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Personal Injury Attorney in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

If you have been injured in an accident or collision, you need a personal injury attorney. I am exceptionally skilled at trying personal injury cases and ensuring that clients throughout Pennsylvania are able to seek the compensation they deserve. To schedule a free consultation, reach out to me today in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I proudly serve those in Allegheny, Greene, Washington, Butler, and Lawrence counties, as well as those throughout the state of Florida.

Why Do I Need a Personal Injury Attorney?

If you have been in an accident, hiring an attorney will help you seek to ensure that your rights are protected. The other party will likely have a lawyer representing them, and if an insurance company is involved, their lawyer will be on the case as well. This can create a challenge where, as the injured party, you are outmatched both during negotiations and in the courtroom. Working with a personal injury attorney in the 15219 area will ensure that your rights are protected and that you aren’t taken advantage of.

Is It Expensive?

No, when you hire a personal injury attorney it is affordable with compensation typically tied to the outcome of the case. To learn more about my services and what I would charge, schedule a free consultation today.

What Types of Injury Cases Do You Take?

There are many ways that a person can become injured and as a Pennsylvania lawyer. I aim to help people that have been hurt in a car accident, pedestrian accident, slip and fall accident, and more.

What Can I Expect Once My Case Has Been Started?

When you first visit my Pittsburgh office, I will ask a variety of questions about how you were injured, where the accident took place, who was involved, what conditions the surroundings were in, and more. By asking detailed questions, I will be able to start researching the facts in order to build your case. This may involve speaking with witnesses, taking photographs of the accident site, and more.

It is extremely important that you provide a detailed account of what happened leading up to you becoming injured, during the accident, and afterward. Every detail you can provide may be helpful in proving your case. I recommend that clients write everything down and bring it with them to ensure that nothing is left out. It is far easier to remember details when you can read them aloud and fill in any blanks that you may have missed when writing the story.

As a personal injury attorney, my job is to prove that the other party was at fault for your injuries. This is not as simple as it seems. The other party will likely have a lawyer that is working to prove you were at fault or at least partially responsible for the accident. If they are successful in doing so, you may be awarded little to no damages. This is why it is important to hire a personal injury attorney right away.

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How Do You Prove Fault?

In a car accident, it is easier to prove which driver was at fault but the evidence must still be presented in a clear and concise manner, otherwise, even if you were hit, they could make a case that you were partially responsible. I must prove that you were following the rules of the road and in compliance with PA driving laws. Next, I must show that they were breaking the law, driving erratically, or distracted which caused the accident. Eye witness accounts can help with this process. If you and the other driver were alone, I might be able to interview people in other cars or use the police report to demonstrate fault. If neither exists, I will need to demonstrate the improbability of you being at fault given the road conditions and position of each vehicle.

If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, it is more difficult to prove who is to blame. I must first prove that you were injured at that location and that your injuries didn’t stem from a different accident either before or after when you claimed injury. If you were hurt in a public place and filed an accident report, this will help but they will still try to prove you were already injured. Eye witness testimony can help to confirm your story.

Next, I must demonstrate that the property owner, property manager, or business knew that there was a safety risk, had time to fix it, and did nothing about it. For example, if you were injured at a retail store because they had a large tear in the carpet that caused you to trip, I must prove that they knew about that tear. If it had been there for a long time, the judge would likely assume that they were informed and had time to fix it. If, however, you were injured because it suddenly started raining, and you tripped before they could mop up the puddle, the retail store may not be considered negligent. The key is that they had to know about the problem and have time to respond to it. This requires extensive research along with interviewing witnesses so that when attempting either to settle your case or go to court. I can strive to present a clear and compelling argument for who is at fault and why they should compensate you.

Once the fault is established, the other side will try to mitigate their damages by calling into question your character and the extent of your injuries. Medical records and a doctor’s testimony are often needed in order to prove the severity of your injuries and how they impact your daily life and ability to work. The insurance company may also require you to visit one of their doctors in an attempt to discredit your testimony and the extent of your injuries. When this is the case, I will seek to argue that your doctor is more of authority since they have been treating you longer and are more familiar with your case.

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If you have been injured, I am here to help you fight for the compensation that you deserve. Call to schedule a free consultation with my Pittsburgh, PA office and learn why people throughout the 15219 trust me to handle all of their legal needs and provide them with dependable representation.

Kim A. Bodnar, Attorney at Law located in Pittsburgh, PA.

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