If you were in one of the more than 128,000 car accidents that occurred on Pennsylvania roadways in 2018 (according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Crash Facts and Statistics data), you might need to go to court. If you do, and your car accident case occurred in Pittsburgh, your Berger and Green attorney will be by your side. However, this is not the most common outcome in most Pittsburgh car accident cases. In fact, out-of-court settlements are often possible and generally provide a quicker option for getting your money and moving on with your life.
If the insurance company refuses to agree to a just out-of-court settlement, we may need to take your Pittsburgh car accident case to trial. If this occurs in your case, your Berger and Green lawyer will be by your side to represent you throughout the entirety of your case. You can count on us to fight for your best interests.
We Will Pursue an Out-of-Court Settlement
Fair settlement agreements, as defined in PA Code Rule 2039 are often possible in car accident cases. We gather evidence to prove the value of your case. Then, we approach the at-fault driver’s liability insurance provider and demand a payout. We use the documentation we collected of your economic expenses and losses to prove your damages.
If you qualify to pursue noneconomic damages–either by opting for full tort coverage, by suffering “serious” injuries, or by meeting another exception to the limited tort rules–we will also pursue compensation for these damages during this process.
Our attorneys know the most effective tactics to negotiate a settlement and are not afraid to go toe-to-toe with any insurance company or corporate attorney. We can often convince insurance companies to pay out a fair settlement at this point in the process.
We Will Represent You in Court If Necessary
Sometimes, we need to file a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault driver. This may be necessary if the insurance company refuses to accept responsibility and instead blames you for causing the accident, or if they refuse to pay a fair value for your damages.
In some cases, taking legal action against the at-fault driver will be enough to spur the insurer into increasing their offer. We can still settle out of court if we file a lawsuit.
Of course, if necessary, we can also represent you at trial. We will present the case we built and fight for your best interests in court. This includes providing documentation of your damages and asking the Judge to award a fair payout to cover your expenses and losses.
Your Berger and Green Attorney Will Represent You Throughout the Entirety of Your Case
At Berger and Green, our car accident attorneys will attempt to reach a fair agreement with the insurance company, but our focus is always on doing what is best for your case. Firm founder, Laurence B. Green has over 40 years of experience fighting to protect the rights of accident victims like you. We serve clients in Pittsburgh and surrounding areas and provide legal representation following all types of motor vehicle accidents.
We usually begin by filing an insurance claim for economic damages and, when possible, pain and suffering damages. We will use the case we build to bolster our negotiations and reach a fair settlement when possible. Generally, Pennsylvania law’s Section 5524 – Title 42 provides you two years to take legal action, so we will need to ensure we can reach an agreement or file a personal injury lawsuit by the time this deadline arrives.
Talk to a Car Accident Lawyer in Pittsburgh
If you or a member of your family suffered injuries in a car accident in Pittsburgh, a nearby borough, or elsewhere in the suburbs, the personal injury lawyers from Berger and Green can help you pursue compensation. To learn more about your options, and to discuss whether you need to go to court for a car accident case, speak with a member of our team today. These initial consultations are always free, and you are under no obligation to sign on with us for representation. Call (412) 661-1400 now and let a member of our team evaluate your case.