies
Insurance companies may attempt to deprive you of the compensation you deserve. If this prevents you from collecting a fair insurance settlement, then a lawsuit may remain an option for pursuing compensation.
The Process of Completing a Lawsuit
If you and your lawyer determine that a lawsuit is necessary, then your attorney will file and complete your suit in the appropriate court. The losses that you may collect from a lawsuit could be different than those covered by insurance, and so your lawyer may take stock of all of the damages you have suffered.
Some losses that you may have suffered, and which may be compensated through a successful lawsuit, include:
- Lost salary or wages caused by your injury
- The cost of medical treatment for your injuries
- Pain and suffering
- The cost of treatment for psychological trauma
- Damage to personal property, such as a vehicle
- Losses resulting from the death of a loved one
Your lawyer may use these losses, and the total value that they hold, as the measuring stick for any settlement offers that you receive. They will fight for the amount of compensation you deserve.
As part of the legal process, your lawyer may make appearances on your behalf, handle pre-trial settlement negotiations, and advise you on whether a trial could be necessary. You may not need to participate in the legal process if you hire a lawyer to represent you.
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Do not wait to call our team at Berger and Green, as Title 42 §5524 states that you may generally have only two years from the date of an injury or death to pursue a lawsuit. There may be exceptions to this statute, so call our team even if more than two years have passed since the injury or death.
Call Berger and Green today at (412) 661-1400 for additional details about how a Kittanning personal injury lawyer may be able to assist you.