Medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering may be recoverable damages if you were in a car accident that somebody else caused. Your case is subject to the details of your auto policy – e.g., full or limited tort – which could affect your financial recovery.
Make sure you get all the compensation to which you are entitled. Let a Wilkinsburg, PA car accident lawyer help you navigate the insurance and legal processes for you and fight for everything you deserve. Call Berger and Green at 412-661-1400 to get a free consultation about your case.
Limited vs. Full Tort: How Your Auto Policy Affects Your Car Accident Case
Pennsylvania law limits your right to recover pain and suffering damages depending on the type of coverage you have.
If you have full tort coverage on your auto policy, you can file a claim against the negligent driver who caused your accident for pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages, and other damages.
If you have limited tort coverage, you can only seek pain and suffering damages if you suffered serious injuries, the at-fault driver was drunk, or the at-fault driver was driving an out-of-state vehicle. You can find medical bills and lost wages even if your case does not meet these exceptions.
Work with a car accident attorney who can help you exercise your rights and prove your entitlement to damages. We can present evidence to prove your case meets one of the exceptions under limited tort policies and can help you establish the value of all your damages.
Fight for the Full Value of Your Losses
Some of the types of compensatory damages you could be eligible to recover include:
- Medical expenses, including ambulance, hospitalization, surgery, medication, ongoing care, and more
- Lost wages, including diminished earning capacity and loss of employment benefits
- Pain and suffering and other noneconomic damages, including emotional distress
If you lost a loved one in a car accident, you may qualify to pursue a wrongful death case. Damages in a wrongful death case may include funeral expenses, medical expenses, loss of support and guidance, pain and suffering, and more.
Once you settle your case, you generally cannot reopen it and ask for more compensation. So, it is imperative that you identify all your damages and seek fair value for those damages.
We can help. Your Wilkinsburg, PA car accident lawyer can retrieve evidence and work with expert witnesses who can help establish the value of all your damages. Among the types of evidence we may present are:
- Medical records, bills, and invoices
- Documents establishing wage history
- Photographs of your injuries
- Bills and receipts for services, including child care, etc.
- Injury-related travel expenses
- Expert testimony, including from medical experts, vocational specialists, economists, life care planners, and more
How to Protect Your Wilkinsburg Car Accident Case
Protect your car accident case by taking these steps:
- Call the police to report the accident
- Keep any photographs or video evidence of the accident
- Take and keep photographs of your injuries
- Save any eyewitness contact information
- Keep any other documents related to the accident
- Keep an injury journal in which you document how your pain and injuries affect your life
- Speak with a car accident lawyer to secure help with your case
Get the Help You Need with Your Wilkinsburg Car Accident Case
There is a lot to do after a car accident: get medical care, file insurance claims, talk to adjusters, gather evidence, retrieve documents, negotiate a settlement, and more.
Let us take the burden off of you by handling the insurance and legal processes for you. Here are some of the ways we can help you get the compensation you need and deserve:
File Your Insurance Claims & Manage the Process
You may qualify to file multiple insurance claims depending on who caused the accident, the at-fault driver’s insurance coverage, your insurance coverage, and more.
Let us help you file and manage your claims. We make sure you take the correct steps and present a complete claim. We can also communicate with the insurer for you, respond to insurer requests, make our own requests, and more.
Prove Liability for Your Car Accident
Your case must provide evidence that the defendant caused your car accident. Some of the evidence we can help you retrieve and present to prove liability include:
- Accident reports
- Eyewitness statements
- Photographs or video of the scene
- Expert testimony, including accident reconstruction specialists and engineers
Negotiate a Full and Fair Settlement
We can communicate directly with the insurance company to negotiate a settlement on your behalf. Your attorney will present evidence of liability and your damages to establish to the insurer the value of your case.
We will confer with you regarding any settlement offer. If the insurance company does not make a fair settlement offer, we can help you take your case to court to continue fighting for fair value.
Keep You Updated on Your Case
We believe in good communication with our clients. Our team will keep you up to date about the latest in your case. We will inform you of case status changes, and we are available to answer your questions throughout the entirety of your case.
File Your Car Accident Case Before the Deadline
You only have two years to file a personal injury lawsuit in Pennsylvania, including those involving car accidents. If you are filing a wrongful death lawsuit, the statute of limitations is also just two years.
Get started as soon as possible to not only ensure you meet the deadline but also to secure evidence and documents before they disappear.
Start Your Case Today by Calling Berger and Green
You can get a free, no-obligation consultation by calling Berger and Green at 412-661-1400. Our Wilkinsburg, PA car accident lawyers work on a contingency basis, so there no attorney’s fee unless and until you recover compensation for your damages.