Dormont Personal Injury Lawyers
Different options exist for coping with sudden, catastrophic injury. You may deal with insurance companies, pay a personal fortune, or file a personal injury lawsuit to finance your medical care. You might try to press criminal charges through the state district attorney’s office, contact a civil personal injury lawyer or both.
Experienced Pittsburgh personal injury lawyers from Chaffin Luhana are here to answer any questions you may have in the aftermath of trauma. In deciding whether to file a personal injury lawsuit, you may consider the following questions.
Did you suffer a personal injury?
Legally speaking, a “personal injury” is any injury that involves physical and/or emotional harm, rather than property damage. Personal injuries can be sustained in any number of ways including motor vehicle accidents, workplace injuries, slip and falls, consumer product liability, medical malpractice, physical/sexual assaults, pedestrian accidents, and toxic contamination.
Were there substantial losses?
If your only injuries were a few superficial bruises and scrapes that are likely to heal fully and without scarring within a few weeks, you probably will not have a strong personal injury case.
Our clients are survivors and most claims we deal with involve:
- Brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Life-threatening illness
- Nerve damage
- Organ perforations
- Spinal cord damage
Contrary to popular belief, insurance will not cover all the costs associated with severe trauma. If your injuries required emergency room care, hospitalization, surgery, or a lengthy recovery, you have the potential for a strong personal injury case.
Auto Accidents (FAQs)
In court, we prove losses based on medical bills, lost wages off work, and out-of-pocket expenses related to injury recovery and disability. Additional compensation may be granted for pain and suffering or emotional distress, typically based on a multiplier of the tangible losses between 1-5x or more.
Was the accident somebody else’s fault?
If you were drunk driving and hurt yourself in a single-car accident, there is not much a personal injury attorney can do for you. However, if someone else was driving drunk and hit you while your car was sitting at a red light, there is a whole lot Dormont personal injury lawyers from Chaffin Luhana can do!
The State of Pennsylvania follows a modified comparative negligence rule, meaning that you can still recover compensation for your injuries if you were at fault – so long as you were 49% or less at fault.
However, if some of the blame gets pinned on you, expect the judge to reduce your recovery. For instance, if a judge orders the defendant to pay $20,000, but you are 25% at-fault, you will receive $15,000 instead.
Are you within the statute of limitations?
Pennsylvania generally allows personal injury claimants up to 2 years from the date of the injury to file a lawsuit. In some circumstances, particularly in birth injury or child sex abuse cases, you may have longer. Our Dormont personal injury lawyers can help you sort through all these complexities.
It is best to speak with a lawyer as soon as possible to start working on your claim, so your right to sue is not hindered by a time-barred limitation.
Allegheny County Residents Turn To Chaffin Luhana
Located 12 minutes northwest of Dormont, Chaffin Luhana is your local source of no-nonsense litigation expertise. With more than 85 years of combined experience, our team has a local reputation for compassion, integrity, resilience, and success. Our lawyers have recovered more than $1 billion for clients, including multi-million-dollar individual recoveries.
Chaffin Luhana personal injury lawyers are proud to serve all of Allegheny County, including Dormont and neighboring Pittsburgh Metro communities like Banksville, Beechview, Brookline, and Mt. Lebanon. In addition to sharing our legal acumen, we also volunteer in the communities we serve and partner with groups like the Wounded Warrior Project, Habitat for Humanity, and the Sarah Jane Brain Foundation. We believe in Doing Good by Doing Right – right here at home.
We understand the financial hardship you face, which is why we offer free, confidential, no-obligation case reviews, and contingency-based representation. No recovery, no fee!