Personal Injury Lawyers in Pittsburgh
Reputable Personal Injury Lawyers Passionate About Protecting Injured Clients’ Rights In Allegheny County and Throughout Western Pennsylvania
The scenario is all too common—in the blink of an eye, you find yourself involved in an accident that causes significant injuries. You will likely quickly find that you’re facing substantial medical bills—many of which may be shocking even if you have health insurance—and a long road to recovery that will keep you away from work. In these personal injury cases, “common” unfortunately never really equates to “simple”. The road to recovering the financial compensation that you need to protect your financial security and secure high-quality medical and rehabilitative treatment can be long and filled with unanticipated complexities—such as insurance companies that refuse to pay or defendants who deny all responsibility.
At Goodrich & Geist, P.C., we are here to help. Our experienced lawyers understand what you are going through because we have devoted our practice to helping accident victims recover from injuries sustained because of someone else’s careless or reckless behavior. We’ve built our Allegheny County personal injury practice through 50-plus years of collective experience advocating for injured clients against defense attorneys and insurance companies that will stop at nothing to minimize their own financial exposure. We know the tactics that these deep-pocketed entities use to intimidate victims and shift liability away from their clients, which is why we have dedicated our careers to leveling the playing field. If you or a loved one have sustained injuries in any type of accident where you believe someone else was at fault, schedule a free initial consultation to see how we can help today.
We Handle All Types of Personal Injury Cases in Western Pennsylvania
Our lawyers have the knowledge and resources necessary to successfully handle a broad range of personal injury cases because we have built our experience over more than half a century’s combined experience—meaning that we know what to look for in these cases. We help clients recover compensation after sustaining these common types of injuries:
- Auto accidents, including drunk driving accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Truck accidents
- Construction accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Nursing home neglect and abuse
- Dog bites or animal attacks
- Slip-and-fall accidents
- Natural gas or drilling accidents
- Defective products
- Fires and explosions
We also handle cases where the accident involved caused the tragic wrongful death of your loved one.
Results-Driven Personal Injury Lawyers Fight for Maximum Compensation for Accident Victims in Pittsburgh, PA
At Goodrich & Geist, P.C., we fight for more than just the simple win in your case—we advocate for your right to receive the maximum amount of compensation owed by the negligent party, and we get to know you personally to understand how your injuries have impacted your family, career and even your favorite recreational activities. In Pittsburgh personal injury cases, you have the right to compensation for all of your medical expenses stemming from the injury, but also to compensation for:
- Lost salary, wages, and employment benefits,
- Loss of your future ability to earn a living at the same level as prior to the accident,
- Any treatment required for emotional anguish caused by the trauma of the accident,
- Ongoing—if necessary, lifelong—physical therapy and rehabilitative care,
- Pain and suffering,
- Punitive damages if the actions of the defendant are found to be willful or wanton, or were taken with reckless disregard for your safety.
While the level of compensation available will depend upon the full extent and severity of your injuries, we leave no stone unturned in our fight to recover the maximum available compensation in your case. We have helped clients recover compensation for catastrophic injuries such as:
- Brain injuries
- Back and neck injuries
- Burn injuries
- Child injuries
- Birth injuries
- Wrongful death
Contact our Talented Allegheny County Personal Injury Lawyers for a Free Initial Consultation to Discuss Your Case Today
Going it alone is a risk that can be too great to take when you need to recover compensation for personal injuries caused by another person or organization’s negligent actions. While some personal injury cases may resolve quickly, others can take months if not years to reach a fair compensation award. At Goodrich & Geist, P.C., our experienced Pittsburgh personal injury lawyers will stand by your side every step of the way and put our substantial legal knowledge to work for you. For a free case evaluation with our lawyers, call our office or fill out this online contact form today.
Frequently Asked Questions About Personal Injury Claims in Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania
Car accidents, slip and falls and even dog bites can leave you suffering personal injuries that can keep you away from work while medical bills pile up. When your accident was caused by someone else’s negligence, the negligent party should be held financially responsible.
At Goodrich & Geist, P.C., our top-rated personal injury lawyers are here to fight for your right to fair compensation. Below, we provide answers to some questions about personal injury cases in Western Pennsylvania. Because every personal injury claim is unique, call us today for a free case review to address more specific questions about your case.
Your first step should always be to seek medical treatment from a qualified doctor. You should also:
– Report the accident, whether to the police if you were involved in a motor vehicle accident, an employer in a work-related accident or the property owner (or manager) if you were injured in a slip and fall accident on someone else’s property.
