If you or a loved one has been injured or someone has died due to a personal injury incident in Pennsylvania, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, monetary losses, and the pain and suffering that resulted through insurance or a lawsuit. Pennsylvania personal injury laws are complicated, and insurance companies will try to get you to accept less than you deserve, so it makes sense to get legal assistance to make sure your case is handled properly.
A Pittsburgh personal injury lawyer at Berger and Green is ready to help you fight for justice and the compensation you are entitled to. We understand how difficult it is to be recovering from an accident and will take the burden off you by handling all insurance and legal hurdles involved with getting a fair settlement.
We offer a free and confidential consultation to discuss the details of your case and show you how we can help. Call us today for a free case evaluation at (412) 661-1400.
Types of Personal Injury
Our attorneys help with a wide range of personal injury cases due to someone else’s negligence. Among the most common are:
- Motor vehicle accidents, including cars, trucks, motorcycles, bicycles, and injuries to pedestrians.
- Slip and fall injuries
- Product liability
- Medical malpractice
- Dog bites
- Sexual abuse
- Work injuries
Regardless of how you were injured, our Pittsburgh personal injury attorneys understand what you are going through and will provide the legal assistance you need.
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Compensation We May Win For You
A personal injury accident may affect you physically, emotionally, and financially. A Pittsburgh personal injury lawyer from our team may be able to help you seek compensation for losses that include your monetary or economic damages, as well non-economic damages that are less tangible and do not have a specific monetary value.
Compensatory damages include:
- Economic damages, which are expenses that can be objectively calculated and may include:
- Medical, therapy, equipment, and rehabilitation costs
- Lost income from being unable to work
- Property damage
- Funeral and burial costs, if a death is involved
2. Non-economic damages, which may include:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of a marital relationship (consortium)
In some rare cases, you may be awarded punitive damages. These are for cases when the negligent party acted with willful, malicious conduct, and a wanton disregard for the safety of others. The amount of punitive damages will be a multiple of the total compensatory damages, depending on the egregiousness of the wrongful conduct.
Amounts of damage awards vary, according to the individual circumstances of the accident and the extent of your injuries. Our attorneys can examine the specifics of your case and give you an estimate of what your settlement might be. Call Berger and Green at (412) 661-1400 today so we can get started.
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Proving Negligence for Your Accident
To win your personal injury case, our lawyers would have to prove that another party, the defendant in the case, was negligent and therefore at fault for causing your injuries. This means showing:
- The defendant had a duty of care not to injure you
- The defendant failed that duty by actions or failure to act
- This failure caused your injuries
- You suffered damages as a result.
Pennsylvania has a modified comparative negligence rule. Under Statute 42-7102, if you did something to contribute to the accident, compensation is reduced by an amount equal to your percentage of fault. However, as long as you are not more than 50 percent at fault, our attorneys may be able to help you win a settlement for the percentage that the other parties were at fault.
Steps to Proving Fault
Because proving fault is so integral to winning your case, our attorneys will immediately start investigating and gathering evidence. We may do this by:
- Examining the accident scene
- Obtaining police, first responder, and medical reports and records
- Interviewing witnesses
- Gathering evidence from photographs and videos from surveillance and traffic cameras
- Getting expert witnesses to reconstruct the accident and provide testimony
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Important Pennsylvania Laws
There are several Pennsylvania laws that you should know about, as they can directly affect your case. These include:
In Pennsylvania, according to Statute 42-5524, there is a statute of limitations or time limit of two years from the date of an injury to file a lawsuit in the state’s civil court system. You must file a lawsuit before the statute of limitations runs out or the court will likely refuse to hear your case.
Per Statute 42-5522, if your claim is against a city, county, or state government agency, you must file a notice of intent to sue within 6 months.
There are no limits or damage caps on how much you can collect in your personal injury case, except for claims against the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and local governments, which are capped at $250,000 (per Statute 42-8528) and $500,000, respectively (per Statute 42-8553).
Dealing With Insurance Companies
If you claim involves dealing with insurance, be aware that insurance companies are out for profit and will likely try to get you to settle for less. They often will make you a lowball offer in return for signing a release that keeps you from getting anything additional should your injuries worsen and you wind up needing more care.
Our attorneys know how to deal with insurance company adjusters and their lawyers. We have a good idea what your case is worth and can effectively negotiate for a higher settlement and take your case to court if an agreement is not made. Often, just knowing you have an attorney fighting for you is enough to get a higher offer.
Call Our Firm for Help
No matter what your injury or its cause, a Pittsburgh personal injury lawyer from Berger and Green may be able to manage all legal aspects of your case. We will communicate and negotiate with insurance companies, collect and preserve evidence to support your claim, file paperwork in a timely manner, work with experts and witnesses, and take your case to court, if necessary.
We work on a contingency basis, so you pay nothing unless and until we win a settlement for you.
Call Berger and Green today for your free, no-obligation consultation at (412) 661-1400.