West Mifflin Personal Injury Lawyers
If you have been seriously harmed because of the careless or negligent actions of another, you shouldn’t have to shoulder the burden alone. At Chaffin Luhana, our West Mifflin personal injury lawyers offer a personalized approach to resolving your injury claim with the goal of maximizing your compensation. Whether you were hospitalized after a workplace accident or suffered a catastrophic injury in a vehicle collision, a personal injury lawyer at our firm can provide the guidance, support, and advocacy you need.
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We bring decades of litigation experience and compassion to every case we take on and offer our services on a contingency basis, so you don’t pay any legal costs unless you win or settle your claim. Our attorneys recognize the true impact a serious injury has on the victim and their families, and fight determinedly for fair monetary reparations. Take the first step toward recovery and call Chaffin Luhana to schedule a free consultation today.
Elements needed to prove a personal injury case
Our personal injury attorneys will assess the merits of your case and determine if you have grounds for legal action. The law affords remedies for individuals who are wrongfully injured. To file a civil claim for damages after an accident, the following elements must be present:
- Legal presence of duty to exercise reasonable care– Evidence must show that the defendant owed a duty of care to the plaintiff when the accident occurred. In other words, this is the care that is reasonably expected by any person under similar circumstances. This could mean abiding traffic safety laws or keeping properties maintained and free of hazards.
- Breach of duty– The second element is showing that the defendant breached their duty of care in some manner.
- Proximate cause– Your attorney must then show that this omission or failure to exercise reasonable care was a direct cause or substantial factor in your accident and injuries.
- Damages were sustained– In order to file a claim or lawsuit, the plaintiff must have sustained demonstrable losses which could be physical, financial and emotional in nature.
Beware of the statute of limitations
In order to seek damages in a personal injury action in New York, the complaint must be filed within three years of the date of injury. This time frame is known as a statute of limitations and applies to the vast majority of personal injury claims. There are exceptions to this deadline, however.
If you are suing the state of New York or a municipal agency, the law requires that a notice of claim is filed within 90 days of the incident. In other cases, the statute of limitations may be affected by an undiscovered injury, such as a disease or ailment that manifests many years later. Our West Mifflin personal injury lawyers can provide additional information on time limits that may apply to your specific claim.
Put experience on your side
Chaffin Luhana’s attorneys boast 85 years of combined experience handling complex personal injury cases throughout New York. Our skilled attorneys have recovered more than $1 billion for clients over the years and we will never settle a case for less than you deserve. Our firm is comprised of savvy negotiators and respected trial attorneys who are committed to your well-being.
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