– Take photos and videos of the accident scene to document both the damage and what may have caused the accident,
– As witnesses for their contact information so that your lawyer can follow up and ask questions,
– Avoid making any statements to the insurance company without talking to a lawyer,
– Call our experienced personal injury lawyers for help protecting your legal rights.
Every case is unique. The amount of compensation that you are entitled to receive depends largely upon the severity of your injuries and the impact it has on your life. Our lawyers will work to get compensation for:
– Medical bills,
– Future medical care,
– Lost wages,
– Lost earning potential,
– Property damage,
– Any out-of-pocket expenses incurred because of your injuries,
– Pain and suffering to account for both physical and emotional suffering,
– Loss of your ability to enjoy life,
– And more.
Our injury lawyers have years of experience handling personal injury cases throughout Western Pennsylvania, and we will fight to get the maximum compensation award possible in your case.
While we all know that insurance companies are formed to make a profit, many insurance companies use a formulaic approach to determining how much compensation they are willing to offer based upon the type of accident involved or the type of injuries sustained. In some cases, computer programs may even be used in determining the initial settlement offer. Our lawyers instead delve deep into your case to evaluate how the injury will impact you specifically—in terms of out-of-pocket costs and also based on more subjective factors, such as loss of enjoyment of life. This is how the skill of your personal injury lawyer can add significant value to your case’s overall results.
Not always. Our lawyers have experience negotiating personal injury settlements, and we are often able to reach a fair amount without going to trial. We will discuss all potential options, as well as their consequences, before deciding on any course of action so that you can make the most informed decision possible.
In most cases, you have two years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury lawsuit under Pennsylvania law. Potential exceptions exist in certain cases—for example, the statute of limitations in a medical malpractice personal injury case might be “tolled” (basically, lengthened) if you didn’t know about the negligence that caused your injury.
The legislature puts a time limit on your ability to file a personal injury lawsuit for a number of reasons. The two-year limit is based on the assumption that you should have discovered the severity of your injuries within that time frame and that once two years have passed, it is entirely possible that your injury was caused by something other than the accident in question. The limitations period helps ensure predictability in the court system, as well, and ensures that the evidence presented in a personal injury lawsuit was obtained within a reasonable amount of time (in other words, when it is at its strongest). While exceptions to the two-year rule do exist, it is important to consult with a lawyer as soon as possible after you have suffered a personal injury to reach the most favorable outcome possible.
Unlike in the criminal context, many personal injury cases are based on negligence. Someone is negligent when they act carelessly and cause you harm as a result. While personal injury claims can be based on someone’s intent to cause you injury, most of the time the person was simply careless. People are, however, still financially responsible for the harm their careless actions cause.
To prove negligence, your lawyer will work to establish the following elements:
-A duty of care existed, meaning that the negligent party had a duty to exercise caution to keep others safe (for example, drivers on the road all have a duty to drive carefully),
-The third party breached that duty by acting carelessly
-The breach caused your injury, and
-You suffered damages as a result of the injury (such as medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, etc.).
If you have been seriously injured, you should always speak with a personal injury lawyer before giving the insurance company detailed information. The insurance company—even if it’s your own insurance company—wants to minimize the amount they have to pay for your injury. They might try to get you to sign a release form settling your claim for less than it’s worth. They might also try to use something you say to prove the accident didn’t cause your injury. It is always best to have your lawyer handle all communications with the insurance company to maximize your odds of getting the highest amount possible.
Without legal experience in personal injury cases, it can be difficult to know. Sometimes you might not even know what caused your accident. Determining whether you have a case involves establishing what happened—meaning identifying who was responsible for your accident. It’s always best to tell an experienced lawyer what happened so that they can evaluate whether you have the right to compensation.
As soon as possible. Even though you have two years to file a lawsuit, it’s always best to have a lawyer start investigating immediately. The best evidence might disappear soon after your accident or you might inadvertently damage your case with statements to the insurance company (or posts on social media). The sooner you speak with a skilled injury lawyer, the better your chances of recovering full compensation become.
Our personal injury lawyers work on a contingency basis. A contingency fee is an arrangement where we recover our attorneys’ fees as a percentage of the compensation award that we recover in your case. That means you don’t have to pay us any legal fees up front because we only charge if we win in your case.
Schedule Your Free Initial Consultation Today with the Pittsburgh Personal Injury Lawyers at Goodrich & Geist, P.C.
When you have suffered a serious injury, the financial consequences can be more than you can handle alone. Similarly, you don’t have to handle your personal injury case alone. Our talented personal injury lawyers at Goodrich & Geist, P.C. are here to handle all aspects of your claim to get the best possible results. To schedule your free case review, call our office or contact us online today.