Pittsburgh Personal Injury Lawyer
Helping Injured Victims Get Compensation For Serious Injuries Throughout Western PA
Personal injury claims are an extremely varied category of civil claims — whether you’ve been injured in a motor vehicle accident, or slip-and-fall accident or a workplace accident, each cause of action is in some manner connected to the personal injuries you sustained as a direct result of another’s negligent, reckless, or intentional acts and omissions.
Serious injuries can alter the very fabric of your life, from your career to daily activities, to recreational activities and relationships. Long hours may be spent in clinics and hospitals, being diagnosed, treated, in the operating room, and rehabilitated. The pain and suffering you are forced to endure may also change you — some clients may report feeling emotionally hardened, angry, and even resentful of the circumstances which they find themselves in.
Though a financial award cannot return lost time, or rid you of your emotional and physical scars, obtaining fair compensation for your injuries is a step in the right direct to ensure a fuller recovery. To setup, a free consultation with a skilled personal injury attorney, call the Law Office of Mark A. Smith at (412) 567-9598.
How the Personal Injury Case Begins
Your personal injury case begins from the moment you are injured. Though it may not seem like it, the intake process is critical to the case. You are being evaluated by witnesses, the police who are recording your statements, and the doctors who are treating your injuries. At the same time, the defendant’s insurance company has started to put together their case. They have a team of professional adjusters who will scrutinize the evidence and gather as much information about you as possible. After enough information gathering, they will turn the evidence over to their lawyers, whose job is to defend the case on behalf of the insurance company and their insured.
Helpful Personal Injury Pointers
- You are the most important piece of evidence in your case. Remember, first impressions last a lifetime, so be respectful and polite to law enforcement, ambulatory care, and other first responders. Cooperate with doctors and therapists who are working hard to help you recover. These folks may be called in to support your claims at some point, so keep that in mind.
- Insurance companies are a business and businesses exist to make money. The less they compensate a victim, the more money they get to keep. They are not your ally. Every move they make is intended to minimize their potential liabilities.
- Keep accurate records. This includes the names and addresses of all doctors, therapists, and hospitals you are treated in, witnesses you speak to, and other relevant parties. Be sure to make periodic journal updates about your condition as well. For example, if you cannot make your child’s recital because you had to have surgery, write it down in case you are asked about it later.
- Be a model patient. Try to attend every medical appointment, every physical therapy session, and follow all reasonable advice you are given by your doctors. The defense will be keeping track and could possibly defend your claim on the basis that you are a “non-compliant patient.”
Contact The Law Office of Mark A. Smith today To Discuss Your Case in Pittsburgh, PA
If you have suffered personal injuries as the direct result of someone else’s negligent acts (or failure to act), then you may be entitled to financial compensation. As such, you should contact a qualified Pennsylvania injury attorney as soon as possible.
Attorney Mark A. Smith has practiced law for over 23 years, and has successfully represented clients in a wide variety of personal injury and wrongful death cases over the course of his career, from slip and fall lawsuits to car, truck and motorcycle accidents, bike accidents, pedestrian accidents, distracted driving accidents, and more. To set up a free consultation today, call (412) 567-9598 or fill out the online contact form. You will be able to speak directly with Attorney Smith, who will listen, assess your claims, and work with you to determine a way forward.