The aftermath of an accident can be stressful, painful, and expensive. It is important to understand that if someone else’s actions caused your injuries, you have legal options for financial recovery. Consult a Greensburg personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after your accident. A seasoned member of our team at Ostroff Godshall Injury and Accident Lawyers can advise you about the best way to obtain fair compensation for the losses you suffered.
Our legal team, headed by Founding Partner Jon Ostroff and Managing Partner Rich Godshall, has recovered millions for clients in each of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties. In one crash that occurred on I-79 south of Greensburg, Jon recovered $10 million for a seriously injured client that ran out of gas, blocking the right lane, when his vehicle was crushed by a tractor-trailer. In another case, we were able to obtain $350,000 for a client who suffered a neck injury, balance problems, and tinnitus from a car wreck that occurred at a western PA intersection. Reach out to our office today to learn about how we can put our experience to work for you.
The Importance of Taking Swift Legal Action
Sometimes injured people feel that it will be simpler (and cheaper) to settle a matter if they handle it themselves rather than work with an attorney. However, working with an experienced personal injury lawyer almost always increases your chances of receiving a far better settlement in a timely manner.
Insurance companies often offer unrepresented people a small settlement right away in return for an agreement not to pursue further damages. These quick settlements rarely provide a sum that is comparable to the amount that you could receive with a Greensburg injury lawyer at Ostroff Godshall Injury and Accident Lawyers negotiating on your behalf. Our legal team has reputation and experience to fairly calculate your losses and obtain a fair settlement from the insurer. We are committed to moving our cleints’ cases efficiently through the legal process. Sometimes we can settle a lawsuit very soon and in other situations, we will take your case to trial if insurers are dragging their feet and refusing to pay you what you deserve.
Compiling Evidence That Proves Negligence
When pursuing compensation after an accident, you will need to prove that another party’s negligence led to your injuries. This means demonstrating that the other party neglected to act in a reasonable way and exposed others to harm.
The type of proof that you will need to present will depend on the circumstances of the accident. In a motor vehicle crash case, an expert evaluation of the scene and vehicles, accident scene photos and eyewitness accounts are examples of useful evidence. In a medical malpractice case, it will be necessary to have medical experts review and analyze medical records to determine if a patient was harmed as a result of substandard care. In a defective product case, you would need to present proof of a defect in the product’s design, or whether it had a defect in the way it was manufactured or it’s labeling didn’t sufficiently warn of its known risks.
Regardless of the type of accident, our Greensburg injury lawyers will dig in and investigate the circumstances of your accident to gather evidence of negligence. An attorney can also identify all the parties whose negligence led to the accident so they are included in a lawsuit.
Available Compensation in Personal Injury Cases
The damages available to you in a personal injury case can include more than just medical expenses and time lost from work. You could also be eligible for compensation for:
- Diminished earning capacity
- Future medical costs
- Physical and mental suffering
- Loss of life’s pleasures
If the at-fault party’s conduct was intentional or extremely reckless and caused a severe injury, a court may allow the jury to award punitive damages. These damages are not related to the extent of your losses. They are meant to punish the responsible party for their behavior. Our experienced Greensburg personal injury legal team has a respected history of recovering punitive damages. Recently, we obtained over $2 million for our clients in punitive damages.
What If I Am Partially At Fault?
There are certain situations in which you might bear partial responsibility for an accident occurring. Fortunately, this does not prevent you from recovering financially unless you are found to be primarily responsible for the accident. The comparative negligence law 42 Pennsylvania Statutes §7102(a) lays out this principle. In cases where you are found to be partially but not primarily at fault, your compensation amount will be reduced proportionately by your amount of fault.
It is important to note that some insurance companies or negligent defendants will try to pin an unfair accusation of blame on an injury victim to reduce the amount of money they will have to pay out. A seasoned Greensburg injury attorney can fight back against these accusations and make sure that you get the full compensation amount that you deserve.
Discuss Your Legal Options with a Greensburg Personal Injury Attorney
If you are suffering from the injuries you received in an accident, you do not need to bear this burden alone. A Greensburg personal injury lawyer can help you through the process of claiming the compensation you deserve.
There is a limited time to pursue an injury claim. The sooner an attorney at Ostroff Godshall Injury and Accident Lawyers begins investigating your accident, the better. Contact an experienced member of our legal team today to get started.