McKeesport Personal Injury Lawyers
A sudden catastrophic injury could happen to anyone, at any time. McKeesport, Pennsylvania residents are no exception. Life can change suddenly, in the blink of an eye, through no fault of your own.
Sometimes there is more to a car accident, a truck wreck, or a workplace injury than meets the eye. Contacting a personal injury attorney at Chaffin Luhana to investigate possible negligence, recklessness, or wrongdoing costs you nothing upfront and could gain you sufficient money to cover medical expenses, lost wages, and the undue hardship you face during your recovery.
When a loved one has died wrongfully, compensation can be recovered through a civil lawsuit, allowing your family due time to grieve, as well as the peace of mind that liable parties have been held accountable, so similar tragedies will not happen to others.
No Fee Guarantee
You never have to worry about whether you are able to “afford” legal representation when working with our firm. We understand that you may already be in a tough financial situation with medical bills, while being unable to earn full income at work.
Rather than add to that worry, we hope to ease your concerns by fighting for maximum compensation. Research shows injury victims with legal representation secure an average of two-thirds more settlement money than those who are self-represented.
Even after paying the contingency fee after your case has resolved, you are still in a better financial position than you would be going at it alone. We cover all upfront expenses associated with litigation, from lawsuit filing and copying fees, to deposition and expert witness fees.
If your lawsuit doesn’t end with money in your pocket, you owe us nothing. At Chaffin Luhana, we are proud to offer free case reviews and no fee guarantees.
Premises Liability FAQs
Hire Experts in Pennsylvania Personal Injury Law to Avoid Claim Dismissal
There are varying and complex laws which affect the compensation awarded to McKeesport personal injury victims.
First, you want your claim to hold up in court, rather than being summarily dismissed by a judge. The filing deadline for personal injury claims in Pennsylvania is generally within two years from the date of injury, but this may vary.
However, in cases against a government or government-funded entity, you could have as little as six months to file a notice of intent. In some cases, the “delayed discovery” rule may apply and toll the statute of limitations.
For instance, if your surgeon accidentally leaves a sponge inside your body, but you do not suffer harm from it until years later, you will have two years from the date of discovery of harm to file your lawsuit – rather than two years from the date of your initial surgery.
A Lawyer Maximizes Compensation by Substantiating Blame
Pennsylvania’s shared fault rules are another important area of consideration for McKeesport lawyers. Often, in personal injury cases, the defendant tries to defer some of the blame onto the plaintiff to lower the total amount of compensation owed.
For instance, if you’re found 25% at-fault for a rear-end car accident with damages of $20,000, you’ll only receive $15,000 – minus the $5,000 for your liability. If you’re found to be more than 50% at-fault, you won’t be able to collect any compensation under Pennsylvania’s “modified comparative negligence rule.”
In car accident cases, Pennsylvania follows a “no-fault” system, which means your own insurer will cover your medical expenses and lost income, no matter who was at fault. If your injuries are particularly severe, you can step outside the no-fault system and file a liability claim against the other driver.
How Much is Your Personal Injury Claim Worth?
Personal injury claims pay for general damages like medical costs and lost income, as well as emotional suffering, loss of enjoyment in life, PTSD, disability-related home modifications, and future losses.
Unlike some other states, there are no caps on injury or wrongful death damages in Pennsylvania. The only upper limit that applies is for punitive damages, which are capped at two times the amount of actual damages.
Hiring an experienced legal team is important in fighting for your compensation. Whether you’re dealing with an individual, a corporation, or an insurance company, you can believe they will come at you with all they’ve got to dodge liability, minimize their payout to you, and protect their reputation.
More Than Just Paperwork
During this difficult time, it helps to have a supportive, knowledgeable attorney to guide the way. A team that treats you like a member of their family and not just a number.
Sometimes it’s the answers uncovered through investigation that mean the most in the aftermath of serious injury. Other times, it’s the support that someone believes your story that shines a bright light amid the darkness of recovery.
In addition to helping you with all the intricacies of personal injury litigation, we can also point you in the right direction for the best medical care providers, social services, and financial services. Our law firm serves all of Allegheny County from its central Pittsburgh office, located just 40 minutes from McKeesport, PA.