Were you recently hurt in an incident that left you with painful injuries and unexpected expenses? At Ainsman Levine, LLC, we understand the challenges you’re facing and are here to help. Our team of experienced personal injury lawyers can provide individualized attention and aggressive representation to get you fair compensation for the harm you have suffered.

Don’t let the burden of medical bills and lost wages weigh you down. Instead, contact Ainsman Levine, LLC, for a free consultation. We’ll handle all the legal matters on your behalf, giving you the time and freedom you need to focus on your recovery.

How Do Personal Injuries Happen?

“Personal injury” is a legal term that describes the harm one person suffers because of another person’s legal fault. They can happen in many different ways, some of the most common of which are:

  • Car Accidents: Car accidents are a major cause of preventable injuries, resulting in about 5.4 million medically consulted injuries a year. They often result from drivers violating traffic rules, driving under the influence, or losing attention behind the wheel. Injuries from car accidents can range from minor bruises to serious, life-altering conditions.
  • Truck Accidents: Truck accidents frequently lead to severe injuries due to the massive size and weight of commercial trucks, which impart serious force upon impact. These devastating accidents can stem from factors such as driver fatigue, improper loading, and mechanical failures.
  • Motorcycle Accidents: Motorcyclists face significant risks when other drivers don’t exercise proper care. Their smaller size means they are harder for other drivers to see, and the minimal physical protection for riders means crash injuries are often severe. Common causes include speeding and inattention by motorists.
  • Bicycle and Pedestrian Accidents: Bicyclists and pedestrians are the most vulnerable users of public roads. They are at particular risk at crossings, on sidewalks near road inlets, or in areas with poor visibility. Motorists are frequently at fault for these accidents.
  • Dog Bites: Dog bites can cause significant injuries and emotional trauma. They typically occur when a dog feels threatened, lacks training, or isn’t secured properly. Dog bite incidents can result in immediate and lasting harm, such as severe lacerations, blood loss, and infection.
  • Slips, Trips, and Falls: Slips, trips, and falls can occur in many different settings and lead to a range of injuries. They often happen due to hazards like wet floors, uneven surfaces, or inadequate lighting. Property owners can be liable if visitors fall due to unsafe conditions on their premises.
  • Dangerous Products: Consumer products are inherently dangerous when they are defective, poorly designed, or lack appropriate warnings. Examples include faulty electronics, toys, appliances, power tools, and even playground equipment.
  • Institutional Misconduct: Some injuries arise from the actions or inaction of institutions like schools, hospitals, Boy Scout troops, or care facilities. These injuries can result from instances of abuse, neglect, or improper care and often lead to both physical and emotional trauma.
  • Workplace Accidents: Workplace accidents occur in environments without appropriate safety measures, equipment, or worker training. Workers in certain industries, such as construction and manufacturing, are particularly at risk for on-the-job injury accidents.
  • Medical Malpractice: Medical malpractice is a term that describes the harm caused by a healthcare professional who fails to provide appropriate treatment or take certain actions. This can include misdiagnosis, surgical errors, medication mistakes, and failure to diagnose a condition in time.

Common Examples of Personal Injuries

Personal injury cases involve a wide range of physical and emotional injuries, including:

  • Broken bones
  • Whiplash
  • Concussions
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Burns
  • Lacerations
  • Bruises
  • Dislocations
  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Tendonitis
  • Amputations
  • Crush injuries
  • Eye injuries
  • Hearing loss
  • Dental injuries
  • Internal bleeding
  • Organ damage
  • Nerve damage
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Chemical burns
  • Frostbite
  • Heatstroke
  • Respiratory injuries
  • Repetitive strain injuries

What Is the Process for Filing a Personal Injury Claim?

Here are the necessary steps for handling your claim effectively and increasing your chances of a favorable outcome:

Seeking Medical Attention

The first thing you should do after sustaining any injury is to seek medical attention. A doctor can assess your injuries and provide the treatment you need. This step is important for maintaining your health and documenting your injuries, which is essential for your claim. Medical records provide strong evidence of the extent and impact of your injuries.

Consulting a Personal Injury Attorney

Next, consult a personal injury attorney. An experienced attorney can provide valuable guidance throughout the claim process. They will help explain your rights, evaluate the strength of your case, and advise you on the best course of action. They can also handle negotiations with insurance companies and other parties involved in the accident and take your case to trial as necessary.

Investigating the Accident

Your attorney will conduct a thorough investigation of the incident and its consequences. This includes gathering evidence such as accident reports, medical records, witness statements, and proof of income losses. Your lawyer’s goal is to establish who is at fault and how much they’ve cost you, financially and otherwise, which are vital for building a strong case.

Filing the Claim

After preparing all necessary documentation, your attorney will file the personal injury claim on your behalf. This likely means filing a claim with the insurance company of the party at fault for your injuries. The claim will include details of the accident, evidence of the other party’s fault, and an explanation of the compensation you seek.

Negotiations with the Insurance Company

If the insurance company does not accept your initial demand, your attorney will negotiate with the insurance company for a fair settlement. They will use the evidence and documentation they have gathered to argue for the compensation you deserve. Your attorney will also advise you on whether a final settlement offer is acceptable or if you should consider taking your case to trial.

Going to Trial As Necessary

If negotiations do not result in a satisfactory settlement, your case might go to trial. Your attorney will present your case in court, showing supporting evidence and posing arguments for why you deserve compensation. Trials can be lengthy and risky, but are sometimes necessary to get fair compensation. Your attorney will prepare you for what to expect and guide you through the trial process.

Do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?

Yes. A seasoned personal injury lawyer brings a wealth of knowledge and skills to the table, improving your chances of a favorable outcome. Here’s how they can help you:

  • Investigating the injury accident
  • Gathering and analyzing evidence
  • Consulting medical experts
  • Working with accident reconstruction specialists
  • Calculating a fair value for your claim
  • Interpreting insurance policy terms
  • Drafting and filing legal documents
  • Ensuring compliance with legal deadlines
  • Handling communications with other parties
  • Negotiating with insurance companies
  • Assessing settlement offers
  • Preparing for trial
  • Conducting depositions of witnesses
  • Representing you in court if necessary
  • Cross-examining witnesses at trial
  • Protecting your rights throughout the process

Contact a Pittsburgh Injury Attorney Now

Still have questions about your personal injury claim? The Pittsburgh personal injury lawyers of Ainsman Levine, LLC, are ready to answer them. Contact us today for a free consultation, and let our experienced team secure the compensation and peace of mind you deserve.