Dedicated Team of Personal Injury Attorneys in Pittsburgh
Handling serious personal injury cases in Western PA
If you’ve sustained an injury at the hands of a negligent party, you have every right to receive compensation for your injury and all of the inconvenience it has caused. Serious personal injuries that may result in a permanent disability can be taken to trial and presented to a jury. However, there are times when personal injury cases can be settled out of court. Whether your case is best resolved through trial or settlement, the attorneys at Rudberg Law Offices, LLC provide high-quality assistance and representation.
Explaining the statute of limitations on Pennsylvania personal injury claims
It is important to know what to expect from the legal process once you have been injured. Workers claiming Workers’ Compensation have up to 120 days to notify their employers of injuries and three years to file a claim. Non-work related accidents involving vehicles, medical malpractice, and products liability must be filed by injured victims within two years. These time limits can sometimes change, especially in cases involving minors. Our attorneys will help you understand which time limits apply in your case.
Understanding negligence in personal injury law
If you have been hurt in an auto accident or a fall, or you have suffered an injury due to any other type of negligence, we will fight for your right to recover damages. Pennsylvania allows injury victims to hold negligent parties responsible for their medical costs and other expenses. In order to prove that a person or company was negligent, your Pittsburgh personal injury attorney will need to prove certain facts known as “elements.” The elements of negligence include:
- Duty. The person who caused you or your family member to suffer an injury must have owed a duty of care. Some duties, such as driving carefully, apply to all drivers. Specific people, such as doctors, professionals and property owners, owe higher duties of care to the people they interact with in those capacities.
- Breach of duty. In order to be considered negligent, the person responsible must be found to have breached their duty. We work hard to prove this, using expert testimony when necessary.
- Injury. You must have suffered some actual injury. For example, you can’t recover against a store owner for leaving a spill in an aisle just because you saw it. You must actually slip and suffer an injury to be able to recover damages.
- Cause. This concept is much more complicated than it sounds. We will need to prove both that your injury was physically caused by the defendant and that your injury was reasonably foreseeable based on their action.
The elements of negligence must be proven in all negligence cases, but do not usually apply in workers’ compensation cases, where injured employees are supposed to receive benefits regardless of whether their employer was negligent. Our attorneys have experience settling and litigating complex negligence cases.
Providing options to accident and injury victims
After reviewing the facts of your case and working with you to decide on a strategy, your attorney will file a complaint in court. The defendant will have a chance to reply to the complaint. At this point, the two sides may decide to discuss and negotiate a settlement. A settlement allows the parties to save time and money by agreeing to end the dispute in exchange for payment. This process lets each side choose whether the terms are acceptable to them and removes the risk of a jury making an unexpected decision. Our attorneys are experienced negotiators and have helped countless clients reach settlements.
Most cases settle. In fact, fewer than 10% of cases ever go to trial. Our attorneys are aggressive litigators. When it is in your best interest to go to court or a settlement was not reached, we will fight tenaciously to get you the compensation you deserve, no matter who we are up against. Whether you are fighting an insurance company after an auto accident or a doctor after medical malpractice, we are on your side and committed to helping you win.
Contact a skilled Pittsburgh personal injury lawyer
If you have suffered a personal injury in Pittsburgh or Western Pennsylvania, call Rudberg Law Offices, LLC for a free consultation. We will provide additional information on your particular case and let you know what our lawyers can do for you. Call us today at (412) 488-6000 or contact us online and a member of our legal staff will respond to you promptly.