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I've been injured-am I entitled to compensation?
Possibly. Negligence is the standard used to determine whether an accident victim is entitled to recover compensation. If your accident was caused by another person's mistakes or carelessness, you should have grounds for a personal injury claim. Determining negligence is vital to your case, and our firm can help you establish liability.

Can't I just work directly with the insurance company?
You absolutely can, but it is generally not a good idea. Insurance companies advertise peace of mind and the promise that their policy holders will not be required to pay all the costs associated with their accidents. In practice, it is rare for an insurance company to pay the full value of an injury claim without being made to do so. They have to guard against financial losses-including the money they would pay you in a settlement. If you try to resolve the claim on your own, you will be dealing with insurance adjusters and claims representatives whose job is to minimize or deny your claim. Having a Pittsburgh personal injury attorney from our firm working on your side levels the playing field.

Should I agree to make a recorded statement about my injuries?
No. The insurance adjuster may try to get your agreement to make a recorded statement by presenting it as a routine step in the process of settling your claim, but you have to ask yourself, "Why?" The purpose of such a statement is to gather evidence to use against you in the future. You could be misled into saying things which would limit the value of your settlement.

How much is my case worth?
A personal injury claim is intended to provide the victim with financial compensation for the costs arising from the accident, including:

  • Emergency medical treatment, ambulance and hospitalization
  • Surgery, including any type of reconstructive or cosmetic surgery for disfigurement
  • Prosthetics, medical equipment and modifications to your home to accommodate a disability caused by the injury
  • Rehabilitative care such as physical therapy or chiropractic adjustments
  • Lost income while you heal, as well as any reduction in your earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering and mental distress
  • Loss of ability to enjoy life

An attorney from our firm can meet with you to discuss your injury and determine the value of your claim.

What can I do to increase my chances of a full recovery?
As soon as possible after your injury, sit down to write out your recollection of the accident in full detail, including what you did, what the other party did, what was said after the accident and the names of any witnesses who were present. It is important to do this while your memory is still fresh. Take notes about your injuries and the symptoms you are experiencing, including details about how they have affected your everyday routines. Hire an attorney as early as possible. Get all the necessary medical care you require and follow your doctor's advice.

What will an attorney do for me?
The purpose of hiring an attorney is to maximize the value of your settlement. Attorney Frank Walker has extensive experience with the personal injury claim s process, and when you work with our firm you will have us on your side from beginning to end. We will help you gather all the necessary evidence and will do the work of proving your case. You will not have to argue and struggle with insurance company representatives, as we will take responsibility for seeing your claim through to completion. In the event that your claim is delayed or denied, we can go to court and fight on your behalf.

How do you prove that negligence caused my injury?
The standard used for demonstrating negligence is "What would a reasonable person have done in the situation?" If the other party failed to take reasonable precaution to avoid causing your injury, or injured you through carelessness or recklessness, you are most likely entitled to recover damages.

If you have been hurt in an accident, contact attorney Frank Walker for answers to all your questions.

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