What Kind of Cases do Pittsburgh Personal Injury Lawyers Handle?
The term personal injury encompasses more than just car and truck accidents. Instead, personal injury claims stem from an incident where a victim has been harmed due to the negligent or reckless conduct of another party.
Even if the actions were “accidental,” the person who caused an injury can be held financially accountable. Injuries can result in skyrocketing medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. It’s a personal injury lawyer’s job to evaluate your claim and work to get the maximum amount of compensation for you.
Types of Personal Injury Cases
At Hal Waldman and Associates, we take on cases from airplane accidents to workers’ compensation, and everything in-between. We’ve included a full list of our practice areas here.
This article will discuss the most common types of personal injury cases we handle, though we do have a successful track record in all personal injury practice areas.
Vehicle accidents (whether they be car, truck, or motorcycle) make up the bulk of claims for many personal injury lawyers.
In vehicle accident cases, your attorney would seek to recover damages from the other driver’s insurance company to fairly compensate you for your injuries.
These cases stem from injuries you sustain while on someone else’s property. This could mean at a place of business, at a friend or family member’s house, or on a piece of land. Generally, a landowner or person who has a possessory interest in a property must maintain safe conditions.
In some cases, a warning of an unsafe condition is sufficient to satisfy their legal obligation to keep premises safe, but the rules vary depending on the type of property and the purpose of your visit.
Though “slip and fall” accidents tend to be the most highly publicized, there’s a practically infinite array of mishaps that can occur, including:
– Exposure to harmful materials (like a misplaced sharp object or poorly maintained fixture)
– Accidents in swimming pools
– Inadequate lighting that causes a fall
– Faulty wiring or other electrical issues
– Negligent security or failure to protect
Patients put a lot of trust in doctors and other health professionals. When doctors fail to meet a minimum standard of care, they can be held liable for the injuries that result from their negligence.
Keep in mind that a “bad” outcome isn’t necessarily enough to file a claim. Though you potentially have a case if a doctor guarantees a positive outcome and fails to deliver, medical professionals aren’t held to a standard of achieving a successful treatment to avoid a lawsuit.
Instead, the burden is on you, the plaintiff, to show that a hospital, care facility, clinic, doctor, or medical staff did not act in a way that is consistent with the profession’s standards. Common claims in this area include:
– Labor and birth injuries
– Delays or errors in a diagnosis
– Failure to diagnose
– Surgical errors
– Prescription errors
– And more.
Discuss Your Case with a Pittsburgh Personal Injury Lawyer
Because not everyone is familiar with what is necessary to make a successful injury claim, they may not contact an attorney for help. If you have a case to discuss or you’re not sure if you should file a claim, contact Hal Waldman and Associates at (412) 850-3172 for a free consultation. We are here to help!